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Stuff SAP could easily fix - rant / wish list

Since SAP still has not opened any Idea-Place-like site for the improvement suggestions, this place seems as good as any to start a wish list / rant combination.

And I'm not even talking about big stuff like why there is no version control for the forms or why there is no billing status for the orders in the delivery-related billing scenario or anything like that. It's the "small potatoes" that I bet would take SAP all but 5 lines of code and some goodwill to make work.

For example, in SE80 I right-click on the report and pick Create -> Transaction from the menu. Even though clearly I'm creating a transaction for a report (did I mention I right-clicked on it?), it's still proposing 'program and screen' transaction type. Oh-kay... But even after I chose the right transaction type why on earth can't SAP fill in the report name here?

Hmm, which program could this transaction be for... How about the one that I've just right-clicked on?! Ugh...

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    Feb 02, 2015 at 08:36 PM
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    I wish they would fix all the links in their KBAs which are pointing to OSS notes on css.wdf.sap.corp... which cannot be opened by the normal folks.

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  • Mar 14, 2015 at 05:57 AM
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    I have just come up with four things which annoy the hell out of me in my day to day work and could be fixed in minutes by SAP development. That is never going to happen, but I thought I would share anyway.

    When I create a database table, the system will moan and groan during activation if I do not choose an "enhancement category". So I take the menu option to choose one and what do I get?

    That takes the biscuit for stupid messages. A message to tell you that you have not yet done the thing that you are attempting to do, and that message never appears UNLESS you are trying to do that right thing.
    If you do not do the right thing you can save with no warning at all. Is that crazy, or am I?

    Next, if I have ten transport requests open, because I am working on ten things at the same time, and I take the option to choose a transport request - what do I get?

    A tiny box, which highlights the numbers (the meaningless bit) and my name (which I already know, hopefully most developers know their own name and in this context you only get your own transport request) but truncates the text (the important bit). SAP has a fixation with numbers and GUIDS and hexadecimal strings. Does the enormous amount of hexadecimal numbers in an ST22 dump ever help anybody? If so, can someone tell me how? Anyway, how long would it take someone at SAP to make that box wider? I could do it myself in ten seconds but that would be a "repair" and hence naughty.

    Next, if you have a custom table, and you want to be able to maintain it via SM30 (like in the IMG) then after creating the table maintenance, you might like to give a specific transaction to maintain just this table rather than giving users blanket access to SM30.

    So you create a Parameter transaction, and at the bottom, what do you get?

    A little box, thinner than a super-model, and when you try to enter values suddenly you cannot see both fields at once. That is such a pain. Once again, how long would it take to make the box wider so us developers do not have to keep scrolling from left to right, never knowing what row we are on?

    Lastly, I note that when creating a view cluster, on save you are firstly warned if you have not chosen a "compare flag". Then if you choose one, and save again you get another warning this time telling you that you have chosen a compare flag. I am sure both warnings are valid, but if you pop seemingly stupid warnings (i.e. two choices, both seemingly wrong) in peoples face they just ignore them.

    Anyway, good to get that off my chest. When "idea place" came out all those years ago I thought that would be just the place to report things like this, but I quickly learned that ABAP ideas (ideas that help developers) just got laughed out of the room.

    Cheersy Cheers

    Paul


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  • May 10, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    No matter how much authorisation you might have, you should absolutely not be able to delete your own userid. 😳

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  • Apr 14, 2015 at 04:52 PM

    I know it's my own fault, but still. I don't click around, I just tab tab tab <object name> F7... can't be bothered clicking that damn radio button everytime.


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    Feb 02, 2015 at 08:39 PM

    Ranting about a missing feature without mentioning your release and SP level is quite a delicate area to be moving into... 😎

    Judging by your SE80 and GUI screenshot you are on 7.31 SP6. Right?

    Cheers,

    Julius

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    • I'm also 42, I've been working on very large SAP Landscapes for most of my career, let's say 200 SAP Systems and upwards, the largest was 500 SAP Systems. Doing Basis in these kind of landscapes, and for example, doing yearly landscape support pack upgrades, doing multiple RampUps in parallel, implementing the latest and greatest, I've been in the scenario of being told by 1st line support that we needs a new kernel or SP stack many times :-)

      Andy.

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    Former Member
    Feb 03, 2015 at 04:18 PM

    Dear all,

    just have read thorugh this interesting coversation and am wondering whether you cannot use the official "influence process" at SAP to submit your specific needs and where you actively can participate in a variety of other influencing projects we are currently offering across different SAP products and solutions.

    I think it would be a great choice for you, helping you in addressing your need for quick and easy improvements. Here is the hyperlink to the dedicated space: influence.sap.com called "Customer Influence", a collaboration platform we are offering for all SAP customers of mainstream products. It is a chance for everybody who would like to improve his/her daily life and so influence SAP products. You will find all information necessary within the mentioned site. On the same platform, you may also address innovational needs on our products.

    The SAP Customer Connection program is dedicated to be the channel for addressing improvement requests for SAP products which are in use already. More details about the program is also available at www.sap.com/cc, our official site with a quick overview, as well as on our SCN Space under

    http://scn.sap.com/customer-connection.

    As mentioned by other users above as a kind of "wish list", I recommend to take the opportunity and have a look there. It is for sure much more than just a wish list!

    Hope you will use this chance provided in future as it totally fits to your needs.

    Best regards,

    Cueneyt Cam

    SAP SE

    Communications - SAP Customer Connection Program

    Message was edited by: Cueneyt Cam Just forgot to mention our dedicated SCN space with further details about our Customer Connection program: scn.sap.com/customer-connection

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  • Feb 03, 2015 at 04:45 PM

    Jelena,

    Aren't you on with the program, that you are not supposed to use SE80 and that Eclipse will fix all your problems 😉 by launching the SAP GUI inside of an eclipse window. You also aren't supposed be creating any new transaction codes and should be developing all your new apps in UI5 🤪.

    Take care,

    Stephen

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  • Dec 10, 2015 at 08:40 PM

    Back in the Bizarro world - in the infoset (SQ02) when trying to delete a table from the JOIN the following message appears:

    ... and the table does not get deleted. After trying deletion again and wondering whether I have gone insane (as doing the same thing and expecting a different result would clearly indicate) I realized the message just needed to be translated from SAPanese. Apparently in English this means that the table fields are used in a field group and first need to be deleted from there. Quite silly of me to expect that deleting table from infoset altogether would take care of that (or at least provide accurate information on the action expected from the user).


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  • Mar 24, 2016 at 02:35 PM

    The compiler is having a bad day and is tired of my crap. I think I finally sent it over the edge.


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    • Former Member Jelena Perfiljeva

      Ideal would be the option in the report transaction itself when choosing "execute in background" to make it more user friendly - but with S_BTCH_ADM = 'P' you can prevent the periodic options.

      Nice for admins to make the WIZ more user friendly as a policy reminder would be table BTCOPTIONS prohibitive semantic -> admins cannot schedule jobs as themselves and must use a SYSTEM user and the default could be set as a preference in a user PID.

      That would certainly help end users and admins from immortalizing themselves into the background processing.

      Cheers,

      Julius

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    Apr 06, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I know it's funny more for Russian-speaking, but I wonder for many years whether these will ever be corrected.

    1. SE16, request releasing, Russian version: "щапрос" instead of "запрос" ("request"), I saw it from R/3 4.0 and BW 3.0 versions.

    2. Programm RAIMEWMS,

    - German description "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau", German idiom for all-in-one person/device

    - Russian description "пушномолочная свинья-несушка (тест)", translated word by word and received "fur-milk-egg laying pig (test)".

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