SAP Solutions Category Posts

May 31st, 2016
Tim Rose
Senior Consultant
Scalability -- Preventing and Mitigating Problems in Complex SAP Models

“A man’s got to recognize his limitations” – Dirty Harry. Scalability is the ability of a model to grow in size and complexity, using the same design, without sacrificing efficiency. It is always desirable. It is not always attainable...

Categories: SAP Solutions
May 30th, 2016
Justin Pittman
Director, Digital Commerce
SAPPHIRE 2016 Reflection: Digital Transformation

“Digital Transformation” was the primary theme of the 2016 SAPPHIRE + ASUG Conference. While digital transformation is not a new term, many manufacturers are just now starting to invest time and resources into thinking digitally...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events, Manufacturing Industry Insights
May 28th, 2016
Rick Servello
VC Team Lead, SAP
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 step...

Categories: SAP Solutions
May 4th, 2016
Rick Servello
VC Team Lead, SAP
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, classifi...

Categories: SAP Solutions
March 23rd, 2016
eLogic Accelerates Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SAP ERP Integration with Scribe Software

Vertical Accelerator Allows Manufacturers to Quickly Overcome the Most Common Integration Challenges.

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events, Microsoft Solutions
January 7th, 2016
Michael Cross
Senior Consultant
Features & Benefits of Scribe Insight for Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

We help many of our customers integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM with other systems, including SAP.  The integration tool that we use most frequently with Dynamics CRM is Scribe Insight from Scribe Software. Below are some key features and benefits that make Scribe Insigh...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Microsoft Solutions
December 17th, 2015
Tim Rose
Senior Consultant
The 3 Pronged Strategy for Designing a Model in VC

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 avo...

Categories: SAP Solutions, eBooks + Infographics + Video
December 15th, 2015
Your Path from VC to IPC and CPQ [webcast]

Your Path from Variant Configuration (VC)  to Internet Pricing and Configurator (IPC) and Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) Many companies are considering SAP CRM or hybris CPQ. Using your VC models in these applications requires the IPC, but before your models can run i...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events
June 19th, 2015
100 Industry Best Practices Realized through 100 System Implementations for Manufacturers: 100×100

100 x 100 is the name for our SAP Solution Gallery.  It contains over 100 best practices realized through over 100 implementation projects.  You won’t find these best practices in books or the online help.  You may find some in forums or presentations if you are lucky.  A...

Categories: Business Intelligence, SAP Solutions
June 11th, 2015
Rama Gottipati
SAP Consultant
Material Variants With Multi-Level KMATS setup, Planning and Execution

Material variants are widely used with variant configuration to stock individual configuration of a configurable product. As anything in SAP can be made as complex as possible, material variants can also be setup as a simple stock part with non-configurable materials as p...

Categories: SAP Solutions
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
May 27th, 2015
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
SAP Variant Configuration (VC) Projects are not just about Modeling!

Working in the IT domain in the past years, I have come to realize that the technical realization of a project is one thing, but the planning and facilitation of it is another. In the Variant Configuration (VC) world, this is also true. Very often, a good part of the wor...

Categories: SAP Solutions
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
April 22nd, 2015
ASUG CWG Track Session Preview: hybris and HANA Revolutionize SAP Product Configuration

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference: Preview with Lawrence Matusek. Twenty years ago, SAP product configuration was entirely a back office function.  Back then it was considered a feat to be able to input, validate & price a configuration, and then automatically g...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events
April 1st, 2015
Lawrence Matusek, Executive VP & CTO for eLogic, to speak at SAPPHIRE 2015 on hybris, CPQ, and HANA for SAP Product Configuration

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference is just around the corner.  It’s a  place where   the SAP community comes together to hear different points of view, experiences, and best   practices from SAP subject matter experts and SAP customers. This year, eLogic’s own Lawren...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events
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
February 4th, 2015
eLogic has a new website!

We Simplify B2B Commerce for Manufacturers with Microsoft, SynApps™, SAP.  Website Renovation Complete We eLogicians are thrilled to announce the release of our new website! Not only did we redesign it aesthetically for a fresh, sharp look and feel, but we put tons of t...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events, Microsoft Solutions
November 7th, 2014
Rama Gottipati
SAP Consultant
Sub-Contracting in SAP – Different BOM Components by Vendor

During my initial days of SAP consulting, I was asked to explain sub-contracting functionality and setup. Being a logistics consultant I was able to answer it with ease and explain the functionality and setup required for it to work in SAP. Then I was asked how sending d...

