Add Custom Fields for Your Business Partner: Part 3 — Easy Enhancement Workbench

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • August 15, 2007
You can use the Easy Enhancement Workbench to add fields to a business partner. This method allows you to avoid writing code by following a simple wizard to create your custom fields.
Key Concept

Users often need custom fields to collect industry- or company-specific business partner information. Adding fields by including them in extensions created by the Easy Enhancement Workbench is the fastest way to do it, especially if you do not know ABAP code.

Most SAP CRM implementations require you to add fields to business partner master data. As I discussed in the first article in this series, you can use these fields for a variety of reasons, from reporting to operational concerns. To add fields to business partner master data, you can use several methods, each of which has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on your company’s situation. I’ll show you how to use the Easy Enhancement Workbench (transaction EEWB) with an example scenario in which you are tracking your business partners’ hobbies.

This example shows the work that you need to perform within the Easy Enhancement Workbench and then the simple wizard that you need to go through to create your extension (collection of added fields) and test it. This process applies to recent releases of SAP CRM, including SAP CRM 2005. The Easy Enhancement Workbench can also add custom fields on transactions as well as custom tables linked to a business partner. My example focuses on extending the business partner with custom fields.

Although you can use this method without being an ABAP expert, it generates code and many workbench objects. However, you do not have to create the objects -- all you need to do is answer some questions. This method allows you to store additional business partner fields efficiently and also to extract information to SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI). It may require the assistance of an ABAP expert later in the process, namely to handle all the ABAP objects the system creates and the subsequent maintenance of the enhancement.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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