Discover New Options for Simplified Reporting in SAP Enhancement Packages 3 and 4 for SAP ERP 6.0

  • by Janet Salmon, Product Manager, SAP AG
  • June 21, 2010
If you have been looking at the latest business functions in SAP ERP, you may have come across the term simplified reporting, but have little idea what the new business function offers. Simplified reporting represents an easy way to modernize the reporting experience for your users in all areas of core SAP ERP Financials using your existing SAP ERP license. It also paves the way for the use of SAP BusinessObjects tools such as Crystal Reports by providing a consistent way to access the data in your SAP ERP tables.
Key Concept
In terms of the type of reports available, simplified reporting allows you to use modern list reports based on the latest version of SAP List Viewer (ALV), drill-down reports based on SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW), and formatted reports based on Report Designer, all accessed via a report launchpad that provides role-based report access. From an administrative point of view, new options for data provisioning offer you everything from traditional data warehousing using replicated data sourced from SAP ERP to virtual data providers that read the data real time from SAP ERP. In addition, you can display these reports in an SAP NetWeaver BW query or use it to feed into one of the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise options, such as a Crystal Report, an Xcelsius dashboard, or a Web intelligence query.

The simplified reporting developments in SAP enhancement packages 3 and 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 are one of the best kept secrets in SAP ERP. When you switch on other business functions, new entries appear in your SAP menu, existing transactions and reports gain new fields, additional configuration settings appear in the IMG, and, with a little help from the test catalogs, users can start testing. Switch on the business functions for simplified reporting FIN_REP_SIMPL_1 (for enhancement package 3) or FIN_REP_SIMPL_2 (for enhancement package 4) and nothing appears to happen at all. What you have done is activate a number of list reports for reporting in SAP ERP and a number of new data sources for extracting data to SAP NetWeaver BW. However, these options remain hidden until you make them part of the end user’s reports. I’ll explain the new options and show how to start using them to bring a whole new look to your reporting in SAP ERP.

What’s Delivered for Simplified Reporting?

Figure 1 shows all the reports delivered for simplified reporting in enhancement packages 3 and 4. The list is huge and is not intended for productive use. However, the screen can serve as a good starting point for familiarizing yourself with what is delivered with the new enhancement packages.

Janet Salmon

Janet Salmon joined SAP in 1992. After six months of training on R/2, she began work as a translator, becoming a technical writer for the Product Costing area in 1993. As English speakers with a grasp of German costing methodologies were rare in the early 1990s, she began to hold classes and became a product manager for the Product Costing area in 1996, helping numerous international organizations set up Product Costing. More recently, she has worked on CO content for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, Financial Analytics, and role-based portals. She is currently chief product owner for management accounting. She lives in Speyer, Germany, with her husband and two children.

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