Scheduling Agreement in SAP MM Table: A Comprehensive Guide for Procurement Professionals
SAP MM (Material Management) is an integral part of the SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, and it supports the procurement process, inventory management, and other supply chain operations. One of the essential functions of SAP MM is to enable procurement professionals to create and maintain purchasing documents, such as purchase orders, contracts, and scheduling agreements.
In this article, we will focus on scheduling agreements in SAP MM and how to manage them efficiently using SAP MM tables. A scheduling agreement is a long-term purchasing agreement between a buyer and a vendor, specifying the terms and conditions of future deliveries of materials or services. It can cover a specific period, and it includes certain conditions such as the delivery schedule, the quantity, and the price.
To create a scheduling agreement in SAP MM, the procurement professional must follow the following steps:
1. Enter transaction code ME31L or navigate to Logistics >> Materials Management >> Purchasing >> Scheduling Agreement >> Create.
2. Enter the vendor`s information, the validity period of the agreement, and the delivery schedule.
3. Specify the materials or services that are covered by the agreement, the quantities, and the prices.
4. Save the scheduling agreement and release it to the vendor.
Once the scheduling agreement is created, it is stored in the SAP MM table EKET (Scheduling Agreement Schedule Lines). This table contains the delivery schedule for the scheduling agreement, such as the delivery date, the quantity, and the delivery location. Other relevant SAP MM tables for scheduling agreements include EKEK (Scheduling Agreement Release Documentation) that stores information about released agreements, and EKPA (Partner Roles) that stores information about the vendor`s roles in the agreement process.
Managing scheduling agreements in SAP MM requires a deep understanding of these tables and their relationship with other SAP MM tables. For instance, the procurement professional can use the table MSEG (Material Document Segment) to view the materials that have been received against the scheduling agreement. They can also use the table ME2N (Purchase Orders by PO Number) to view the purchase orders that have been generated from the scheduling agreement.
In addition to the above SAP MM tables, the procurement professional must also consider the integration of scheduling agreements with other SAP modules, such as SAP PP (Production Planning) and SAP SD (Sales and Distribution).
Overall, scheduling agreements in SAP MM are critical purchasing documents that enable organizations to establish long-term relationships with their vendors. By understanding the relevant SAP MM tables and their relationships, procurement professionals can efficiently manage their scheduling agreements and ensure timely delivery of materials and services.