Optimizing SAP® master data

Time for sanitized material management with the EASY solution for SAP®

SAP material master data - involved departments

Who benefits from sanitized master data in SAP®?

Material master data are an essential component of all SAP® logistics processes in companies. Ideally, they are up to date, correct, and reliable. But if they are flawed, it will affect every operating process in your company. Purchasing employees in particular suffer from master data which are redundant or have been recorded multiple times, thus quickly losing an overview.

Do you use SAP® MM in your company and wonder how you can optimize, automate, and simplify your SAP® master data? We have the solution!

Reduce errors in master data management

Data users often have to struggle with errors and duplicates, because creation and maintenance in SAP® MM® is elaborate and complicated. A wide variety of data are maintained by different departments, such as Purchasing, Sales, and Dispatching. The countless plant views and input fields are often an unreasonable demand, especially for occasional SAP® users!

 

Redundant, outdated, and erroneous material master data in the manufacturing industry lead to incorrect deliveries and material shortages, which in turn lead to significant disruptions to business processes in materials management. The result is dissatisfied employees, dissatisfied customers, and superfluous costs.

Improve the quality of your SAP master data with EASY

Time for a change! With our EASY PCM Material Management solution you receive permanently better data quality. You can shorten cycle times in production and the supply chain in next to no time and gain the transparency you need for your individual role.

Sanitized, correct database

All necessary fields are filled.

No duplicates

Only material data which do not yet exist are recorded.

Clear responsibilities with data governance

Every department has its own view to maintain.

Automated processes

Notifications are sent, 360° process transparency.

Control and escalation of material data creation processes

Full integration in SAP

No further program knowledge necessary; access via SAP or web, available on all mobile devices.

Last but not least

Best practice workflows in one product.

Fully automated material management in four steps

Fully automated material management

Request material

An employee – an engineer, for example – requires new material and fills out the basic data 1 & 2. They see only the fields which are important to them in their customized view. If needed, they can attach documents to the request.

1

Approve material

The master data center receives a “work item,” checks the request, and can return it to the requester if there are errors.

2

Fully automated material management
Vollautomatisiertes Material Management

Duplicate check

The system proactively indicates potential duplicates. The material descriptions and drawing numbers are used, among other things, for the check. The check can be individually expanded entirely according to your requirements.

3

Cross-plant

Basic data, classification data, and document links are created completely automatically for all company’s plants, not just one.

Plant-specific

Different plant views can be defined through a control table, independently of the material type. The system creates the relevant views for the defined plants completely automatically. Individual departments, such as Purchasing or Dispatch, can also be custom controlled to maintain plant views manually.

4

Fully automated material management

A solution you won’t want to do without

EASY PCM Material Management is integrated 100% in SAP® and thus supports the IT platform strategy in reproducing as many company processes as possible in one system: a homogeneous IT and process landscape should minimize technical and organizational problems in interfaces, thus significantly reducing operating costs.

Fast project implementation

35 percent time saving (based on relevant experience from previous projects)

Customization of the interface

According to best practice workflows and your individual requirements.

Significant cost savings

Compared to the previous process.

EASY in use

Equipment manufacturers steel industry

  • 5 SAP® systems migrated to 1 S4 / HANA® system, global use
  • 15,000 material master data per years
  • 10 plants around the world
  • 200 process participants

Wind energy

  • 1 SAP® system, global
  • Approximately 5,000 material master data per year
  • 6 plants worldwide
  • 100 process participants

Pharmaceuticals/cosmetics

  • 1,500 material master and bill of materials recording processes per year
  • Material destruction process
  • Multilingual (including Japanese)
  • 2 production plants in Germany

FAQ´s

Technical questions

Is PCM Material Management Cloud-capable?

Yes. PCM Material Management can be operated in portals (intranet/ Internet). Furthermore, individual steps such as the SAP® Cloud Platform can be used.

Does PCM Material Management support web technology?

Yes, the web-capable WebDynpro is used.

Does PCM Material Management support SAP® S/4HANA®?

Yes, the solution can be installed and operated based on SAP® S/4HANA®.

Does EASY support the connection to the SAP® Organization Management (Org.-Management / BC-BMT-OM)?

The processor determination for the individual process steps uses the organizational units from the SAP® Organization Management. Alternatively, the processor determination can be performed using customizing tables.

Can SAP info types be used?

Info types can, for the most part, be integrated using customizing. The integration of custom info types (9000 range) is also possible with customizing.

Does PCM Material Management require its own authorization concept?

The authorization system is fully integrated in SAP® and is configured internally in SAP® (roles in transaction PFCG). Of course, your own authorization objects or even an entire concept can be established alongside the existing SAP® authorizations.

Does PCM Material Management use the SAP® authorization system?

Yes. The additional authorizations of PCM Material Management can be integrated into existing roles or bundled into composite roles.

Assignments to different levels can be made (project, area, form), so that access can be explicitly controlled.

How is the processor determination made in the process?

A responsible organizational unit to which the employees who are to perform the process step are assigned is defined for every process step. PCM Material Management then automatically determines the processor.

