Welcome to the Sourcing Cockpit WIKI page. Here you will find all general information relating to the sourcing cockpit, for example how the standard system works and what behaviour to expect. I will also update this page with any new information, new issues, FAQ's, important notes and KBA's.
Here I will document how the Sourcing Cockpit works as per standard behaviour. I have documented the document flow with regard to the sourcing cockpit, what comes into sourcing and what documents can be generated from sourcing. I have detailed the meaning of the source_rel_ind entry, what sources of supply can be assigned and also what BADIs can influence the sourcing behaviour.
Section 1: The Sourcing Cockpit
- Here the professional purchaser can the best possible source of supply for a requirement
- Requirements can come form an external system (external requirement) or created in the SRM via shopping cart.
- SRM is the central purchasing system with a single access point (Sourcing Cockpit or Assign Sources of Supply) to all sourcing relevant information and tools.
Section 2: The Proces Flow of the Sourcing Cockpit
Directly below is the process flow of documents coming in and going out of the sourcing cockpit.
Section 3: How does my requirement get to the Sourcing Cockpit ?
There is customizing involved in order to get a requirement (shopping cart/external requirement item) into the sourcing cockpit.
This is controlled by the product category and whether or not a source of supply exists.
Also with the BADl BBP_SRC_DETERMINE it is possible to control the transfer to the sourcing cockpit more specifically, using criteria other than the product category.
The customizing setting will influence the setting of the sourcing flag BBP_PDIGP-SOURCE_REL_IND
These are the kind of entries that can be within this field and what they mean:
Item IS NOT sourcing-relevant, will not appear in the SoCo
Item IS sourcing-relevant (appears in SoCo)
Sourcing is completed
Grouping / Grouping - bid (BBP_SC_TRANSFER_GROUPED)
Request for Quotation from SC / SoCo
In Transfer when using SOA transfer
RFx has been created through CPPR in ERP
Sourcing flag is updated with function module BBP_PDH_DB_DIRECT_UPDATE
Section 4: What types of Source Of Supply can be assigned from within sourcing?
Backend Sources - Relevant for Classic scenario
- Info record
- Backend Central Contract item
These are found via the BAPI:
- BBP_SOURCEDETER_GETSOS_MULTI (META_SOURCEDETER_GETSOS_MULTI) in the SRM-Plugin which calls
SRM Sources - Relevant for Extended Classic or Lean scenario
- Vendor List
- SRM Contract
(+ indirect in the sourcing cockpit: Bid Invitation, Live Auction)
BADIs that can influence the sourcing behaviour:
'Fine-tuning' of customizing
Determination of Sourcing via AVL
Searching and checking sources of supply by own rules
Do not Allow Requirements to be Met Through Contracts
Knowledge Base Articles:
We have created a number of useful and important KBAs for the sourcing area. These range from explanation of standard behaviours, to common issues and steps on how to overcome these, and also how to documents which contain important configuration settings for certain functionalities.
1490498 Inconsistant attachment causing dump in SOCO
1381373 FAQ: General Sourcing Cockpit Issues
1380880 FAQ: Customizing for the Sourcing Cockpit
1380879 FAQ: Split criteria in the Sourcing Cockpit
Page:CPPR Configuration — Transferring PR from ERP to SRM Shopping cart using CPPR (Collective Processing of Purchase Requirements (CPPR)
Page:Removal of columns display in SOCO in SRM — Short description how to hide fields in the SOC via BAdI