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The following articles available through 1 May;

  • MM: Zero Superfluous Inventories with the Strategic Analytic Toolkit
  • Financials: Collections Management (FSCMCOL)
  • Human Resources: Understanding Retroactivity in SAP HR and Payroll
  • Basis: SAP Role Creation: Guidelines for Planning and Implementation (no charge)

A new set of four SAP articles will be posted on Tuesday, May 5th

What is Depreciation in SAP?

Depreciation’ is the reduction in the book value of an asset due to its use over time (‘decline in economic usefulness’) or due to legal framework for taxation reporting. The depreciation is usually calculated taking into account the economic life of the asset, expected value of the asset at the end of its economic life (junk/ scrap value), method of depreciation calculation (straight line method, declining balance, sum of year digits, double declining, etc.), and the defined percentage decline in the value of the asset every year (20%, or 15%, and so on).

The depreciation can either be planned or unplanned. Read more

SAP PP Capacity Planning User Manual

In recent version of SAP, Work Centre works with  infinite capacity. After MRP Run, even if a particular Work Centre is overloaded, one will be able to Complete Production Order defined at that particular Work Centre.

Capacity Evaluation can be used for analysis purpose & capacity Leveling can be used manually to allocate the load to different Work Centre. Capacity evaluations is used to analyse capacity loads. One can adjust the analyses for each user according to the planning level, planning horizon and the area of responsibility. Available capacities and capacity requirements can be selected according to various criteria and cumulated
using any period split one chooses.  Read more

Net Postings..What is That ?

Usually, when a transaction is posted, for example, a vendor invoice (document type: KR), the system posts the ‘Gross’ amount with the ‘tax’ and ‘discount’ included. However, SAP provides you the option of posting these items as ‘Net.’ In this case, the posting excludes ‘tax’ or ‘discounts.’ Remember to use the special document type KN. (Similarly, you will use the document type DN for ‘customer invoice-Net’ compared to the normal invoice postings for the customer using the document type DR.) For using this ‘net method’ of posting you should have activated the required settings in the customization.

What is GRC ?

Governance, Risk, and Compliance, almost always referred to as GRC, is the latest addition to the parade of three-letter acronyms that are used to describe the processes and software that run the business world. The goal of GRC is to help a company efficiently put policies and controls in place to address all its compliance obligations while at the same time gathering information that helps proactively run the business. Done properly, GRC creates a central nervous system that helps you manage your business more effectively. You also derive a competitive advantage from understanding risks and choosing opportunities wisely. In other words, GRC helps you make sure that you do things the right way: It keeps track of what you are doing and raises an alert when things start to go off track or when risks appear. Read more

Document Splitting in New General Ledger

New General Ledger (or new G/L) in the SAP ERP system offers a powerful feature known as document splitting. With document splitting, accounting line items are split according to specific characteristics This way, you can create financial statements for entities such as Segments and meet legal requirements. This document also explains the basics steps of Passive splitting, Active splitting — Rule-based splitting and Splitting using zero balancing with examples. At the end you will see a step by step Document Splitting examples to familiarize with process. Read more

Top 5 Cool Technical Developments to Learn

After reading this document you will be able to:

  • Expand your overall understanding of existing proven SAP technologies

-Utilize ABAP Shared Memory to ”buffer” data
-Utilize Web Services to retrieve BI data and consume that data in an MVC BSP application
-Utilize Portal Dynamic System Alias functionality to eliminate dual administration
-Utilize Business Server Pages and HTMLB to easily present BI Report Channels in the Portal
-Utilize Java Pricing exits and BADIs to pass additional information within CRM’s Internet Pricing Engine (IPC)

  • Creatively use these SAP technologies and techniques to deliver solutions in your own environment
  • Learn a basic level of detail so you can prototype a solution within your own company

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