Thursday, 17 September 2015

Creative Design

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Implementing SAP business systems is very much a creative endeavour. This means that not everything needs to be implemented in its traditional role.

If another business purpose can be served, a little bit of creative licence is permissible.

However, when deviating from the usual standard SAP usage, there is a primary proviso or so.

Take the time to recognize and evaluate potential conflict and limitations in the medium and long term of significant deviations before committing to a charted course.

Look ahead to ensure that you aren't building a future insurmountable roadblock.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

RICEF - Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, Forms

This acronym is of recent vintage to me. RICEF refers to Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, Forms.

Report development. All the technical objects/developments dealing with programming of SAP Reports. It includes different types of reports; Simple reports with output using WRITE statements, Simple ALV reports, ALV Grid, ALV Grid with advanced functionality, etc.

Interface development. Interfaces are ALE/IDOCs development. Involves ABAP programming for IDOCs plus IDOC customization.

Conversion refers to BDC programming. Data upload from legacy system in flat file format to SAP done via Conversion Objects. This involves uploading data through BDC, LSMW, BAPI, etc.

Enhancements are User Exits, Customer Exits, BADI's etc. ABAP code written to enhance SAP functionality.

Forms include SAP Smartforms, SAP Scripts. Technical development dealing with fetching necessary data from SAP and displaying in terms of forms for output is classified under Forms.

Source: The Basics - What's RICEF?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Due Diligence

In any experiment, great due diligence, etc. before, during and after is imperative.

Retrospect will ultimately determine the merits of the idea. After all, you don't know what you don't know. At the same time you don't know until you have tried.

On the other hand, I wouldn't shoot myself in the foot to confirm whether it hurts or not.