Lawrence Matusek Posts

April 19th, 2016
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
Configuration Matters

Mastering Differentiated Products: Enable efficiency and flexibility in The Age of The Customer. Turn on the full power of configuration to hit the mark with your markets + customers every time.

Categories: Manufacturing Industry Insights, eBooks + Infographics + Video
May 29th, 2015
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Recap – Are We Simple Yet?

I just returned from the SAPPHIRE conference last week, and I have to say… it was surprisingly, the least inspiring conference I have attended. Normally, I would return all revved up...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events
April 28th, 2015
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
Go Native AND Integrate Systems? Contradiction or Paradox?

If you are a follower of my blogs, you know that my Go Native series talked about the dangers of favoring needless customization over native functionality. You would have also seen that I recently blogged about the continued importance of proper system integration. Can yo...

Categories: SAP Solutions
March 18th, 2015
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
Don’t Wait – Integrate. Why Proper System Integration is More Important than Ever.

After twenty years of enterprise systems experience, and after an equal number of years of trying to SIMPLIFY the seamless flow of data and transactions, it’s clear to me. Despite all of the hype around SOA and ESB’s, BAPI’s, API’s, MDM, ETL, data ...

Categories: Business Intelligence, SAP Solutions
June 10th, 2014
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
eLogic Was "Simplify" When "Simplify" Wasn’t Cool

Perhaps I am dating myself a bit with that title, but anyone like me who came of age in Texas in the early 1980s would surely recognize Barbara Mandrell’s #1 hit "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool".  In that era, country music was crossing the threshold from a type o...

Categories: SAP Solutions
June 10th, 2014
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
GO NATIVE! Mind the Gap!

Mind the Gap!  Part 3 of the 3 part series on Going Native. This is the third of my three part blog series on leveraging native functionality in packaged business systems.  The theme of this blog is how to leverage native functionality to the greatest extent possible, an...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights
April 21st, 2014
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
GO NATIVE! Resist the Temptation to Customize!

 Part 2 of the 3 part series on Going Native. This is the second in my three part blog series on leveraging native functionality in packaged business systems.  As before, I will start this blog with perhaps my favorite quotation - one that best describes the theme of thi...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights
February 24th, 2014
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
GO NATIVE! Avoid the Legacy Trap

Part 1 of the 3 part series on Going Native. I have been implementing packaged business systems (ERP, CRM, PLM, etc.) for nearly twenty years.  Over that time, I have seen some companies with very successful implementations while many others have struggled mightily.  Wha...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights
October 22nd, 2013
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
Maximizing the Value of SAP VC

I just returned from this year’s SAP Configuration Work Group Conference at Marco Island.  I received very positive audience feedback on my presentation, “Little Known VC (Variant Configuration) Facts”.  So, given the high level of interest and feedback, I thought I’d sha...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights
January 6th, 2011
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
The Secret to Making Manual Sales Set Changes

I have preached about the power of Sales Set functionality at CWG Conferences. One of the best features of Sales Sets is the ability for a user to make ad hoc, manual changes to the configurable sale BOM structure. I saw a post on the CWG Forum tonight where a user made t...

Categories: SAP Solutions
January 6th, 2011
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
New and Improved PMEVC

I just saw some great news from SAP. A new and improved version of the PMEVC model maintenance transaction is now available in ERP 6.0 Enhancement Package 5. There are some great new features that are described in the following CWG new article. http://www.configuration-w...

Categories: SAP Solutions
January 4th, 2011
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
The Material Variant Trap in SAP

Have you ever created a material variant with the wrong configurable material? For example, you want to create material X as a variant of material Y but you specify material Z instead by mistake. Unfortunately SAP does not allow you to change the configurable material ass...

Categories: SAP Solutions
January 4th, 2011
Lawrence Matusek
Executive VP & CTO
Setting and Unsetting Default Values in SAP VC

Let's start with an easy one. Setting and unsetting default values in SAP VC procedures can be a little tricky. Whereas conditionally inferred values are revoked when their condition is no longer satisfied, the same is not true for values set by default. What does that me...

Categories: SAP Solutions