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Why is my BOM not exploding?
Oct 19, 2018

Why is my BOM not exploding?

It’s a common experience: you create the BOM, go to the configurator, fill the conditions, try to explode the BOM and… no items show up. If you want to explode a BOM in a Production Order, you’ll want to build the BOM with Production-Relevant line items. If you want to...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, SAP Solutions, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration, BOM

Oct 09, 2018

SAP VC: Best Practices and Warnings for Change Management

Engineering Change management (ECM) is a powerful feature of SAP.  It allows you to implement changes using effectivity dates and keep a thorough history of changes made to most VC elements. ECM lets you keep VC elements in two states: before the change, and after the change.  This is...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, SAP Solutions, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

Changing Characteristics
Apr 12, 2018

Changing Characteristics

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you have to go back and change things after you’ve gone several miles down the road.  Characteristics can be one of those things. I have a tendency to create characteristics as simply as possible.  I make them CHAR unless there’s a real reason not to.  I only make them as long as the longest value I currently have...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Tech Tips + Tricks

Jan 05, 2018

Characteristic Simplicity

"Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy" ― Isaac Newton Characteristics are one of the fundamental building blocks of Variant Configuration.  As building blocks they have to interact with all the other objects in the system; classes, materials, tables, and...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

May 31, 2016

Scalability -- Preventing and Mitigating Problems in Complex SAP Models

“A man’s got to recognize his limitations” – Dirty Harry "All limits are self-imposed” – Icarus Scalability is the ability of a model to grow in size and complexity, using the same design, without sacrificing efficiency.   It is...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

May 28, 2016

ALE Configuration in SAP LO-VC (Part 2)

In this part of the series we’ll focus on creating the distribution model and assigning message types related to Variant Configuration. By now, you should have your User, Logical Systems, and RFC connections configured from Part 1 of this blog series, via preliminary steps 1 through 3. As...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Configuration, SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

May 04, 2016

ALE Configuration in SAP LO-VC (Part 1)

ALE (Application Link Enabling) is a means in which to transfer data between logical systems in SAP. This tool is used across many modules for sending master data and is especially common within the Variant Configuration world for transferring model dependencies, classification, user interfaces,...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

The 3 Pronged Strategy for Designing a Model in VC [infographic]
Dec 17, 2015

The 3 Pronged Strategy for Designing a Model in VC [infographic]

In designing a model in Variant Configuration, there are 3 main questions and 100 smaller ones that you should ask yourself every time to help build the best model for the situation.  Check out our Infographic to see examples of these questions and tips on how to avoid future struggle and...

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Tags: SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

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