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Set up policies for category hierarchies [AX 2012]

Updated: May 20, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Policies are business rules that you define to help control your internal processes and enforce your overall business strategy. If your organization classifies products that it purchases in a procurement category hierarchy, you can create policies to manage employee access to categories. You can also define rules for ordering products in specific categories in the procurement category hierarchy.

Use this procedure to set up rules for limiting access to procurement categories.

  1. Click Procurement and sourcing > Setup > Policies > Purchasing policies. On the Action Pane, in the New group, click Policy.

  2. In the Purchasing policy form, on the General FastTab, enter a unique name and an optional description for the policy.

  3. On the Policy organizations FastTab, select the organization and legal entities to which this category policy applies.

  4. On the Policy rules FastTab, in the left pane, click Category access policy rule. Then click Create policy rule.

  5. In the Category access policy rule form, select the dates on which the policy starts and ends. If you leave the Effective date and Expiration date fields blank, the policy is always valid.

  6. Select the Include parent rule check box to apply the category access policy rule of the parent organization to the category.

  7. In the Available categories pane, select the categories to which the rule applies. When you select a category, all the categories that are higher in the hierarchy are also added to the Selected categories list.

  8. Select the Include subcategories check box to apply the rule to all subcategories of the selected category.

The procurement site in the Employee services portal uses the category access rule to control which procurement categories users have access to. When a user accesses the procurement site, the system determines which purchasing policy and category access rule to apply based on the legal entity and operational unit that the employee belongs to.

Use this procedure to set up rules for ordering products in a category.

NoteNote

Public sector entities in France can define a policy rule to manage spending thresholds by category, as required by the Clé de Contrôle Marché. For more information, see (FRA) Set up a policy rule for spending thresholds by category (Public sector).

  1. Click Procurement and sourcing > Setup > Policies > Purchasing policies. On the Action Pane, in the New group, click Policy.

  2. In the Purchasing policy form, on the General FastTab, enter a unique name and an optional description for the policy.

  3. On the Policy organizations FastTab, select the organization and legal entities to which this category policy applies.

  4. On the Policy rules FastTab, in the left pane, click Category policy rule. Then click Create policy rule.

  5. In the Category policy rule form, select the dates on which the policy starts and ends. If you leave the Effective date and Expiration date fields blank, the policy is always valid.

  6. In the Category policy data list, select a category to which the rule applies.

    NoteNote

    The policy rule that you define for a parent category is assigned to its child categories if no policy rule has been defined for the child categories.

  7. In the Vendor selection field, select a rule to control the selection of vendors in the category. Select one of the following options:

    • Allow only vendors that are preferred for this category – Employees must purchase only from preferred vendors.

    • Allow only vendors that are preferred or approved for this category – Employees can purchase from preferred vendors or approved vendors.

    • Do not allow vendor selection in this category – The employee cannot select a vendor. The vendor is selected during the review process.

    • Allow all vendors – There are no restrictions on vendor selection.

  8. Select the Show questionnaires? check box if requesters must complete a questionnaire when they request products in the specified category. The questionnaire is displayed when the requester selects a category item in a purchase requisition or in Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  9. In the Category matching policy field, select the matching policy to apply when purchase order lines are reconciled against a vendor invoice. Select one of the following options:

    • Company policy – The matching policy from the organization level must be followed.

    • Three-way matching– The price and quantity on the purchase order, product receipt, and invoice must match.

    • Two-way matching – The price and quantity on the purchase order and invoice must match.

    • Not required – Matching is not required.

  10. Select the Receiving requirements check box if you want to verify that you have received the correct quantity of products before recording the purchase.

  11. Select the Deduction requirements check box if you want to verify that deductions for products that are returned to the vendor are correct before recording the return transaction.

  12. Select the Accrue purchase expense on receipt check box if you want to record the amount payable to the vendor upon receipt of the product receipt for a purchase order line instead of upon receipt of the vendor invoice.


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