In our company we have implemented SRM 5.0 Classic Scenario. We are using SRM system for ordering consumable materials through external and internal catalogs. All other materials as raw materials, marketing materials and spare parts are procured in R/3 system.
There is a new business requirement to use SRM system for ordering spare parts through catalogues. Currently, spare parts are planed in MRP in SAP R/3 system, where purchase requisition is generated and after that a purchase order is created manually in the procurement department.
I have investigated how the process can be reproduced in SRM system, but still there are some open questions. Hope, somebody of you can give me some answers.
Generally the process will look like this:
1. The purchase requisitions created in MRP will be transferred as external requirements to SRM Sourcing application.
2. In Sourcing Application purchaser is enabled to use different sourcing functions- to create or assign contract for these requirements, bid invitations or directly to create purchase orders in SRM or in the backend SAP system. Our customer will use it only for creating orders though selecting items from catalogs.
My first question is: Is it possible, for these external requirements, to select the items from existing catalog and to create purchase order in the backend system? And if yes, in which SRM version this could be achieved? I read somewhere, may be in this forum, that items from the external requirements can be substituted by catalog items but only in SRM 6.0 version?
It is also not very clear for me whether I have to activate extended classic scenario in order to configure Plant Driven Procurement.
Thank you in advance,
Please continue with classic scenario for consumbale material
You can do one thing for the spare parts .Please consolidate the total requirement of spares requirement for 2 to 3 years
prepare a master list with vendor and price (frequently procured)
Publish this in a separate catalgue so that you can use SRM for Spare Parts.
In the mean time which materials is not there in the Catalogue procure manullay thoro 'PR in SAP and you can consolidate next
year and totally you can procure both consumables and Spare Parts