Data from SAP to MS Office Applications
Using the connection SAP with MS Office, users spreads data from SAP application to right within Microsoft Office desktop applications, including Excel, Outlook, Word and Power point.
With the SAP-MS Office connectivity, end-users can interact with SAP transactions directly within their Excel spreadsheet, their Outlook e-mail screen, and their Word documents and on their Power point presentations.
Here we have a simple application to connect SAP with MS-office tool’s Excel.
But before that……Why? How? And Use!
Why Data from SAP to MS Office Applications
In spite of large moneys in SAP, most business users continue to be unsatisfied with it because data from SAP is not easily accessible in their favorite desktop productivity tools — Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Since Microsoft Office Applications are not connected to SAP, users are forced to
- Use error-prone cut-copy-paste to populate their Excel spreadsheets.
- Switch screens from Outlook to gather data and take decisions as they respond to e-mails.
- Manually update data from Excel Spreadsheets to enterprise applications.
Benefits of Data from SAP to Microsoft Office Applications
SAP-MS Office Connectivity extends data from SAP to Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word using a SOA based Information Delivery Server and Microsoft Office Add-ins, and provides the following benefits
- Eliminates cut-and-paste based data collecting mechanism from SAP to Microsoft Excel.
- Enables users to get real-time data from SAP within Excel with a single-click Refresh.
- Enables users to query and update SAP transactions from within Outlook screens.
- Allows the users to update SAP from within Excel, Outlook and Word.
- Avoids any data-integrity issues with copying and reduces compliance issues.
- Production and Logistics Managers who want to create Excel reports from latest SAP data.
- Managers who want to track projects and status automatically as they receive status e-mails.
- Analysts who want to combine data from SAP and other enterprise data stores for budgeting purposes.
Here is the main part comes up. We shall take simple scenario for SAP with MS Excel connectivity. So let’s begin!!
Just before start, I would like to give little overview on what we are actually going to do. So, here are the scenarios!!
Excel File Scenarios
- Create a MS excel file for user input.
- Create user interface in excel sheet to input data for the customer master and output cells.
- Apply VB code to make connection with SAP.
- Read the input data for customer master from the excel file sheet.
- Fetch data from SAP using connection code from SAP.
- Display output within excel sheet itself.
- Create a function module in ABAP that is “Remote Enabled”.
- Create IMPORT, EXPORT and TABLES parameters as per requirement from MS excel.
- Write logic to display customer master details based on input from Excel file.
- Activate the function module.
Well……………“A picture says thousand words”. So, let’s begin!
MS Excel – User Interface
First of all, lets create MS excel file with customer master input. We shall create simple selection screen for user input.
Well……filling cell values are simple here but how to add buttons (Get Address and Reset Output) here? This was also new in my case since new version of MS office.
Just follow following steps for this:
Click MS office button and select “Excel Options” button from the menu.
You will see here a new tab named “Developer”
Click on “Insert” and then select “Button” from the form control. Later on you can double click on the button and set its properties (Caption, Color, etc.)
Congratulations! Our input screen is finished here. Let’s design our output screen now.
I have created my output screen just after the input screen. You can create anywhere in the excel file. Here terms ‘anywhere’ descries to other worksheet also.
The output screen is simple as you see. Nothing much to do here. I just simple colored the cells for better look.
Great! Looks like we finished user interface here. (Did we miss something…’Naah’ for now!)
SAP – Select Data
Since we are taking simple example to fetch detail from customer master, let’s create a function module for it.
Create a function module.
Enter function group and Short text.
Make sure your function module is “Remote Enabled”.
Now let’s create “Tables” parameters:
Here we have two “Tables” parameters
- ET_KUNNR (Input) : Customer numbers pass in to the function module
- ET_CUST_LIST (Output): Data will be fetched in function module and display on the excel sheet.
- Note: We have created a Z structure (ZNM_CUST_LIST) for the output list. Here are the fields for the structure:
We are all set with input and output structures.
Now, let’s fetch the data. Here is the only coding part came up in SAP. Look at below screen.
Here, we are selecting all the customer details from the KNA1 (customer master) table from the input table (ET_KUNNR) from excel file and return to the table (ET_CUST_LIST).
Now we have all the records in the table ET_CUST_LIST.
So, again congratulation friends! You have completed most of the things. The remaining step now is to display the list in the excel file.
Let’s now connect the SAP and MS Excel.
Go to the ‘Developer’ tab and click on “Visual Basic” icon.
The VB editor will be opened and we are going to write the code for connection of excel and SAP with sending and receiving data.
Here is the variable declaration list. These are the global variables. Let’s understand each of them.
For creating object to access SAP functions.
To make BAPI function call via objBAPIControl.
Last row of output list
Total number of records returned from the SAP
Variable for increment records
Variable for next record (Index)
Object for SAP table (for customer master output)
Object for SAP table (for customer master input)
Logon control is to make login in SAP.
Ro make connection to SAP R/3 using logon control.
If ‘True’ no popup will ask to enter SAP login details
Here are the properties for the “Get Address” button.
Let’s code when “Get Address” button is clicked.
Setup the local variables
Private Sub GetAddress_Click()
Now let’s setup the connection with SAP R/3 using following code.