Categories: SAP Solutions
September 11th, 2014
Rama Gottipati
SAP Consultant
SAP Delivered IMG Settings

Lately I have been doing lot of SAP retrofits on SAP implementations for clients who already have SAP implemented in their organizations, or SAP implemented but not in line with their business processes and requirements.  I have noticed a common trend where standard SAP f...

Categories: SAP Solutions
August 25th, 2014
Mike Shields
CEO & Industry Strategist
If Everybody Simplifies, How Come it’s Still So Complex?

The Reality Behind Most of the New ‘Simplifications’ for Commerce. Our CTO, Lawrence Matusek, is a true master of simplification.  Check out his following within the SAP community of complex manufacturing and you’ll see why.  Anyhow, a few w...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Microsoft Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights
July 24th, 2014
Rama Gottipati
SAP Consultant
Planning Strategies for CTO/ETO in SAP

I have been asked by one of my friends regarding planning strategies for CTO/ETO scenarios and thought I would share my knowledge regarding CTO/ETO planning strategies in SAP. Scenarios discussed here involve usage of Variant Configuration functionality in SAP. Below are ...

Categories: 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
March 14th, 2014
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
The PMEVC Tool in SAP: a VC Modeler's Best Friend

The Variant Configuration Modeling Environment (PMEVC) is a powerful display, review and editing transaction in SAP VC.  As a common entry point for all of these operations, it truly deserves to be in every VC modeler’s known set of tools.  In today’s tech-tip, I will go ...

Categories: SAP Solutions
March 7th, 2014
Jim DiCamillo
Senior Consultant, Development
Ask The Right Questions for Configuration Success!

“There are no right answers to wrong questions.” ~Ursula K. LeGuin A common challenge when creating a new product configurator is to decide the right set of user questions. Configurators are designed to support the users driving the sales process, but the knowledge of th...

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
February 7th, 2014
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
SAP Variant Configuration Tech Tip - About the Group BOM

In the last blog about Variant Configuration, we talked about the variant BOM (or BOM group), which is shared by many materials.  There is, however, another construct in SAP which has a similar name but a different purpose: the group BOM.  In the following article, you wi...

Categories: SAP Solutions
January 7th, 2014
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
SAP Variant Configuration Tech Tip - About the variant BOM (or BOM group)

The Bill of Materials (BOM) describes the specific components of a product and is a pivotal element in SAP.  While the BOM is used in many modules and is by itself a time-saver, it can become tedious to maintain one BOM per material variant when there is a huge number of ...

Categories: SAP Solutions
December 3rd, 2013
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
Moving Variant Table Records in SAP

In the world of variant configuration, it’s useful to know that variant table entries are not set in stone. The position of the different entries can still be changed afterwards. Read on to find out how! When adding new entries to variant tables using transaction CU60, y...

Categories: SAP Solutions
October 28th, 2013
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
Copying Configurable Materials Using Transaction CUCK

Has creating all those variant configuration materials become a real time-consuming activity in your organization? Read on to find out about a transaction code to copy configurable materials in a quick and straightforward way. When working with variant configuration, it ...

Categories: SAP Solutions
October 28th, 2013
Joé Desbiens
Consultant
Starting the ABAP Debugger Without Using the Command Field

What can you do when you cannot type /h in the command field to fire up the ABAP debugger?  In this post, you will learn how to create a short text file which can be dragged to any SAP window, starting the ABAP debugger automatically. It is a rather well-known that no ma...

Categories: SAP Solutions
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
March 28th, 2013
SAP Engineered-to-Order ERP

When a $400m manufacturer of large engineered power transformers chose SAP ERP as their solution to integrate three business units, their original SAP integrator failed to support critical ETO business processes.  We were contracted to assess their requirements and eventu...

Categories: SAP Solutions
March 1st, 2013
SAP Configured-to-Order eSales Platform: Case Study

Read how one company utilized deep native SAP functionality to solve critical problems while improving their “face to the customer.”  There are highly effective tools that greatly leverage your SAP investment by improving channel facing issues and response times.  Improve...

Categories: SAP Solutions
February 15th, 2013
Tim Rose
Senior Consultant
Designing VC Models with Maintenance in Mind

Life will be easier in 6 months ... In designing a model in Variant Configuration there are a hundred small decisions to make about how to structure the data and logic to make the darn thing work. Do I use tables or dependencies? Do I want a few long dependencies, or man...

Categories: SAP Solutions
January 11th, 2013
Rick Servello
VC Team Lead, SAP
Solving Configuration Problems with SAP VC Technology

Variant Configuration Multi-Level Design One of the greatest performance benefits seen during my time a VC consultant was with switching from a single-level configuration to multi-level configuration for a multi-sectioned product. In some cases, initial loading time for ...

Categories: SAP Solutions
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