Toggle Variant Protection Settings to Allow or Prevent Unauthorized Changes

  • by Mitresh Kundalia, Director — SAP Practice, Quality Systems & Software
  • July 15, 2008
Learn how to manage variants so that they are protected from unauthorized changes.

Managing variants is not a new concept to SAP users. Report variants let you save field values for a report or a program so you don’t have to re-enter the values while executing the report. You can create multiple variants to save different values for the report and when you execute the report, you can choose a specific variant. In fact, by automating the execution schedule using SAP jobs, you can schedule the reports to execute using specific variants.

By default, anyone can modify the variants you create. However, sometimes you may not want the variants to be modified by others — you might want to protect the variants from being changed. When your support team manages the variants to control the job schedules, to meet compliance requirements it can’t have anybody changing the values of these variants.

Mitresh Kundalia

Mitresh Kundalia heads the SAP practice at Quality Systems & Software (, a consulting firm specializing in SAP S/4HANA, SAP General Ledger, and complex System Landscape Optimization (SLO)-type reorganizations. Mitresh is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert, with multiple publications and an SAP-PRESS book to his credit. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and white papers, and he has given presentations at various SAP conferences and events. Mitresh is the chief solutions architect of General Ledger Migration Optimizer (GLMO), a leading product to accelerate and jump-start the SAP S/4HANA and SAP General Ledger initiatives; SAP Data Reorganization Optimizer (SDRO), an SLO-type product for managing complex system landscape reorganizations; and Group Currency Activation and Conversion (GCAC), a product suite to manage introduction of parallel currencies and conversion of data in a live SAP system.

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