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Inventory Month-to-month Changes

I am a student and have been given an assignment that calls for me to network and get answers from sources in the commercial community so here goes...

I'm trying to create a data model that answers the question, "are there any discernible patterns of material movement that can be predicted for intra-organizational shipments?"

I am able to get starting and ending balances for each material by plant and valuation which gives me the delta. What I need to do is to break down the delta in a way that separates how much of each delta is composed of 1) direct inbound shipments related to specific goods receipts from suppliers, 2) direct outbound shipments related to specific goods issues to customers and 3) plant-to-plant stock transfer activity.

One of the things I'd like to be able to do is to tie the time series analysis of movements with the to/from geographic locations in order watch the flows on a graphical basis. I'm thinking this is going to call for information at the material document level yet I can't seem to locate any particular table that I could use SE16N to pull the data from.

First, is there is single material level "flow of transactions" table that I can use to capture the three components above?

Second, is there a better way to address this problem?

Thanks in advance.

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  • Posted on Oct 01, 2015 at 01:44 AM

    Hi Steven,

    The best practice is using standard (Business Content) DataSources for the extraction of data from the OLTP system (i.e. SAP ECC):

    • 2LIS_03_BF for goods movements;
    • 2LIS_03_BX for stock initialization
    • 2LIS_03_UM for revaluations.

    There is also Business Content in the Data Warehousing system (i.e. SAP BW), e.g. InfoCube 0IC_C03.

    Maybe a snapshot scenario would be interesting for you. Please refer to document How to Handle Inventory Management Scenarios in BW (NW2004) for more information.

    Best regards,


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    • Hi Steven,

      I am sorry to hear that you are in such a situation. An SCN Discussion cannot help you further in this case as here we share knowledge and experience. Dealing with organizational and/or governance aspects is beyond the scope of an SCN Discussion, at least in this forum in my opinion.

      As I indicated before, you need access to experienced people to be able to understand the system (which was probable built over many years - 10 years is not an exception). Moreover, access and sufficient authorization to the system with appropriate roles is also crucial.

      I don't expect that you will be able to fulfill your assignment if both prerequisites are not taken care of.

      Best regards,


  • Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 05:08 PM

    Hi Steven,

    There are Docs on Inventory Management in SAP BW , if you can search SCN..those docs would guide you to acheive it.

    We can use both the below datasources to achieve all the 3 scenarios.





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