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Intercompany integration solution for SAP Business One – Central Blog (updated May 5 2019)

Dear all,

In this blog, I would like to keep you updated about the Intercompany integration solution for SAP Business One, providing you an easy and central entry point to all relevant and up-to-date information. I work in the solution management for SAP Business One and manage the Intercompany integration solution.

Most recent updates:

With PL32, delivered April 16th, we take a giant jump with the solution: Intercompany integration on a new basis: B1iF 2.0.

The overview SAP Note 2780393 gives you all relevant changes in this PL32:

With this patch we also announce the localization for India as complete.

On January 18th 2019 we delivered PL31, overview SAP Note 2741669, containing mainly functional enhancements and few corrections:

  • 2741715 – Fields from Intercompany TAB are getting copied to first new TAB created on Marketing Documents
  • 2741716 – Introduction of Purchase Quotation to Sales Quotation cycle in Intercompany Trade
  • 2741717 – Intercompany Vendor Payment using Treasury Company
  • 2741731 – Enhancement in document exchange cycle related to direct creation of firm marketing document
  • 2741732 – “Adj. Trans. (Period 13)” of Journal Entry is available for replication
  • 2742847 – Incoming payment to Outgoing payment for account type transactions
  • 2742848 – Replication support of properties available on Planning Data tab of Item master data
  • 2742884 – Replication support of properties in marketing documents for India Localization

There’s another, highly important improvement included in PL31 for SAP HANA customers: Avoidance of deadlocks and significant performance improvement through a split up of the stored procedure, see SAP Note 2743003.
Important note: All ICO customers with SAP HANA DB want to improve performance should update as soon as possible.

In May 2018 we delivered compatibility with the Multiple Branches function, see this blog for details. In November we enhanced this by additional function as described in SAP Note 2719279Allocation enhancement for multi branch enabled companies. Find also a video here: Intercompany Integration Solution and Multiple Branches – Setup and Cost Allocation

General:

This proven SAP add-on is key to streamline intercompany activities with SAP Business One. It is a unique option for companies with multiple business units or subsidiaries that run the SAP Business One and need intercompany integration capabilities.

Our solution is very successful in more than 65 countries and nearly eighthundred satisfied customers. The solution is very mature and is constantly being further developed, closely integrated into the development and maintenance process of SAP Business One core and the integration framework to be functional and technically always up to date. This guarantees our customers absolute investment security.

Pricing

The solution is on the SAP Business One Reseller Pricelist. For private cloud deployments, an additional subscription-based licensing model is available since Q2 2017.

Find some explanation of the pricing model in this blog. Basically, Intercompany, as a native and strong add-on, significantly extends/upgrades the functionality and the benefits of SAP Business One overall. For example, each master data record or transaction exchanged via ICO, is fully available for the whole SAP Business One functions and for all users. That’s why the price of ICO is tied to the number of users of the SAP Business One core functions (licensed users). There’s simply no concept in ICO on “intercompany users” since the functional upgrade and benefits do not only exist for individual users. For details, please consult a SAP Partner.

Series of enhancements and plans for 2019

The number of customers and users grows at an above-average rate. We have therefore made significant further investments in the solution.
To make the solution easier and better usable, more functional, as well as to gain very significant performance/throughput increase, we delivered some highly relevant changes since H1 2017, both on the side of the integration framework and the intercompany integration solution.
Existing customers benefit significantly from increased performance/throughput, stability, enhanced or rounded functionality, new installations are much easier and faster.

See the Top ReSolutions for Intercompany Integration Solution to see all details.

Based on general requirements, our product strategy, and market feedback we constantly improve and refine the solution. For currently planned 2019 deliveries, see page #19 in the road map for SAP Business One  and this SAP Business One’s Integration Hub – Central Blog.

Requirement/DRQ process for Intercompany

We follow the SAP-wide process of customer influence. In the SAP Business One session, intercompany topics are also dealt with, look up HERE all Improvement Requests (IRs) related to intercompany. Customers and partners are very welcome to vote for existing IRs or to place their own ideas there. For general info see this blog.

The integration solution offers the following features to corporate groups:

  • Share common business data
  • Support of standardized business processes across companies
  • Transparency over operations across the group incl. financial consolidation
  • Control and collaboration beyond company borders

Here you can find some further public information:

Informative Fact Sheets:

Comprehensive Blog content:

Some more info on the Intercompany integration solution (s-user required):

The Solution Brief, Solution Details Deck, as well as the SAP Help Portal Intercompany Page, featuring the most recent Administrator´s and User Guide.

About localization: The solution is localized for 31 countries, see the Administrator’s Guide, section Localized Countries. For any need beyond current localizations, see SAP Note 2154976.
Actually the integration solution is currently used in over 65 countries. Support for Central Mena Localization is under review currently.

Downloading the software: SAP Partners and customers find patches for upgrade or direct installation in SAP Business One Software Download Center -> SAP Business One -> SAP Business One Products -> B1 Intercompany Integration -> B1 Intercompany Integration 2.0.
Due to the technical nature of the integration solution software content, you can use patch files both for fresh installations and for updating existing installations. This also applies to potentially offered Hotfix files.

Useful SAP Notes:

  • SAP Note 1844555, “Troubleshooting in the intercompany integration solution” (also features information about versions, compatibility, and performance optimization)
  • SAP Note 2267770 Patch Delivery Schedule for components related to SAP Business One – Find release dates for Patches
  • SAP Notes 2137844/2123592 on Browser compatibility of the Intercompany Administration Console. Using latest Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer version is required

Training resources: For SAP Partners, there’s “Additional Training for SAP Business One – Intercompany Integration Solution 2.0 for SAP Business One” available on PartnerEdge.

