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Business Partner approach in Sales and Distribution

Dear Community,

I tried to find info about the proper approach for using Business Partner in Sales and Distribution instead of the classic Customer Master Data... unluckily me, I didn't find what I expected - and so I ask for your point of view.

As you know, in the classical approach the "account groups" 0001 Sold-to party, 0002 Goods recipient, 0003 Payer, 0004 Bill-to party were part of the standard and perfect to show directly a initial solution to cover the creation of these different types of customers and show the standard "Sold-to" Partner Functions where you indicate and related them under the "sold-to".

As I see, in transaction BP there are not equivalent "BP roles" to these "account groups".

As I understand, to create a "Sold-to" party using the transaction BP we need to update data using at least 3 different roles - 00000 (General Data) + FLCU00 (FI) + FLCU01 (SD) and use a Grouping related to the 0001 Sold-to account group for integration reasons.

As my cliente needs also to cover the roles Goods recipient, Payer and Bill-to party, I did create one Grouping for each "partner funcion" (Goods recipient, Payer and Bill-to party) related to the corresponding Account Group and one Z-copy of FLCU01 (SD) for each, to manage field status group separately.

My question is: What's your opinion about this approach? Which would be your approach?

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  • Aug 09, 2017 at 09:03 AM

    If your system is not integrated with CRM, then, classic master date will suffice and there is no difference between these two transactions. On the other hand, if there is a plan to switch over to Hana, then for Simple Logistics, only BP will work.

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    • There's a plan to switch to Hana and they have Simple Finance - I guess that's the reason by they decided to use BP as you comment.

      What I find weird is that SAP didn't provide with already customized BPRoles similar to the "account groups" 0001 Sold-to party, 0002 Goods recipient, 0003 Payer, 0004 Bill-to party... and that's why I doubt if my approach is good enough.

  • Aug 09, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Approach is good or bad, since as you indicated there is a plan to switch over to Hana, you have no other option but to use BP

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