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Inside SAP TSW – Part I

06 May 2010

SAP TSW (Traders’ and Schedulers’ Workbench) is successfully being used by many Oil & Gas, Mining and Chemical companies to manage their trading, scheduling and Logistics functions efficiently for last several years.

Couple of weeks back, a SAP IS-OIL professional asked what the latest innovations within SAP TSW are. It was a memory teaser! What’s inside SAP TSW for ECC 6.0.
So what is in now? Now SAP TSW addresses Bulk Trading & Scheduling as an end-to-end, cross-functional process providing unified view of information to traders, schedulers & finance analysts. I assume that, you already have some background about SAP TSW.

We added new capabilities around following processes.
• Trading & Risk Management
• Scheduling & Logistics
• Easy to use Web Interface for scheduling
• Analytics

In this first part of the Blog, It covers first 2 topics.

Trading & Risk Management:
Integration with SAP Global Trade Management allows operating scheduling operations in line with trading functions.

This provides better visibility & risk management capabilities. As of Enhancement Pack 3 for SAP ERP 6.0, you find following capabilities

Capture scheduling details while creating or changing Trading Contract
Transfer trade deals from external systems as Trading Contract using SOA enabled interfaces and capture scheduling information & events
Create TSW nomination referring to Trade contracts .This allows to synchronize the open and scheduled quantity, thereby better risk management
Additionally SOA enablement was designed as of Enhancement Pack 4 for SAP ERP 6.0
Set of SOA enabled interfaces to integrate with non SAP/custom trading front ends

Scheduling & Logistics
Several new features are added to scheduling capabilities. Following list provides a better understanding of these enhancements.
Scheduling & Logistics
Multi Material View Allows schedulers to have aggregated and expanded views of stock levels of multiple materials at a glance
Enhancement Pack 3 for SAP ERP 6.0

Railcar transport Capture railcar information in nomination at transport unit or compartment level
Enhancement Pack 3 for SAP ERP 6.0

Delivery and Material Document creation possible at sub-item level
Enhancement Pack 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 *
Document flow extended by drill-down on Deliveries and Material Documents

Gas Allocation
Gas Allocation allows to adjust and allocate quantity differences which occur during gas transportation
Enhancement Pack 3 for SAP ERP 6.0

Hatch Plan
Hatch Plan allows tracking the schedule for loading materials into the hatches of the vessel. You can exchange this information with the carrier and the vessel captain

Pipeline Cycles
Pipeline Cycle allows to track pipeline cycles , which could be used to avoid mixing different types of crude oil in one cycle and also to avoid overlapping of the different pipeline cycle

Enhanced User Access Management
Enhanced user access management allows restricting the data access for nominations & ticket documents based on several criteria including transport system, shipper, carrier, document type, location. Ticketing can be further restricted by activity types such as actualization, correction & reversal.

Hope you find the above information helpful .