SAP Configuration


What Is SAP Configuration?

Installing and configuring an SAP system, particularly an ERP system, can be a complex and time-consuming task. While SAP Basis teams manage the installation itself, SAP systems are standard software that has nothing in place that is developed specifically for your organization. This is where SAP Configuration becomes important to the process since every company has its own specific way of posting and creating purchase orders, sales orders, or any of their other day-to-day tasks.

What Is SAP Configuration?

Installing and configuring an SAP system, particularly an ERP system, can be a complex and time-consuming task. While SAP Basis teams manage the installation itself, SAP systems are standard software that has nothing in place that is developed specifically for your organization. This is where SAP Configuration becomes important to the process since every company has its own specific way of posting and creating purchase orders, sales orders, or any of their other day-to-day tasks.

Configuration is not coding, nor is it customization which involves changing standard features. It is a part of the implementation of a system that allows you to specify information like currency, language, organizational structure, function, and processes. SAP software is designed in such an open way to let you configure it the way your organization needs it to be set up. You can define how your company runs, since it’s your processes. While SAP introduced the concept of the SAP Model Company in 2019, which included preconfigured end-to-end processes, business content, and industry specific accelerators to streamline the implementation of SAP S/4HANA and SAP SuccessFactors, organizations still have the capability to configure an SAP system exactly how they want it to look.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • You can use tools like SAP Solution Manager to accelerate and manage the configuration of your SAP systems. Rather than having to use different transactions or configuration files to go in and make configuration changes to your SAP systems, a tool that SAP supplies in order to readily manage configurations across multiple systems is SAP Solution Manager. Managing a configuration from SAP Solution Manager allows you to control access to the configuration as well as document the process. It also allows you to preserve configuration states, support testing, and manage delivery of configuration to different systems around the organization.
  • The SAP Model Company can help accelerate your configuration when it comes to the move to SAP S/4HANA. While organizations have always had the ability to configure their SAP systems so that they support the way their individual organization works, there has always been a debate between those who prefer fit to standard, using a standard out-of-the-box solution with as few changes as possible, to a fit-to-requirement model which involves a highly customized solution that very much fits the specific needs of a given organization. Leveraging the SAP Model Company provides a pre-configured reference example of a fit-to-standard implementation that can both streamline and accelerate an SAP S/4HANA deployment, while making SAP configuration considerably easier.

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  1. Manage and Document Your Realization Phase with the Configuration Transaction

    Published: 06/October/2009

    Reading time: 14 mins

    ManagerLearn how SAP Solution Manager can help you manage the Realization phase (otherwise known as the configuration or build phase) of your SAP project. Using tools in configuration transaction SOLAR02 can also prepare you for change management and operational support. Key Concept The Realization phase is the phase in which you convert your ideas and...…

  2. Use the SAP Configuration Validator Tool to Diagnose Issues with SAP Access Control Configuration

    Published: 07/December/2012

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Learn how to configure and use the Configuration Validator tool for SAP Access Control 5.3 to diagnose issues with your company’s configuration or provide quick information to speed up the SAP support process. Key Concept The SAP Access Control Configuration Validator (ACCV) tool provides a summarized report of your current SAP Access Control configuration. It...…

  3. How to Structure (and Simplify) Your Time Evaluation Configuration and Maintenance

    Published: 26/September/2011

    Reading time: 18 mins

    Although SAP’s time evaluation module is extremely flexible and powerful, it is often over-integrated due to the unpredictable variety of business rules and contracts. This makes maintenance, configuration, and support unnecessarily complicated. Learn these tips and tricks to overcome the challenges and configuration problems that are presented in many SAP time evaluation implementations. Key Concept...…

  4. Learn How to Configure the Quick View Panel in the Search Lane and Workforce Viewer of HR Renewal 1.0 Feature Pack 4

    Published: 10/April/2015

    Reading time: 21 mins

    Learn how to configure standard and custom infotype field information in the Workforce Viewer and quick view panel of the search lane functionalities of HR Renewal 1.0. Key Concept The Workforce Viewer is one of the new features released with HR Renewal 1.0 Feature Pack 4. The Workforce Viewer gives users an easy to use...…

  5. Manage Configuration Through Solution Manager

    Published: 14/March/2013

    Reading time: 15 mins

    ManagerManaging configuration from Solution Manager allows you to control access to the configuration and encourage continuous documentation during the build phase of your project. Learn how the relationship between Solution Manager and the development environment allows you to preserve a golden configuration environment, support unit testing, and manage the delivery of solution configuration as logical...…

  6. Track Intercompany Loans Using SAP’s Transaction Manager Module: Part 2

    Published: 22/December/2016

    Reading time: 49 mins

    Learn the configuration steps needed for the intercompany loans process outlined in the article “Track Intercompany Loans Using SAP’s Transaction Manager Module, Part 1.” The configuration is in line with the process described in part 1 of this article. Key Concept When companies reach a more complex size, they often need to implement financing processes...…

  7. Gauge a Company’s Risk Exposure Using Market Risk Analyzer

    Published: 19/June/2015

    Reading time: 31 mins

    Learn how to implement SAP’s Market Risk Analyzer. The analysis reports in Market Risk Analyzer help an organization or, more specifically, a treasury department, to assess and quantify the risks of its financial positions. Once the risks of an organization are analyzed and quantified, they can be more easily controlled. The inputs to Market Risk...…

  8. Techniques to Support Configuration Management in Solution Manager

    Published: 10/April/2013

    Reading time: 8 mins

    ManagerLearn about the roles and responsibilities of the team members using Solution Manager during the configuration phase. Walk away with some recommendations on how to store your documentation and transport references to deliver a more fully documented solution to your support organization. Key Concept Defining roles, responsibilities, and procedures for the configuration phase improves the...…

  9. Leverage Bank Account Management for Payment Signatories based Payment Approvals

    Published: 18/March/2021

    Reading time: 12 mins

    In today’s global and dynamic business environment, treasury departments are faced with the daunting task of managing and controlling large sets of bank accounts across diverse geographies. Some of the challenges include maintaining optimum bank structure, managing large portfolios of bank accounts and signatories, and maintaining relationships with banks. Applying the right degree of automation…

  10. Configuration Validation Reporting Made Easy

    Published: 01/July/2016

    Reading time: 24 mins

    Configuration validation is a reporting utility that helps you know the technical configuration of any SAP system either in flat-list values or in a comparison. The comparison of a group of systems against a target reference system or against predefined configuration values is the crux of the configuration validation utility. Key Concept Configuration validation is...…