Alternatively, customizing tables can also be used if the SAP® Organization Management cannot or should not be used. The individual processors are defined in the customizing table, which the process then accesses automatically.

How does notification in the process work?

The process participants receive a work item in the SAP® Business Workplace. In certain cases, notification may also be made by email, for example for users who rarely use SAP® or should only be informed about a specific process status.

Does EASY use the SAP® Business Workflow for the processes?

EASY PCM Process2Design® is used as the base. This uses SAP® Business Workflow in the background. The administration and monitoring of the process takes place internally in SAP®.

Is there an overview of the process status?

Yes, the process statistics serve as a monitoring and reporting tool. It is possible to view the status of individual, several, or all processes with them. Search results are displayed in a list (ALV grid in WebDynpro), from which it is possible to navigate to individual process details.

Are there graphical reports?

By default, there are no graphical visualizations in SAP®. Reporting results can, for example, be exported to Excel and be further evaluated there (graphically as well).

How does EASY handle data protection?

All process contents are held in the SAP® environments, and only users who have the necessary authorizations receive access to the contents. Accordingly, there is high data protection.

What data/accesses are logged?

The users and times of the most recent changes in process steps are logged, without the information regarding which or how much content was changed.

Can a material be created for several plants?

A material can be created for multiple plants (“plant copies”). Plant copies can be created automatically or through the process, depending on the customer.

Is there a duplicate check?

Certain users (must be defined in the project) are able to perform a duplicate check, which by default takes into account the material description and the documents linked to the material in the PCM Material Management. It is possible to include further indicators which identify a duplicate. The expansion is available as an add-on.

Can certain views be skipped?

Depending on customer need, certain views can be skipped or several views can be merged into one view. These changes can be posted as an add-on.

Can the process be adapted to our procedures?

The process can be adapted to the customer’s procedures. However, this results in additional work, which will be invoiced.

Can documents which are attached in the course of the process automatically be recorded as document info records?

Yes. At the end of the process, the documents will be recorded in SAP® as document info records and linked to the respective material.

Add-on: Adjustments to the standard functions. Expense always depends on the customer requirements and can only be estimated on an individual basis.

Does the access time depend on the process volume?

When creating new processes or accessing existing process steps – for example, via SAP® Business Workplace – the access time remains the same and is barely perceptible to the end user. In monitoring and reporting, the access time depends on the number of processes; the more processes there are, the longer the access time.

Can the customer further expand the solution with their own resources or must the service always be purchased from EASY?

Customers are welcome to expand or develop the solution through configuration in customizing or custom additions – it is not necessary to order these services from EASY. A variety of customers have operated this way. In order to develop appropriate expertise on the customer’s part, EASY also offers special administrator training for PCM Process2Design.

Is PCM Material Management SAP® certified?

Yes, the underlying component EASY PCM Process2Design® is certified.

What documentation does the solution have?

There is an Installation Guide and Release Notes as part of the sales kit standard. There is a Customizing Guide for the setup and configuration of the product.

Furthermore, EASY generally provides project-specific technical documentation which precisely describes the status in the customizing on the customer system. On request, EASY will also provide custom training documents, which can then be used for training key users and end users, and which can be developed into an individual manual by the training participants.

Technical questions

Which version of SAP® does the customer need?

The current system requirements are described in the EASY PCM Process2Design® installation guide (because they may vary from patch to patch, no general statement can be made here).

Status as of June 2017: SAP® ECC 6.0 with 7.01, with Support Package SAP® KB70019 at a minimum

Which modules are required?

Along with basic SAP®, Materials Management (MM) and the Workflow module are required for PCM Material Management. Additional modules such as Organization Management are not mandatory prerequisites for use.

Is additional hardware required?

No additional hardware is required. PCM Material Management uses the resources of the existing SAP® system.

How does PCM Material Management get into the SAP® system?

For PCM Material Management, there are SAP® transport orders with which the technical requirements for Process2Design are created. The customer’s SAP/IT base department imports the transport orders. Implementation, configurations (i.e. customizing) and adjustments (e.g. purchased add-ons) are then performed by EASY consultants.

Does EASY support the SAP transport system?

Yes. Both the SalesKit transport orders and the customizing and, if necessary, custom additional implementations are managed via the SAP® transport system.

How often does EASY deliver updates?

Updates to Process2Design issued as needed, while patches are generally issued only when it is urgent.

Does the customer need to install every update?

No, applying every patch or implementing every release change is not required. If the system is stable and no further functionalities are desired by the department, the solution can also be operated for a significantly longer period of time without updating. The maximum number of older versions which will be supported is defined in the maintenance contract.

Will an SAP® update impair the implemented solution?

No, because PCM Material Management is stored in its own namespace of EASY SOFTWARE AG and is delivered without modification in regard to SAP®, an SAP® update is independent of the solution and will generally not affect it. It has happened in isolated cases that SAP® has carried out a very deep adjustment to the architecture, which also made an adjustment of PCM Material Management necessary.

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