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Function documentation Use of Characteristics Groups Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

Use

You use characteristics groups to create a connection between the characteristic values combination of your demand plan and the decision tree that the system is to use for the demand combination run.

Features

For a characteristics group, you select the characteristics of a specific planning area. You then assign a decision tree to a characteristic values combination. You can create one characteristics group for each planning area and planning version by specifying the characteristics and a sorting sequence. You can define several characteristic values combinations within the characteristics group, and assign each characteristic values combination to a different decision tree.

During the subsequent demand combination run, the system uses the planning area and the planning version to determine the corresponding characteristic values combination. Finally, the system uses the sorting sequence and the characteristic values combination to determine the decision tree with which demand combination is to analyze the key figures of the current planning book.

Example

Your demand plan for planning area X contains the following characteristic values combination:

·        Location 2

·        Material 2

·        Customer group 1

In the demand combination master data, you have entered the characteristics for the characteristics group of planning area X in the following sequence:

·        Location (1)

·        Material (2)

·        Customer group (3)

You have modeled the following characteristic values combinations for the characteristics group:

Location

Material

Customer Group

Decision Tree

Location 1

Material 1

*

Tree 1

*

Material 2

*

Tree 2

Location 2

*

Customer group 1

Tree 3

During the demand combination run, the system compares the characteristic values combination from the demand plan with the characteristic values combinations of the characteristics group item by item from left to right to find the most exact match. In this case, the system determines the result Tree 3.

The sorting sequence of the characteristics in the characteristics group can also look like this:

Material

Location

Customer Group

Decision Tree

Material 1

Location 1

*

Tree 1

Material 2

*

*

Tree 2

*

Location 2

Customer group 1

Tree 3

In this case, the system determines Tree 2 with the characteristic values combination of your demand plan.

 

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