SAP S/4 HANA: Self Service Procurement Guide

S/4 HANA has introduced Self-Service Procurement as a way to make purchasing easier for casual users and give employees the ability to purchase the products and services they need. The procurement function offers an intuitive shopping cart interface and user-friendly online catalog, allowing users to easily purchase goods and services. Additionally, it can automate and control the purchasing process, helping procurement organizations enforce purchasing strategies and contract compliance, and streamline the purchasing process. Users can also access supplier-managed product information, including specifications, configurable items, and pricing, to quickly identify the right products and services. SAP provides direct access to procurement catalogs through the purchase requisition. These catalogs, managed by catalog administrators, assist end users in making purchasing decisions using preferred and contracted suppliers. Self-service procurement enables users to search and compare options to find the right products and services using existing catalog management tools.

Following topics are covered in this Self Service Procurement cookbook document;

  • Changes identified with respect to SAP Business Suite (IE ECC, SCM, APO etc)
  • Key business benefits for S4 HANA 1610 – Use cases, Cost Case etc
  • Migration to S4 HANA 1610
  • Process Independent Implementation (Configuration) Steps for Self-Service Procurement
  • Indirect procurement using self service requisitioning from material master

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Release Procedure in SAP: Configuration Guide

In SAP, the release procedure is an electronic document approval process for purchase requisition and external purchase documents. It involves checking the correctness of data and providing authorization to purchase. Before SAP implementation, handwritten approvals are required from all necessary authorities, which is time-consuming. The release procedure is used to eliminate this inefficiency.
This document describes 3 steps required to configure release procecedure in SAP;

  • Release Procedure with/without classification (comparison)
  • Step 1: Create Characteristic [CT04]
  • Step 2: Define Class (Assign All Characteristics to One Class) [CL02]
  • Step 3: Define Release Group, Release Code, Release Indicator and Release Strategy

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SAP S4/HANA MM Configuration Guide [149 Pages PDF]

This SAP S4/HANA configuration guide provides an end-to-end implementation steps for configuring Materials Management module for a steel sheet tools & components manufacturing company. The document covers the necessary documentation and methodology used in SAP implementation projects. Upon completion of guide, you will be able to identify and analyze the business requirements of steel manufacturing company for the Procurement to Payment process cycle, and configure the SAP MM module accordingly.

  • Enterprise Structure Definition
  • Enterprise Structure Assignments
  • General Logistics Configurations
  • Materials Management – Configuring Purchasing
  • Materials Management – Configuring External Services Management
  • Materials Management – Configuring Inventory Management & Physical Inventory
  • Business Partner Customization
  • Material Master Field Length
  • Business Rule Framework Plus for PO Output Determination
  • Business function activation
  • Subcontracting Configuration
  • Version Management in PO
  • Material Ledger Configuration

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Introduction to SAP MM Procurement: Overview and Basics Presentation

This powerpoint presentation will provide you a general overview and general business processes for Procurement in SAP Materials Management (MM) module. Following list of topics are covered in this ppt document;

  • SAP MM Standard Procurement Processes
  • Documents used in SAP MM Procurement Processes
  • Master Data used in SAP MM Procurement Processes

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Indirect Purchase Requisition Procedure in SAP: Detailed Sample Guide

This sample document aims to formalize the approach of managing requisitions for indirect purchases in the SAP system, and the processes required to be followed by Requisitioners and Procurement.
This document does not provide a general approach to purchase requisition process in SAP, rather it is a specialized guide for a pharmaceutical (vaccine) company. It is provided here to be a sample documentation for consultants to take it as reference for their projects.

Indirect Procurement Process in SAP - Flow Diagram

Indirect Procurement Process in SAP – Flow Diagram

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Enterprise Structure in SAP MM: Brief Overview Presentation

In SAP all modules have their own enterprise structure. Enterprise structure in SAP MM is defined during implementation phases (Business Blueprint Documentation phase) and it helps in building a hierarchy and structure to streamline the business processes. It requires thorough analysis of how an organization currently runs and how the business wants to run the company after implementation of SAP.
In this presentation, following list of SAP MM organizational units are covered:

  • Company Code
  • Plant
  • Storage Location
  • Purchasing Organization
  • Purchasing Groups

This presentation can be used as reference for your Business Blueprint (BBP) during your SAP MM Project Implementation activities.
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Configuration Guide to EANs/UPCs in SAP

In SAP Materials Management, EAN (full form:European Article Number), which is typically 12 digits, is a standard which describes barcode numbering systems used in global trade to uniquely identify a specific product.
In this document author provides required steps for configuration that needs to be in place for generating and assigning EANs to materials in SAP.
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