Let's not loose sight of the real situation with the new BOM. It's still in BETA, not in production release.
It will not be released for production until sometime around the 2004 SP 5.0 timeframe - q3 of 2004 perhaps.
(for anyone who has not appreciated the sarcasm, please be advised that the above diatribal proclimations are perhaps possibly not true.)
Desperately in need of (at least) a CSV or tab-delimited output, preferably an OLE to excel or save as XLS.
Are we really expected to retype all that stuff when we need to load data into MRP?
Do we hit the way-too-big-table formatting next . . . Or the MANDATORY config name prependment to QTY in the column name . . . Or maybe the apparent inability to alter bom item numbers by clicking the callout balloons . . . or . . . or . . .
I can't wait until all the oddities are addressed. It all looks promising, but that's all right now - too many quirks to navigate to be really usable . . .
My greatest fear -> SW pronounces it "complete" and ignores the many stumbling blocks, ignoring the excel BOM as legacy code and not making it the tool it needs to be.