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Aligning objects in different systems is one of the most challenging aspects of having a system landscape with several systems in it. SAP Expert previously wrote about a method of aligning SAP master data objects like Cost and Profit Centres or GL accounts.
The generic tool in SAP that allows movement of configuration between the systems is Transport System. Usually changes to configuration objects are only allowed in the Development system. Each change is then recorded in the Transport Request. Initially each modifiable transport request only contains links to the objects. These links may help you to monitor the history of changes. Read the rest of this entry »
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SAP is a well established industry in the world nowadays. There are many companies that use SAP in their everyday life. But still there are many companies who implement SAP software anew.
You are aware that a SAP consultant should have certain skills. But having skills is not enough. You need to apply them properly. Because of the wide variety of SAP projects, skills need to be applied differently.
Let’s look at different types of projects and what is required there. Read the rest of this entry »
Accounts Payable is an important part of every company’s life. You normally need to pay your invoices in order to continue business.
There are several ways to register an invoice in SAP, as well as several ways to make a payment. But one important thing that happens between invoice and payment is time. You need to know when to pay your invoices, leaving your vendors happy to continue business with you.
Here we need to say that Accounts Receivable need to know similar information. Once you issue an invoice, you need to estimate when it is going to be paid. It helps you to keep relationships with your customer (don’t chase the debt until it is really due), plan your cash flow and so on.
SAP has a tool that helps you to make necessary calculations of due date both on customer and vendor sides. It is called “Terms of payment”. It usually consists of 3 major components:
- Baseline date, the date when the calculation begins
- Number of days (up to 3), when invoice has to be paid
- Early settlement discount percent (up to 2) offered on invoice.
Effectively, you may get up to two time ranges when invoice can be paid with a discounted value, and one day when invoice should be paid in full without being overdue.
Here we need to note that the vast majority of invoices use the invoice date as a base for the due date calculation. In other terms, the invoice may say “due within 10 days”, which means 10 days after invoice date.
But there is still a chance that you need to calculate the due date not as a number of days, but set it as a specific date in the month. Examples of business cases for this may be:
- Contractor who works on a per-case basis, and sends you separate invoices for each case. But the contractor expects you to pay all invoices for the month together, and treats this payment as salary.
- Supplier who sends you goods in a continuous flow, invoices each day/week/fortnight, but still expects one payment per month.
In other terms, you need to have the ability to set the due date on the invoice as a fixed date.
Is it possible to configure this in SAP?
Yes, and actually there are 3 ways to do so. Read the rest of this entry »
It is this time of the year again. And not only year… It has happened every 4 years for the last almost 100 years with small exceptions.
If you still don’t understand what I mean, I should tell you: the Olympic Games. This time around this event is being held in the Russian city of Sochi.
You can ask now: Why does SAP Expert speak about sport? What is the link between the Sochi Olympics and SAP?
The link is very simple. Even if the Sochi Olympics Organizing Committee does not run SAP itself, it has lots of partners who do.
Let’s look at the official list of partners.
Worldwide Olympic Partners
Can you name any one company from this list that does not run SAP? I can’t. There are even some SAP consultancies, I mean Atos.
National Olympic Partners
The situation is slightly different in this case. Still, almost all the companies in this list use SAP solutions as the main engine of their business. The only exceptions are Rostelecom, the Russian telecom giant that uses Oracle solutions, and BOSCO Sport, a local Russian sportswear brand, belonging to the Italian Bosco di Ciliegi group.
As you can see, there is not much the Organizing Committee could do without SAP solutions.
From the SAP expert side, I wish all the athletes all the best, and will hope that your country, wherever you live in the world, will be represented well in these Games.