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Deletion of Obsolete material: best practice

Hi

One of our client is asking for industry best practices to remove the material from SAP ECC and APO, after a material goes obsolete.

1. Does anyone have some best practice guidelines for obsolete materials in ECC / APO?

2. If plant specific material status in ECC goes ‚Äčto the following status,

ZS - Inactive

OB - Obsolete Item

what options do we have? what is difference between these two?

3. What options do we have to:

- Prevent the obsolete items from displaying in planning book / planning using SNP

- Delete the obsolete product from APO Product master through automatic CIF or another method

- Create report out of ECC of the Obsolete items, planner then goes through a check list to delete the material from ECC / APO?

In cases where a company has ~ 1 Million SKU's, deleting old CVC's and deleting the product from the product master (and especially preventing it from planning purchase requisitions / planned orders) becomes very important.

Appreciate any options that you may have experienced in this area.


Thanks

VP

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  • Posted on Nov 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM

    Hi VP,

    I always try to follow the standard archiving procedure in ECC. In APO report /SAPAPO/DELETE_PRODUCT can be used.

    In both systems, there are intensive checks on the existence of dependent objects and the process of removing a single product can be lengthy sometimes.

    I hope this information helps.

    Best regards,

    Tiemin

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  • Posted on Nov 08, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Hi VP,

    Pl check the following links for additional information on this topic.

    Thanks,
    Rajesh

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    • Hi Ved Prakash,

      Please check the following procedure.

      1. Deactivate the IM and log the deactivated materials

      2. Run RCIFMTDE to change procurement type to P in APO for these materials

      3. Update your integration model (CFM1) to maintain a filter based on plant specific material status to restrict obsolete materials.

      4. Regenerate the IM and activate it

      It is not possible to collect all the obsolete materials of existing models into one. However, You can define a new integration model with appropriate plant specific material status to collect all the obsolete materials. But, it won't exclude these obsolete materials from existing models.

      Thanks,
      Rajesh

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    Posted on Nov 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM

    Hi VP, take a look at https://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/364287 logging materials that are no-longer APO relevant.

    Chris

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