InsideSAP Magazine #9
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]39handlers, processes events and forwards events to rule processor and expected event processor.• Expected Events Processor: Monitors expected events and unexpected events to ensure they match the original planned dates and rules, recognises delays in events and provides a list of overdue events.• Rule Processor: Applies a set of rules to an event, coordinates the reaction to the event, transfers alerts and responses to users via alert management framework. Also helps to initiate workflow for follow-up activities to reported events.SAP Event Management visibility scenariosSAP delivers pre-configured visibility scenarios correlating to common supply chain event management processes. The components of these visibility scenarios include functional and technical documentation, scenario specific customisation set-up in SAP Application system and Event Management, and NetWeaver BW contents for key performance metrics reporting. The visibility scenarios delivered are:• Procurement: This scenario tracks the purchase order acknowledgement of delivery date and quantity, delivery of goods, invoicing and payment process. The communication is primarily between supplier and buyers.• Production Malfunction: This scenario integrates the production scheduling, production execution and plant maintenance in a manufacturing environment. Beside management of production orders, the scenario manages the process when machines breakdown on the shop floor.• Order Fulfillment: This scenario covers the tracking of the customer delivery process, from creation of sales orders to warehouse outbound deliveries, shipments and proof of deliveries from customers.• Transportation: This scenario covers the transportation and custom issues for inbound and outbound processes in an international shipment scenario. The scenario covers transportation chain process on both sea and road.• Outbound and Inbound Delivery: This scenario monitors the warehousing activities for inbound and outbound deliveries with granularity of handling units.• Returnable Transport Items: This scenario tracks the physical assets of a company in the form of returnable transports items (for example, crates, pallets, containers) which are circulated across business partners locations.• Seasonal Procurement: This scenario covers procurement from creation of purchase order for seasonal items to the availability of articles in the distribution centers. Seasonal articles are planned and ordered in advance to meet the latest order date and reduce storage costs. The scenario tracks the merchandise timeline along the supply chain with long lead-times.• Railcar Management: This custom development scenario offering from SAP helps in tracking and on-site yard management functionality for railcars. It allows customers to view the location and status if railcars at a plant, warehouse, rail yard or any other facility. The scenario monitors crucial events of outbound and return trips such as switching, loading, unloading, cleaning, weighing inspecting and sealing.Implementing SAP Event ManagementThe success of SAP Event Management implementation is high when you take a process-based approach instead of technology-focused approach. The recent evolution of service-oriented architecture enables end-to-end business process visibility opportunities for companies to expand their solutions without huge investment in infrastructures. The implementation activities can be broken down into three phases:• Supply chain event assessment: List all the critical supply chain event that would cause ripple effects up and down the supply chain when the schedule does not run as planned. Identify the severity of events in term of costs, quality, and service.• Supply chain event transition: Identify the source of event data and define action plans for reacting to unplanned events. Define tolerance and threshold on business process monitoring and notifications. Implement the solution with phased approach.• Supply chain event measurement: Extract the event data for performance analytics to identify the business critical paths and root cause analysis. Perform trend analysis to drive continuous improvement toward corporate objectives.Sandeep Pradhan is an SAP solution architect and helps clients to understand, architect, select and implement right SAP SCM solutions required to run their business. He is SAP PRESS author of a book titled Implementing and Configuring SAP Event Management. Sandeep can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.