The synced Characteristics and Classes from SAP ERP are created as Dynamic Attributes and KnowledgeBase Classes in MSP.
The Dynamic Attribute are of two types, Dynamic Data Attribute (DDA) and Dynamic Symbolic Attribute (DSA).
If Characteristics and Classes are synced together with product and that product has Material Classification in SAP ERP system, the classified product is created and all the Characteristic values are saved as Dynamic Attribute values of the product inside the Knowledgebase. There are two main use cases of these synced data.
- These dynamic attribute values can be used to search classified products with the help of product finder in MSP.
- These dynamic attributes can be reused to create a new product in MSP.
Go to Model -> Attributes Management to list all the Dynamic Attributes in the system.
Example of KnowledgeBase Classes
Product Finder MSP / Variant Matching SAP ERP
Product finder is a convenient feature for users to find configurable to classified products based on the Characteristic / Dynamic Attribute values. A "product finder product" or a “configurable product” (having the attributes of the product that a user is searching for) is used to specify the attributes and then to find matching products. The functionality is exposed as an extension in the product configuration page and the search results are limited to 50 products.
Users can specify more attributes to narrow down the search.
This feature is using classified data coming from SAP ERP. Once the products and their Classification is synced from SAP ERP, each classified material (a material having classification data) gets its Classification data stored as KB Snapshot in MSP.
To check this, go to the detail page of the product and Knowledgebase-> Snapshot
Click on the snapshot to see the details:
It is important to note that Classification can also be from other Class Types.
Apart from data sync and putting a “product finder KB in MSP” or using a configurable product from SAP ERP directly, no other setting is needed to set up the Product Finder feature. The logic works like the variant matching in SAP ERP. For a configurable product the user selects the Dynamic Attributes in the configuration page of the Quote in MSP.
Doing so the user can click on the search button as shown below to find the matching products
User can choose to add them to the quote or replace the existing configurable product with one or more of them.
Apply Classified Product Configuration to Configurable Product
Apply classified product configuration to configurable product is inverse of product finder/variant matching. Here the configuration of a classified product is taken and applied to the configurable products.
This feature is available by clicking on Actions -> Apply Configuration
Next, product catalog opens, and user can choose any product from the catalog. MSP will try to match the classification DAs of the selected product to the DAs of the configurable product and apply the values.
Result after configuration applied: