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Each class can have a maximum of 999 characteristics.


For Each Class in SAP, there is a maximum limit of 999 characteristics. how can we increase this from 999 to 5000. Is there any configuration or ABAP change required. Pls suggest any solution available.



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  • Posted on Oct 31, 2019 at 03:44 PM

    What class type are you looking at that could have 5000 different characteristics?

    I've usually found, at least with batch classes, performance issues when we get into the area of 150-200 characteristics in a class. Things have improved with newer databases and faster machines but I think you really need to rethink the need of this.

    With batch classification, when a batch is classified, you get a record created in your database for each characteristic in the batch. That means potentially 5000 records for every batch, even if there is no value maintained for a characteristic. If you record values in only 8 of the 5000 characteristics, you still get 5000 records created.

    When you use batch determination, batch deviation, etc.. the system usually retrieves all characteristic records regardless of which ones are being searched against or used. So to do batch determination, if you have 20 batches in inventory, the system first retrieves the 100,000 characteristic records for these 20 batches.

    So I'd really suggest looking at the need for this. Unfortunately I have seen several implementations where they create one batch class and just add ever characteristic they create to it. Simply because they don't want to do the work to do a proper classification design. Then years later, they get to this type of situation and have a major cluster$%@& to unravel.


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  • Posted on Nov 08, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Hello MMPPQM Infra GEWPT SAP , You should look into utilizing classification and build class hierarchies so that characteristics are organized and inherited. 5000 in a single class sounds like it would be extremely difficult to maintain.

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