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Journey so far…

There been a constant echo from a usability stand-point for any SAP software that meant to mimic what the web used to offer. Shopping carts have seen a drastic change in UI simplification and it goes without saying that every functionality Operational or Strategic, will have to follow this course of action.

We have blogged sequels after sequels in the past week highlighting the Streamlined Sourcing Innovations delivered in SAP SRM 7.0 EhP2 and have got some raving remarks from the outside world about how these can be potential game-changers for them.

Check all sequels under link: http://scn.sap.com/people/tridip.chakraborthy/content

Sequel 2 taking Direct Material procurement to the next level using SAP SRM ehP2 sourcing innovations

Sequel 4: Trigger RFx for Quick quotes from shopping cart before approval

SAP Sourcing

Today’s blog would focus on a theme called “decision support to Sourcing via configuration” to help slice/dice the data that you see on screen, to make an informed decision. The RFx response comparison report would help Strategic sourcing folks to evaluate bids, side by side. Narrow down to the parameters that you want to evaluate very closely. Combine them together to check the bigger picture & what not.

1.0 Overview & Challenges

In today’s blog we would be emphasizing on taking sourcing to the next level with this innovation of bringing in the element of having configurable decision making parameters right where you need it at the Bid Evaluation process level.

I still remember the pre SRM 7.0 regime, where I had to manually dump all of the sourcing data to compare in a primitive way, what more can I ask for, if this kind of a feature is available, all that am skeptical, is about the performance of this functionality.

This would definitely be resource intensive, as it would compute some stuff in the back-ground before giving on screen, the desired options.

The challenge that typically this innovation goes out addressing are mainly around

  1. Strategic purchasers require flexibility to add/remove fields in the comparison report 


2.0 Help me understand this feature / innovation?

    1. New streamlined user interface for more user-friendly bid response comparison.
    2. Create a ranked list of bidders, presented in descending order.
    3. Download the RFx response comparison results as a PDF.
    4. Customize the RFx response comparison results screen by adding or removing fields to suit your requirements.
    5. Avoid horizontal scrolling

Business Value

I personally see the following benefits & business value of switching this feature

  1. This functionality enhances the usability of bid response comparison with a more streamlined user interface and additional flexibility to determine the fields in comparison screen.


3.0 Snippets of how this looks inside SAP SRM 7.0 EhP2

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What are the configuration fields that can be activated to include in the comparison report, these can be controlled to have a more custom view for RFx response comparison.

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You can configure fields to be included in RFx response comparison in customizing for SAP SRM under SRM Server ->RFx à RFx Response Comparison à Activate fields for RFx response comparison results.

4.0How do I achieve it?

1.Switch  SRM_702_BID_SIMULATION is revertible.

2. You can activate the switch in customizing for SAP SRM under SRM Server ->RFx ->  RFx Response Comparison->Activate/Deactivate  RFx response simulation.

3. Please note the following behavior for the advance RFx response comparison screen.

a) Rank calculation

–  Supplement items are not ranked

–  In case there is a substitute item provided then the corresponding basic item will not be ranked

b) Different color for Rank 1

The bidder (or bidder item) with rank 1 will be shown in different color to highlight the best rank. All other ranks will be shown in the same color as rest of the screen fields.

c) In the pdf that is generated from response comparison, following restrictions exist.

–  All expressive items are displayed separately. So if one bidder has provided an alternate item and another bidder has provided a supplement

Item for the same basic item, the alternate and supplement items shall be displayed independently and not in the same row.

–  The field “Deviation from RFx Response” is displayed as “Deviation from RFx R”. Hence ‘Deviation from RFx R’ should be read as ‘Deviation from RFx Response’.

–  All numeric fields that do not have a value are shown as 0. This includes rank field for the items not considered for ranking, fields for which no data is provided by bidders and the field “Deviation from RFx R” if the item is not considered for ranking.

–  In case the deviation from RFx Response is 0.00% for all bidders or only one bidder has provided that item, the field “Deviation from RFx R” is not shown.

Summary

Thanks for tuning into these sequels, am sure that with SAP SRM 7.0 EhP2, you will have more power in your hands as an SAP Procurement consultant to help deliver those go-to customer implementations. In our next blog, we will discuss more about the POWL reports for SRM analytics & more to keep emphasizing on the Streamlined Sourcing Innovations

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