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Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida

New features for Batch Management in SAP ERP

SAP offers a program called Influence, where customers can suggest new features to be implemented in the SAP standard software. In 2017, component LO-BM, was selected to take part in the Influence program and customers were able to submit ideas improvements and missing features for batch management.

An overview of the SAP Customer Connection for LO-BM can be found in the link below:

SAP Custommer Connection – SAP LO-BM (Batch Management)

After the ideas submission, they were voted and and the ideas with more votes were analyzed by SAP development, in order to define if they could be actually become part of the SAP standard software.

The most submitted and voted idea was to increase the length of the batch field (extend DDIC for Batch-No to CHAR20 (minimum)) and this idea is currently under review for portfolio, as it will be a very complex change. Since the batch field is widely used in many transactions and programs, the impact of this kind of change would be huge and it must be carefully discussed and analyzed.


Improvements for batch management at plant level, such as the listed below, were complex developments, and they are delivered in the latest S/4HANA and EWM releases:

Batch management on plant level doesn’t work together with EWM system

Batch Management At Plant Level


Some of these features, however, required a smaller development effort, were already developed and delivered by means of SAP Notes. Below you can find a list of the features already implemented and the respective SAP Note:

Batch Change History Report (per MSC1N, MSC2N, MSC3N data) – Delivered by SAP note 2293991

Additional Customer Fields and Tabs in Change / Display Batch (MSCxN) – Delivered by SAP note 2282311

Documentary Batches. Possibility to trace where batch are used for networks or service orders. – Delivered by SAP note 2278052

Enable Documentary Batch for Return Delivery (LR) processing – Delivered by SAP note 2320141

Control ready for input status for characteristics in the classification control via BAdI – Delivered by SAP note 2337491

Batch search help should not display batches with deletion flag – Delivered by SAP note 2293041

Authorization control of batch header and especially batch classification characteristics – Delivered by SAP note 2274014

MSC1N/MSC2N: Value Check for field Manufacturer Date – Delivered by SAP note 2274014

Batch derivation – improvements in the derivation monitor (DVMO) – Delivered by SAP note 2339243

Batch derivation ? enhancements for customizing and condition record setup – Delivered by SAP note 2339220


This specific project is no longer open for ideas submission, but there are many other Influence Opportunities, and below you find a list of Opportunities open for idea submission

Influence Opportunities Open for Submission or Registration

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      Author's profile photo Vikas Dhand
      Vikas Dhand

      Great info Caetano. Couple of points to clarify

      1. These are standard features in S4HANA and no need to implement these notes.
      2. This is applicable only when you have batch managed at "plant level", correct? What if you have batch at "material level"

      Regards, Vikas

      Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida
      Caetano Almeida
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Vikas

      In the latest S/4HANA release, all these features are standard. If you are using the first S/4HANA release 1511, then you may have to implement those notes, depending on your support package.

      Which exact point would you like to know if it is applicable to the batch management at plant level?



      Author's profile photo RAJA SEKHARA REDDY BANNURU

      Hi Caetano,

      Many Thanks for sharing & updating with the latest developments on the Batch Management .
      This is really a Great & Useful Info.
      Thanks & Best Regards : Raja

      Author's profile photo Ashwani Moza
      Ashwani Moza

      Thanks for the update.. it is informative..

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Caetano Almeida

      What about Documentary batch in S4hana Cloud?