Implement Better Controls Over Your Master Data with ECM

  • by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting
  • December 20, 2013
See how to configure Engineering Change Management (ECM) to exert greater controls, checks, and balances on your master data creation process.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn how to:

  • Configure Engineering Change Management (ECM) to integrate it with the production planning (PP) module and, specifically, to a material bill of materials (BOM).
  • Configure settings for automated transactions and incorporate digital signature as a validation step.
  • Evaluate the effects of your configuration on business processes.
Key Concept

Engineering Change Management (ECM) is a tool that companies can use to gain better visibility, as well as to provide checks and balances, over the master data creation process. ECM does that by recording all changes or updates to SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) master data. It also ensures that business process owners validate and confirm every step of the master data creation or change.

Engineering Change Management (ECM) offers extensive controls for managing master data in the production planning (PP) component. You can easily set it up to bring better visibility and accountability across business processes. You can also use ECM in other logistics and supply chain components of SAP ERP Central Component (ECC).

After explaining the necessary configuration, I cover the business processes known as Engineering Change Request (ECR) and Engineering Change Order (ECO). A table is included to help you understand the logical and sequential order in which ECM statuses work. Finally, the ECM Information System enables you to appreciate and take better advantage of the reporting features available in SAP ECC.

Jawad Akhtar

Jawad Akhtar earned his chemical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has 17 years of professional experience, of which nine years are in SAP. He has completed eight end-to-end SAP project implementation lifecycles in the areas of PP, QM, MM, PM, and DMS in the steel, automobile, chemical, fertilizer, FMCG, and building products industries. He also has worked as an SAP integration manager and an SAP project manager. He has been proactively involved in a business development and solution architect role for seven years. He is the author of Production Planning and Control with SAP ERP, it's filled with in-depth infomation on discrete, process, and repetitive manufacturing types. His profile on LinkedIn is at You may follow Jawad on Twitter @jawadahl. Currently, he is associated with AbacusConsulting as Head of SAP Delivery.

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