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Ask the FI/CO Expert: Even in Release 4.6, Your End Users' Choice of an A/R Posting Key Has a Surprising Impact on Standard Reports Such as the "Customer Analysis" Net Sales Columns

A hidden relationship between the data entry field called “posting key” and several R/3 standard reports can affect sales or payment data. Key Concept     Dear FI/CO Expert, Our company offers some of our customers a rebate if their net sales for the year (sales order billings, less any product returns or credit memo...

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Avoid Pitfalls When Deleting Requests from a BW 3.0B ODS

SAP has made it much easier to delete individual requests from the ODS in Release 3.0B. The process, however, is not always straightforward and requires some forethought. The author provides advice for avoiding trouble based on his own experience.  SAP has restructured the ODS for BW 3.0B. It now provides much more functionality for deleting…...

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Update Was Terminated: What Every FI/CO User Should Know About This Error Message

SAP/FinancialsHave you ever seen the message, Update was terminated, and wondered what it meant? Here’s a more worrisome question: Do Your FI users know what to do when they see this message? Have you ever seen the message, Update was terminated, and wondered what it meant? Here’s a more worrisome question: Do your FI users…...

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Find the Hidden Condition Technique in CO-PA and Fine-Tune Your Profitability Analysis

The CO-PA module has an “if…then” way to say when you want or don’t want certain kinds of revenues and costs calculated and posted (i.e., SAP’s condition technique). It is called “valuation with costing sheet.” Have you ever wished that the CO-PA module had an “if … then” way to say when you want or…...

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Mitresh Kundalia
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Mitresh Kundalia heads the SAP practice at Quality Systems & Software (www.QSandS.com), a consulting firm specializing in SAP S/4HANA, SAP General Ledger, and complex System Landscape Optimization (SLO)-type reorganizations. Mitresh is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert, with multiple publications and an SAP-PRESS book to his credit. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and white papers, and he has given presentations at various SAP conferences and events. Mitresh is the chief solutions architect of General Ledger Migration Optimizer (GLMO), a leading product to accelerate and jump-start the SAP S/4HANA and SAP General Ledger initiatives; SAP Data Reorganization Optimizer (SDRO), an SLO-type product for managing complex system landscape reorganizations; and Group Currency Activation and Conversion (GCAC), a product suite to manage introduction of parallel currencies and conversion of data in a live SAP system.



Improve the Integrity of Your Electronic Bank Statement Uploads with Search Strings

A little-known process called “search strings” helps increase the percentage of electronic bank statements (EBS) that post correctly through the upload process. The author illustrates the process by showing how you can use search strings when a single Bank Administration Institute (BAI) code represents two different business transactions for a single bank. The benefits companies…...

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Ask the BW Expert: What Do I Do When BW Can't Find a Function Module?

Follow these three steps the next time you get an error message stating that a function module can’t be found. Dear BW Expert, When I try to activate my transfer rules, I get the following error message: RSAOU_BWBC_GET function module not found. How do I proceed? Rupali Da Hi Rupali, The function module RSAOU_BWBC_GET is…...

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Frank Bulacher
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Frank Bulacher is manager of SAP CH at Alstom Switzerland. He has worked in BI for more than 14 years in the United States and Europe. Prior to that, he was a consultant in data warehousing and SAP FI/CO. His career has taken him to top-tier and boutique companies. Frank is a graduate of the University of Augsburg in Germany and the University of Wales in Swansea, UK, with majors in banking and computer science.



Ask the BW Expert: How Do I Map DataSources Back to R/3 Tables and Fields?

Mapping DataSources back to R/3 is a big problem for everyone working with BW. Unfortunately, there is no general rule to find the fields. Learn how the fields are mapped for certain extractors. Dear BW Expert, I am trying to determine how SAP BW maps the fields defined in InfoSources and DataSources back to R/3…...

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Frank Bulacher
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Frank Bulacher is manager of SAP CH at Alstom Switzerland. He has worked in BI for more than 14 years in the United States and Europe. Prior to that, he was a consultant in data warehousing and SAP FI/CO. His career has taken him to top-tier and boutique companies. Frank is a graduate of the University of Augsburg in Germany and the University of Wales in Swansea, UK, with majors in banking and computer science.



A Strategy for Collecting and Transporting BW Requests

The author presents an alternative method for collecting and transporting requests using SAP’s BW Transport Connection. The complex models often used for BW implementations require a collection/transport strategy, like the one in this article, for BW requests.  SAP created the Correction and Transport Organizer (CTO) to move configuration settings, programs, and data across different systems…....

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Create a Web Interface for the BEx Map

Learn how to use the Web Application Designer to create templates for interactive maps. By using only two settings, you can provide three levels of interactivity.  In “Set Up the BEx Map for Flawless Function in Five Easy Steps,” I showed you how to set up the data for using the BEx Map.1 Now I’ll describe…...

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