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Adequately Account for Business Requirements and Avoid Archiving Anarchy

SAP’s archiving tools make data archiving relatively simple from a technical perspective, but don’t let this lull you into a false sense of security – it’s not enough to simply locate large tables, identify the archiving objects, and then run the archiving programs. These actions only touch the surface of the broader issues involved, including...

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Evaluating the Quality of Your ABAP Programs and Other Repository Objects with the Code Inspector

Developers and quality managers must know precisely how closely their programs adhere to standards that govern their software’s accessibility, security, and performance. SAP Web Application Server 6.10 introduces the Code Inspector, a new tool that checks ABAP programs, function groups, classes, and other repository objects to ensure that they meet defined standards, and enables you…...

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Use Product Costing for Estimates with Multiple-Sourced Material

R/3’s mixed product costing system offers five options for creating cost estimates with multiple procurement sources. The author demonstrates how to use the functionality, which was not available in a standard R/3 system prior to Release 4.5A. Have you ever run across this problem in product costing? You are trying to calculate a planned cost…...

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R/3 Enterprise 4.7 Simplifies Authorization Hierarchy Maintenance in CO

Did you know that it is now possible to set up authorization profiles for users in a more flexible and simple way? New developments since 4.0 enable you to save time by doing just that. The author explains how administrators can set up authorizations without the need to assign authorization objects to every single CO…...

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Find FI/CO Customization Discrepancies Fast with R/3's Standard CCSV Tool

Have you ever had a business process fail in one system but work fine in another? It’s hard enough trying to figure out what configuration setting is responsible for a process failure, but it’s even harder when the configuration is inconsistent between R/3 systems. The good news is that SAP ships a customizing tool that…...

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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.



Set Up the BEx Map for Flawless Function in Five Easy Steps

Analyze geographic data with the BW Business Explorer Map functionality.  SAP BW has a great feature that allows you to analyze geographic data. For example, you can evaluate customer data starting at a regional view and then drill down to a state, county, or city view if you wish. The engine in BW that allows…...

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Business Configuration (BC) Sets in Global Rollout Projects - Lessons Learned

Starting with R/3 Release 4.6C, Business Configuration (BC) Set technology offers new functionality for customizing settings in global rollout projects. This article shares the experiences of two early adopters, so you can benefit from the lessons they learned. You will learn how to include this new functionality in your own global rollout project, how to…...

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Extend the Range and Reduce the Costs of Your SAP Testing Activities with eCATT

With SAP Web Application Server 6.20, the new extended Computer Aided Test Tool (eCATT) picks up where CATT leaves off. In addition to CATT’s existing capabilities (the ability to record classic R/3 transactions, check and assign variables to fields, and create test cases), eCATT enables you to test controls-based and external transactions, use function modules…...

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The Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW) - A Guide to Data Migration with BAPIs

SAP’s Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW) is a free add-on tool that supports migration of external data into an SAP system, using a user-friendly mapping tool with helpful features. You simply search for an appropriate object type (or create your own) from your selected import technology, and then map the source data structure to the…...

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