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Knowledge-Based Configuration by Juha Tiihonen, Claire Bagley, Lothar Hotz, Alexander Felfernig

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Chapter 27

Product Configuration in SAP: A Retrospective

Albert Haag,    SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany

Abstract

This chapter gives a retrospective of the development of the SAP Variant Configurator and the concepts it is based on. The SAP OS/2 configurator that preceded it and the IPC configurator that followed it share this legacy and are also covered. As these three configurators all have their roots in expert systems development projects of the 1980s, the beliefs and motivation of that time are reviewed.

Keywords

Knowledge-based Configuration; Variant Configuration; SAP Variant Configurator; SAP IPC; Expert Systems; Constraints; Decision Support

Acknowledgments

Many of the challenges of making a commercially successful configurator remain unpublished ...

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