SAP Japan Increases Industries Supported by “SAP Best Practices” Industry-Specific Automatic Setting Tool for ERP Packages


Versions for automotive component, retail, and steel industries now available, in addition to six currently supported industries

TokyoSAP Japan Co., Ltd. has developed three new versions of SAP Best Practices, an automatic setting tool that drastically simplifies the process of installing an ERP software package. The three new versions, for the automotive component, retail, and steel industries, are available from today. SAP Japan has already shipped the SAP Best Practices Baseline Package, which automates the setting of basic components for any industry, and six industry-specific applications for the food, apparel & footwear, chemical, industrial machinery & components, professional services, and high-tech industries. Accordingly, the three new versions bring the total of industry-specific applications to nine.

The industry-specific SAP Best Practices applications are tools that automate the setting of software, substantially reduce the manpower needed to install it. This is achieved by providing pre-set modules for business scenarios and capabilities unique to each industry. The three new versions are SAP Best Practices for Automotive, SAP Best Practices for Retail, and SAP Best Practices for Primary Steel. In addition to business scenarios developed on the basis of SAP’s track record in the installation of industry-specific solutions, all of them include scenarios that meet various conditions unique to Japan. These solutions are being provided free of charge after joint development and testing with SAP Japan’s business partners, which have proven records in their respective industries.

An outline of SAP Best Practices for each new industry and the partners involved in development and testing is as follows.

SAP Best Practices for Automotive

Development partners:
IT Frontier Corporation, Accenture Japan Ltd.

Testing partners:
Atomsystem Co., Ltd., NTT DATA ITEC CORPORATION, Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Information Systems Corporation

Business scenarios included:

  • Processing of informal and confirmed orders and invoice processing
  • ESP/LSP – Outsourced delivery
  • Purchasing of third-party service by outsourcing processes
  • Order processing, including inventory forwarding among multiple companies
  • Summary JIT calls
  • Repeated production to order
  • APQP – Control plan formulation
  • Integration of vehicle makers and suppliers (design change notification)
  • Warranty management process
  • Production to supplement depot inventory
  • Sharing of order information
  • Retroactive invoicing
  • Compensated supply

SAP Best Practices for Retail

Development partners:
Accenture Japan Ltd., ABeam Consulting Ltd., NTT Communications Corporation, NTT DATA SCIENCE Corporation

Testing partners:
ABeam Consulting Corporation, JRI Solutions, Ltd., FUJITSU LIMITED.

Business scenarios included:

  • Organizational setting for the retail industry
  • Merchandise Management
  • Retail Pricing (retail & wholesale price management)
  • Assortment Management (Store assortments, DC/inventory)
  • Procurement of Replenishable, seasonal, and perishable Merchandise
  • Rebate settlement management
  • Verification of invoices from suppliers
  • Customer Order Management
  • Store Business Offline( POS relationship )
  • Promotion management
  • Merchandise logistics

SAP Best Practices for Primary Steel

Development partners:


Testing partners:
IBM Business Consulting Service K.K., CANON SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS INC., TIS Inc., Nittetsu Hitachi Systems Engineering, Inc., NEC Corporation

Business scenarios included:

  • Demand planning scenarios
  • Order processing & quality design scenarios
  • Production planning scenarios
  • Production implementation scenarios (envisaging coordination with MES)
  • Shipping and invoicing scenarios
  • Cost price calculation scenarios

(Names of partners for each industry are given in Japanese syllabic order)