This blog is focussed on usage of Business Area in Central Finance Implementation.
Traditionally SAP customer have been using business area as one of the element in transactions for reporting purposes but with SAP S/4HANA Business Area is not supported. Customers migrating from ECC to S/4HANA can still use it for migration purposes but any new development is not going to happen around this space.
For SAP S/4HANA Cloud Business area is completely not supported. Now what will happen for those customers who have business area in their present system (ECC) and they are implementing Central Finance.
There are two possible options:
1. Replace Business Area with Profit Center by tweaking the mappings via BADi – SAP has provided BADi in CFIN and those can be used to replace the Business Area with Profit Center
Please note that this is not possible through standard mapping scenarios.
2. When document is replicated from Source to Target the mapping action is triggered for each object. In the mapping action setting the “Business area” can be flagged as “Clear Data” and then the business area will not be passed to the Target system.
Please refer SAP Note – 2760863 – Business Area is not available in S/4 HANA
However their can be more options based on customer present design and go forward strategy. The options described above can be taken as suggestions to customer and then the design needs to be looked upon.