Let’s do SAP Login here.
Perfect!! We have made the connection with SAP R/3. Now we are able to send and receive the data from MS Excel to SAP R/3 and vice versa.
But how to send my customer details and receive? Hmmm…..we need to use internal tables those are created in SAP function module. (Do you remember?….NO?… checkout Tables parameters in function ZNM_GET_CUSTOMER_DETAILS). So, let’s do this.
Here, ZNM_GET_CUSTOMER_DETAILS is our function module created in SAP.
ET_KUNNR: Customer details input details
ET_CUST_LIST: Customer output details.
We are reading here each cell from excel worksheet for input.
Here we have called the FM and passed the input details to process.
vcount_add returns total number of records from the SAP. And we have already set the loop to display records in the cells.
Here, R3Connection.Logoff is to sign off from your SAP account.
Here is the output screen:
Wow!! We have output result. Good job!! But what is the use of another button “Reset Output” here? Yes…good question.
The “Reset Output” button will clear all the data and messages from the screen. Look at below code:
Now we have completed the entire example here. N’ joy.
Here is the entire code:
Private LogonControl As SAPLogonCtrl.SAPLogonControl
Private R3Connection As SAPLogonCtrl.Connection
Private TableFactory As SAPTableFactory
Public Functions As SAPFunctionsOCX.SAPFunctions
Dim objBAPIControl, objgetaddress As Object
Dim vLastRow, vRows As Integer
Dim vcount_add, index_add As Integer
Dim rng As Range
Public objaddress, objkunnr As SAPTableFactoryCtrl.Table
Dim retcd As Boolean
Dim SilentLogon As Boolean
‘ Set Connection
Set LogonControl = CreateObject(“SAP.LogonControl.1”)
Set objBAPIControl = CreateObject(“SAP.Functions”)
Set R3Connection = LogonControl.NewConnection
R3Connection.Client = “700”
R3Connection.ApplicationServer = “”
R3Connection.Language = “EN”
R3Connection.User = “”
R3Connection.Password = “”
R3Connection.System = “”
R3Connection.SystemNumber = “”
R3Connection.UseSAPLogonIni = False
SilentLogon = False
retcd = R3Connection.Logon(0, SilentLogon)
If retcd <> True Then MsgBox “Logon failed”: Exit Sub
objBAPIControl.Connection = R3Connection
Set objgetaddress = objBAPIControl.Add(“ZNM_GET_EMPLOYEE_DETAILS”)
Set objkunnr = objgetaddress.Tables(“ET_KUNNR”)
Set objaddress = objgetaddress.Tables(“ET_CUST_LIST”)
Dim sht As Worksheet
Set sht = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet
‘ Changes for the Loop
‘Dim int1 As Integer
‘Do While sht.Cells(int1, 2).Value <> ” “
‘ Changes for the Loop End
If sht.Cells(6, 2).Value <> ” ” Then
‘If ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Cells(6, “B”).Value <> ” ” Then
‘objkunnr.Rows.Add objkunnr.Value(1, “SIGN”) = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Cells(6, 2).Value
objkunnr.Value(1, “SIGN”) = sht.Cells(6, 2).Value
‘objkunnr.Value(1, “OPTION”) = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Cells(6, 3).Value
objkunnr.Value(1, “OPTION”) = sht.Cells(6, 3).Value
‘objkunnr.Value(1, “LOW”) = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Cells(6, 4).Value
objkunnr.Value(1, “LOW”) = sht.Cells(6, 4).Value
‘objkunnr.Value(1, “HIGH”) = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Cells(6, 5).Value
objkunnr.Value(1, “HIGH”) = sht.Cells(6, 5).Value
returnfunc = objgetaddress.call
If returnfunc = True Then
vcount_add = objaddress.Rows.Count
For index_add = 1 To vcount_add
vRows = 11 + index_add
sht.Cells(vRows, 2) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “KUNNR”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 3) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “LAND1”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 4) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “NAME1”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 5) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “ORT01”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 6) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “PSTLZ”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 7) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “REGIO”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 8) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “KTOKD”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 9) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “TELF1”)
sht.Cells(vRows, 10) = objaddress.Value(index_add, “TELFX”)
‘ If address not exist then Show error
If vcount_add = “” Then
sht.Cells(10, 11) = “Invalid Input”
‘ ActiveSheet.Cells(10, 12) = “BAPI Call is Successfull”
‘ ActiveSheet.Cells(11, 12) = vcount_add & “rows are entered”
sht.Cells(10, 12) = “BAPI Call is Successfull”
sht.Cells(11, 12) = vcount_add & ” rows are entered”
COMMON ERROR: User defined Type not defined
So…let’s try to remove the one. As our friends have posted solutions, here are the steps to avoid the error.
1. Go to your VBA Project and Select Tool –> References.
2. “References” window will be opened as below.
3. Select “Browse…” and select .OCX files for Active X control from below path. (SAP GUI 7.3 already installed on my machine)
4. Select wdtaocxU.ocx, wdtfuncU.ocx, wdtlogU.ocx files from the
location.Add wdobapiU.ocx if you are needed.
5. Make your references are selected. Press OK. And save.
6. That’s it.