Business Partner in SAP S/4 HANA – Part I

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The buzz word SAP S/4 HANA is slowly and steadily getting into our lives………

Now lets get ahead of just the initial talks and videos about the technical advancements of S/4 HANA.

To break the ice, we will start with the “Business Partner” a new concept introduced by SAP. The Business Partner is introduced as a replacement for the followings:

  • Vendor Master
  • Customer Master

This innovation of SAP ensures that the Master Data Team now does not have to use two different Transaction Codes for creating Customer and Vendor masters.

With SAP S/4 HANA the Customer/Vendor master data has been transpired into role based management rather than the following views:

  • Company Code
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • CIN details
  • etc.

Many Business Partner Roles are available in SAP for using. Given below is the list of a few relevant roles

Customer related roles

  • “000000” – Business Partner (Gen.)
  • “FCLU00” – FI Customer
  • “FLCU01” – Customer
  • “UKM000” – SAP Credit Management

Vendor related roles

  • “000000” – Business Partner (Gen.)
  • “FLVN00” – FI Vendor
  • “FLVN01” – Supplier

Really speaking, SAP has replaced the various views of SAP ERP with roles. (Refer Image 1.01 for Vendor Master screen in SAP ERP)

Vendor Master

Image 1.01 – Vendor Master Views

As you can see in the above screen and remember about the various information that used to be maintained by us.

The following chart shows which views from ERP are replaced by which role in HANA:

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Apart from the above it is interesting to note that now SAP has removed the use of Transaction Code “FD32” which was used to maintain the Credit Limit for customers. Credit Limit maintenance has now been incorporated as a part of Customer Master with Role “UKM000” – SAP Credit Management

With this you would definitely get the basic idea about what a Business Partner is and how it it structured. In next post we will see how we can create the Business Partner and how it is structured in SAP S/4 HANA.

See you till then………

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