AP regularly releases updated packages – enhancement packages – to provide new and improved software and thus improve its service and flexibility in the SAP ERP application.

The enhancement package 8, which we will talk about in this entry, offers numerous advanced functionalities to be installed in the base of the ERP and also facilitates a more than possible transition to S/4HANA.

Improvement areas for components include Finance, Sales, Purchasing, Human Resources or Quality, among others. Among the areas of improvement for industry are Banking, Defence and Security, Health, Insurance, etc.

This article will focus on the improvements corresponding to the logistics areas of Sales and Purchases.

1- MM & SD// Use of Incoterms Versions.

Incoterms identify the obligations and responsibilities of the buyer and seller under sales contracts.

In 2010, legislative changes took place that led to the use of Incoterms versions. SAP incorporates them in case it is necessary to use them.

2- SD// New feature to email sales orders and/or invoices

It is currently only possible to send an email to one recipient. With the new feature it is possible to be able to send the same form/message to two different addresses, being able to modify it in the sale order and/or invoice itself.

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2412475 – Enhancement of Email Functionality for Output Control – Customer Connection.

3- SD// New “Creation Time” field in the document flow

Increased traceability by being able to keep track of the exact time when the SAP document was created:

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2591143 – Show creation time on sales document flow.

4- SD// Improved return order interface within the Advanced Returns Management feature

With the new feature it will be possible to create return orders from external applications (non-SAP).

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2488803 – Interface for LO-ARM return orders.

5- SD// Inclusion of the “Time of Creation of the Sales Order” field in the document header.

It allows greater traceability and control, such as on pricing.

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2386804 – Display the order creation time in the header details of the sales document

6- SD// New icon in the sales order and invoices to quickly access the determination of message classes

The current access/route is provided to access message type in the Sales Order:

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2428788 – Shortcut key/button to output in Sales order and Billing Document.

7- SD// Restriction of drop-down related to sales order fields: reason for order and reason for rejection

Currently both drop down are set without any restrictions, simply creating the code and the descriptive.

With the new feature you can filter by document type and sales organisation, giving it much more flexibility.

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2477027 – User-defined restriction of dropdown lists for order reason and rejection reason.

8- SD// History of condition records for material determination feature

Through transaction VB11 and following, you can define rules in SAP that allow a material to be determined automatically based on technical condition. With the new feature the User can view the log of changes (historical) of the condition records.

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2462612 – Change History for Material Substitution Condition Records.

9- SD// Automatic transaction information to be used to open the business document.

New feature through which the system informs the user of the transaction that needs to be executed to open the desired sales document. Applies to sales orders and invoices:

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2419453 – Automatic navigation to correct sales and distribution document or billing document transaction for incorrect entry.

10- SD// Activation of the information in the preceding document

Using this new feature which you can activate by filtering on the item level in the Sales A tab, it displays the information regarding the preceding document.

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2487070 – Displaying reference document information in detailed data of sales document item.

11- SD// Orders to third parties: delivery status/invoice considers total quantity

With this new feature, the status of deliveries and invoices is updated more precisely when working with partial quantities in order flows to third parties.

Currently, when an inbound delivery of a partial quantity of a purchase order generated by a third-party order is received, the status of that delivery changes to full because the partial quantity has been received, although this is confusing because the overall/global status is still pending.

With the improvement the status goes from complete → pending.

The same logic has been used for billing status.

12- SD / Subsequent level indicator in the product hierarchy field

New Indicator for subsequent levels in the product hierarchy field.

It facilitates the introduction of data by the User:

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2626945 – Product Hierarchy – Indicator for subsequent levels.

13- SD// Cross-selling ordering

New sorting feature for the cross-selling list.

The term cross-selling refers to a retail practice that consists of including, in the sales order, additional products not initially ordered by the customer to increase sales volumes (e.g., a customer asks for a pencil and is suggested, that they also buy an eraser, ruler, etc.).

For more information, see the OSS Note:

2614318 – Sorting at Cross-selling items list.
2596848 – Missing fcode functionality in Cross-selling pop up.

14- SD / MasterCard new BIN code

Modifications necessary for the new nomenclature of the MasterCard BINs. The BIN is the Bank Identification Number and refers to the first 6 numbers of a card that identify the bank and the type of card in question.

MasterCard has added, to its existing 5 BIN series, 2 series to the BIN on its corporate cards.

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Ausias Mulet is an Industrial Organization Engineer and Industrial Technician, with more than 12 years of work experience in SAP consultancy through numerous implementations and roll-outs located in different countries, both inside and outside Europe. Specialized in the area of Logistics, Sales and Distribution (SD), he also works as Project Manager being certified in Project Management Professional (PMP®).