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BAPI Programming Made Easy

As the number of BAPIs increases with every release and new ways of utilizing BAPIs evolve, like web services and the SAP Web Application Server, many readers have asked for an introduction suitable for beginners. This article aims to address that demand, but contains enough information that even readers already familiar with BAPIs should benefit....

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Ask the FI/CO Expert: When Printing Multiple Checks in a Payment Run, How Does R/3 Decide Which One to Print First, Second, Third, and So On?

Learn how the the Payment Method Supplements option can help make your check print runs more efficient by grouping different types of payments. Key Concept This month’s question deals with the interaction between the two places in Accounts Payable that you can use to impact which checks in a Payment Run come off the printer…...

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Hard-to-Get Inventory Analyses Become Easy Via the Material Ledger 4.6

The latest version of the Material Ledger is a significant upgrade and includes two important inventory reporting options: compilation of actual bill of materials and automatic tracking of multilevel variances from standards. I have known about the Material Ledger since R/3 release 3.0B. But perhaps like a lot of field consultants, did not get too…...

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Pick the Right Reporting Tool for the Job: CO-PA or BW

If you have the option of using either CO-PA or SAP’s Business Information Warehouse to produce reports, then it pays to think about which tool you use in a given circumstance. Choosing the wrong one could mean poor performance, a loss of flexibility, or compromised integrity of the result. Many of my clients use both…...

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Access Asset Accounting Customizing with One Transaction Code by Bringing Back ORFA

Transaction code ORFA used to be the preferred method of directly accessing the asset subledger for customizing. In R/3 4.6, ORFA functionality is still there, but hidden. This article explains how to make it active again. R/3 used to offer a way for you to access FI’s Asset Accounting customizing with a single transaction code,…...

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Nathan Genez
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Nathan Genez is an SAP FI/CO- and SAP BW-certified consultant who has worked with SAP ERP since 1996, with an emphasis on the capital accounting modules: PS, IM, and FI-AA. A former platinum consultant with SAP America, Inc., he has worked with SAP BW since release 1.2B. He is currently a managing partner at Serio Consulting in Houston, Texas.



Increase the Report Writer/Report Painter Toolset Query Capabilities in Less Than an Hour

By adding FI and CO tables that are not in the standard Report Writer/Report Painter library, you can give yourself more options for creating queries using these tools. SAP delivers several tables in the standard R/3 system that work with the Report Painter/Report Writer tools. If you’ve used Report Painter, then you know that you…...

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Integrating Custom ActiveX Documents into SAPGUI-Based Programs Using SAP's Desktop Office Integration (DOI)

SAP’s Desktop Office Integration (DOI) enables developers to leverage the rich functionality provided by desktop applications like Excel and Word from within their ABAP programs with unprecedented ease. But DOI can also be used to leverage thousands of other custom and off-the-shelf COM objects to build powerful applications with a minimum amount of code. This…...

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The 15 Most Overlooked Items in Planning for High Availability and Disaster Recovery

In recovering from a disaster, you are rebuilding more than a system: you are rebuilding your business and everything it stands for. No detail is too large or too small to deserve your company’s full attention when developing recovery and availability strategies. Based on the author’s own experiences in the trenches, this article helps you…...

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From XML to ABAP Data Structures and Back: Bridging the Gap with XSLT

XML, the EXtensible Markup Language, is the web standard for generic representation of structured data. Perhaps it hasn’t yet found its way into your company’s ABAP application development, but there is a fair chance that it will. So how can you bridge the gap between the ABAP and XML worlds? The SAP Web Application Server…...

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