SAP NetWeaver 7.0: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Latest ABAP Dictionary Enhancements

  • by Ahsan Majeed, Senior Development Consultant, Descon Engineering Limited
  • May 12, 2010
SAP developers and development managers can increase their programming skills by familiarizing themselves with the new ABAP Data Dictionary enhancements introduced in SAP NetWeaver 7.0. These new enhancements enable IT administrators to reduce costs because objects are enhanced instead of modified.
Key Concept
The enhancement concept allows you to add your own functionality to SAP’s standard business applications without modifying them. The enhancement technology not only enables you to add the additional functionality into the system, but also allows you to reduce your cost of ownership in maintenance and adjustments during version upgrades. Before the enhancement functionality, companies that wanted to add their own functions to SAP software had to modify standard SAP objects.

The release of SAP NetWeaver 7.0 introduces three new ABAP Data Dictionary enhancements:

  • Fixed value appends to domains
  • Append search helps
  • Secondary indices
I’ll walk you through each of these new features and explain step-by-step how to enable them in your system. For each new ABAP Data Dictionary enhancement, I provide a typical business problem and then show you how to solve the problem by using the new enhancements.

Ahsan Majeed

Ahsan Majeed is a certified senior development consultant. He has more than eight years of development experience and currently works with Descon Engineering Limited, (implementing SAP EC&O) in a team lead role. Ahsan’s areas of interest are ABAP, workflows, and SAP BusinessObjects. He has been involved in the development of industry-specific solutions and interfacing of SAP with third-party systems.

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