Submitting configuration is the final step in the item configuration process. After you have gone through all the questions in the questionnaire and created a configuration based on your answers, you submit the configuration. The system saves it as a new variant item or a matching one and returns the variant item to the order line in Sales Order Maintenance or Sales Quote Maintenance.
To submit your completed configuration, click the Save Configuration button at the bottom of the Configuration Summary screen.
If the configuration you are submitting was loaded from an incomplete configuration in the previous step, the system prompts you to update the original configuration or to create one. If you choose to update the original configuration, it is overwritten by your current configuration. If you choose to create a configuration, a new configuration record is created with a new configuration ID.
The Matching Configurations window displays when the current configuration is submitted.
Note: If Auto Select is set to Yes in Configurable Item Maintenance, the Matching Configurations window does not display and the Questionnaire window closes. Different combinations of configuration-selection, auto-select, and configuration-retention values determine how the system behaves when a configuration is submitted and how variant items are created.
Your current configuration is displayed on the left of the screen with all the configurable item questions and the answers you have provided. On the right of the screen, the system displays all matching configurations with identical configuration keys. Compare matching configurations with your current one to make sure you do not create redundant variant items with identical configurations.
Depending on displayed data, you can perform one of the following actions in the Matching Configurations screen:
• Create a variant item from the current configuration.
Click the C (Create variant item) icon in the Variant Item field of the current configuration to create a variant item. After a brief display of the variant item creation process bar, the Questionnaire window closes and the newly created variant item number is returned to the Item Number field in Sales Order Maintenance or Sales Quote Maintenance.
Note: If you set up variant planning item rules and if changes to the configuration lead to changes to the variant planning item, the system attaches the new variant item to the new planning item as a component and consumes its forecast.
• Assign an existing variant item to the current configuration.
Click the S (Select the variant item) icon next to a matching variant item number to save the current configuration and associate it with that variant item number. The Questionnaire window closes and the newly assigned variant number is returned to the Item Number field in Sales Order Maintenance or Sales Quote Maintenance.
Note: If you set up variant planning item rules and if changes to the configuration lead to changes to the variant planning item, the system attaches the re-assigned variant item to the original planning item and consumes its forecast. Once attached to a planning item, an existing variant item is always associated with the planning item unless you perform a configuration rebuild.