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Business use of bypassing sourcing cockpit

Hi experts,

In which scenario, 'process purchase order in draft' is used instead of sourcing cockpit? What are the benefits in such cases?Personally, I donot see much of any benefits here. Say, a shopping cart with three items have been ordered. If we configure 'sourcing not carried out' for three items, the ordered shopping cart will result in three purchase orders in draft stage. Even if all three items could have been sourced from the same supplier, we now cannot bundle it together to create a single purchase order.

Your thoughts and feedback are highly apprciated.

Thanks and regards,


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    Posted on May 23, 2011 at 08:49 AM

    Hi Ranjan,

    But you can always group your SC items to create a single PO if you do not want sourcing.

    SRM Server->Sourcing->Define Sourcing for Product Categories to "Aut. Grouping, Sourcing in never carried out" after that run program BBP_SC_TRANSFER_GROUPED to create one PO by vendor

    Hope I have understood your query correctly.



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    • Hi,

      The business case for not using the sourcing cockpit would be as follows:

      You are using catalogs, where prices, vendors and contracts all come with the item and there is no need to search for these via the sourcing cockpit.

      There is a difinite source of supply, ie you can use Vendor lists where you have a predefined list of vendors that you wish to

      source your items from...then the source is already found and again no need for sourcing cockpit.

      In the shopping cart itself there is a Source of Supply tab where you can search for all valid sources of supply, ie, vendor, contract etc. So this is like a mini sourcing cockpit, the sources found would be the same in the SC as in the Sourcing Cockpit. So there then would be no need to send the item to the sourcing cockpit.

      Like above also you can still use the Grouping report to group any items your wish to group in the same PO.

      Also please see note 1380879, where it lists all splitting critieria on why your items would split into different PO's, normally if all criteria are the same then no split happens and one PO would be created for multiple items.

      The benifits of using the sourcing cockpit would be more flexibility:

      You can create different kinds of follow-on documents eg. PO, Contract, Bid Invitation.

      With the Bidding option there is a negotiation side of things where your vendors can submit their prices etc. This would suit some customers.

      All customers needs are different, this is why you can choose to use this or not.

      I hope this helps with the decision process.

      Kind Regards,


  • Posted on May 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Hi Ranjan

    see below article on Sourcing Cockpit by Lisa Norris

    1.cockpit helps to process the incomplete shopping carts by the purchaser from the cockpit.

    2. Buyer can determine what follow on documents needs to be created like PO, Contract and Bid Invitation

    there are some business Requisition department gives signal to Purchaser what needs to be created via text ( please create a best price contract for this request).

    3.There are some situations like there are more than source of supply exist for a single item that time BUYER can decides to whom needs to be added via Propose source of supply option.

    4. We need to educate the business what are the faciliities available in the cockpit to the business team


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