Creating master data
The first area in which the SAP Business Workflow technology (the workflow) can significantly improve the processes is the creation of master data. The best candidate is the process of master data maintenance for a material in SAP. A material master record is a central point from which default values are copied to documents and which controls the processes running in multiple SAP ECC’s modules, such as Sales & Distribution, Materials Management etc. The number of fields from individual business areas to be maintained is very large. Therefore their maintenance usually requires engaging a lot of people. Besides, material master records are created quite often. Thus, the process is ideally suited for the implementation with workflow.
Most frequently, the process which is similar to a standard material master record maintenance logic is implemented, consisting in a concurrent maintenance of the so called material master views. In this case, the workflow takes care of distributing the view maintenance tasks to appropriate recipients, e.g. the Purchasing view is forwarded to a buyer, and other views to other people. The material master record is activated through an automatic status ...
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