Overview of Material Management in SAP (ERP)
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This session was conducted by Operations and SCM department as a part of Materials Management course. The speaker for the session was Mr. Narendra Sharma, AGM in L&T Hydrocarbon, Mumbai. The goal of this session was to make us understand SAP (Systems, Applications, Products), role of SAP and the benefits of SAP.


Introduction of Mr. Narendra Sharma :

Mr. Narendra Sharma is a graduate in Industrial Engineering and has completed his graduation from Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering, Navi Mumbai in 2006. He has an experience of around 21 years in the fields of Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Sales and Marketing, Procurement & vendor development, Planning and Material Planning. Currently he is the AGM of L&T Hydrocarbons, Mumbai.

Report on the session :

The session started with the introduction of Mr. Narendra Sharma. He briefly discussed about what SAP is , how and when it was started. He mentioned about the current version of SAP that is SAPHANA. He showed a video regarding how the conventional data recording systems were changed and how SAP was introduced.

SAP is used in data processing, it is an integrated software for operations and it has got various modules in it. Sir, mentioned about the following modules : SD (Sales & Distribution), MM (Material Management), PP (Production Planning), QM (Quality Management), CO (Controlling), FI(Financial Accounting) and HCM (Human Capital Management). He explained how major contribution for any employee, is the motivational factor for an employee, therefore the HCM module also plays an important role. He covered the various new features of SAP. Mentioning how Artificial Intelligence and RPA is a potential threat to human as it will be able to perform the tasks better than humans.

Sir, discussed about the SAP MM module, it is one of the significant core modules and supports procurement and inventory management. Various functions of this module like how it handles direct costs, obscelescence value, indirect cost, inventory carrying costs, material planning, material requirement planning, forward and backward scheduling etc. He gave details about the communication module of SAP, which is basicalling a messaging module where in employees can communicate. The latest update SAP HANA has various dashboards and graphics updates, and it can display the various trends like the purchasing spend trends, supplier requisition trends etc.