Improve SPL Screening Performance to Ensure Compliance with Your Global Business Partners

  • by Rajen Iyer, Cofounder and CTO, Krypt, Inc.
  • August 28, 2009
A sanctioned party list (SPL) screening involves screening your business partners against the respective government-published denied party list (DPL). You can set up SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services to ensure that your system keeps your legal business partners in order.
Key Concept

A denied party list (DPL) is a government-published list that contains the names and addresses of the parties that are banned from doing business in the given country. Businesses are required to screen their business partners against these constantly updated lists. The business partner name and address characters are matched against the DPL name and address characters to look for exact and similar matches.

As worldwide cross-border trade grows, you have resources traveling and sharing information within your company globally and it becomes more important to be compliant. One of the lesser-known features of SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services is the sanctioned party list (SPL) screening of your internal work force, new hires, contractors, consultants, and visitors (among others) interfaced with your SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) system. These SPL screenings are published by the different countries’ government organizations and are updated periodically. With dynamic environments and different regulations, it is important to monitor not only your external but your internal resources as well.

SPL involves screening of your business partner against a list and these lists are uploaded to SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services as XML files. Third-party companies provide this content as a service, sending you updates when the government updates the list. SPL involves screening of text or characters, which is very performance intensive. To address this, SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services allows you to build an index of denied party list (DPL) content. Business partners use this index to improve the screening performance.

It is important that you ensure that the SPL controls for the index are set correctly. Use transaction SPRO or follow menu path SAP Reference IMG > SAP Global Trade Services > SAP Compliance Management > Sanctioned Party List Screening Service > Control Settings for “Sanctioned Party List” Screening. Make sure that Store Summarized Comparison Index in Application Buffer and that Store Summarized Comparison Index in Cluster Table are selected (Figure 1). These system controls improve the search response because if the system first uses the application buffer and doesn’t find the entry, it searches in the cluster table. Note that checking the application buffer check box calls for more system memory resource. If you have less system resources and are not that particular about the search response, than you can uncheck the application buffer option and only use the cluster table option to store the index.

Rajen Iyer

Rajen Iyer is the cofounder and CTO at Krypt, Inc. Rajen has written several in-depth, best practice articles, white papers, patents, and best-selling books on SAP Logistics and SAP Global Trade Services, including Effective SAP SD and Implementing SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services. He is also an invited speaker at industry conferences.

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