New Book Release: Practical Guide to SAP Business Partner Functions and Integration with SAP S/4HANA

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Book excerpt from Practical Guide to SAP Business Partner by Robin Schneider.

In this chapter, we will look at the various options for merging the number ranges of the customer, vendor and business partner objects/roles in a synchronization (Section 7.3.1).

The number ranges of the individual objects must be set up and the account groups must be monitored. I will show you the parameters to be set in Customizing for the following number range constellations:

  • Business partner, customer and vendor have the same number
  • Business partner and customer have the same number—vendor has a different number
  • Business partner and vendor have the same number—customer has a different number
  • Business partner, customer and vendor each have their own number

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With the conversion from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA, the concept of classic customers and vendors is a thing of the past. SAP Business Partner is now the leading object for processing master data information for customers and vendors. Transactions such as FD01/FK01, FD02/FK02 and XK01/XK02 are automatically redirected to the leading transaction BP. In this practical guide, learn step by step how to work with SAP Business Partner, including primary customization settings, and the creation of an SAP business partner with single and grouped roles. Specialized topics such as search help, field attributes, and authorizations are also covered. A comparison of greenfield and brownfield approaches is an essential aspect of this book. For readers who want, or need, to migrate their current data, guidance is provided on business partner conversion types. This guide pays special attention to master data synchronization via the CVI Cockpit, including the assignment of number ranges and intervals.

  • The SAP Business Partner concept
  • SAP Business Partner integration in SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA
  • SAP Business Partner synchronization and Customer-Vendor Integration (CVI)
  • Overview of customization settings and master data maintenance

Author Robin Schneider works as a management consultant and project manager with a focus on project management, as well as business processes and mapping them to ERP systems, especially SAP.

In addition, he regularly leads and moderates seminars and training courses on a wide range of topics.

Robin has been a certified “Project Management Professional – PMP” (by PMI®) since 2009 and was certified as an “SAP S/4HANA Finance” consultant in 2016.