In addition to manual planning, earlier releases allowed SOP transfer from the Production Planning and Control component (PP) for cost centers. As of Release 4.0, you may also transfer SOP to business processes. The goals is to support cost object related planning for all business process outputs. In general, this deals with product groups or products from SOP or materials from LTP.
In contrast with cost centers, where resource scheduling takes place via routings, the process template schedules business process activitiesinstead. This new function supports variable determination and calculation of quantity consumption by business processes.