Use Enhancement Package 5 to Boost the Efficiency of SAP Collections Management

  • by Mark Chalfen, Finance Capability Lead, Bluefin Solutions
  • January 25, 2012
Learn about the latest changes that have been implemented in enhancement package 5.0 via business function sets — namely, FIN_FSCM_CCD_3 and FIN_FSCM_CCD_INTEGRATION_3. You can use these business function sets if you are planning on implementing SAP Financial Supply Chain Management (SAP FSCM), including SAP Collections Management, or if you have implemented an SAP Collections Management solution without any enhancement packages.
Key Concept
Various business function sets are now available within enhancement package 5. A business function set is a new functionality for users who have upgraded to enhancement packages within SAP ERP 6.0 (Business Suite 7). Within the business function sets is a plethora of new functionality that enhances the usability of the product and improves the integration between submodules. SAP releases a number of new business function sets within each enhancement package. Each business function set covers a functional area to allow users to enhance a current business process.

Enhancement package 5.0 provides new functionality for SAP Financial Supply Chain Management (SAP FSCM) via business function sets. Figure 1 shows the business function sets you need to activate to obtain the new functionality within enhancement package 5.0 and the earlier releases. If you are not familiar with enhancement packages see the sidebar titled “An Overview of Enhancement Packages.”

Figure 1
Required business function sets for SAP FSCM

An Overview of Enhancement Packages

Over the years SAP has released many different versions of its core ERP product. A number of system changes within each version have provided users with new functionality. However, to move from version to version requires a system upgrade. If users have custom code and processes, this upgrade process is very time-consuming and can be expensive as well.

In 2005 SAP announced the use of enhancement packages to release new functionality to its customer base. Once customers upgraded to SAP ERP 6.0, they would not need to perform a detailed upgrade. Instead, they would install the enhancement package and then activate a business function set to release the required functionality. If customers had a stable sales process, but wanted to enhance their financial processes, they could activate the business function sets that focused on finance, but not activate the new functionality within sales. This feature was not available with the previous method of upgrading to the latest system version. Now it takes much less time to install the enhancement packages because you do not need to perform a full system version upgrade.

In case you are not familiar with the process of using functionality within enhancement packages, note these three pieces of advice:

  1. A system has to have enhancement packages installed on it. This process is similar to a mini-upgrade. The installation loads the latest Support Packages as well as the business function sets. At this stage no new functionality from the business function sets is active. However, SAP recommends that after completing the installation of the new enhancement package version, a full system regression should be done (similar to the one made when applying Support Packages).
  2. To obtain the new functionality from the enhancement packages, you need to activate the required functionality within the business function sets. So to confirm that an enhancement package installs a number of new business function sets, the next step is to review them and then activate them.
  3. Some business function sets depend on earlier releases — for example, FIN_FSCM_CCD_3. You cannot install this business function set by itself; first you have to install FIN_FSCM_CCD and FIN_FSCM_CCD_2. If you use SAP FSCM and have not activated any business function sets, you have to activate the other dependent business function sets. A user on SAP ERP 6.0 without any business function sets who installed enhancement package 5.0 would benefit from all the new functionality — not just from FIN_FSCM_CCD_3, but also FIN_FSCM_CCD and FIN_FSCM_CCD_2. Note that SAP recommends isolated regression testing (functionality only) after activating new business function sets.

Mark Chalfen

Mark Chalfen is the finance capability lead at Bluefin Solutions, a niche SAP consultancy in the UK, and an SAP mentor. Mark has more than 12 years’ experience in SAP FI/CO in a number of industries. Mark’s core skills include Financial Supply Chain Management (SAP FSCM) and the new GL. He is currently advising a wide variety of clients on maximizing their SAP landscape either in the current R/3 version or upgrading to SAP ERP.

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