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Purchase Order Flow

Hello All,

Good Morning,

We are implementing SAP. In our home grown ERP we have the following flow for creating a Purchase Order

PR Generation-->RFQ Generation-->Quotation Entries-->Comparison-->Proposal Generation for the selected Vendor-->PO Generation.

Now SAP consultant tell us the standard SAP flow is

PR Generation-->RFQ Generation-->Quotation Entries-->Comparison-->PO Generation.

Now we want to have proposal generation process as we can select any vendor after the comparison. One more thing is these proposals are generated in system and then are being approved by Management Level on web. After the approval of this proposal we are able to generate the Purchase Order with reference to that particular Proposal.

So now as per our consultant we will not be having proposal generation. however he told us that we can take it as a new development.

So just want to know whether it can be done with standard SAP or we have to go for development. What are the alternatives?

I am new to this community, so apologies for the mistakes.

Thanks in Advance.

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  • Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 08:13 AM

    You get a new system, new systems work eventually/likely differently to your legacy system, but the decision is made and can't be changed.

    Instead of trying to adopt each legacy system feature into the new system you should first try to understand the new system and how intelligent the pieces work together as a whole.

    Of course this requires changes to your well known work processes, and it may even make here some positions obsolete and may add more work in other areas.

    If I would do a fit gap analysis, then we had added your "Proposal Generation for the selected Vendor" into a list of gaps. But then this has to be analyzed further. I would show you on a test system how the SAP process looks and you would eventually show me how your process is in your legacy system (even looking into the legacy system is usually not wanted by the managers)

    So we are at least two person who build together a knowledge pool that is able to identify if that part of your proposal generation is just somewhere else in the SAP process and we can judge if that is really needed 1:1 or covered somewhere else in the SAP process and you only have a small mental and organizational change.

    From your post I have currently no real idea what your "Proposal Generation for the selected Vendor" actually does. I also think that a box in the SAP process is missing, as the quotation comparison is not the source assignment step which comes prior to PO creation, but this just depends what detail is in each box of the flow chart.

    Without knowing details I am not able to tell with what it can be compared in SAP.

    From the place where it is in your flow it could eventually be the source list and info record and the ME57 transaction to assign the requisition to a source(vendor). An approval that it is the best source out of 3 sources is not there in SAP. (what is the best source? if the cheapest vendor is not able to deliver when you need the goods, then it is not the best source) But you can take a screenshot from ME57 where you select the source as evidence and send it to your approver by email.

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    Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 09:20 AM


    Look like RFQ Release strategy/Indenting (Similar Proposal Generation) will suite your requirement.



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  • Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 04:52 AM

    Hello Tinks,

    Is your current system designed such that it does not need PO approval as step of 'Propsoal Generation' is already taken care by higher authorities?

    As SAP has got document approval after creation of PO, this step becomes redundant in new system, but, still the reason why they have kept it at a previous stage in older ERP needs to be further questioned. It needs to be clear whether they are fine with releasing PO (which becomes post event now)? or they want to continue with this step to avoid creation of junk documents with improper sources.

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