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SCM Consulting Solutions Interview Question and Answers

SCM Consulting Solutions FAQ's

What do you mean by the term, 'SCM Consulting Solutions'?

The SCM Consulting Solutions or SCM CS refers to the tools which can be used as an add-on based on the SAP standard software. The tools They were initially developed by SAP developers and are based on specific requirements from customer projects along with the relevant customers. The user has the option of making these tools available to other customers.

How can the user test the SCM CS?

SAP Consulting provides the option to the user for running tests on an SAP ERP system which can be accessed via the internet for the SCM Consulting Solutions.

  • The SAP Consulting consultants support these tests which also have a time limit.
  • The SAP Service Marketplace can be looked for more details for SAP Note 1752896; where the entire procedure for obtaining the access has been explained explicitly.
  • The test settings are subject to a charge are also possible, for individual solutions. possible. In case a user is interested, please feel free to reach us using the above-listed e-mail address.

One can see quite many SCM CS. Can you see any dependencies between the tools?

Ideally, one cannot figure out any technical dependencies between the consulting solutions

The tools listed below are an exception:

  • Inventory controlling cockpit (this can only be used with the MRP monitor)

Individual functions are utilized across tools.

In case, several systems must be supplied with SCM CS, what is the procedure?

The price model listed in chapter 15 refers to the installation and usage of an SCM CS in a test, development and a production system. If the SCM CS must be used in multiple developments, test, or production systems, a roll-out to other systems is very much at a fixed price.

What does the support model of the SCM CS look like?

SAP consulting provides all the support for supposed errors and problems and this is possible in the context of legal warranty or for a fee-only which is listed based on a separate SCM CS upgrade agreement.

The SAP Support Portal allows SAP SCM Consulting to access the customer systems, By using the SAP Support Portal or SAP Service Marketplace only, the errors or supposed errors can be reported.

The component for the respective customer message is listed as follows depending on the SCM CS: XX-PROJ-CON-# (for example, XX-PROJ-CON-DM for the MRP monitor). The customer is required to provide an exact example which can be used for understanding the origin of the error. In particular,, the data should be defined, for instance:

  • System
  • Transaction used
  • Selection used (typically as a saved variant)
  • Identification of saved result on the database (if available or possible)
  • Specifying the user which was used for executing the action which caused the error (for checking if there was an authorization problem)
  • A Detailed description of how the error can be reassembled
  • Example data which can be used for reconstructing the error (for example, material number, plant, and so on)
  • Screenshots (these can only be used additionally but not as a replacement for the points listed above)

With the help of this data, our Support team can work around the target-oriented and speedy processing of error messages.

Do we have regular new versions/releases of the solutions? Can the user upgrade these?

When the contract is concluded, the SCM CS offers a fixed scope of functions at the fixed price.

However, these versions are subject to further development, which refers to that a new SCM CS version is released from time to time. An agreement between SAP and customer is possible when Accessing these new versions is subject to a valid SCM CS upgrade agreement.

How is the performance of the tools defined?

For processing packages and saving data to the database, many SCM CS provide batch processing for optimizing performance. During the analyzing material document data in particular, an aggregation function is made available which lists an aggregated table with all the important data, and this also reduces performance-intensive data collection to a minimum.

Generally, for analyzing performance it is impossible. There are various reasons which include various system landscapes, different data volumes of the SAP development system, customer production system, dependence on the performance of the hardware equipment and configuration.

In case of any adjustment request, what happens?

Specially authorized developers which come from SAP Consulting Customer-specific modifications to the SCM CS. Any warranty agreements will invalidate any changes which are unauthorized.

The SCM CS have flexible designs for ensuring customer-specific changes are possible with the minimum of effort. This refers to customer-specific modifications like calculation logic which varies from the SCM CS standard, additional data evaluations or data overviews can be merged in the SCM CS. Specifications and resource estimates can be discussed and implemented with the responsible developers along with technical support managers.

With regards to inventory optimization, how can the user use the tools or the standard SAP system optimally?

For maximizing the value added and optimally integrating the tools into the processes of the company, SAP suggests commissioning additional implementation support along with the tools.

SAP Consulting offers custom-made services which ensure the most efficient organizational use of the SCM CS, apart from the training courses on the SCM CS.

These optimization projects outline the ideal integration of the CS into the system landscape and consider the most efficient business processes, workflows, and system settings. In the areas of forecasting, materials planning, production, and distribution, the projects utilize modern, business optimization methods. During the optimization projects, SCM Policies are developed along with a customer project team for creating rules and thus ensuring the best usage of SAP software for planning within the supply chain.

Details are available in the following SAP Documents:

  • MRP optimization (1315243)
  • Inventory optimization (1320440)
  • Backlog elimination (1363923)
  • Forecast optimization (1292209)

Do the tools have their own namespace?

Since release 2010.2, the SCM CS have been delivered in the namespace /SAPLOM/... or /LMPC. This is not a Z function.

How is the delivery of the tools executed?

The delivery is performed by providing transport requests. The import of the transport requests in the system landscape is carried out by customer’s employees.

What is the price model?

SCM CS are not 'SAP products', and are not listed in the SAP price list. These are consultancy services meant for implementing a solution.

There are fixed prices in EURO which are valid globally valid for each SCM CS. This fixed price encompasses the installation/use of a development system, a test system, and a production system. A roll-out to other systems can also be made contractually and agreed for a fixed price

For the original creation of an SCM CS, the customer contributes toward the overall investment and pays a percentage of the overall costs.

There is no user or plant licensing; and the only exception is the SCM CS Lean manufacturing planning and control for which the number of plants is extremely imperative for the resulting costs. Technical implementation (remote) in the languages ENGLISH AND GERMAN.

Can these tools also be utilized in S/4HANA?

The provision is currently executed based on SAP S/4 HANA in the context of the S/4HANA Compatibility Package, and with the constraint that only an 18-digit at the maximum material numbers can be utilized.