Compare FSCM Functionalities of Various SAP ECC Enhancement Packages

  • by Juergen Weiss, SEPA-Now Consulting
  • September 28, 2012
Become familiar with the software delivery concept for SAP’s Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM) components. Get to know the different FSCM business functions and become acquainted with their dependencies and restrictions. Discover the SAP Solution Browser, which provides an excellent overview of the delta FSCM functionality shipped in the different enhancement packages of SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0.
Key Concept
SAP Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM) is a component of SAP ERP Financials containing a wide set of functions for managing the cash-to-cash cycle. This includes electronic bill presentment and payment, dispute management, collections management, credit management, and the setup of a corporate payment factory. The FSCM components are delivered with different business functions as part of SAP’s enhancement package strategy. Many companies struggle to identify the right business functions for FSCM and to follow the functional differences between the different enhancement packages. Understanding the basic delivery and function options is paramount for assessing the value of an SAP system upgrade.

SAP introduced its enhancement package strategy for SAP ERP in 2006 to simplify the way companies receive and deploy new SAP software functionality. The main objective of enhancement packages is to provide new functional capabilities with a limited impact on the core components of SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC). In the case of SAP Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM), this means the Financials components — namely, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable (FI-AR and FI-AP).

The first enhancement package was followed by five others, with the latest being enhancement package 6, which was released in May 2012. Each enhancement package consists of a number of different enterprise business functions that allow SAP system users to select the business functions they need, thereby isolating the impact of a software upgrade. There are also some dedicated enterprise business functions that include the FSCM enhancements delivered during the last six years.

Before you can use the added functionality delivered with SAP’s enhancement packages you need to activate them using SAP’s switch framework transaction (SWF5). There are actually two different folders containing extensions to the SAP core: enterprise extensions and enterprise business functions (Figure 1). Both are accessible via the Switch Framework that is integrated in the ABAP workbench and controls the activation and maintenance of business functions.

 

Juergen Weiss

Juergen Weiss works in the functional area of SAP Financial Supply Chain Management. As part of SAP’s product management team, he was globally responsible for the Financial Supply Chain Management applications, including Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment, Dispute Management, Collections Management, Credit Management, Treasury and Risk Management, Bank Relationship Management, and In-House Cash as well as Accounts Payable and Receivable.

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