SAP Cloud Platform Master Data for business partners release 1.1
Version 1.1 of SAP Cloud Platform Master Data for business partners was released in March, 2019. This solution provides reusable master data services on SAP Cloud Platform as a source of access to business partner master data, and it also provides out-of-the-box integration to SAP systems like SAP S/4HANA and SAP Master Data Governance.
This product can be used as a standalone solution, and additionally, S/4HANA Cloud, S/4HANA on premise, or MDG on-premise system from a customer’s landscape can be used as a source of data. Along with business partner master data, with the 1.1 release, the solution also supports customer master data attributes.
You can create, read, update, and delete customer master attributes in SAP Cloud Platform Master Data for business partners. You can also replicate business partner records along with customer master attributes between SAP Cloud Platform Master Data for business partners and the leading system.
Key Features of Release 1.1
The features delivered with the 1.1 release include the following:
1. Addition of Customer Master Entities
Following is the hierarchy of the customer master entities:
i. Sales Area
- Partner Function
- Sales Tax
Inbound and Outbound SOAP interfaces support integration of customer master entities in addition to business partner entities.
OData interfaces support read, create, and update of customer master entities in addition to business partner entities.
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A Fiori UI supports customer master entities in addition to business partner entities. Display of all entities are supported. Edit is supported for all entities except Sales Area and sub entities.
2. Business Logging
With the business logging service, you are informed about the processes happening in the background. It is a reuse service that enables you to log your cloud application flow, thereby providing ready insight into your application execution from a business perspective. There are REST services that enables you to either:
a. Retrieve the list of business messages which matches the conditions specified for a business log service instance, or
b. Retrieve the list of records associated with a given logHeaderID and detailed information on each record.
3. Harmonized and Non-Harmonized Number Scenario
The harmonized number scenario allows you to have a business partner number that is harmonized with the number in the leading system to maintain consistency across different landscapes. In the non-harmonized number scenario, SAP Cloud Platform generates a unique number to identify the business partner.
Based on the values given for the Harmonized Number field in Generic Configurations table, the behavior will be different:
a. True: In this case, the business partner and customer will be created with a temporary number and the number is expected to be provided by the leading system as part of the confirmation message once the business partner is replicated to the leading system.
b. False: In this case, the business partner and customer will be created based on the values provided by you during creation. If the values are not provided, SAP Cloud Platform Master Data for business partners will generate a unique number based on the Number Range defined.
4. Simple duplicate check before business partner creation
This is an SAP Fiori UI feature in which before creating a business partner record in SAP Cloud Platform using SAP Cloud Platform Master Data for business partners, you can check if there are existing duplicates. If duplicates exist, you have an option to either switch to an existing duplicate record or continue with the ongoing record creation. Business partner name and postal address are the fixed criteria to identify duplicates. This feature is limited to the creation event of a single business partner record.
5. Support of self-service UIs to maintain business configurations
The business configuration UI feature enables you make various definitions and settings to meet your specific requirements. It also allows you to adapt and improve your solution at any time as your needs change. For example, country, region, and customer classification are supported. An excel upload feature is also supported wherein you can upload all the required business configurations and business partner functions using a REST endpoint.
How do you see this application in relation to Ariba Network business partner registration?
There is a self service where business partners register their company details, contact information, DUNS nr, , company logo, locations, links to facebook/twitter/linkedin and also add users / roles.
One can create new roles and assign authorisations
Within the SAP suite I suggest to re-use functionality.