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Even more functionality for purchasing and scheduling

Exciting news from procurement: you can now use the app “MRP view XLNce” as a rental model – namely as Software as a Service (SaaS) in the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP). There are also new helpful features in the modern Fiori app "optimisation procurement price", in scheduling agreement management, customer order processing, MRP Live and Operations Project.

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SaaS on SAP BTP App „MRP view XLNce”

The following new release-independent functions are now available:

  • Additional filters and display options in the material overview

For performance reasons, the data is only loaded and merged as subsets. This means that not all fields can be filtered and sorted. To make this possible, „prefetch“ can be used as an alternative data retrieval mode. The total amount of data is always retrieved from the server, but this results in a longer call runtime.

  • Material shortage profiles

It is now possible to use material shortage profiles for connected cloud systems. Customer-specific material shortage profiles and definitions can be created and used with the new tile “configure material shortage profiles”.

  • Classification

Up to ten characteristics from different classes of the material class can be selected and analysed.

  • Fixing and sorting certain colums

In the (multi-level) material overview, certain columns can now be fixed and sorted. This does not apply to the columns for customer fields, classification and periods.

  • CSV export

Column headings in CSV exports are now exported depending on the set language (DE/EN).

Screenshot: Fiori app material overview with period course

Fiori application: material overview with period course

Fiori app "optimisation procurement price"

The two new functions

  • assign the most favourable source of supply to the purchase requisition and
  • convert purchase requisition with most favourable source of supply into a purchase order

are available in the list report on the new tab "optimisation potential" and can be implemented for all selected document items.

Screenshot: Fiori app optimisation procurement price

Fiori application: purchase requisitions with optimisation potential

Contract selection and ranges of coverage now also for scheduling agreements

In addition to contracts, scheduling agreements have also been available in our contracts window for some time. A contract range of coverage is now also calculated for these scheduling agreements. In addition, these can now also be selected via the “contracts” selection tab.

The range of coverage is calculated as follows: current plant stock (MD04) plus open delivery plan quantity minus future receipts. The range of coverage is then calculated from the date of the first shortage.

Screenshot: main list contract selection

Selection screen – contracts including scheduling agreements

Create outbound deliveries for sales orders and block sales orders

In our sales order window, it is now possible to create outbound deliveries directly for one or more selected lines. The creation can be made both light and dark. In the event of a different delivery quantity, this can be adjusted using the new field “delivery quantity”.

Delivery blocks can also be set or deleted directly via the list.

Screenshot: sales order delivery

Sales order overview – create an outbound delivery

Parallelisation of the data structure for MRP Live

If materials are planned with MRP Live, we can transfer the requirements and stock data to our world after the planning run. The data is taken from MD04 for this purpose, as MRP Live no longer writes an MRP list.

However, this can lead to runtime issues if many materials are planned at once. Therefore, there is now an option to distribute the individual materials in packages to several work processes of the application server. This reduces the runtime of the planning run. Of course, it is important to ensure that an increased number of work processes used does not affect any other SAP processes.

Screenshot: data setup MRP Live

Cross-plant settings

Innovations in Operations Project

Operations Project now supports a large number of different additional processes. For example, cross-plant scenarios can now be processed via order call-offs, stock transfer reservations or also via standard orders and sales orders (provided the plant is assigned to the supplier).

SD scheduling agreements or free deliveries are now also supported. The cloning of comment texts facilitates communication. Remark texts can be transferred, e.g. from the planned order to the production order, or from BANF to purchase order.

Screenshot of the GXO project dashboard

Dashboard Operations Project