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Dear all,

On June 16th, we delivered the 2nd series of enhancements and completed the plan for H1 2017 (February 24th we delivered the 1st series with PL21).

In parallel to functional enhancements and simplifications, we also boosted the performance of the existing application, resulting in a noticeable response time drop for various scenarios within the application flow.

You can find all changes in the SAP notes referenced to the overview SAP note for PL23 2429182 and PL21 2429181. Find the highlights also in this updated Top Fixes summary.

Let me highlight one of the most visible and most valuable improvements with PL23, the brand new Intercompany Solution Cockpita completely new approach and level to capture the entire intercompany information from one single screen. This cockpit makes the system very easy to operate and significantly improves the overall handling, monitoring, and troubleshooting, as well as allowing reactive and proactive actions:

ICO PL23 supports PL08 of SAP Business One on MS SQL or SAP HANA.

Find here the most recent Administrator´s and User Guide.

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 many hundreds of 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.

The solution is on the SAP Business One Reseller Pricelist. For Cloud deployments, an additional subscription-based licensing model for Intercompany Integration Solution went live April 17th with the Q2 2017 Price List update. For details, please consult a SAP Partner.

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:

Based on general requirements, our product strategy, and market feedback we constantly improve and refine the solution.

Regarding SAP Business One 9.3 compatibility (update as of September 7th):

Currently, intercompany and 9.3 is unfortunately not yet compatible as described in SAP Notes 2483615 and 2483543.
Of course, we are striving to provide support statement/compatibility in the Early Adoption Care (EAC) phase, at the very latest to General Availability (GA) of SAP Business One 9.3. Unfortunately, there are a lot of smaller issues we must work out, corresponding patches on SAP Business One side needs to be delivered first. I keep you up to date here.

Important News as of January 31 2017:

2016 was the most successful year for the intercompany solution ever since, the number of customers and users is growing at an above-average rate. We have therefore decided to make a significant further investment in the solution. To make the solution easier and better usable, more functional, as well as to gain very significant performance/throughput increase, we will deliver some highly relevant changes in H1 2017, both on the side of the integration framework and the intercompany integration solution. Existing customers will benefit significantly from increased performance/throughput, stability, enhanced or rounded functionality, new installations will be much easier and faster.

SAP customers and partners can find some more info on the Intercompany integration solution (s-user required): The NEW Solution Brief, Solution Details Deck, as well as on the SAP Help Portal Intercompany Page.

About localization: The solution is localized for 30 countries, see the Administrator’s Guide. For any need beyond current localizations, see SAP Note 2154976. Actually the integration solution is currently used in over 65 countries.

Downloading the software: SAP Partners and customers find patches for upgrade or direct installation in SAP Business One Software Download Center -> 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 recommended/technically required

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I will keep this blog up-to-date with relevant info, new patches, etc.

Best regards, Peter

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  1. Donald Frantum

    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

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    1. Peter Hartwich Post author

      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

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  2. Anggy Rinaldy

    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

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    1. Peter Hartwich Post author

      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

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      1. Edmund Leung

        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

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  3. Dick Smith

    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 

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    1. Peter Hartwich Post author

      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

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  4. Larry Bowdish

    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?

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    1. Peter Hartwich Post author

      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

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