Manage Your Sales with Configurable Products

  • by Gaetano Altavilla, Senior SAP Practice Manager
  • July 29, 2015
Learn about the processes involved in sales using configurable products. Read details about the master data to be maintained in the system along with the main customizing settings available for this solution.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you’ll learn how to:

  • Model value-dependent pricing in SAP sales and distribution (SD)
  • Prepare master data for a product, characteristics and classes, and condition records
  • Create the dependencies for transferring the condition record to sales
  • Process transactional documents for configurable products, purchasing requisitions, purchase orders, goods receipts, and logistic invoice verification
  • Complete the configuration steps required to sell configurable products
Key Concept
Configurable products are useful if your company needs to purchase, manufacture, or sell numerous combinations of parts that form a product.
The main benefits of having configurable products are:
•    Drastic reduction of master data maintenance
•    Workload reduction
•    Storage costs reduction
•    The ability to maintain every possible end-product variant

In this article, I use a computer as a configurable product, which can be assembled with the following components:
•    PC casing
•    CPU
•    Extras
•    Software
•    Hard disk dimension
•    Speakers
•    Multimedia package
•    CD drive

This article can be used as a guideline during the realization phase of the project and during the pre-cutover to check that all the settings have been transported correctly.
I discuss two types of business activities: master data preparation and transactional processes.

Gaetano Altavilla

Dr. Gaetano Altavilla is a senior SAP practice manager. His focus is on pre-sales, delivery of SAP application solutions for large international corporations, and SAP knowledge management in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

In his 18 years of SAP application experience working for many multinational companies, such as Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard, he has covered a wide range of ERP logistic areas, focusing on the MM, WM, SD, LES, PP, PP-PI, PLM (QM, PM, PS) modules, as welll as CRM (TFM), SRM (EBP), SCM (SAP APO), and MES (ME) components.

Dr. Altavilla holds a degree with first-class honors in mathematics from the University of Naples and is certified in many SAP modules: SAP Logistics Bootcamp, SAP MM, SD, LE (SHP/WM/LE), PP, PLM (PM, QM, PS), SRM, CRM, SCM (APO), SCM (TM), FI, CO, and Solution Manager. He also has experience in ABAP/4 and application link enabling (ALE) and IDocs. He has participated in numerous industry conferences, such as the SAP Skills Conference in Walldorf at SAP SE.

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