SAP Global Trade Management (GTM) – Business Cases
Very sorry for keeping my blog updated so late.
I was on vacation and have been busy after (you can imagine the life after vacation).
Anyway, in my last 4 blogs, I explained core GTM functionalities and hope I gave you some idea what they are.
In this blog, I am talking about business case.
Okay, once you figure out the functionality, your next question will be ‘how can we use this?’, ‘what business or industry require this?’, ‘who use this?’ etc.
I will answer them one by one from now on.
1. ‘how can we use this?’
Please take a look at the following picture.
This is a business case which is a direct shipment from multi-suppliers.
This can be applied to any industry.
If you follow the processes described in the above picture and need to map this processes into SAP, your mapping flow will be the following picture.
There are three different stages, order, service confirmation and accounting posting.
And you will create a sales order and two different purchase orders in SAP first.
As soon as you received a shipping confirmation from shipping company or distributor via fax, email whatever, you will enter servise confirmation using SAP delivery document.
Of course you need to pay for suppliers using Logistics Invoice Verification (LIV) in SAP and invoice to customer using Billing document.
Right? It is 7 steps.
But if you map this business process with SAP GTM, the result is slightly different.
Please look at the follloiwng picture.
With GTM, everything starts from Trading Contract (T/C) (if you don’t know what T/C is, please read my previous blog).
When you create a T/C, enter two different item with two different suppliers information and release this T/C, system creates one sales order and two purchase orders automatically in background (no surprise).
After you create a T/C (S/O and P/Os), you go to Trading Execution Workbentch (TEW) and select a business step linked to real ‘Sevice Confirmation’ business.
In our standard scenario, we use an Outbound Delivery (O/D) document as well as SD/MM, but difference is the transaction result after user save the O/D.
In GTM, we create save not only an O/D but also create a Billing and two different LIVs automatically in background.
Yes, we completes scenario with one transaction.
It’s TWO steps!!
Now you understand the difference between SD/MM and GTM and what business case GTM can adopt, right?
This is just one easy example for you to understand.
Real business is much more complicated, I know, don’t tell me that.
but if you were a customer who run this business, system has to work in the way with GTM?
Accounting posting along with shipping is an additional work around and this could be something that system like SAP reduce operation cost and avoid user misoperation etc.
2. What business or industry require this?
Again GTM is serving more than 12 different industries.
3.. Who use GTM?
We have about 100 live GTM customers globally.
The following is one of the happiest GTM customers.
Any feedback much appreciated and thank you for folks who contacted me and asked me about info. I am still in back log, but will catch you up soon.
Thank you for your read.