With S4 HANA on premise version 1709 SAP has been bringing lots of innovations in Sourcing and procurement line of business. One of the most notable of them is Flexible workflow for Purchase requisition , Supplier invoice and Purchase order.
Note: This blog is created with S4 HANA On premise version 1709 FPS01 in mind, If SAP releases more features in further release then i will update this blog with more details.
Updated with additional Features in 1809:
In 1809 SAP has introduced some new Features as well as some of the limitations of 1709 are addressed.In this blog you will see those updates with #1809update.
What is it?
- Flexible workflow is a scenario based workflow which can have more than one start conditions
- Has a possibility of determining approvers through lot of different options
- Has an option to specify under which condition should the workflow step be triggered / applicable?
- It can be configured using a Fiori app and approval action can be taken from Fiori App
- Supports Fiori 2.0 push notifications
- Its an alternate to Release strategy
Flexible workflow scenario
You can create multiple flexible workflow scenarios for a procurement document instead of making one big complicated workflow
For triggering workflow and for determining if a step in the workflow is applicable you can use these pre conditions
This is how conditions can be seen in SAP gui
For each workflow steps , you can specify how the approver determination should happen
This is how agent determination configuration is seen in SAP Gui below
If you want parallel approval for any of the steps then you can do it using below option.
When the approver decides to reject a work item – you can define what should happen next
Supports push notifications
It supports push notifications which is Fiori 2.0 feature
Supports integration with Fiori My inbox
It supports integration with Fiori Myinbox app which is SAP’s suggested inbox for all the workflow actions in S4 HANA
- Define scenarios – Follow this link and link for defining scenarios in SPRO node SAP NetWeaver –> SAP Gateway Service Enablement –> Content –> Task Gateway –> Task Gateway Service –> Scenario Definition
- Scenario activation in SPRO node Sap Netweaver -> Application Server->Business Management->Sap Business Workflow->Flexible Workflow->Scenario Activation.
- Follow OSS note 2441740 and Fiori App library links in references for needed gateway services configuration
- Activate Flexible workflow at document type level – For Purchase Order
- Activate Flexible workflow at document type level – For Purchase requisition:
- Configure decision buttons for my inbox at path : SAP NetWeaver-> SAP Gateway Service Enablement-> Content-> Workflow Settings-> Maintain Task Names & Decision Options
- Activate Fiori 2.0 Notifications at task and workflow level in tcode : SWF_PUSH_NOTIF1
How to configure it?
What can be improved?
- Allow triggering of PR flexible workflow from SAP GUI transactions , currently for PR created from SAP GUI, Flexible workflow doesn’t get triggered
- Ability to add own custom conditions for approver level / start conditions. Currently we can chose only from limited fields provided in workflow expression for each template.
- Possibility to edit an existing active version of Flexible workflow, instead of creating a copy of workflow scenario everytime.
- Provide step details in BADI MMPUR_WORKFLOW_AGENTS_V2 as an importing parameter so that for each step’s agent determination a new badi implementation can be written
- Provide an approval preview in Flexible workflow tab in ME23n tcode / Fiori app to see with which approver is the document waiting for approval – something like shown below :- #1809update: SAP has provided approval preview for purchase order in SAP GUI tcode ME23n however in Purchase Requisition , approval preview is still missing.
- Provide a transport mechanism for Flexible workflow, currently it has to be recreated in each environment
- Provide a way to control the authorizations using flexible workflow like we have authorization objects M_BANF_FRG via the release code (FRGCD) for PR, M_EINK_FRG via the release group (FRGGR) and which release codes (FRGCO) for PO with release strategy.
- Ability for requestor to add Ad-Hoc approver in Flexible workflow
- Ability to edit the document during approval and re-triggering workflow
- Provide approval or rejection comments in the Header/ item text of the PR/PO document
- A consistent template between PO and PR flexible workflow template , same BADI , same agent determination criteria, same flexible workflow config at document type level
- Apart from Fiori Myinbox app, Provide a way to approve PR/PO from SAP Gui tcode
- Provide a way to configure email notification and allow customer to maintain their own email template and email subject
Stay tuned for more innovations in sourcing and procurement line of business in S4 HANA 1809 like procurement hub – central purchase requisitions, central purchase orders and central contract And many more.
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