A Quick and Easy Guide to Enhancing External List Management

  • by Michal Krawczyk, SAP Integration Consultant, BCC, Poland
  • August 15, 2008
See how easily you can enhance External List Management transactions to incorporate virtually any additional requirements to the objects it was designed to process, such as business partners. With just four steps you can customize External List Management to meet your needs.
Key Concept

External List Management (ELM) is an SAP CRM functionality that allows you to create certain objects in SAP CRM that companies can acquire from different data providers — such as business partners and business transactions (e.g., activities or leads) — using different data formats. Data that ELM uses can be prepared in many applications — for example, Excel — which you can then import into SAP CRM.

External List Management (ELM) is a tool that you can use to import CRM-related data (such as business partners). For example, you could use ELM to import files that you procure from other companies. In standard ELM you can select the fields you want to use during the data import, change the order of the fields, and perform some simple mappings to change the imported fields’ values, such as changing the text to capital letters. However, in some cases you will find that you want to do more, such as add custom fields.

Implementing a Business Add-In (BAdI) in ELM allows you to use these custom fields. Very little information exists on this topic, so I will show you how to set this up in SAP CRM (Release 4.0 and later). I will then explain how you can debug the implemented source code. Although you cannot debug standard ELM transactions, I will show you a trick that permits you to debug these transactions easily so you can check if the BAdI code you prepared works as expected.

Michal Krawczyk

Michal Krawczyk is an SAP consultant for BCC Poland. He works with SAP XI/PI, ALE/EDI, CRM middleware, and other SAP interface-related technologies. He was presented the Top Contributor award in the XI/PI area on SDN in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and the SAP Mentor award in 2007. He has published more than 60 articles about SAP XI and MDM on SDN and has written a book about PI published by SAP PRESS. He is also an SAP Professional Journal author.

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