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 Overview

Products can be sold with an agreement to provide free repairs (parts and/or labor) within a specified time period of the sale. Therefore, it is important to recognize at the time of repair whether the product is covered under warranty for parts and labor. This document leverages the “Customer Contract Management” business scenario for creating and selling Maintenance Contract and uses that in “Field Service and Repair” business scenario to determine the parts and labor coverage.

This blog covers the required master data setup and detailed process steps for selling maintenance contracts and servicing against the maintenance contract.

 

Benefits

This business scenario provides the following benefits:

  • Ability to sell maintenance contract with product

Entitlements can be sold along with the product on the Sales Order. Further, just like products, these entitlements can be invoiced

  • Automatic creation of contract

Sold entitlements automatically creates a contract. Thus, eliminating need for manually creating a maintenance contract

  • Coverage determination in Service Order

System automatically determines whether labor and parts used in service repair are covered under the contract and should be billed to the customer

  • Profitability against the contract

Profitability analysis by contract reporting can be run

 

Process Flow Overview

The business scenario is comprised of two parts. First, selling maintenance contract and second, servicing against the maintenance contract.

  1. Maintenance Contract – Sales

The process starts with creating a Sales Order for the main product and entitlement. With the release of sales order, a contract is created in “In Preparation” status. Next, the order is picked, packed and shipped. This creates a “Registered Product” for the product. The registered product can be serialized or non-serialized. The shipped product is then invoiced.

The contract created in first step can be enhanced with covered objects (product or registered products) and also included and excluded entitled products. This contract is then released to create invoice for the maintenance contract. Note it is possible to combine invoice requests for product and contract into one invoice.

2. Service against Maintenance Contract

A service request is received for the product sold in the previous step. It is determined that the product needs repair and thus service request is converted into a service order. System determines the applicable contract for the service order.

The service order is assigned to a technician who picks up the order. Service technician performs the work and records the consumed parts and labor. Based on the assigned contract, system determines which parts and labor are covered by the maintenance contract. For parts and labor not covered by the contract, an invoice is created.

Master Data Setup

Following master data setup is required to support the process:

Entitlement Products

Entitlement Product – Contract Sales

This is the umbrella entitlement product which is put on the Sales Order and is the trigger for automatic contract creation. This has Item Type = ETCS – Entitlement – contract sales

Entitlement Product – Entitled Parts

This is the actual entitlement product and represents the parts or labor which are covered as part of the contract entitlement. This would also be used for contract pricing. This has Item Type = ETFC – Entitlement – Fixed Price

Entitlement Product – Non Entitled Parts

This is the dummy entitlement product and represents part or labor which are not covered as part of contract entitlement. The purpose of this is to capture the non-covered parts and labor cost for the contract profitability analysis. This has Item Type = ETTM – Entitlement – time and material

Spare Parts and Labor

Service Product

This represents the labor item in the scenario. The unit of measure is in hours and it’s item type = SECO – Service – time and material.

Spare Parts

This represents the spare parts used in servicing the product. For consuming the spare parts in the service order the Item Type has to be “DIGI – Spare part – direct goods issue”. If the same product is used for direct sales e.g. Normal Delivery, then the distinction would have to be made using Sales Organizations

 

Contract Template

Contract Template aids in the automatic creation of a contract when the entitlement product is put on the Sales Order. It comprises of three main parts Header, Item and Covered Objects.

Contract Template – Header

The most critical element of Contract Template Header is the “Sold via Entitlement”. Entitlement product on the Sales Order matches with the “Sold Via Entitlement” field on the Contract Template to determine which contract template to use for contract creation.

Contract Template – Items (Entitled Parts)

This is the Entitled Product defined in the Entitlement Products section. It represents the products which are covered as part of the contract and won’t be charged for.

In this example “Repair” (labor) service product is covered as part of the contract.

Contract Template – Items (Non Entitled Parts)

This is the non entitled product defined in the Entitlement Products section. It represents the products which are not covered by the contract and thus would be charged for.

