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2996830 - Error: Material Cannot Be Deleted; Business Processes Are Active


You know that products can be deleted with upgrade 2011. You tried to delete a product. Even though there is no list price, no price list, and no purchasing and sales, it is not possible to delete product. An error occurred. Error: Material cannot be deleted; business processes are active.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Product Data work center
  2. Click on Materials view
  3. Search for relevant material
  4. Click on Delete


It is only possible to delete a product (material or service) which is not used in the system or not used in the business scenario. For example, when a product is created in the system, the non-activated product will be in two states: initial or in-preparation. If a product is not activated, you can delete the product in the system.

There could be active data maintained in the tabs Logistics, Planning, Availability Confirmation. With these active data the material cannot be deleted.


This is expected system behaviour.


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