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UNICODE when Upgrading from R/3 to ECC 6.0

I am currently working at a client who is consolidating R/3 3.1i and R/3 4.0b and upgrading these systems to ECC 6.0. In doing so, they want to understand what considerations they need to keep into account regarding UNICODE? They do not necessarily know if they want to be completely UNICODE compliant, but they want to understand their options. Any help or direction that could be provided would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Oct 21, 2006 at 06:22 AM

    Hi Kirk,

    What is Unicode?

    Unicode (and the parallel ISO 10646 standard) defines the character set necessary for efficiently processing text in any language and for maintaining text data integrity. In addition to global character coverage, the Unicode standard is unique among character set standards because it also defines data and algorithms for efficient and consistent text processing. This enables high-level processing and ensures that all conformant software produces the same results. The widespread adoption of Unicode over the last decade made text data truly portable and formed a cornerstone of the Internet.

    Who needs Unicode?

    Computer users who deal with multilingual text -- business people, linguists, researchers, scientists, and others - will find that the Unicode Standard greatly simplifies their work. Global business processes, for example global HR system or global Master Data Management, Web Services offering customers to enter their contact data (Global Master Data containing multiple local language characters!), in short: Global Business requires the support of a Global Character Set!

    Hardware Requirements – Overview

    CPU - +30% depending on existing scenario (MDMP, double- byte)

    RAM - +50%

    Database size - UTF-8* : up to +10%

    Network Load - almost no change due to efficient compression

    If you have any furthur queries,please let me know.



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      After Upgrading R/3 to ECC 6.0 some of the ABAP programs gives Syntax/Runtime errors. ABAPer role comes to here to make the programs and Function groups Unicode compliance.Most of the time Syntax error tells you what you to write to make Unicode compliance. Check for more information in SAP Help

      ABAP&Unicode. You can find more information with examples.


      Ameer Baba.