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Author's profile photo Tuncay Karaca

What is RICEF?

What is RICEF? This is not an interview question!


You can see RICEF acronym, when you look at the most SAP ABAP Developer job position descriptions; and you can sometimes encounter RICE version of it. So what does RICEF stand for?


Firstly let’s look at some SAP job posting examples:

  • Able to scope, review, and create SD RICEF
  • MM RICEF Functional Spec Exp…
  • Must have experience supervising a team and writing RICEF
  • Must be very proficient in all aspects of RICEF developments…
  • Interact with business users to analyze the requirements and technical desings of the RICEF objects…
  • Develops functional specifications for RICEF technical objects affecting respective business processes…


RICEF is not a standard SAP acronym! Is there anyone knows who made RICEF acronym firstly?


All right, RICEF stands for Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, Forms.


R – Reports

R refers report programming. Of course, firstly classical report programming, WRITE statement; then it means ALV programming with either ALV function modules or ABAP objects.


I – Interfaces

Interfaces are ALE / IDOC developments. Not only development, ABAP programming for IDOCs, also IDOC customization, management. I think it might refers EDI too.


C – Conversion

I think conversions means BDC programming, batch input function modules, BDCDATA structure, CALL TRANSACTION. Maybe conversion specifically refers conversion programs for standard batch input programs. Even we can say it refers LSMW.


E – Enhancements

Enhancements are user-exits and the object oriented model of user-exits that is BADIs.


F – Forms

Forms are SAPscript forms, SAPscript print programs, and SmartForms.

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      Author's profile photo Pappu Kumar
      Pappu Kumar

      Thanks Tuncay Karaca.

      Really nice explanation.

      Author's profile photo Tuncay Karaca
      Tuncay Karaca
      Blog Post Author

      You are welcome Pappu.

      Author's profile photo Lucas Liachi
      Lucas Liachi

      Really nice explanation. Thanks!

      Author's profile photo Jonathan Christhian Mejia Anchante
      Jonathan Christhian Mejia Anchante

      Really helpful your post. Most of the times I see that acronym in job positions but had no idea but it was. Thank you.

      Author's profile photo Rob Dielemans
      Rob Dielemans

      Isn’t this jargon of Accenture?


      The first time I encountered it was in a project where Accenture did most of the staffing.

      Author's profile photo Tuncay Karaca
      Tuncay Karaca
      Blog Post Author

      Is it Accenture's jargon?  I didn't know that! I haven't seen any reference information for where RICEF used first time!

      Author's profile photo Jaydeep Waychal
      Jaydeep Waychal

      Hi Rob,

      For your question related 'Isn’t this jargon of Accenture?'

      Its not,  but as per my understanding it covers all the areas (RICEFW) where abaper works in Accenture.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Yes waychal , you are right , some companies say RICEFW it is depend on the naming convention and standard used by that particular company.

      RICEF -->> R- Means reports     I-means Interfaces     C-means Conversions    E-Enhancements    F-forms.

      RICEFW ->>   R- Means reports     I-means Interfaces     C-means Conversions    E-Enhancements    F-forms   W-Workflow.

      If you are working on the reports , your object name may be   RDD001  , RDD002, RDD003  ,    ..................

      If you have got the requirement to develop smart forms or scripts., your object name may be   FDD001, FDD002, FDD003,  ............

      similar way for interface ., IDD001,IDD002,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      for conversion CDD001, CDD002 ,,,,,,,,,,,,

      for Enhancement EDD001, EDD002,EDD03,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      for smart forms or scripts    FDD001, FDD002,,,,,,,

      again I want to say that whatever naming convention I have explained ,it is change company to company according to their naming standards.





      Author's profile photo N Soni
      N Soni

      How about a custom program or a tool that automates a process that’s a combination of standard transactions? – For example – Custom program that creates delivery & shipment from Sales order. Or a program that has selection screen & posts/updates transaction data but not using BDC, IDoc.. but using standard function modules..

      Where this kind of custom transactions fall under? Report or Interface or Enhancement or we need a new hybrid category…?

      Author's profile photo T-Jay Karaca
      T-Jay Karaca
      Blog Post Author

      That's really a great question. That always creates confusion and that's the problem of categorizing everything under RICEF(W).  So your example would be put into E(nhancement) or I(interface) type but as you said it won't be totally correct! Agree with you.

      Custom programs -not reports- like module pool programs usually are typed as E(nhancement). I know that doesn't make sense!