Use Features to Support Current and Prior Business Rules Simultaneously

  • by Clay Molinari, SAP HR Consultant, C&C Savant, Inc.
  • December 15, 2003
A feature is a logical construct used to assign a value to one field by examining the values of other fields. When business rules change, you may need to update your features. However, "effective date" is not one of the fields available for making decisions in most features. The author covers a quick way to retain a feature's current settings in a user exit while configuring the new settings in the decision tree.

Using features is one way to incorporate your company’s unique business rules into the R/3 system. A feature is a logical construct used to assign a value to one field by examining the values of other fields. When business rules change, you may need to update your features.

Unfortunately, “effective date” is not one of the fields available for making decisions in most features. I’m going to explain some of the problems that can arise with features when business rules change. Then I’ll cover a quick and easy way to retain a feature’s current settings in a user exit while configuring its new settings in the decision tree.

Example: A Change in Eligibility Rules

Company X has both full-time and part-time employees. Currently, each group of employees is offered a unique set of benefits. However, the company has recently evaluated its benefits plans and determined that offering the same plans to all employees will result in significant savings. The change in company policy takes effect on 1/1/2004.

Clay Molinari

Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.

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