Accelerate Your Financial Closing with New Line Item Transaction Codes in SAP S/4HANA Finance

  • by Srinath Gogineni, SAP FI/CO Solution Architect, Dynamic Enterprise Solutions Inc.
  • September 12, 2016
Learn about the new line item browser report transaction codes in SAP S/4HANA Finance and how useful they are compared with the current line item report transactions codes.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you’ll learn:

  • How to execute and view the line item browser report transactions in SAP S/4HANA Finance
  • The various capabilities of the line item browser report transactions
  • The difference between the line item browser report transactions in SAP S/4HANA Finance compared with the current line item report transactions
Key Concept
Line item browser report transaction codes are available in SAP S/4HANA Finance only. These codes are not even part of the regular SAP system menu. SAP calls these transactions line item browsers instead of line item reports. These line item browser transactions speed up the closing process since they have various functionalities in terms of performance, download, and aggregation of data in different views.

In SAP S/4 HANA the new line item browser report transactions were not intended to replace the existing line item reports. Instead, they provide a new way of analyzing data. Depending on the layout you define, the report will display different values of aggregated information. They provide an overview of the relevant line item information.

You can then further drill down to get more detailed information of the actual line item data. These line item browsers also provide a lot of flexibility in viewing and downloading the data. There are some additional features of the current line item report (e.g., correspondence and mass change functionality) that are not available in the line item browser. Therefore, you can see that SAP is giving these new line item browser report transactions for additional analysis, but is not getting rid of the existing current line item report transactions.

The Benefits of Using the New Line Item Transactions

The line item browser transaction codes in SAP S/4HANA offer the following benefits to users:

  • These transactions are easy to remember and have the same name as the current line item transaction codes except that the new transaction codes end with H.
  • These new transactions are very fast in execution compared with the existing line item transactions.
  • These new line item browsers transactions can be used to download the data while executing the report itself, unlike the current line item report that you have to download after executing the transaction and then select the data to save to a particular path or format.
  • The data can be sent directly to the server while executing the transaction itself.
  • Viewing the report gives new functionality by providing a hyperlink to the master data and document number. The new transactions also open the master data or document numbers in a different session without interfering with the existing report, unlike the regular line item transactions in which the document display and master data are on the same screen.

Table 1 lists the new S/4HANA transaction codes for the line item browsers.

Srinath Gogineni

Srinath Gogineni is working as an SAP FI/CO solution architect at Dynamic Enterprise Solutions Inc., providing consulting services to various clients. He is an SAP-certified FICO consultant with more than 15 years of experience in SAP financials. Previously he worked as a full-time employee for Hospira Inc. and Fenwal Inc. His main areas of expertise are in FI/CO areas such as G/L, SAP General Ledger, New GL, AR, AP, intercompany, FSCM, taxes, integration with Vertex, profit  center, CO, CO-PC , CO-PA, SAP S/4HANA Finance, business process improvements and integration with other modules. He has worked on various complex projects and multiple global rollouts.

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