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Function documentation Process Chains in SCM Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

Use

As of Release SCM 4.1, you can use this Business Information Warehouse (BW) function together with SCM transactions. It allows you to set up chains of background jobs. For instance, in Demand Planning you could program a chain that uploads data from a data source to an InfoCube, generate any new characteristic value combinations, upload the data from the InfoCube to a planning area, carry out a forecast, and release the data to SNP.  Each step should only be carried out if the previous step finished without errors.

For a general description of process chains, see the BW documentation Structure linkProcess Chains and subordinate documentation.

Integration

All other process steps that are available in process chains in the Business Information Warehouse are also available here. This means for instance that you combine BW processes with SCM processes in one process chain. You can also include Workflow processes in your chains.

Prerequisites

In order to use the graphic interface for process chains, users must install the SAPGUI BW Add-on on their PCs.

Features

Several SCM process types have been included in the process chain maintenance tool.

SCM Demand Planning

     Generate characteristic value combinations

For details of this process, see Generating Master Data for Demand Planning.

     Add bill of material information

For details of this process, see Structure linkForecasting with Bills of Material.

     Initialize planning area (Create time series objects)

For details of this process, see Structure linkPlanning Area Functions in S&DP Administration.

     Deinitialize planning area (Delete time series objects)

For details of this process, see Structure linkPlanning Area Functions in S&DP Administration.

     DP background processing

Use this process type to add DP background jobs to a process chain.

The following activities can be carried out in a DP background job:

     Execute a forecast

     Execute macros

     Release from DP to SNP

     Release to ERP

For details of this process, see Structure linkForecast Execution with Mass Processing.

     Calculate proportional factors

For details of this process, see Structure linkGeneration of Proportional Factors.

     Load data from InfoCube

For details of this process, see Structure linkLoading Data from an InfoCube into a Planning Area and Structure linkCopy Management.

     Copy planning version

For details of this process, see Structure linkCopy Management.

     Data Realignment

For details of this process, see Structure linkRealignment and Copying of Data.

     Time series consistency check

For details of this process, see Structure linkConsistency Checks for Planning Areas.

     Adjust time series

For details of this process, see Structure linkAdjustment of Time Series Objects.

     Characteristics-Based Forecasting: Rounding of Time Series Values

This function is only available for characteristics-based forecasting.  For details of this process, see Disaggregation and Rounding in CBF.

     Direct release from an InfoProvider to Supply Network Planning

For details of this process, see Structure linkRelease from an InfoProvider to SNP.

     Direct release from an InfoProvider to Supply Network Planning

For details of this process, see Structure linkRelease from an InfoProvider to an ERP System.

SCM Promotion Planning

     Update Promotions

     Activate/Deactivate Promotions

     Copy Promotions

     Change Promotions

For details of these processes, see Structure linkPromotion Management.

SCM Supply Network Planning

     SNP heuristic

For details of this process, see Structure linkHeuristic-Based Planning.

     SNP Optimization

For details of this process, see Structure linkOptimization-Based Planning.

     Capacity leveling

For details of this process, see Structure linkCapacity Leveling.

     Deployment

For details of this process, see Structure linkDeployment.

     Deployment optimization

For details of this process, see Structure linkDeployment.

     Transport Load Builder (TLB)

For details of this process, see Structure linkTransport Load Builder.

     Safety Stock Planning

For details of this process, see Structure linkExtended Safety Stock Planning.

     SNP Disaggregation

For details of this process, see Structure linkSNP Disaggregation.

     Release to Demand Planning

For details of this process, see Structure linkRelease of Supply Network Plan to Demand Planning.

     Parallel Consumption in the Background

For details of this process, see Structure linkConsumption using qRFC or Background Processing.

     Planned Independent Requirement Reorganization – Adjust Requirements

For details of this process, see Structure linkAdjustment of Planned Independent Requirements

     Generation of Forecast

For details of this process, see Structure linkGeneration of Planned Independent Requirements.

     Convert Master Data Queue (Level 1) for SNP

This process enables you to plan the calculation of changes to master data made after initializing the planning version as a separate step. Usually, the system updates the master data queue automatically at the start of a planning run. However, in certain cases (for performance reasons, for example), it can make sense to carry out this process seperately. For more information, see the relevant F1 Help.

     Merge Planning Versions (SNP)

For details of this process, see Structure linkPlanning Version Merge

     SNP Aggregation

For details of this process, see Structure linkSNP Aggregation.

     Single-Level Supply and Demand Mapping

For details, see Structure linkSingle-Level Supply and Demand Mapping.

     Resource Disaggregation

For details, see Structure linkResource Disaggregation.

SCM Capable-to-Match (CTM)

     Execute CTM Planning

Here you assign a CTM profile directly to the process. For details of this process, see Structure linkCapable-to-Match Planning (CTM).

SCM Planned Independent Requirements

     Parallel Consumption in the Background

For details of this process, see Structure linkConsumption using qRFC or Background Processing.

     Planned Independent Requirements Reorganization ­ Adjust Requirements

For details of this process, see Structure linkAdjustment of Planned Independent Requirements

     Generation of Planned Independent Requirements

For details of this process, see Structure linkGeneration of Planned Independent Requirements.

SCM Alert Monitoring

     Alert Determination in the Background. For details of this process, see Structure linkAlert Determination in the Background.

SCM Version Copy

     Version Copy

For details of this process, see Structure linkCreating, Copying, and Deleting Model/Planning Version.

Additional Functions

Context Menu

Several functions are available in the context for processes. Some of these are available for all process types, for example

     Maintain process variant

     Exchange process variants

     Display all jobs with the process chain

     Specify that a message is sent to recipient when a process is completed

     Delay the start of a process for a specified length of time

     Remove a process from the chain

However, other functions depend on the process in question. For Generate characteristic combinations, for instance, you can display the existing characteristic combinations. If the transaction involved has its own log, you can also call up this log from here.

 

 

 

 

 

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