In this example Product Category “Electronic Parts” is not covered by the contract

Contract Template – Covered Objects

This determines whether the contract is applicable for all products or specific product

 

Process Flow – Step by Step

Maintenance Contract – Sales

Sales Order creation

The process starts with the finished product and umbrella entitlement product on the Sales Order. Release of the Sales Order results in the automatic creation of the contract in “In Preparation” status. Which contract template to use is based on matching the entitlement product on the Sales Order to that of “Sold via Entitlement” field on the contract template.

Pick Pack & Ship

Finished product is delivered via the standard pick, pack and ship process using delivery request, pick task and outbound delivery process in Business ByDesign. Depending upon Serial Number Profile setting, registered product is created at the time of outbound delivery release.

Contract Enhancement & Release

Created contract on the release of Sales Order is based on the determined Contract Template. This contract can be enhanced to reflect true Contract dates. Further, covered products tab captures the product/ registered product covered by this contract.

Customer Invoice – Product & Maintenance Contract

Invoice Requests are created for the sold finished product and the maintenance contract. These invoice requests can be combined using “Invoice – Advanced” to create a single invoice.

Contract Profit Analysis

“Profit Overview by Key Figure” report can be run by Contract ID to show the profit analysis for the contract.

In this example, it shows the revenue collected by selling the maintenance contract

Service against Maintenance Contract

Service Request & Order

A Service Request is created when a customer calls to report problem with the product. Based on the “Affected Product” entered, reference contract is automatically determined.

If it is determined that issue can’t be resolved over the phone and needs to be diagnosed and repaired by the service technician, service request is converted into a service order. A service performer (service technician) is assigned to the order.

Service Order Pipeline & Confirmation

Assigned Service Technician picks up the service order and performs the work. He/she captures the labor and parts consumed via Service Order Confirmation. System automatically determines the parts and labor coverage based on the assigned contract.

Customer Invoice – Uncovered Parts & Labor

An invoice request is automatically created for the parts or labor not covered by the contract. This invoice request is further converted into an invoice.

In this example, labor was covered by the maintenance contract but spare parts were not. Thus ,invoice request is only created for the spare parts and not for the labor.

Contract Profit Analysis

“Profit Overview by Key Figure” report can be run by Contract ID to show the profit analysis for the contract.

In this example, report shows the revenue and cost of consuming labor and spare parts in the repair of the product, thus showing the complete profitability of the contract.

 

Summary

In Summary, this document shows how by defining correct entitlement products and using them in the contract, we can leverage customer contract business scenario to determine coverage and profitability analysis in field service and repair business scenario.

 

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  1. Yvonne van Straten

    Hi Manoj,

     

    Thank you for the description.

    Im wondering about the parts/stock consumption related to contracts. At this moment, when you assign a part in the service order to a contract, the item type automatically switches to consumable.

    This is very strange, because it would mean that you cannot cover a part via a contract when you need to have logistics involved (Pick/Digi/Ship). Can you explain why this is ?

     

    Kind regards,

    Yvonne

     

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    1. Manoj Kapoor
      Post author

      Hi Yvonne,

      This is coming directly from the current system logic where when a contract is assigned to the spare part in service order it changes to consumables or Direct Goods Issue (DIGI). That’s why I have mentioned in the blog that these spare parts need to have Item Type = DIGI, which will limit them to direct consumption.

      If you are interested in knowing why this technical limitation exist I would suggest working with support to find further details.

      Thanks,

      Manoj

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  2. Yvonne van Straten

    Hi Manoj,

     

    Thanks for the feedback.

    You also mention the covered products as part of the contract, however it seems this does not give any specific results in the service order:

    For example: I have a contract specific for Customer A and Registered Product B

    When i create a service order for Customer A with registered Product C it will still allow to apply this contract. Altough the whole meaning of covered products should be that you cannot apply a contract for a serialnumber which is not covered.

    right?

     

    Any thoughts?

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    1. Manoj Kapoor
      Post author

      Hi Yvonne,

      I agree with your observation. But in Business ByDesign it is not treated as a hard constraint and allows for manual changing of the contract which might not be specific to this registered product. I think this would be a candidate for idea space.

       

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