What are the real advantages of having the purchase orders first in EBP? To be able to modify them before sending to R/3? And, do you know perhaps if we can use an EBP 4.0 with a backend in 4.0b and use the extended classic scenario? And, if we can use a 3.5 release with extended classic scenario with a 4.0b? Thank you indeed, Matteo.
The advantages could be based on the setup of your procurement organization. E.g. if you're looking for your procurement org. members (buyers) to work in a single system then you could attain the complete procurement process in EBP and then send the PO to R/3. This way the buyers only work in a single system, not EBP and R/3. Another would be if you wanted to enable a new document transmission mechanism (XML) to certain suppliers and wanted to not disturb your R/3 environment. You could then complete the procurement process in EBP and transmit the documents (PO, etc.) from EBP to the supplier. Reporting might be another based on how you want to get your data from BW.
But really this is not a simple answer -- typically I never make a decision until we get into a Business Blueprint timeframe of the project, as there could be certain business reasons why you might want to implement a Classic, Standalone or Extended Classic scenario.
Unfortunately off-hand I don't have the specs for the EBP to R/3 releases integration. I would suggest to enter an OSS message to get 100% certainty. Also I'm assuming you're talking about EBP 3.5 for a reason, as you might be aware EBP 4.0 is already been released for a year and EBP 5.0 is in Ramp-Up now. Maybe you already have EBP 3.5 installed in a different scenario.
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