Use of Descriptive Characteristics
This process describes how to set up the system so that you can use descriptive characteristics in applications such as Capable-to-Match (CTM) and Production Planning (PP).
You have decided which characteristics you want to use as descriptive characteristics and which fields they should be mapped to.
Check that the field catalog contains the fields that you need and if necessary add them. For details, see Maintaining Field Catalogs
Create a consumption group. For more details, see Consumption Group
Assign the consumption group to the product master. You do this on the Demand tab page of the location-specific view. Here you also assign a proposal for the requirements strategy. Strategy 20 (Planning with final assembly) is suitable for most applications that use descriptive characteristics.
In Demand Planning create a master planning object structure that contains the descriptive characteristics. See Working with Master Planning Object Structures.
Continue by creating the other Demand Planning objects, such as a planning area based on the master planning object structure you created in the previous step. See Planning Area Administration.
Create characteristic value combinations that include the values of the descriptive characteristics that you are expecting. See Characteristic Value Combination.
Create a forecast for the product using Demand Planning functionality. For more information see Demand Planning Process.
Release the demand plan to SNP, entering the consumption group either in the release profile or the selection screen. See Creating a Release Profile and Releasing the Demand Plan Online.
You can now work with descriptive characteristics in PP/DS and CTM.