When You Need a Report They Did Not Build, Consider QuickViewer

  • by Dr. Stef G.M. Cornelissen, MBA, SAP Business Consultant, Sperry Partners BV
  • October 15, 2003
To quote from a recent experience: "Can you show me how to list manually entered exchange rates and the amounts involved? I want to do a sanity check on possible typos."

To quote from a recent experience:

“Can you show me how to list manually entered exchange rates and the amounts involved? I want to do a sanity check on possible typos.”

“Well, yes and no. It is not a standard report you can run yourself. It involves two different tables. I can combine them in Excel. It will take some time. Could you come back tomorrow? Or you could enter a ticket requesting a new report.”

“Why can’t I create a simple list? Our old system … etc. etc.”

You always need the report they did not build. It is the experience of users and consultants alike. After go-live, you would like to have some list that is not available. The ABAP programmer has gone and you are faced with the uphill struggle of having a change request approved. This occurs more frequently if your R/3 system includes non-standard Z-tables that are outside normal reporting.

Many of us have wished for an uncomplicated method that allows user-friendly analysis. With Release 4.6, SAP has complied. A new functionality called QuickViewer does away with much costly programming or a long course in Report Painter. It is hiding in the System>Services menu path. I discovered it by accident. It poses no big hurdles once you understand the various data sources.

Dr. Stef G.M. Cornelissen

Dr. Stef G.M. Cornelissen, MBA, is an experienced international SAP business consultant from the Netherlands with certifications in FI, CO, and SD. He took part in important international projects involving the large Dutch multinationals. Before specializing in SAP, he worked as a management consultant and was a senior advisor to the Board of Directors of the University of Nijmegen. Stef's academic background is in business administration, economics, and organizational science. He is the owner of Bowstring BV and principal partner at Sperry Associates.

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