Have you ever missed a search tool in ERP that gives you quick access to the most relevant material information with a few clicks?
I mean: availability in selected plants, prices, customer discount, scales, margin, last sales orders, basic data, purchasing info, etc.
Then the “Material Information”is the answer you have been waiting for!
The transaction MATERIAL_INFO is one of the latest Sales Order Enhancement Series: Overview in SD introduced with Enhancement Package 5. It leverages the great enhancements “Enhanced Material Search with Creation – Part 1: Overview, Enrichment of Search Results with Prices and Stock Availability” and “Sales Order Enhancement Series: The Material View“, which are called by the Material Info.
Calling the Material Information
All you have to do is to call the transaction MATERIAL_INFO and fill out the start parameters which are required for calling the “Enhanced Material Search with Creation – Part 1: Overview, Enrichment of Search Results with Prices and Stock Availability” and “Sales Order Enhancement Series: The Material View“.
This example is taken from an SAP Retail system, but it runs on every Standard ERP with EhP5. To speed up the entry of start parameters you can save your parameter sets as “variants” (see image).
You can use the Material Info for purchasing and sales related information. Please note that the Material View only supports the sales side, while the Enhanced Material Search supports both sales and purchasing.
Calling the Material View
When entering a valid material number in the field “Material” (here: article) here you can call the Material View:
Calling the Enhanced Material Search
When entering a valid material number OR a full text search term in the field “Material” (here: article) here you can call the Enhanced Material Search:
Of course within the Enhanced Material Search you cannot create materials, add search results to the sales order or purchase order, because you are not really in a sales/purchase order. The Material Info parameters only simulate an order environment to get the information, not more
OK, how can I get the Material Info?
- Activate the business functions in ERP 6.0 EhP5:
– LOG_MM_CI_3: for MM implementation
– LOG_SD_CI_02: for SD implementaton
– ISR_RETAIL_ENH_MAT_SEARCH (for SAP Retail;
activates the MM and SD business functions above)
- Implement the Sales Order Enhancement Series: The Material View and/or
- Implement the Enhanced Material Search with Creation – Part 1: Overview, Enrichment of Search Results with Prices and Stock Availability (Enhanced Material Search with Creation – Part 2: Catalog Search for Supplier Products is optional)
Now you can use the Material Information application. That’s it!
Enjoy and post your experiences with the Material Info!
Dr. Ingo Woesner
On Premise Suite Development
P.S. BPX articles about other Sales Order Enhancements are collected here:
Sales Order Enhancement Series: Overview