You are correct.  I sharing what can be done, not all how we re-direct BPCS.

My advice to anyone, seeking a path parallel to ours, would be to exploit BPCS ability to modify rules like ZPA and ITE files, before exploring modifications, because they can be overly dependent on how the business now runs, which will evolve, and there is always the challenge of merging modifications with future BPCS upgrades.

We have significantly modified several standard BPCS programs, ways of accessing BPCS files, added additional inquiries reports files (logicals and physicals), added 3rd party stuff, and support activities that are security insensitive. Our output of BPCS/400 to other venues is still in its infantcy.

Some modifications turned out to have less value than we originally expected. Some were found to be overly dependent upon flawed BPCS documentation.

We found the literals of immense value in changing labeling of fields on reports and inquiries, but a pain for accessing those same fields by other means.

When we setup new items, there are a ton of fields whose contents are not properly populated by BPCS defaults, from our needs perspective, so we periodically run mass updates, so as to reduce manual keying needed by our people. CIC file figures prominently in this.


In standard BPCS and ERPlx you can not change the item class in the CIC file utilizing MRP140 - Facility Planning Maintenance.

Might that have been an enhancement at your installation?



From:  Al Mac
Subject: Re: [BPCS-L] Service Parts

That might be dependent on BPCS version.

In our 405 CD, when a record is created in CIC, it has a copy of the IIM
item class.  You can then go into CIC and change the item class, so that
the part's class varies by facility.  You have to be careful with how to
handle the item having different item classes in different facilities,
since many BPCS programs are insensitive to this possibility.

We have some mass update programs to fix contents of files where it is too
much trouble to manage some BPCS business rules manually.

Dan Sweeney wrote:

>Al's points are correct with the excpetion of different item classes by
>facility.  An Item can only have one item class desigination.

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