What versions of PCM Contract Management are offered? There are three versions of the SAP®-based contract management from EASY:
EASY PCM Contract Management – Classic Edition
This version in WebDynpro has been tried and tested for years. This version has the most references and the largest functional scope. Above all, the payment plan function with the option of generating payment vouchers fully or semi-automatically.
EASY PCM Contract Management – Fiori® Edition
This HTML5 version has been available since Q4 2017. In the future, most development efforts will go into this version, so that the functional scope will more and more equal the Classic Edition. The focus of the Fiori® Edition is companies which would like to be able to access contracts from any device. Furthermore, it offers a modern and intuitive interface which allows occasional SAP® users (for example, managers) to work with the solution without the effort of training.
A Software-as-a-Service version based on the SAP® Cloud Platform is offered as a supplement, which can be acquired via the SAP® AppCenter. No on-premises components are necessary here. As a result, the functional scope differs from what is documented in the current product function description.
How does PCM Contract Management differ from the SAP® solution?
With PCM Contract Management, all contracts in a company can be managed and administered. SAP® does not have its own comparable solution in the standard product for contract management which includes all contracts. SAP® MM only has purchasing relevant contracts, the real estate management (RE-FX) correspondingly only contracts for buildings, rental agreements, etc.
What are the major advantages of PCM Contract Management?
PCM Contract Management is easy for users to operate and offers the company an opportunity to manage all contracts centrally. The latter is very important particularly for the executive management.
Can customers continue to use their existing archive?
Yes, all PCM products support the SAP® ArchiveLink interface and thus any archive which is already connected to the SAP® system can be used. Recommendation: have a distinct area (content repository) set up for contract management.
Does EASY offer Fiori®/SAP®-UI5 apps for PCM Contract Management?
Cross-device access via SAP® Fiori®/HTML5 has been provided since Q4, 2017 – also for purely on-premises installations.
Can PCM Contract Management be operated under SAP® S/4HANA®?
Yes, EASY PCM Contract Management supports SAP® S/4HANA® and is run capable there.
Is the contract management handled in the SAP® GUI or via a Web interface?
The contract management is operated by all users in Internet Explorer. SAP® WebDynpro is used as the technology here. The interface can be correspondingly simplified for casual users (hiding of information, showing contracts only once they have a certain status, showing only contract-relevant documents, etc.). Cross-device access has been provided via SAP® Fiori®/HTML5 since Q4, 2017
How can the contract management be started?
Users can save the link to the contract management as a favorite. Alternatively, a link can be entered in the SAP menu. When using SAP® Fiori, the integration is supported in the SAP® Launchpad.
Is the SAP® Organization Management supported?
This question is frequently asked in connection with the allocation of contracts to responsible parties and departments. Yes, the SAP® Organization Management is used. However, there is often a BUT here: very rarely is the SAP® Organization Management used by the customers so thoroughly definitive that it can be used for allocation in contract management. Alternatively, a list of all departments can be maintained in the contract management. This can be used as an alternative for the authorization verification.