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Unlike many of my other posts, I’m able to consolidate 4 different steps into a single post, since they all work exactly the same.  The only difference is the data they control.  I’m talking about the Field Selection portions of configuration.  Now, this is normally an area I never touch, typically because SAP usually gives you every available field.  However, when I started to play with this, I certainly found the value in this area.  I’ll explain more throughout the post.  The biggest thing to keep in mind is that with this configuration, you are impact multiple areas.  This isn’t simply changing one transaction, rather it’s changing the SUBSCREEN that could be used in multiple reports, master data and transactional data areas.  So, remember, to change this area very cautiously, because it’s likely to impact more areas than you expect.  With that, let’s get to it.

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IN configuration, you’ll see Order Header Data for PM, Order Header Data for CS, Operation Operation and Components.  Each of these contains different fields, but they all work the same way.  For this example, I’m going to show you the Order Header Data (PM).

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Now, even within a single choice, you have multiple areas.  So for this example, I’m choosing the Location/Account Assignment Data.

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Now, once you get in here, you notice a long list of fields (obviously, each transaction will have different fields, but they all have the same options:

Input
Required

Display
Hide

Highlighted (the last checkbox).

I don’t think I need to go into the description of each of these.  Rather, I want to show the fun part of this.  That is the button up top that says Influencing.

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Now this little gem lets you choose one or more fields that can have it’s own specific configuration.  For example, let’s say that for one particular service order type, I want to show different fields or lock some fields when the service order has been released.

Well, I select Order Type & Phase (you have to do one at a time).  Then you can make a specific screen layout for an order types ZS03 & Phase = 2, or whatever you need.

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After you select (double click) on order type, you come back to the same screen, only now you have a field up there for order type.  When you save, this layout will be specific to the values in here.

If you’re interested in great tips and tricks on SAP service management, variant configuration or production planning, check out my blog at: http://javeLLinSolutions.com/blog/

There is also a link to some SAP Easy Buttons =)

Thanks for reading,

Mike

CTO – JaveLLin Solutions, LLC

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