The Selection Variant: A Hidden Gem to Simplify Reporting and Business Processes

  • by Lawrence Chung, FI/CO Consultant
  • February 7, 2014
Learn how to use the selection variant to automate and streamline your managerial accounting (CO) reporting and allocation.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you’ll know how to:

  • Create a selection variant
  • Run a managerial report (CO report) using a selection variant
  • Run an allocation using a selection variant
Key Concept

A selection variant is a predefined selection criterion for a group of master data such as cost center, profit center, or internal order. You can use it for reporting and allocation.

The SAP managerial accounting (CO) module offers a standard functionality called selection variant. The idea of a selection variant is that once you define a selection variant, the SAP system automatically selects the master data you need based on predefined criteria when you execute the report or business process. This function is categorized under the collective processing menu path, which gives users the impression that it’s only for collective processing. However, I discovered that you can avoid having to develop a customized ABAP program to continuously update an order group by using a selection variant.

I discuss three scenarios in which you can use the selection variant to achieve a more effective way of performing the work.


Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung has been working in SAP FI/CO since 1999 and was a consultant with SAP Hong Kong in 2001. He’s a CPA in Hong Kong and a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has been acting as the lead FI/CO consultant in SAP implementations for many leading multinational corporations in various industries. He specializes in Controlling (CO-PA, CO-PC, and ML) and FI/CO integration with logistics (SD/MM, Service Management, and Project System).

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