Part 1: Save Time by Enabling Shopping Cart Catalog Functionality with SAP ECC 5.0/6.0
- by Jeetendra Kumar, IT Director, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
- November 15, 2008
Discover how to implement the catalog functionality to streamline your procurement process, boost productivity, and improve the accuracy of your purchasing records.
The Materials Management (MM) component is part of SAP ERP Central Component 5.0 and 6.0 software packages. SAP practitioners with knowledge of the MM and Purchasing submodules and the e-Procurement process in diverse industries can use this and SAP Catalog Content Management to streamline the process for requisitions or purchase orders.
How many times have you heard from users that it is too laborious to enter 300 line requisitions or purchase orders in R/3 or SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 5.0/6.0? One of the chief complaints is that they have to search for material numbers over and over for each line item and then enter them line item by line item. Not only is this unproductive, but it also leaves a lot of room for error in the purchasing data.
The response seems simple: implement e-Procurement and SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM). However, the value proposition to get the catalog functionality and implement the suite of SAP SRM products might not be there for every company. For instance, a company might have a very mature process in ECC for all the procurement needs and would like to continue that, assuming it enhances the process using catalogs.
The answer actually combines SAP Catalog Content Management (SAP CCM) with ECC 5.0/6.0 without using the complete suite of products for e-Procurement/SAP SRM. This enhances the users' experience by giving them the catalog functionality to create requisitions and purchase orders in ECC. The capabilities of catalog searching, price comparisons, and sourcing of catalog management can add immense value to the end user processes in purchasing. With the catalog functionality, it is possible to provide visibility for the purchasing price and map the price to update the valuation price in the purchase requisition. This ensures an accurate price in the requisition and eliminates any follow-up action from the purchasing department to convert the requisition to a purchase order, as both sourcing and price are already established in the catalog.
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