Plan based on quotations and RFQs
Quotations and requests for quotations (RFQs) represent possible or even likely future orders. Therefore, it makes sense to consider them during master planning, so that extra supply can be planned based on existing RFQs and the likelihood that each quotation will become an actual order. This article describes how to set up master planning to consider quotations and RFQs when it generates planned orders.
Set up master planning to consider sales quotations and/or RFQs
Use the following procedure to set up master planning to consider sales quotations and/or RFQs.
Go to Master Planning > Setup > Plans > Master plans.
Select an existing plan in the list pane, or select New on the Action Pane to create a new one.
On the General FastTab, set the following fields:
- Include sales quotations – Set this option to Yes to consider sales quotations when the current plan is run. Set it to No to ignore them.
- Probability % – Set the minimum level of confidence that is required for a quotation to be included in master planning. The master planning calculation will include all quotations that were created from opportunities that have this probability percentage or higher. To include all quotations, including quotations that have no probability assigned to them or no opportunity associated with them, set this field to 0 (zero). For more information about probabilities for quotations, see the next section.
- Include requests for quotations – Set this option to Yes to consider RFQs when the current plan is run. Set it to No to ignore them. If you choose to consider RFQs, the system will create planned purchase orders for them, but it won't specify the vendor until the RFQ is resolved. Planned purchase orders that are created for the RFQs might affect the quantities of other planned orders.
Continue to set up your master plan in the usual way.
Assign and view probabilities for quotations
As was mentioned in the previous section, a master plan will consider only quotations that meet or exceed the probability threshold that is defined for the plan (if a threshold is defined). However, the probability isn't set directly on each quotation. Instead, it's inherited from the opportunity that was used to generate the quotation. Therefore, quotations that are created directly on the All quotations page won't have a probability assigned to them or an opportunity associated with them, and they won't ever be considered by master planning (unless the Probability % field is set to 0 [zero]). To have a probability assigned to it, a quotation must be generated from an opportunity.
Create a quotation from an opportunity
Use the following procedure to assign a probability to an opportunity and then create a quotation from that opportunity.
- Go to Sales and marketing > Relationships > Opportunities > All opportunities.
- Select an existing opportunity, or select New on the Action Pane to create a new one.
- Fill in the opportunity page to identify the opportunity as you want. Be sure to set the Probability field to an appropriate value. Only master plans that are set up to look for probabilities of this value or higher will consider quotations that are generated from this opportunity.
- On the Action Pane, select Save.
- On the Action Pane, on the Opportunity tab, in the New group, select Sales quotation or Project quotation, depending on the type of quotation that you want to create.
- In the Create quotation dialog box, set the fields as you require, and then select OK.
- A new quotation is created and opened. On the Lines FastTab, use the toolbar to add sales lines or project lines as required to define the content of the quotation.
- On the Action Pane, select Save. Then close the quotation.
View the probability that is assigned to a quotation
The only way to view the probability that is assigned to a quotation is to open the opportunity that was used to create that quotation, as described in the following procedure.
Go to Sales and marketing > Sales quotations > All quotations.
If the Opportunity ID column isn't shown (it's hidden in a default installation), follow these steps to temporarily show it. (Alternatively, to keep the Opportunity ID column available, create a saved view that includes it.)
- Select and hold (or right-click) in the grid, and then select Insert columns.
- In the Insert columns dialog box, find the row where the Field field is set to Opportunity, and select the Select checkbox for that row.
- Select Update to add the selected column to the All quotations page.
In the grid, find the row for the relevant quotation. Then, in the Opportunity ID column, select the value for that row.
If you're looking for a project quotation, you might have to select the Quotation type column header and clear its filter. In a default installation, this filter is set so that only sales quotations are shown.
The related opportunity is opened. You can now view and edit the Probability value as you require.