Eight ways to improve your SAP supply chain operations

SAP supply chain software can be complicated to run. Here are eight ways businesses can help bring order -- and efficiencies -- to the chaos.

It seems like a universal truth that supply chains are only getting longer and more complex in today's hyper-competitive business environment. To help with that, SearchSAP over the preceding months published a collection of tips and suggestions from expert Jawad Akhtar, detailing ways companies can get the most out of their software to run their SAP supply chain and manufacturing operations smarter and more efficiently. In some cases, we've tried to highlight functionality that many customers may not even know existed.

Here's a collection of some of our favorites:

Make sure you're getting the most out of native SAP ERP reporting

SAP offers a large number of standard ERP reporting features in all of its logistics and supply chain modules that business process owners can use to make important and timely decisions -- but typically don't.

Learn how SAP ERP reports can help with production and supply chain decisions.

Be proactive with SAP Early Warning System module alerts

The SAP Early Warning System module alerts companies before supply chain problems arise. The problem is, many companies don't know the functionality exists or how to use it.

Find out what types of problems can be avoided with SAP EWS.

Get your SAP master data in order

The amount of data in SAP ERP systems is growing, making master data management an even bigger chore for today's businesses. Companies should look to the classification function to manage their SAP master data.

Read how SAP Classification can be used to group like data objects to reduce duplicate master data entries.

Look for some quality time with your SAP supply chain software

Applying SAP Quality Management to supply chain management saves time and money by cutting down on wasted stock.

Learn how the SAP Quality Management module integrates with other modules, like Materials Management.

Imagine the possibilities with SAP Long-Term Planning

When preparing sales forecasts for finished products, most procurement and production planners must deal with what-if scenarios that have direct implications for their planning.

Read how SAP Long-Term Planning (LTP) is a valuable tool that can support and facilitate what-if calculations.

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Fine-tune your procurement processes

Understanding the various procurement elements available in the SAP Materials Management (MM) module helps organizations make sure they're using the right SAP procurement element at the right time.

Learn how to choose the right procurement element within SAP Materials Management.

Organize and control the flow of information with SAP Document Management

Almost every organization contends with a huge amount of information, much of which is scattered across disparate locations. To make things worse, a large number of documents and other references are not integrated with many of the business processes and transactions that users conduct in SAP on a daily basis. 

Read how SAP Document Management can help an organization operate more efficiently.

Get a better ROI with SAP Process Management, Execution Steps

SAP Process Management, a submodule of SAP Production Planning for Process Industries (PP-PI), can bring immediate improvements in business processes and lay the groundwork for full Process Control Systems (PCS) integration.

Understand the benefits, challenges of SAP Process Management for better control of your SAP Supply Chain.

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