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Implementation of SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management rapid-deployment solution in less than 8 weeks!

1.  Overview:

SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management solution enables your procurement professionals to take strategic approach to build sustainable and enriched supplier relationships. You gain a competitive edge as you can promote a value-driven supplier relationship that encourages supplier excellence, reduces supply risks and thus increases profitability.

SAP Supplier Life-cycle management is also available as a pre-configured solution which promises a fixed time line implementation with a well-defined scope to offer!

2.  But the question is how it’s possible?

Well, the answer lies in the step-by-step guide and the associated accelerators. The step-by-step guide offer your plethora of accelerators ranging from scoping questionnaire, consultant delivery guide, Configuration guides,  Test plans and scripts, Training Materials ,best practice preconfigured content etc.

This quick time-to-value implementation methodology enables customers to go live in approximately seven-and-a-half weeks (actual duration may vary)


     Step-by-step Guide

The entire pre-configured content for SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management Rapid Deployment Solution is broken down into various small building blocks, which can be activated with the help of Solution Builder tool and you get the basic configuration settings carried out automatically in you back end IMG without much manual intervention. Thus you really get the very much needed jumpstart of activation activity in the entire few weeks implementation!


     Automated activation using Solution Builder

3.   What scope you get?

SAP Supplier Life Cycle Management rapid-deployment solution helps you to implement the solution in about seven and half weeks with the following processes covered:

     Supplier registration: A web portal based supplier self-service functionality enables initial suppliers to register themselves. Reducing the administrative      burden from Purchasing departments. Workflow-based approval of registration requests and assignment to purchasing categories makes the initial      onboarding quicker and more efficient. Also the supplier can maintain their own company and contact data, add users as needed, upload attachments, which      Category Manager can control & approve.

     Supplier qualification:  SAP Supplier Life Cycle Management rapid-deployment solution offers a library of reusable questions of multiple types, allowing      easier creation and reuse of questions and questionnaires. Category manager can create Qualification Requests based on Qualification templates or flexible      requests which are powered by an evaluation scorecard using scores and weightings. Supplier under consideration receives these qualification questionnaire      requests through email. Once the response is submitted by supplier, Category manager can analyze the response and can see the score that solution      calculates based on the weighs the value of each question according to its importance. With automated workflow, you can launch a supplier promotion      process for the suppliers that deliver the results you expect. Managers also gets the full visibility over the process to monitor progress and keep the      qualification process moving forward.

     Supplier evaluation: Supplier Evaluation provides a powerful method to evaluate suppliers using reusable questionnaires. Category manager can initiate the      evaluation request addressed to internal stakeholders acting as appraisers to gather their feedback regarding a supplier’s performance during a certain      time frame.  These evaluation requests help to identify suppliers’ strengths and weaknesses. And thus measures can be undertaken to further develop      suppliers’ strengths and correct their shortcomings in close collaboration with them.

     Supplier classification: Enables you to do multiple classifications per supplier using flexible dimensions, for example factory, category, region. You use      supplier classification to identify the suppliers that are strategically important and critical to your business, thus enabling you to allocate the appropriate      resources to develop and manage your business relationship. Supplier classification is an ongoing process in which you assess and classify your suppliers      at regular intervals.


      Business Process Scope of RDS

4.   System requirements:

    • SAP NetWeaver 7.31 or higher
    • SAP Solution Manager 7.1, SP05
    • SAP Solution builder 70Vx  latest version and latest support pack
    • SAP SRM Server 7.0, EHP2, SP05 (Buy-Side)
    • SAP SRM Server 7.0, EHP2, SP05 (SUS for Sell-Side)
    • SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6, SP05
    • SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management 1.0, SP03
    • SAP PI (in case Integration of Systems via XML is chosen)


*System Landscape

* above system requirement landscape version are based on current available (released) RDS. The system requirements can be found in the link below:

5.  Way forward:

Rapid deployment of the SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management brings together software and services and thus offers a pre-configured solution, at a fixed price, based on best practices.

Stay tuned for more updates on the SAP Supplier lifecycle management Rapid deployment Solution next releases and you can also find more information about the existing released RDS from the below mentioned link:


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