Tips and Tricks to Turbo-Charge Integrated Planning and Cost Object Controlling

  • by Kehinde Eseyin, Senior SAP GRC Consultant, Turnkey Consulting Ltd.
  • March 24, 2011
Learn how data management best practices coupled with appropriate configuration settings can enhance specific cost accounting processes in the areas of integrated planning and cost object controlling.
Key Concept
Effective data volume management aims at ensuring that database tables do not grow so much that they affect the performance of business processes and consequently the SAP system in general. This can be achieved by leveraging performance-driven configuration settings to control the update of database tables with unnecessary data and reduce data volume.

The management of data is a key consideration in ensuring optimal performance of all applications and components in the SAP system landscape. As a result of the productive use of the SAP system, database size is bound to increase. If the growth of the database is not controlled, it can lead to performance degradation. Performance issues can be in the form of long runtimes during transaction processing or aborted ABAP program runs. This is not to say uncontrolled database growth is the only cause of performance issues in the SAP system landscape. Other factors that can lead to performance issues include poorly tuned ABAP programs, defective network infrastructure, and inadequate hardware capacity planning. However, this article focuses on using data volume management as a strategy for system performance optimization. It is pertinent to note that data volume management entails concepts such as data prevention, data deletion, and data archiving.

Technical users and consultants are often confronted with the challenge of optimal performance of mass data processing, which is usually inhibited by large database tables and fast database growth rate. Also, the reduction of the cost of system maintenance as it relates to increased disk requirement and database maintenance time due to increased database growth rate can be challenging for the IT team. FI/CO functional users and consultants can be of invaluable assistance to the IT team in their quest for ensuring optimal system performance via controlled database growth. This is because the IT team is often not knowledgeable in the different methods of data volume management (except for data archiving) due to data prevention and data deletion being implemented via optimal functional configuration settings and transactions. Suffice it to say that functional users can customize the SAP system appropriately to guarantee controlled database growth and reduced data volume.

I’ll show you some tips and tricks on how FI/CO functional users can use standard customization settings to manage the growth of database tables by adopting data prevention and data deletion strategies in the areas of integrated planning and cost object controlling. I’ll also discuss what functional users, technical users, and system administrators should know about the reduction of data volume through data archiving as it affects the aforementioned controlling processes. This article applies to an SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0 system.

Kehinde Eseyin

Kehinde Eseyin is a senior SAP security and GRC consultant with Turnkey Consulting (UK) Limited. He has more than eight years of SAP authorizations, GRC, and Basis experience. In the past, he has managed teams to coordinate security, GRC, and Basis administration activities within a multinational environment and operated as an independent consultant, performing SAP system audits and SAP GRC Access Control implementations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has different certifications, including SAP Access Control 10.0 Consultant; SAP Technical Consultant (SAP NetWeaver on Oracle); SAP Solution Manager Operations Consultant; SAP Support Engineer – SAP Solutions Manager; SAP Business One Consultant; Oracle Database Administration Professional (OCP DBA); ITIL v3; and PRINCE2. He is the co-author of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control 10.0 Application Associate Certification [Review Questions and Answers].

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