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Hi gurus,

What is the maening of Partner Determinition, is it that how u want your partners to assign i.e- Sold to Party, Ship to Party, Payer , Forwarding agent. etc.



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    Posted on Sep 08, 2007 at 08:01 AM


    <b>Partner:</b> partner are thosewho support in business process

    eg: customers,vendors, employees,etc..

    The role of partner is called partner function

    partner determination procedure we do the partner function determination. W e have 4 basic partner functions in SAp for customer master.

    SP - sold to party, customer who gives the order.

    SH - ship to party, actual shipping address.

    BP - bill to party, the billing is done on this customer's name.

    PY - payer, customer who actually pays the billed amount.


    First go to OBD2 – create customer account groups. Here you make new entries, click whether it is a one time customer, description. Also you can do the field selection here for general data, co. code data and sales area data.

    Now go to IMG – logistics general – business partner – customers – control – define & assign customer number ranges. Here you define the number range that you want and assign it to your customer account group.

    Now go to VOPA – here the selection will be on customer master, click on partner procedures, create the partner determination procedure. After saving it double click on it then you will face with a screen. Here you enter the partner function and you can select if you want the function as mandatory and not changeable.

    Then go back, click on procedure assignment, enter your account group in the lower left corner of the screen, press enter then in front of that select your partner determination procedure. Then save it.

    Then click on go back 2 times. Here you can see partner functions, click on it, then go to environment in the upper menu and select Acct. grp assignment. Here just select your partner function and in front of that you select your customer account group. Then save it. Now you have completed the pre requisites to create the customer master.

    Contiune the same process & complete delivery, & billing & sale activities

    rewards if helpful


    Arun prasad

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    Posted on Sep 08, 2007 at 07:44 AM

    Partners are of various types:customer, vendor, contact person etc.

    These partner types can carry out different activities which is defined by partner functions. Sold to party etc are partner functions which may be assigned a customer.Hence you need to assign partner functions to partner types.

    Partner determination procedure helps you to define partners for customer master, sales order, delivery, billing etc.

    Different partner functions need to be assigned to a partner determination procedure which has to be assigned to an account group ( in case of partner determination for customers)

    Trust this would give you some basic idea of partner determination



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  • Posted on Sep 08, 2007 at 07:56 AM


    In the partner procedure you can determine whether partner functions can or should occur in a partner object (customer master, sales document, item category etc.).

    For each object, in whixh partner functiions can be created, you can define partner procedures. That means

    for the customer master

    for sales documents

    for sales documents and billing documents: for items

    By assigning a procedure you determine for which account groups (for the customer master), which sales document types (for sales documents) and for which item categories this procedure is valid.

    In the partner determination procedure you can determine for each partner function:

    whether the partner function is an obligatory partner function

    whether the partner function may be changed in the document

    For sales documents and sales activities you can also enter in the partner procedure that the corresponding partner function should be occupied by another other than the sold-to party master record (source control).


    In Customizing there are pre-defined partner procedures available, which contain frequently used partner functions with the necessary characteristics. These partner procedures can be modified if necessary or you can create new partner procedures.

    You can find further information in the implementation guide (IMG) for sales and distribution under Basic functions ® Partner Determination ® Define and assign partner determination procedures.


    You can create a partner determination procedure for billling documents in which the sold-to party, bill-to party and the payer are obligatory but the ship-to party is not. (For billing it is more important to know who orders and pays for the goods rather than who receives them)

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    Posted on Sep 08, 2007 at 08:07 AM

    good feedback

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    Posted on Sep 10, 2007 at 07:13 AM


    Partner determination is the process of where we assign the partner functions to the customer

    in the business we define the customer master who performs some partner functions like sold to party ship to party bill to party and payer

    For example if the customer is the one time customer he perform all the four partner functions and the customer is not the one time cutomer he performs the only one partner function

    We define the partner functionsin the basic functions of the sales and distrubtion

    <b>PATH</b>: img sales and distribution-basic functions and partner determination set up partner determination procedure --set up partner determination for the customer master

    here we have to define the paratner determination procedure

    then click on the assignment of the partner determination procedure to the document types


    assign the partner functions to the partner determination procedure


    assign the partner determination procedureto the account groups of the customer master and then

    save it

    then goto vd03 of the customer master then paraner functionstab and then assign the other partner to the sold to party

    her u have to define the different partner s if the customer is not the one time customer

    and these paratners should to be defined in the different account groups and then they should be assighed to the customer master for the sold to party


    rewards if need ful


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