Top Challenges With Managing MRO Materials in SAP

By Kristian Kalsing on October 5, 2015

Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) materials in SAP are supplies consumed in the production process that do not become part of the end product. MRO materials include consumables such as cleaning products, office supplies, spare parts, etc. They are managed quite differently than direct/raw materials that ultimately become part of the product. For example, MRO materials are not included in the inventory that counts towards the balance sheet. Business Acronym BMI - Body Mass Index. Yellow paint line on the road against asphalt background. Conceptual image

Last Monday, I facilitated a Birds of a Feather session at the ASUG Data Governance conference in Milwaukee, with about 30 people in attendance. It was a mix of people that already had day-to-day responsibilities including management of MRO materials and people that were just beginning to take that on. Part of the outcome from the session was to identify the top challenges with managing MRO materials in SAP.

Here are the top 5 in order of importance:


  1. Getting started with managing MRO materials
  2. Differentiating between MRO and other types of materials
  3. Gaining executive sponsorship and buy-in from the business
  4. Standardizing class types and attributes
  5. Relationships between MRPO materials and vendors

Do you have other challenges you’d like to discuss? Keep the conversation rolling at one of our upcoming data governance luncheons, coming to a city near you:

New York – Oct 27

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About the author

Based in Seattle, Kristian is part of the product management team at Winshuttle where he is responsible for solutions that help companies to perform better by improving their management and governance of master data. Kristian has 15 years of experience with enterprise solutions in a broad range of industries across Europe, Australia and North America. When not at work, Kristian spends most of his time climbing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

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