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Configure the FI and CO Modules to Meet All Your Business Requirements

Configuring SAP R/3 FI/CO is the only book of its kind: a detailed, practical guide to configuring R/3's two most popular modules. Written by the experts responsible for R/3 configuration in a Fortune 200 company, it provides detailed instructions and examples for all the Financial and Controlling submodules—information that will help you make good on your company's sizable investment.

Coverage includes:

  • FI Enterprise Structure
  • General Ledger
  • Substitutions and Validations
  • Automatic account assignments
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Credit Management
  • Lockbox
  • CO Enterprise Structure
  • Cost Element Accounting
  • Cost Center Accounting
  • Internal Orders
  • CO settlement
  • Profitability Analysis (CO-PA)
  • Profit Center Accounting
  • Investment Management

Visit this book's companion Web site at for additional coverage of FI/CO configuration techniques.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782125979
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 2.12 (d)

Meet the Author

David Nowak and Quentin Hurst are full-time SAP consultants for a Fortune 200 company. They have more than six years' combined experience with FI/CO. Nowak has been involved with three complete FI/CO implementations and has worked with ERP software in various finance and operations departments. Previous to his current position, Hurst was in the Business Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen and worked on many IT projects, including SAP, data warehousing, and custom system development.

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Chapter 1: Configuration Tools

Before you undertake your first SAP configuration project, it is important to understand the concepts behind table-driven customization as well as some of the tools, tips, and tricks that can be used. The purpose of this chapter is to provide the foundation for successfully carrying out SAP FI/CO configuration.

Although it is a must-read for people new to configuration, we also feel that configuration "old-timers" can pick up a trick or two from this chapter. Before beginning, it is important to note that the terms customization and configuration are used interchangeably throughout the book.

Specifically, we will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Introduction to SAP
  • The SAP System Environment
  • Transports
  • Other Methods of Table Maintenance
  • Finding the Table to Customize
  • The Databrowser
  • Modifications to Source Code and User-Exits
  • Introduction to SAP
SAP stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing. SAP was founded by five German engineers in 1972. Today, SAP is the world's largest Enterprise Resource Planning (EPR) software company and the fourth largest computer software company overall. SAP is an integrated system, which means that all SAP modules are designed to share information and automatically create transactions based on various business processes.

SAP R/3 is the client/server version of the software. The "3" in R/3 stands for the three-tiered client/server architecture. SAP R/2 is the mainframe version of the software. The "2" in R/2 stands for the two-tiered mainframe architecture. There are several releases of R/3, ranging from 2.x to 4.x. Throughout this book, we will be using version 3.1h. Although there have been several changes in the 4.x releases, much of the functionality covered in this book is unchanged in version 4.x. Some of the screens may have changed in later releases, and there may be new functionality available, but the process of configuration remains the same regardless of the release. The goal of this book is not to teach you how to implement one specific solution, but to teach you how to configure. Attempting to cover every possible configuration scenario you might encounter would be an impossible task. After reading the book, you will be able to apply what you learned to configure your system based on your business requirements. Throughout the book, we use the terms SAP and R/3 interchangeably to refer to the SAP R/3 system.

We've listed some common terms that explain different parts of the SAP system; you will see them used throughout the book:

ABAP (ABAP/4) ABAP/4 stands for Advanced Business Application Programming/4th Generation Language. SAP is coded in ABAP ABAP is also used for any extensions or extra programs that are written for SAP. ABAP is similar to other fourth-generation languages and is a first cousin of COBOL, without the JCL.

Basis Generally SAP projects, and the folks who work on them, are lumped into two groups-technical and functional. The technical system includes ABAP, database administration, transport management, security, authorizations, and so on. Basis is a subset of the technical folks; they take care of all technical components of the system except for ABAP. The Basis group, in more common terms, consists of your project Database Administrators (D.B.A.s) plus more.

Variant A variant is a specific setting that is saved when a program is executed. Some data input screens allow you to save and execute variants. Variants can also be created in the program maintenance screen of the program. Using variants is a good way to save time because they allow you to execute a routine transaction without having to enter all of the parameters needed by the program every time.

