Manage Key Area Authorization Objects for Business Transactions in SAP PM

  • by Maria Nikolova, SAP Senior Expert, National Electricity Company
  • May 1, 2006
You can manage authorizations by user role for business transactions in the Plant Maintenance (PM) module. See how to use authorization field BETRVORG to simplify your PM authorization customization.
Key Concept
Companies manage authorizations for working with Plant Maintenance (PM) internal orders, equipment, functional locations, and notifications within a user’s role. The role provides the rights necessary for accessing and manipulating company data. You use authorization field BETRVORG to ensure that the PM expert or PM manager can only access data in his or her area of responsibility. Elements requiring protection include personnel master data, transactions, tables, user master records, access authorization profiles, and access authorization objects. It is also possible to subject the assignment of authorizations to an authorization check.
The Plant Maintenance (PM) security module has specific authorization objects that are related to business transactions. I’ll describe these authorization objects and the business transactions behind them, and then give you tips and best practices from my own experience. I’ll include information such as menu paths and corresponding business transaction codes that are not readily available. Then I’ll provide three examples to illustrate how to customize the user role to provide authorizations for specific PM business actions. Assigning authorizations to roles provides the ability to reevaluate each user’s role and adapt their access accordingly as business needs change.

The PM authorization objects I’ll cover are:

• I_VORG_ORD: business operation for orders

• I_BETRVORG: business operation

• I_VORG_MEL: business operation for notifications

First I’ll give you some background information.

Maria Nikolova

Maria Nikolova has worked as a senior SAP expert for the National Electricity Company (NEK) in Bulgaria since January 1999. Maria has a master’s degree in telecommunications as an engineer from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has experience with an MIS project implementation of SAP R/3 (headquarters and rollout), the authorization concept and user administration, SAP Customer Competence Center (SAP CCC) , SRM, and the SD, HR, CO, Asset Management (AM), MM, and PM modules. Prior to joining NEK, she worked as a manager of Equipment Engineering Ltd. for four years.

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