Variant Configuration – ALE Message Types

If you are working in a Variant configuration environment, then one of the best practices to transfer the VC – Master data between the Clients / Box is to use the ALE Methods.

The below list of message types can be a quick reference for Inward / Outward.

MATMAS – Material master
BOMMAT -BOMs: Material BOM
CHRMAS -Class system: Characteristics master
CLFMAS -Class system: Classification master
CLSMAS -Class system: Classes master
CNPMAS -Configuration profile
ECMMAS-Engineering Change Management
KNOMAS -Global object dependencies

UPSMAS -ALE Distribution Unit (MASTER)
VFNMAS -Variant function
VTAMAS -Structure of the variant table
VTMMAS -Contents of variant table


MATMAS -MATM -Material Master
CHRMAS -CHRM -Class system: Characteristics master
CLFMAS -CLFM -Class system: Classification master
CLSMAS -CLSM -Class system: Classes master
CNPMAS -CNPM -Configuration profile
ECMMAS -ECMM -Engineering Change Management
KNOMAS -KNOM -Global object dependencies

UPSMAS -UPSM -ALE Distribution Unit (MASTER)
VFNMAS -VFNM -Variant function
VTAMAS -VTMAM Structure of variant table
VTMMAS -Contents of variant table

MRP – Classic MRP Vs MRP Live

             This Blog will feature the comparison on the selection screen parameters of the classic MRP vs MRP Live.
            As many of us will be switching from ECC to S4 Hana and MRP being one of the key functionalities of the Production planning , we will Compare the fields and also key influencing factors in this.

Comparison of Selection Fields

Reference SAP Notes:

268085    – S4TWL – MRP Live on SAP HANA – MD01N
1914010 – MD01N: Restrictions for Planning in MRP Live on HANA
1989922 –   MD01N: SAP Notes overview
2403691 – MD01n: Extension of Selection Screen (S4CORE)

Why production version is important in S4- Hana?

1. BOM Selection – The BOM Selection can only be done with the Production version.In ECC the Production version selection was optional which was maintained in the Material Master>MRP4>BOM.

Now In S4 the below will be only available and the BOM Selection field has been removed.

2. Sub Contracting Process:

ECC: In ECC for subcontracting process where you need to send components to the Job work vendor a Production BOM will be created with External procurement and Special procurement as 30.

S4 Hana – Along with the Material master setting , the Production version is mandatory. If PV is not maintained then in the P.req / P.Order you will not find the the BOM Explosion.

3. Conversion Report:

For Green Field Projects , this becomes one of the Key Master data.

In case if you are into Migration Project, then Running this report -CS_BOM_PRODVER_MIGRATION02 is mandatory for creation of the production version as part of conversion.

There can be many other important reasons ,do leave them in the comment to update it… #CollectiveLearning

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is current industrial Revolution that most of the companies are trying to catch up. when many of them are at various stages , with current trend it is not option but mandatory for all them to sustain in the business. This is required to increase the efficiency , increase innovation and more personalization which are few of the key drivers of current business scenarios.

Industry 4.0 is mostly managed by the connected devices. The data is collected at / very near to the source in real time, Colloborated with supporting data. It is later processed and presented for the decision makers. Along with this Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning etc help business also to prevent / predict the outcomes.

The innovation in the sensors, Processing the data with edge processors, Storing and processing the data on premise or on cloud is helping many of the enterprises to adapt the Industry 4.0.

When there are many advantages detailed , the common challenges on Business benefit (RoI), Data privacy, Legal regulation are also travelling together. Some of them take bold steps to adapt on the go.

With the communication technology already marching towards 5G+ technologies , this Industry 4.0 will be a mandatory knowledge area which needs to be upgraded / adapted to stay in the game. Let  us continue to learn and Share.

Click here for a quick read on the IoT on manufacturing
Series: Industry 4.0

Ux-Technical Activities

In the previous post (Ux-Different Roles) we have discussed about different stake holder and their roles. This post will detail more about the activities on focus for the technical consultants / track/leads.

The Major tasks/activities is listed below.

1. Landscape Set up: There are many activities but the core one is take control on the landscape setup. As this will be done during the Preparation stage like setting up the Dev / Sandbox system,SAP cloud connector, SAP web IDE , setting up the Internet and Intranet users etc.Setting up the required sizing for all environment etc.

2. Activate Standard: This activity focus on the activation and testing of the SAP fiori applications. Activation of the business role. This activity also to be done in the Preparation stage.

3. Verify and Adjust: This activity will have a overlap during the Preparation phase and also during the explore phase. During the explore phase it will need to support the technical and functional testing. Fine tunning the fiori app performance will also be a key activity.

4. Extend and Build: This activity will be done during the realization phase.Modification/creation of Fiori apps based on confirmed UX.

You can also read about previous post about

Intelligent Enterprise

Different Roles in UX

Happy learning !!

Ux-Different Roles

In the current IT environment , there are many enterprises moving towards creation/ utilization of the Mobile applications 

In case if we are in the development then this user experience track is going to be new area of focus. When many of us would have worked in the Technical environment providing functional specifications, testing , deployment etc.

when in comes to the UX there is going to be many parallel tasks , the below snap shot gives glimpse of activity as per your Roles.

The above list is just and indicator and ff you have already worked do share your thoughts.