Unleash the Power of SAP Classification for Your Business Processes

  • by Ganesh Sundaramoorthy, SAP Senior Consultant, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
  • October 15, 2008
Discover how to implement SAP’s classification system with minimal effort. Walk through a step-by-step configuration, and learn how to use the available master data settings.
Key Concept
SAP uses the classification process to group data objects through the concept of classes and characteristics. The characteristics defined for these objects through the classes are used to find and group them. Characteristics are essentially the properties of the object. The module in SAP that enables the classification of objects is the cross-application system called Classification system.

SAP Classification system is a cross-component application in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). You can use it to classify and group similar master data objects based on common characteristics linked to master data objects. Some typical business scenarios in which you would want to use SAP Classification include classifying laptops with a DVD write capability, classifying cars with leather upholstery, and classifying computer monitors with inbuilt speakers, just to name a few.

I’ll discuss the versatility of the classification methodology and introduce several key advantages and relevant factors for your consideration. Then I’ll introduce the configuration steps that control the standard and customized classification objects and provide an overview of master data settings. This article applies to SAP R/3 4.7, ECC 5.0, and ECC 6.0. I will use different examples for different functionalities to show the breadth of usage of the classification system.

Ganesh Sundaramoorthy

Ganesh Sundaramoorthy is a logistics consultant with more than seven years of consulting experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. He has worked in high-tech manufacturing, the watch industry, and retail.

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