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New Features in SAP Subscription Billing (2022-01-26)

Welcome to our blog series about SAP Subscription Billing’s new features!

This week we are happy to share two features that were recently released: Support of additional partner functions and extended integration with SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Let’s have a look together in detail:

Additional partner functions

The subscription now supports the following standard partner functions for a customer: sold-to party, ship-to party, bill-to party, and payer.
When you create the subscription with the Subscriptions API, you can specify the ship-to party, bill-to party and payer, whereas the customer remains the sold-to party. If you don’t specify any partners, all partner functions are defaulted with the customer ID.
The partners of the subscription are then passed on to the related allowances and bills.


Partner functions in the Subscriptions app

Of course, these additional partner functions were also added to our data protection and privacy functionality. You can find the new partner functions within a subscription or bill in the Personal Data Manager and you can delete customers with additional partner functions via the Data Retention Manager.


Extended Integration with SAP S/4HANA Cloud

The integration scenarios with SAP S/4HANA Cloud (“Subscription Management with Sales Billing” and “Subscription Management with Convergent Invoicing”) have been extended:

  • Support of the standard business partner functions sold-to party, payer, ship-to party (both scenarios), and bill-to party (only in Sales Billing). The provider contract inherits the functions from the subscription. In detail this means:
    • Subscription Management with Sales Billing (57Z)
    • Subscription Management with Convergent Invoicing (5IK)
  • Replication of custom references from the subscription to custom fields in the provider contract via a Cloud BAdI implementation in SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
  • Support of non-identical business partner IDs between the solutions via SAP Master Data Integration.

For more information on these integration scenarios, see our Integration Guide:

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      Author's profile photo Christopher Norman
      Christopher Norman

      Hi Christian Ilmberger, what is the use case for supporting non-identical business partner IDs? Is it due to ID changes in ERP and/or companies merging?

      Author's profile photo Christian Ilmberger
      Christian Ilmberger
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Christopher Norman,
      There could be the case that the customers are coming from for more than one source system and they don't have harmonized number ranges.

      Author's profile photo Jonathan Klotz
      Jonathan Klotz

      Hi Christian Ilmberger, did you know if there is a functionallity to delete (for example) master-data-records like rate plan or rate plan templates? I could not found any API or hint on your subscription billing roadmap. Many thanks and regards, jonathan.

      Author's profile photo Christian Ilmberger
      Christian Ilmberger
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jonathan Klotz,

      You can deactivate a rate plan in the product so that the rate plan can not be longer used as a default rate plan for a new subscription with this product. The same for rate plan templates: Un-publish them so that they can not be longer used for creating new rate plans.

      For consistency reasons we do not offer the functionality to delete rate plan and rate plan templates as they still can be used in already active subscriptions.