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SAP S/4HANA Data Model Changes – Adobe Form Issues

Introduction:

Once we migrate from SAP (ECC) ERP to SAP S/4HANA or from SAP S/4HANA X version to SAP S/4HANA Y version, it is very much necessary to check all the objects and fix the errors if any , due to data model changes w.r.t SAP S/4HANA.

Here , the below case is one such example where it will save the time drastically for Adobe Forms when data model changes exists in the tables/structures or any DDIC component used in Adobe Forms/Interface.

Solution:

As we, all know that there will be Data Model changes when we move from SAP (ECC) ERP  to SAP S/4HANA, so due to this the structure/tables or any DDIC components used in Adobe Form/Interface will not be having the new DDIC synced components.

Therefore, it is very much necessary to remediate these Adobe Forms as the DDIC components will not be in synced automatically w.r.t SAP S/4HANA changes.

Otherwise, this would lead to dump when Adobe Form gets called.

So, how do we fix it ?

SFP is the t-code to open Adobe Forms.

In order to know whether it is required to remediate the Adobe Form, do syntax check for that object.

If no error found, then everything seems fine but if error exists as shown below then need to fix.(Example).

So, here it says component does not exist. Hence, need to fix it.

Suppose, if we check the component STAWN in the structure VBDPR from SE11 in SAP S/4HANA.

The component does not exist. Because this field is obsolete in SAP S/4HANA as it’s related to Foreign Trade.

The same if you check in SAP (ECC) ERP the same structure and the same component STAWN exists, as shown below.

So Now ,

Open the form and do syntax check.

Go to the corresponding Node where the error is pointing in the Context Folder.

Click on Refresh & do syntax check.

No Error found, hence issue is fixed and it is synced w.r.t SAP S/4HANA changes.

Similarly, you might be having the syntax errors in interface where the field doesn’t exist in the DDIC component used in SAP S/4HANA due to data model changes but it is used as reference in Currency/Quantity Fields in Interface Section, in that scenario you need to find the replacement for that obsolete field and replace the obsolete field with the new one, hence there would not be any impact and issue would be fixed.

 

Note:

  • In the above example , only one field was having the issue – there will be scenarios where multiple tables/structure or any DDIC component will be used in the context folder and those tables/structure will be having data model changes w.r.t SAP S/4HANA , in that aspect doing refresh for that particular node helps to make it in synced w.r.t SAP S/4HANA changes.
  • Of course, we can simply deactivate that particular field in the context folder of that corresponding node but it will not make sense – if many fields exist which are not a part of structure/table or any DDIC component in SAP S/4HANA.
  • Also, if that obsolete field is being used in the Adobe Layout, need to hide that particular field or delete it from the layout but again if you have any replacement field for that in SAP S/4HANA data model changes based on Functional Inputs we can do that binding in the layout, provided that field is fetched in the driver program/code initialization of Adobe Form.

 

Conclusion:

  • Hence , doing simple refresh makes us to save time drastically , instead of deactivating the fields individually as there would be many SAP S/4HANA data model changes in other cases.
  • Also , since we migrated to SAP S/4HANA it is good practice to make the structure/table in sync with the DDIC component of SAP S/4HANA – by deactivating the field will not make the structure/table in sync with the DDIC component of SAP S/4HANA.
  • In some cases , it will show the SAP Note number along with the error in syntax check – in that case we need to check the corresponding SAP Note and should take action.
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