You can use this function to create an article from an application without actually leaving the application. For example, if you create a purchase order in which an article is missing, you can call core master data processing from the purchase order, create the article, and post it. You can then use it immediately in the purchase order.
You can call this function from the SAP Easy Access screen or from the following applications:
· Layout Workbench
· Purchase Order Processing in Seasonal Procurement
¡ Order List
¡ Grouped Purchase Order Document
¡ Purchase Order
When you process core article master data, you have a reduced view of available master data functions. If you want to use core master data operationally in applications in which you have not created this data, you may need to enhance it with additional master data. Which master data has to be added depends on the application in which you created the core article master data.
· You have defined maintenance groups that control the field display during processing.
For more information, see Maintenance Group.
· If you want to process core article master data from an application, you have integrated this function into the application.
· You must enter a maintenance group to control the field display during processing.
If you call processing from an application, the system displays the initial screen for core article master data processing. A default maintenance group is defined for each application.
To change the maintenance group, choose with the quick info text Change Maintenance Group. You can only select the maintenance groups that you have specifically defined for the application.
· In addition to the maintenance group you can enter a template. The template can contain default values for the initial screen and the master data fields in the maintenance group.
Core article master data processing incorporates multilevel reference handling. Default data from the interface has the highest priority, followed by default data from the template. Data from the reference article has the lowest priority.
· On the initial screen you must make entries for the article type, merchandise category, and article category. You can define validity areas and specify a reference article.
· The system displays the following areas on the main screen:
This displays the views with the field groups that are combined in the selected maintenance group.
¡ Organizational data
This displays the article short text and the selected organizational levels.
¡ Work area
This displays the fields for the level selected in the navigation view. The system enters default values depending on your entries.
If you select a higher-level node, for example, Units of Measure, the system displays all the lower-level fields for this node in one line in the work area.
You can display or hide individual areas.
· The system displays the fields to be processed that are contained in the selected maintenance group. Depending on the maintenance group, it also displays required entry fields for the articles to be created, for example, maintenance of classification data used to define variants for generic articles.
· You can use a Business Add-In (BAdI) to adapt the screen to customer-specific requirements.
For more information about the BAdI, see Customizing for Logistics - General under Article Master ® Retail-Specific Settings ® Settings for Core Master Data ® Enhancements Using Business Add-Ins ® BAdI: Customer-Specific Maintenance Screens.
· If you create generic articles with processing for core article master data, you evaluate characteristics and create variants. The system then displays the main screen for the function.
For all fields that contain variant-specific data, you can double-click to call another screen on which you make entries for individual variants.
· If you call processing for core article master data from the SAP Easy Access screen, you can save the data and return to the initial screen, or save the data and use it as a template.
If you call processing from another application, the system returns to the original application after saving the data.
· You can use a BAdI to check and adapt the data to be posted on a customer-specific basis.
For more information about the BAdI, see Customizing for Logistics - General under Article Master ® Retail-Specific Settings ® Settings for Core Master Data ® Enhancements Using Business Add-Ins ® BAdI: Additional Checks and Data Adjustment.
On the SAP Easy Access screen, choose Logistics ® Retailing ® Master Data ® Article Data ® Article ® Process Core Master Data.
1. Enter a maintenance group.
2. Enter the basic article data.
3. The system switches to the initial screen. It assigns a temporary number to the newly created article.
4. You process the master data fields for the article.
5. When you save your entries, the system determines the article number.
6. You can use the article operationally in the application for which you created it.
If you want to use a core article master record operationally in every application, you must add other master data to it. To do this, go to processing for article master records.