How to Fix MM/FI Field Status Errors

  • by Rohana Gunawardena, SAP Practice Director, Exium Inc.
  • June 15, 2008
Examine why field status errors occur for Materials Management (MM) transactions. Understand the relationship between MM and Financial Accounting field status. Discover the steps required to correct field status group errors and the special considerations for configuring field status groups.
Key Concept
A Materials Management (MM) movement type and a general ledger (G/L) account both have field selection strings. Field selection strings need to be consistent between Financial Accounting and MM. For example, it is inconsistent for an MM movement type to suppress a profit center, but for the G/L account to require a profit center.

When you post Materials Management (MM) transactions that have a Financial Accounting (FI) impact, you may receive the error message M7 093 Different field selection for movement type 501/account 400020 differs from Profit Center 042 or F5 808 Field Cost Center is a required field for G/L account 3000 792000. These error messages are caused by an inconsistency in the field status group for the MM movement type and the FI G/L account to which you are posting. Common MM transactions such as MB01, MB1A, MB1B, MB1C, and VL01 and SAP Enjoy transactions such as MIGO and MIRO can trigger these messages.

When configuring a movement type using transaction OMJJ to set the field status group, you miss the similar field status group for the G/L account configured using transaction OBC4. To help resolve these issues, SAP provides standard report RM07CUFA to help analyze the inconsistencies. I’ll show you how to use this report to update field selections, and also explain in greater detail the considerations you need to take into account when adjusting the configuration.

Consider the following scenario: The Financial Accounting (FI) General Ledger (G/L) team has decided that profit center should be a compulsory account for material consumption accounts. When a user performs a goods receipt using movement type 501, goods issue (GI) receipt without purchase order (PO), they receive error message Fld selectn for mvmt type 501/acct 400020 differs for Profit Center (042). Note 042 indicates the profit center fields are controlled by the forty-second position in the raw data display of field T156B-FAUSN.

What should your next step as an analyst be? To resolve this message you need to know the field selection for a movement type. First I’ll explain what MM field status is and how it interacts with FI field status. Then I’ll show you how to quickly identify and correct any inconsistencies.

Rohana Gunawardena

Rohana Gunawardena heads the SAP practice division at Exium Inc. Exium is a leading business and technology consulting firm that enables companies to achieve their strategic business goals. Exium specializes in delivering superior IT solutions using ERP systems, with a special focus on SAP products. Rohana has been working with SAP since 1992. During his career he has assisted multiple clients on detailed system correction projects, such as correcting inventory balances, controlling area reorganizations, retrospectively activating group currency, and optimizing inter-company accounting transactions. He has spoken at many SAP conferences and has published more than 20 articles in Financials Expert, SCM Expert, and SAPtips on various aspects of SAP. His presentations have focused on Financials module selection, the order-to-cash process, global rollouts, business segment reporting, cross-module integration, and the financial impact of SCM transactions. Rohana is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert. Rohana is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Previously Rohana has worked with the consulting practices of Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC.

Rohana will be presenting at the upcoming SAPinsider Financials 2018 conference October 16-18 in Prague. For information on the event, click here.

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