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Hi

Can any one clarify this matter in bold letters?

During order entry, the system first proposes partners from the customer master record of the sold-to party. If this information does not exist in the customer master, the system automatically proposes the mandatory partners from the partner determination procedure that you specify in the document header.

Does that mean partners at customer master are not mandatory?

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Sudha

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  • Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:15 AM

    Hi

    During order entry, the system first proposes partners from the customer master record of the sold-to party. If multiple entries exists in the customer master for a partner function - then the system pop up the list to select one among them. If the mandatory partner functions are not maintained in the customer master, I belive the system will not allow you to save the customer master. In general scenarios, since the SP by default is configured for all the four mandatory partner functions, even if you donot mention the partner functions while creating the customer master, the system will consider the same SP for the other partner functions also.

    Thanks,

    Ravi

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  • Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:12 AM

    Dear Sudha

    Yes while creating sale order system will propose the partner functions from the sold to party customer master.

    However, you can change the same both at header level or at item level. But at item level, system will allow you to change only if no subsequent document exists

    thanks

    G. Lakshmipathi

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      Hi,

      I suggest you to Please go-through the Path:

      SPRO --> IMG --> Sales and Distribution --> Basuc Functions --> Partner Determination (Set Up Partner Determination).

      Here, instead of clicking Execute, Click Document-Link (prior to execute).

      This document will definitely clear all your queries.

      However, I am posting a part of the Document for your reference:

      Hope, this will help you.

      **********************

      Note for the Partner Object - Sales Document (Header)

      When you define the determination procedure for the partner object

      'Sales Document (Header)', you can make the following additional entries

      for the partner function:

      o Source

      Under this heading you can control two origin characteristics:

      - Source partner function

      In this field you can specify that a partner should be

      determined directly using a partner entered in the sold-to

      party. If you enter, for example, the source "WE" for the

      partner function "SP", you can then specify that the forwarding

      agent is determined from the ship-to party, and not from the

      sold-to party.

      - Table of origin

      In this field, you can specify from which table the partner with

      this particular partner function is determined. In the standard

      version, this field is blank, and the partner is determined from

      the customer master table. If you want the partner for this

      partner function to be determined from the table of credit

      representatives, you must enter "A". If you want to determine

      the partner from the customer hierarchy table, enter "B". In the

      latter case, the partner function must also have been assigned

      to a hierarchy type.

      o Sequence

      Entries in this field allow you to control the sequence in which

      partners are determined in the sales document. First, all partner

      functions are determined that have the ranking order zero, then

      those with ranking order 1, 2, and so on.

      The relationship of partner object and assignment key is as follows:

      Partner Object Key

      Customer Account group

      Sales doc. header Sales document type

      Sales doc. item Item category - sales document

      Delivery header Delivery type

      Shipment header Shipment type

      Billing doc. header Billing document type

      Billing doc. item Billing document type

      Contact Contact type

      Activities

      1. Check the settings in the SAP standard version, to see whether you

      can use them as they stand, and to see if any changes are required

      2. Define your partner determination procedure.

      3. Assign the partner determination procedures to the keys of the

      relevant partner object.

      Assigning Partner Functions to the Account Groups

      In Financial Accounting, debitors are controlled using account groups.

      You can assign your defined partner functions to these account groups.

      This means that the relevant debit-side partner function must only be

      used for customer masters that are assigned to these account groups. To

      do this, choose

      Account Groups - Assign Functions

      Example

      You can assign the partner function ship-to party but not the partner

      function sold-to party. A customer in this account group cannot take on

      the function of the sold-to party in the sales order.

      Notes

      To access control of account groups, choose:

      Logistics General -> Business Partner -> Customers -> Control

      *******************************

      Best regards,

      Amit.

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    Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:13 AM

    Dear Friend,

    The partner function is a mandatory entity.

    Without which you will not be able to create the customer masters.

    The account group based on which you create Customer Master must be assigned to the partner function.

    All the partners are determined from the CMR .. incase you specify more in the sales order header then it is added in the partner function scope.

    regards,

    SAP SD

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    Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:15 AM

    Hi,

    whatever the partner functions you made as mandatory by clicking on mandatory check box in 'Partner functions' in Partener etermination Procedure.

    Cheers,

    Sumith

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  • Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 07:19 AM

    Dear Sudha,

    That means to say that, when you create the Order, the system first tries to determine Partner functions from Customer Master record of Sold-to-party.

    But if it fails to find relevant record, then it deternimes the Partners based on the settings for Partner Deternimation procedure for Sales Document header.

    These setting for Sales Document header can be done at - IMG - SD - Basic Functions - Set up Partner Determination - Set up Partner determination for Sales Document Header.. .

    Hope this helps...

    Thanks,

    JIgnesh Mehta

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  • Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 09:13 AM

    Hi

    Please go through my above reply. Your query is answered there.

    Thanks,

    Ravi

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    Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 09:51 AM

    Hi Sudha,

    when u r creating a sales order, u r creating it for a specific customer. u r selling a material to someone, so the sold to party is necessary. now the ship to may be different from the sold to, but there has to be a ship to.......... so, maintaining a customer master is necessary, with a sold to party...........

    regards

    Kaushik

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