SAP CRM Intellectual Property Management
Perform the Billing Process in SAP CRM-IPM

  • by Sujoy Kumar Dey, Senior Consultant, Fujitsu America., Inc.
  • December 27, 2011
Learn how to perform billing on license sales contracts in SAP CRM-Intellectual Property Management (IPM), as well as key technical details and the configuration of the process.
Key Concept
A standard SAP CRM billing document is a follow-up document from an SAP CRM sales order and the billing process is delivery-related. The billing document is created if the delivery of an SAP CRM sales order item is done partially or completely in SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) and its delivery status is set to partially delivered or delivered. The system creates a billing document and the transfer to accounting happens in the background. The newly-created billing document number is displayed in the Billing Transaction assignment block of the SAP CRM sales order and the status of the delivery item in SAP ECC is set to Billed. The billing process in SAP CRM-IPM differs from this standard billing process in that billing documents are created upon the explicit processing of billing due lists.

Intellectual property management (IPM) deals with the management of a variety of intangible assets known as intellectual properties (IPs), such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; designs and symbols; and publications, movies, and television shows. Some of the industries that deal with IPs include high-tech, media and entertainment, and publishing, where IP management includes the processes of managing and maintaining IPs and their associated rights, and the selling and buying of IP rights.

While SAP CRM’s Intellectual Property Management (SAP CRM-IPM) functions come standard with SAP CRM, they require the user to follow processes that are different from standard SAP CRM transactions. Some of the key concepts about IPM master data and sales are detailed in previous articles (see note above). I now explain the billing process that occurs after rights and royalties of a license sales contract are sold. The billing process in IPM includes a set of manual steps that are not necessary when processing a delivery-related billing for a CRM sales order. I introduce the key parts of SAP CRM-IPM billing and show how to configure the billing process. My step-by-step guide to billing uses a flat-fee license sales contract as an example.

Sujoy Kumar Dey

Sujoy Dey is a Senior Consultant in Fujitsu America, Inc. He has nine years of experience implementing SAP CRM and ECC solutions, both as a technical and functional consultant, and in project management. His core areas of expertise include SAP ECC, Web UI, CRM sales, IPM, marketing, CRM Internet Sales (E-commerce), and project and delivery management.

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