Check also the 2019` Implementation and Operations Manual document.

SAP Community: Blogs and Questions & Answers 

Please use this tag to see Q&A: the intercompany integration solution for SAP Business One, follow the tag and raise or answer questions. Find here.any content on intercompany tag, incl. Blogs.
In SAP Community, the intercompany team tries to clarify your questions asap and give you the best possible assistance.

Best regards, Peter

 

Picture above: The new Intercompany Solution Cockpit as delivered in PL23. This cockpit makes the system easy to operate from one single screen and significantly improves the overall handling, monitoring, and troubleshooting, as well as allowing reactive and proactive actions.

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Picture above: Setup screen, Template Configuration.

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  • Peter,

    Can you comment on how SAP addresses (through Intercompany) COGS between Sales Company and Purchasing Company in any of the new releases?

    Scenario:

    Company A is a custom retail company and purchases all of their goods from Company B.  They don’t have pricing from Company B until they do a Goods Receipt P.O.  How would Intercompany handle this so that the Company A is reflecting the correct COGS in the G/L for each transaction?  Does it take cost from the amount on the Delivery from Company B into the GRPO in Company A and then (because the procurement document is created by the SO) update the COGS accordingly?

    I realize I may have answered my own question, but I would still appreciate clarification.

    Also, is there anyway to automate the entire stream for external customers, e.g. POS order come into the system through XML and create orders.  Is there an API compliment that developers can work with?

    Thanks in advance,

    Donald

    • Please excuse Donald, we have overlooked this question. Anyway, even for the records and others here’s a reply now:

      In intercompany integration solution, each company may have different valuation method to calculate the cost in the system. Based on valuation method, SAP Business One calculates cost. The intercompany integration solution uses the valuation method as provided by SAP Business One.

      The intercompany integration solution automatically creates an intercompany transaction as a reciprocal transaction in the SAP Business One application of another business unit. When a sender branch company creates a purchase order in its SAP Business One application, the solution automatically triggers the creation of a sales order in the recipient company and in the Sales Order, solution copies the quantity and pricing information from the purchase order.

      For automation requirement you mentioned, B1iF is XML based integration platform available with SAP Business One. Programmer can easily read data from POS system in XML format. Various adapter like File adapter, DI Adapter, HTTP Adapter for web service call, etc. are available. SAP Business One sales order can be created by writing your own integration scenario.

      Hope this helps, Peter

  • Hi Peter,

    I’ve opened the softwre download link, and can’t find Integration 2.0 PL 12,

    the latest one is only PL 10

    where can I download the patch ?

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    Regards,

    Hendra

    • Dear Edmund,

      Thank you for your questions. I do not know where and from when your impression to this SAP solution comes.
      The intercompany integration solution is an integral part of our portfolio to cover the (often very complex) requirements of intercompany /large B1 landscapes in a very comfortable and simple manner. It is very successfully used in over 60 countries, trend rising sharply.

      In fact, we have a very comprehensive agenda for H1 2017, we will update you here and over other channels in a few weeks.

      Just send me a PM for further exchange or to arrange demo/expert call.

      Best, Peter

      • Dear Peter

        Thanks for your information.

        Since we have tried to install the intercompany intergration solution 2.0, but not the latest PL.

        But we find out that the installation seems complex and more software require to install

        Also the configuration seems complex to meet the customer requirement.

        It is not stable, I create a purchase order from A and send to B company, B company may not receive any notices and sales order.

        Maybe, I install it on my notebook. I feel that the performance becomes slow.

        I am not sure that SAP has related document that if the reader follow the instructions, step by step. the reader can do install, configure, apply the intercompany intergration solution. And we can understand and know the power of intercompany intergration solution.

        As XL reporter, it show the steps clear and I can follow the instructions step by step, then I can know the full picture about this tools.

        Regards
        Edmund

        • Dear Edmund, your comment is now a while ago and related to older versions and the past. I’m curious if you’ve had a chance to gather positive experiences in the meantime (esp. after Series of 2017′ enhancements and further enhancements in 2018) or if you still have some problems or see other issues. I would be glad about a direct message, then we can talk about it. Thanks, Peter

  • Thanks for the update Peter.
    Do you know if this patch fix the SAPB1 Hana issue with long time to create intercompany tables and fields (activate add-on) ? I have experienced 1-2 hours for the add-on the be activated in a company and this is unusual and problematic. We have to install this add-on after hours since users cannot be out for such a long time.  Not sure how Hana environment takes this long whist SQL server takes 10-15 mins.
    Thanks 

    • Hi Dick,

      Thank you for this question.

      Actually the background for the issue you describe is quite generic, it’s a limitation of current implementation of DI API in conjunction with SAP HANA, how a huge number of UDTs and UDFs is being handled. So just as a clarification, this problem is not specific to intercompany integration solution, it potentially affects any add-on as well having huge number of UDTs and UDFs.

      In the past this issue was even more severe, with SAP Business One 9.1 PL09 a significant improvement in the add-on registration process was realized. So it also depends on which version you have made this experience.

      However, current solution is not completely satisfactory, as your description underlines. We will try to reduce the problem further, enabling faster implementation without such side effects.

      Just to mention, about performance in general and other enhancements of the intercompany integration solution we will have very positive news in a few weeks, we will update you over various channels.

      Hope this helps,
      Best regards, Peter

  • I have a question.

    We want to extract information from our B1 HANA system, and use it in our website.  Qty on hand, pricing, customer order history.

    Is this module what we need?  Or do we need something else?

    • Dear Larry,

      Unfortunately, Intercompany integration solution has a completely different scope, as explained above. In order to address your mentioned requirement, I suggest you contact your implementation partner.

      Best regards, Peter