Recap: ASUG Chicago Chapter Meeting (July, 2017)

July 20, 2017 – Chicago, IL: This past week, GyanSys attended and was one of the sponsors at the ASUG Chicago Summer Chapter Meeting. The event was conducted at The Northern Illinois University, in Naperville.

The Chapter meeting was well attended by around 125 SAP professionals and included organizations such as – Sloan, NEC, Amer Sports, Commscope, Sysmex, Bunn, Zimmer, Grainger etc. to name a few.

Steve Williams (Business Solutions Manager – PLM, Delta Faucet) and Sanjay Una (Sr. Solution Architect, GyanSys) presented a session on – “Simplified SAP PLM S/4 1610 Using Fiori 2.0 for NPD”. The session outlined –

  • Seamless Integration between Teamcenter & S/4HANA SAP PLM for MM & EBOM creation, Change Number & Engineering Record using Middleware T4S
  • Central repository maintained within the SAP system, setting realistic timing and systematic follow-up, and increase speed to market capability
  • Global standard view of the all NPD projects and the individual projects therein, better visibility into project spend & faster response to the need for corrective action


The session provided a great overview of how S/4HANA 1610 would help Delta Faucet overcome manual processes and disconnects in legacy systems for New Product Development. It was attended by over 35 attendees and helped drive insightful discussions.

Steve Williams (Business Solutions Manager – PLM, Delta Faucet Company) & Sanjay Una (Sr. Solution Architect, GyanSys) presenting the Simplified SAP PLM S/4 1610 Using Fiori 2.0 for NPD. (Click here to access presentation)

 GyanSys give-away: An Autographed Arrieta jersey! The lucky winner was an attendee from the Sloan Company.

Simple Goods Movement in SAP S/4 Using Fiori

SAP has been touting the simplification aspects of SAP S/4 specifically around the Fiori enabled transactions to perform tasks in the system. Anyone familiar with the SAP GUI transaction “MIGO” knows that it is sometimes difficult to navigate and not very visually pleasing to the user.

The Migo Function in Action

SAP Fiori has begun taking the MIGO functions and making them simple, visually pleasing and easy to use resulting in a better user experience for the end user.

Below is an example of a movement of product from unrestricted stock to blocked stock in a simple Fiori transaction.


SAP Fiori UI


The user in this example, is a warehouse clerk and has access to the Warehouse Processing tiles in the SAP Fiori application. The user selects the Transfer Sock In-Plant tile.


SAP Fiori Transfer Stock UI


The user is presented with the screen above showing the valid storage locations that the material is extended to within the plant. This is a nice feature as the user no longer has to jump to another SAP transaction to find this data.

Also the stock is showing in the top right corner of the screen. The user in this example, is moving 1 piece from the RAW location to blocked stock in the RAW location. By selecting the Up Arrow next to the quantity 999.00 showing in RAW unrestricted use stock and then selecting the Down Arrow on the blocked stock line for the RAW storage location the user will be shown the popup below where they can enter the quantity to transfer.


The user will select the post button and a material document will be created in SAP for the posting.



The material document number is shown to the user and then the screen below shows the updated stock position that is reflecting in the SAP S/4 system.



This simple example of a material movement shows how SAP Fiori is simplifying transactions in the SAP S/4 system and creating a better user experience for customers.

Over time we will explore some more features of the SAP S/4HANA 1610 system and also see more examples of the Fiori 2.0 features. SAP continues to develop Fiori applications and by considering an upgrade to S/4HANA, customers can leverage Fiori to simplify their business.

My future blog posts will cover details on how S/4 Fiori handles the most frequently used transactions in core ECC.

I am at SAPPHIRE 2017 in Orlando. If you are attending please stop by to watch our S/4 demos at Booth #1059.



MRP on SAP S/4HANA: Insight to Action

Material Requirement Planning is a key process in production to maintain optimized level of inventory while producing the product at an expected timeline and cost. SAP has versatile Material Requirement Planning tool which has proved to be useful for years. Competitive markets, increasing inventory costs and improved computing capabilities calls for further improvements within the MRP tool.

These are few challenges with current MRP tool:

  • Long and resource intensive MRP runs imply a periodic and batch process.
  • New Demand and Supply changes make MRP plans immediately outdated.
  • No real time single view for material information and shortages.
  • Requirement to navigate to multiple ERP transactions to evaluate solution alternatives.


Improving Manufacturing and catapulting it to the next level will need achievement of the following goals:


SAP S/4HANA with its digital core is capable of executing data intensive MRP process at unprecedented speeds. MRP Live (MD01N) optimizes processes to reduce MRP run-time by 10 fold, thereby making MRP FastSimple and Cross Plant.


S/4HANA 1610 is not only about the speed of MRP execution but also about providing Smart solutions to manage material shortages and other requirements around MRP. The scope of this blog includes discussions around Fiori Apps available in S/4HANA 1610. Below is a snapshot of all MRP related Fiori apps available with 1610.


Material availability can be influenced by several factors like delayed material status, Sales Order fulfillment, change in customer order and several others. The MRP controller should be aware of real time material shortage situation.


Manage Material Shortages


With S/4HANA Fiori apps the MRP Controller will see all relevant information side by side allowing him to take a quick look and gather meaningful insight to take immediate action.

Below is snapshot of Material shortages for the MRP Planner.


This app highlights issues across thousands of material stock situation. MRP Planner has option to check stock requirement list from the same app.


Solution doesn’t only show the material shortage situation but also recommend solution with the option of simulating the possible solution and check viability.


Insight to action capability of the solution helps resolving the issues before it occurs.


Manage Change Requests – MRP


Change request can be raised when using app for managing material and uncovered requirement. App for new, requested and answered change request are available on the MRP Planner.


Proposed changes can be requested from vendor and status can be updated from Answered to Closed upon response of the vendor.

Email can be sent to the vendor and upon their response, changes to Purchase order or stock transfer order can be applied.


Manage Production Order


Production order can also be managed from MRP cockpit. Manage Production order app provides the list of your order with uncovered items.


Individual production order at app has Stock Requirement list, Component info, Milestone, Material overview and order detail. User can also navigate to fact sheets and back end transactions.

Monitoring Internal and External Requirements:


There are separate apps available for Internal and external requirements. The MRP controller can check the coverage of the component required for in-house Production Order, Process order, Maintenance order and network order. Solution recommendations are available for handling shortage situation similar to material Shortages app.


Manage external requirement app provides view of uncovered and delayed items required for sales order and STO. App recommends solutions to overcome the situation with preview capabilities.


MRP Material Issues: 


This app provides view of material(s) for which issues had occurred in MRP execution. Planner can get the information to analyze the issue with material for which problems occurred in the planning run.


MRP Scheduling and Key Figures:


Planner can schedule MRP from Fiori app and review the status of the MRP execution.


MRP Key Figures:


Exception handling based on real time data and early identification of issues with different materials improves material flow and reduces lead time of product development.

Transformed user experience for the material planner has great potential to boost Planner productivity. The simplified and insightful Fiori Application provides a delightful user experience to the Material Planners.