How to Create a Global Template to Configure SAP MM Processes in Implementations and Rollouts

  • by M. S. Baraneedharan, SAP Consultant, Infosys Ltd.
  • April 7, 2014
Learn how to create a global template for configuring materials management (MM) processes. Follow the MM configuration steps involved in SAP implementation and roll-out projects and see how to optimize the global template.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Define and assign an enterprise structure
  • Define purchasing-related settings
  • Configure inventory management and physical inventory settings
  • Configure logistics-general settings
  • Define valuation and account assignment settings
  • Define Logistics Invoice Verification settings
Key Concept
In the current business context, businesses are spending billions of dollars in SAP implementations and rollouts. By creating a global template, they can reduce costs, time, and external dependencies on their rollout projects by managing project rollouts with their internal IT team members.

Consider a large manufacturing organization that has a global presence. It has implemented an SAP system. For its ongoing business needs of acquisitions, mergers, and organization split activities, it has to roll out the SAP system continuously into new organizational units. Organization split refers to divesting of a particular business unit or division for some business reasons. That involves creating new company codes, plants, and sales org and profit centers. The need for a global template for continuous business development arises.

I explain the steps involved in creating a template for configuring an SAP materials management (MM) process. However, the design methodology is the same for creating a template for other SAP processes, including sales and distribution (SD), FI, managerial accounting (CO), and production planning (PP). The assumption is that other related activities in integrated modules (FI/CO, SD, and PP) would be maintained by their respective teams.

Step 1. Create a Plant

A plant is an organizational logistics unit that structures the enterprise from the perspective of production, procurement, plant maintenance, and materials planning. Company code creation is a prerequisite for plant creation. You can create a new plant by copying data from an existing plant so that all the relevant plant customizing and tables are copied into the new plant. Enter transaction code SPRO in the SAP Easy Access screen (Figure 1).

Figure 1
The initial Easy Access screen


M. S. Baraneedharan

M.S. Baraneedharan has more than 13 years of professional experience, including more than eight years of SAP consulting experience in materials management (MM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Warehouse Management, and sales and distribution (SD). He has been an SAP consultant at Infosys since July 2008. Currently, he is the SAP MM lead in a transfer price setup automation project to reflect the market price changes and any material economics-related price changes to the appropriate material groups for a leading automotive Fortune 500 client. He has worked in an SAP implementation project for one of the largest energy companies and SAP global roll-out projects for the largest chip manufacturing company. He holds a business technology degree from the premier technical university from India.

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