Use External Data Sources for Pricing Condition Determination

  • by Michael Debevec, President, Debevec Consulting, Inc.
  • February 3, 2011
Pricing in SAP Internet Pricing and Configurator (SAP IPC) limits the ability to access external data tables. However, the use of external data sources provides a good method to provide this functionality. By implementing Business Add-Ins you can feed external data into pricing.

Two key strengths of an SAP system are the flexibility of its pricing functionality and the ability of its pricing configuration and coded user exits to meet business needs. Pricing in SAP CRM, however, is more limited than in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) for two main reasons:

  • The absence of certain data in SAP CRM, which makes condition records dependent on that data unusable (for example, the cost condition VPRS). The VPRS condition type brings material cost into the pricing procedure so that you can calculate your margin. The system doesn’t store the data in a condition table but instead in the material master table MBEW. This table is not downloaded to SAP CRM.
  • The use of SAP Internet Pricing and Configurator (SAP IPC) as the pricing engine because it operates in a separate memory space without direct access to the SAP database (other than the condition tables used in pricing).

Michael Debevec

Michael Debevec is president of Debevec Consulting, Inc., and is a senior consultant with more than 14 years of experience with SAP. He has worked with SAP CRM for the past nine years and assisted in implementations in the high tech, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals industries. Prior to working in SAP, Michael was an IS manager in charge of logistics systems.

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