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 MM, Self-Service Procurement in SAP ERP


Technical Data

Technical Name of Business Function


Type of Business Function

Enterprise Business Function

Available From

SAP enhancement package 6 for SAP ERP 6.0

Technical Usage

Central Applications

Application Component

Self-Service Procurement (MM-PUR-SSP)

Required Business Function

Not relevant

You can use this business function to enable your employees to use Self-Service Procurement to create and manage shopping carts for requisitions. Self-Service Procurement is an application that users use for purchase requisitions.


  • You have installed the following components as of the version mentioned:

    Type of Component


    Required for the Following Features Only

    Software Component

    SAP_APPL 606

    SAP NetWeaver

    SAP NetWeaver 703

    Portal Content

    The required business package BP ERP PROCUREMENT 1.60 is part of the technical usage Portal Content and can be downloaded through Maintenance Optimizer in Solution Manager.

    Role names Start of the navigation path portal content Next navigation step Next navigation step every_user Next navigation step Next navigation step or End of the navigation path

    PFCG Role

    You can use the following roles in a non-portal environment:




    Run transaction NWBC and click Roles to access them.


Finding and Ordering Products

Self-Service Procurement simplifies and accelerates your purchasing processes by allowing users to enter their requisitions directly in the shopping cart application. To order products, employees can use a cross-catalog search or search for a material master record. In addition, they can describe the required product.

Approval Workflow

A workflow for approving shopping carts is in place. Approval processes are implemented using the BRFplus. Approvers receive work items for approval in their inbox. Approval is facilitated by features such as approval notes, approval of individual products or entire shopping carts, and an overview of recently ordered products of the employee.

Follow-On Processes in SAP ERP

Self-Service Procurement is part of the Purchasing component of Materials Management in SAP ERP. It ensures full access to SAP ERP data such as cost centers. Shopping carts created by employees result in follow-on processes in SAP ERP, for example, the creation of purchase requisitions or reservations.

In the case where the creation of a purchase requisition or that the purchase orders data may be incomplete, and in those cases if the park and hold functionality is active, then the purchase requisition or purchase order is created in a held state, and this can then later be corrected by the buyer.