Provide Report Writer and BW Reports Without Selection Screens

  • by Markus Kuppe, SAP AG
  • September 15, 2003
Manager Self-Service (MSS) provides your end users with new reporting functionalities - reports without selection screens, a new set of tables that stores their selection criteria per user, and the ability to look at more than one report on a screen. This article is the third in a series on MSS, which is standard Business Package that comes with SAP Enterprise Portal.

Manager Self-Service (MSS) provides your end users with new reporting functionalities — reports without selection screens, a new set of tables that stores their selection criteria per user, and the ability to look at more than one report on a screen. MSS is a standard Business Package that comes with SAP Enterprise Portal.1

In this third article in a series, I’m going to continue with the “before and after MSS” examples used in the previous articles: Sally — a manager of some cost centers — wants to run a report on her cost centers to compare actual year-to-date costs versus planned costs. She starts R/3 and searches the Easy Access Menu, including the reporting tree. Unfortunately, the reporting tree contains not only the reports she uses, but also all the SAP standard reports and custom reports that Charlie — her business unit analyst — fancies.

Eventually, Sally remembers an email that Charlie sent her in response to an inquiry. She finds the email and follows Charlie’s advice to enter transaction code GR55 (to run a Report Writer report) and to choose reporting group 1SIP (Cost Centers: Actual/Plan/Variance). This takes her to a selection screen, which annoys her. She enters her cost centers — again the same numbers as the other times — and chooses the time period to be reported on. It’s January through today, just like last time. Sally is fine with the controlling area 0001 that already appeared somewhat magically, but what was that plan version she needs to compare versus actual? She remembers that they had quite a few versions until they agreed on a final one. The F4 value help is no real assistance here as it displays all 38 plan versions used across her company. And she also isn’t quite sure which cost element group to choose (Figure 1).

Markus Kuppe

Markus Kuppe joined SAP AG in 1997 and has since headed various development projects for cost management applications and enterprise portals. He is now Director of Product Management for the mySAP Financials Portal Solutions, creating new collaborative financial applications with and for customers. Markus holds a graduate degree in mathematics from the University of Darmstadt, Germany.

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