Understand the Concepts of Event Detail Record Management

  • by Harsh Mathur, Senior Consultant, Infosys Limited
  • September 5, 2012
Understand the meaning of an event detail record and the role it plays in the handling of high-volume billing scenarios by the mass billing or invoicing solution of SAP ERP 6.0. The solution is an extension to the SAP Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable component of SAP ERP.
Key Concept

An event detail record (EDR) is a record of billing-relevant information related to an individual use or consumption event. EDR management facilitates the billing and invoicing functions of SAP Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable by enabling the transfer of relevant billing information from external systems. This feature leads to the creation of billing and invoice documents for the use of services such as telecommunication, public transport, and electricity.

The billing and invoicing components of SAP Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable facilitate the mass creation of billing documents and invoices with the help of event detail records (EDRs). In different industries, EDRs may represent different types of events. For example, in the telecommunication industry, an EDR may represent an individual telephone call, an individual Short Message Service (SMS) message, or even an individual download while using an Internet connection. In the case of electronic toll collection, an EDR may represent an individual electronic toll charge on a highway. In the billing component of SAP Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable, the EDRs are received from external rating systems, aggregated, and used to create billing documents.

 

EDR management, which is part of the billing component of SAP Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable, monitors the transfer of EDRs from external systems, manages the information received, and prepares it for billing. Figure 1 provides a high-level overview of the process flow in SAP Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable for billing and invoicing functions.

Harsh Mathur

Harsh Mathur is a senior consultant at Infosys Limited, a consulting and IT services major. By qualification he is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He carries 10 years of experience with expertise in SAP financials and controlling. He has worked on implementation, upgrade, and support projects for clients primarily in the high-tech industry.

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