Menu path SAP, like most client/server applications, utilizes menus to allow a user to navigate through the system. When we refer to or list menu paths in the book, we are starting from the root menu and progressing down through each menu hierarchy to reach the needed transaction. When we refer to only the menu path, we are talking about the Implementation Guide (IMG) menu path. SAP application menu paths are explicitly noted.

Transaction code A transaction code is a four-character code that is entered in the command field on the toolbar. Transaction codes are not case sensitive. SAP provides two ways of executing a transaction, via a menu path or a transaction code. It is important to note that, unless you are at the main SAP menu or the main menu of a submodule such as G/L, it is necessary to include /N or l0 before the transaction code in order to execute a transaction in a different module. For example, if you are currently in the Cost Center accounting module in the screen used to create cost centers and you want to enter a G/L document (transaction code FBO 1 ), you must enter /NFBO1 or /OFBO1 to execute the transaction. /N takes you back to the root menu and then executes the transaction code. /O opens up a new session and then executes the transaction code. Remember, you can only have six open sessions of SAP at once.

Parameter ID A parameter ID is a special identifier given to some fields in SAP. It can be stored in your user profile with its default values. For example, the parameter ID for company code is BUK. A user who is responsible only for entering documents in company code 1000 would set up the BUK parameter ID with a default of 1000 in their user profile. By specifying this parameter ID, the user will never have to enter the company code in a transaction; the company code will automatically default to 1000. Parameter IDs are stored in the technical information field screen. An explanation of how to display the Technical Information screen is included in "Finding the Table to Configure" later in this chapter.

Batch input session A batch input session stores values to be entered during a normal system transaction. Some transactions automatically create batch input sessions because of the heavy processing required. To complete the transaction, you must select the batch input session and then run the batch input session manager. Batch input sessions are also the way in which most data transfer programs are executed. A good way to think of a batch input session is to think of it as a macro. A macro uses standard functioning to input data that is stored to automate a repeated task. You can use transaction code SM35 to run and manage batch input sessions.

Jobs A job is similar to a batch input session in that it executes a standard SAP transaction in the background, usually at night. Jobs are set up and scheduled for processor-intensive transactions and reports. If you do not correctly specify the print parameters on a print request, your print request will be stored as a job. This means that, when you start a print transaction from within SAP and you do not check the Print Immediately box, the print request is stored in the print spool as a job and has to be manually released through the job manager to print. Your company's Basis group usually manages jobs...

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Configuration Tools.

Chapter 2: Financial Accounting Enterprise Structure.

Chapter 3: General Ledger.

Chapter 4: Accounts Payable.

Chapter 5: Accounts Receivable.

Chapter 6: Treasury.

Chapter 7: Controlling (CO) Enterprise Structure.

Chapter 8: Cost Element Accounting.

Chapter 9: Cost Center Accounting.

Chapter 10: Internal Order Accounting.

Chapter 11: Profitability Analysis.

Chapter 12: Profit Center Accounting.

Chapter 13: Investment Management.

Appendix A: Useful Transaction Codes, Tables and Programs.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    A good book for beginner

    It a concise and clear book on all configuration. However Asset accounting is not covered and the screen is not really updated from the latest release, you may need to mix and match certain screen on ver 4.6 release compared to the screen capture in the book. Hope to see asset accounting covered in the latest release and an updated release for ver 4.7 or 5.0

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    Excellent Presentation

    All the sub modules are covered very well. It really helped me in understandng the subject very well. But unfortunately Asset Accounting Configuration is totally omitted. Is there any special reason for this omission?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    Great for beginners to advanced

    Found this book extremely helpfull when trying to set up a sinplified configuration scheme. After understanding the basics from the set up you can get advanced very quickly. The book is very user friendly and gets to the configuration immediately. Great book for those days when you just want to skip the many hours trying to understand SAP documentation... not to mention trying to find adequate documentation. This book will absolutely save you thousands. SAP courses are not cheap but this book is. One downfall is that it excludes Fixed Assets and Travel Management. Have been looking for a newer version that will get even more indepth but have not found it yet. This book will help you through about 80% of you configuration needs the other 20% will have to come from other material, consultants, reading SAP documentation or just getting in there and configuring on your own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    Best FI/CO book right now.

    This is a great book, it goes straight to the point, is very well written and reader friendly.

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