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Using MM for Indirect Procurement


I am looking at using Material Codes for Purchase Orders where we are procuring services or equipment. I know there are more correct ways to do this in SAP (External Services Management, Equipment Master) but the business already has external systems managing these details and does not want to start tracking these in SAP.

However, I think it would be very useful for our analytics and trending to use Material Codes in Purchase Orders so we can track standard services or instrument spend. My plan is to use the following:

Services = Material Type DIEN

Equipment = Material Type ZEQP, not quantity managed, valuated

Does anyone see a reason this would not work?

I want to maintain the least amount of master data possible (Basic Data, Purchasing View). Are there any other views I will need to include?

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  • Posted on May 30, 2019 at 07:21 PM


    If you use DIEN for services procurement, then you wont be able to create SES for the service. Did you check the service masters (AC03) for external service management, instead of DIEN.



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  • Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    I can see the only problem is you need to post Goods Receipts instead of Service Entry sheet Acceptance, which can lead to lost of lots of traceability of service procurement!


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