No matter what is the size of your business organization, there lies one domain of operation that invariably marks a pivotal point in the ROI generation of your company; the supply chain management system. It alone has the power to turn tables in your organization. Where the right management can turn you a sure winner on the opposite side it can damage your organization beyond repair.

Simplifying this complicated process, sap financial supply chain management (FSCM) optimizes financial and related information flows inside and between partners of a company to assure the most effective and smooth processing of operation. It focuses on optimizing capital investment thereby yielding the best possible ROI per capita investment.

The major components of SAP FSCM
Broadly speaking, there are four major components of SAP FSCM (financial supply chain management).

Credit Management:

Unlike the quintessential SAP credit management system, this wing of Supply Chain Finance makes an effort to acquire the central function of a distributed environment. It brings CRM systems, external logistics systems together thereby presenting the results through a BI system.

Following are the major features that are noticed in this system:

  • Credit limit for customers
  • Credit rules and engine fed with information that automates credit scoring, credit decisions and calculations of credit limits
  • Automation of credit decisions
  • Enables communication with external rating agencies via XML
  • Access of document storage that enables attachment of external items

Dispute Management:

This component focuses to reduce the total time taken to resolve disputes between companies and their consumers. It is often witnessed that there is a steep reduction of around 50% of time consumption for resolving cases.

Following are the major features that are noticed in this system:

  • Creating new dispute cases from list of open items or in particular transactions
  • Assignment of roles to the dispute cases allocating different tasks
  • On the basis of processing status and reason of dispute, cases are classified and managed
  • Enables attachment of important documents to the case(both SAP documents and external ones)
  • Cases has the access to be escalated to higher management level in case any action is traced not carried out
  • Cases may be flagged to be followed up

Collections Management:

This module enables enterprises to manage individual AR accounts. It proves to be very helpful for AR clerks to prioritize work-lists of key customer accounts that needed action.

Following are the major features that are noticed in this system:

  • This targets delinquent accounts for action. Again, it also offers discounts with enhanced intelligence ad retains the best of the players
  • It enables the automation of sniffing customer accounts that requires action to be taken and prepares the work lists accordingly. The whole of the application is based on the collection strategy for customers, identifying the setup of priorities.
  • This module enables AR clerks to log the customer’s to pay or a dispute case. In case the clerk becomes unable to contact the customer or the customer wants a call back service, he can opt for re-submission.
  • After a clerk takes a necessary action, the work list automatically deletes it from the work list.
  • SAP collection management monitors continually on whether the customer keeps their promise to pay or not. If not, they put the related data inn their work list again.

Electronic Invoicing:

Electronic invoicing also known as Biller Direct laser focuses on the process of reduction of inefficient techniques of packaging and mailing paper invoices to customers. In addendum, it renders vendors with online visibility of their invoices on their SAP systems.

Following are the major features that are noticed in this system:

  • It is basically a web-based invoicing engine of SAP FSCM
  • This module enables customers to execute payments of open invoicing using debit and credit cards.
  • Enables customers to view their invoices online on the portal.
  • Reduces work of AP department by automating departments of vendor queries.
  • Enables consumers to request for user profiles.
  • No added installment of SAP is required to access the program. A browser can easily let vendors access this module.

Benefits of SAP FSCM:

  • Last step integration with both customers and vendors aided with minimal of infrastructural requirements from both the end
  • Increased level of automation process, thus leading to cost-cutting
  • Aiding more flexibility and streamlining m data maintenance across business landscape
  • Real-time data available thereby streamlining working capital management

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Author

-Prashant Sakhare | Principal Consultant | SAP Practice