Web-Based Asset Accounting with mySAP Financials

  • by Keith Hibbitts, SAP Platinum Consultant
  • June 15, 2002
The Fixed Asset Accounting module of mySAP Financials gives you access to end-user transactions and reports via the Web. This makes possible applications such as Web-based asset procurement, employee self-service updates to an asset's physical location, and downloading asset numbers to a hand-held bar-coding or scanning device.

The mySAP.com version of R/3 makes a number of Web-based options available to you for buying, capitalizing, depreciating, selling, and retiring your company’s fixed assets. You can access the end-user transactions and reports (Figures 1 and 2, respectively) in the Fixed Asset Accounting module (mySAP Financials) through a Web browser from any computer that has access to the Internet.

Giving people access to end-user transactions and reports via the Internet offers certain benefits. For example:

  • Users can access data from any computer with an Internet connection.
  • You can customize your portal (e.g, the mySAP Enterprise Portal) for each end user, offering point-and-click access not just to R/3 transactions, but also to non-R/3 data such as Business Information Warehouse (BW) reports and third-party Web sites such as Dun & Bradstreet.
  • You can more easily manage control over what an end user is offered if user "roles" are linked to the portal.

Web-based asset accounting has potential for many types of applications. I am suggesting three ideas that you might find useful at your site:

  • Web-based asset procurement using mySAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
  • Employee self-service updates to an asset’s physical location
  • Downloading a list of asset numbers to a hand-held bar-coding or scanning device as a way to speed up an inventory count of your fixed assets.

Keith Hibbitts

Keith Hibbitts is an SAP Platinum Consultant based in SAP’s Dallas, Texas office specializing in the Financial and Controlling modules of SAP R/3, as well as Business Warehouse (BW) and Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM). He has been with SAP America, Inc. since April, 1996. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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