SAP General Ledger Extractors at a Glance: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

  • by Soumya Mishra, Managing Consultant, IBM Corporation
  • July 11, 2011
Learn how to choose the right SAP General Ledger extractor for your business needs among the different options provided by SAP.
Key Concept
The basic purpose of general ledger accounting is to provide a comprehensive view for external reporting. Until now, companies had to use multiple ledgers to meet reporting requirements for both external and internal management reporting. SAP General Ledger is the answer to get rid of multiple ledgers. It combines all the functions of multiple ledgers into a single ledger with multiple parallel ledgers.

With the introduction of the SAP General Ledger in SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC), companies are either migrating from their classic general ledger and special ledger to the new SAP General Ledger, or implementing it to support finance processes in SAP ECC. In either case, to support finance reporting out of SAP NetWeaver BW, you need to implement the new SAP General Ledger extractors offered by SAP. With the growing demand for real-time reporting within SAP NetWeaver BW, it is essential that you choose the appropriate extractors up front to avoid any surprises or rework. SAP has provided so many options that it can sometimes be confusing.

I’ll focus on the implementation considerations for the different SAP General Ledger extractors available, the prerequisites for implementing the new extractors, the extraction mechanism for the different extractors, the configuration steps for implementing these extractors, and common challenges and their resolution.

SAP General Ledger Extractor’s Technical Considerations

Figure 1 shows the integration of the different SAP ECC tables for SAP General Ledger and the information contained in those tables.

Figure 1
Extractor’s technical integration with SAP ECC tables

Soumya Mishra

Soumya Mishra is a senior BI practitioner with a total of eight years of experience in the SAP BI space. He has been continuously focused on developing business enabling analytic strategies and solutions. He has extensive enterprise analytics assessment knowledge and has successfully played a key role in delivering large-scale finance transformation solutions that deliver actionable information and insight to users, giving them the ability to make informed decisions. He has deep knowledge of BI, and SAP ECC FI/CO configuration, as well as experience with implementations in several Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products and financial services industries. He is a certified SAP BI solution consultant with deep experience in development and integration of BI strategy; process redesign with information systems; and project planning and implementations with strong communication, organizational, and project management skills. You can view his LinkedIn profile at

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