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Not Sure Which App to Use in Product Cost Planning or Inventory Accounting? Feature Comparison to the Rescue!

Are you a consultant or a customer and unsure about which apps to choose during implementation of SAP S/4HANA or SAP S/4HANA Cloud? Then, feature comparisons could be useful in your decision-making process. 

What is a feature comparison exactly?

Product Cost Planning (in SAP S/4HANA) and Inventory Accounting (in SAP S/4HANA Cloud) both offer numerous apps. These apps may vary in their underlying technology (HTML GUI, WebDynpro, or Fiori) and features, but there may also be similarities in their functional scope.The feature comparison is designed in table format so you can easily see which features are available just like product comparisons on your favorite online shopping websites. The table also contains links to the SAP Fiori Apps Reference Library and the related app documentation. 

Example: Apps for managing costing runs

Imagine that you need an app to create costing runs and you’re already familiar with the functionality of the classic SAP GUI transaction Edit Costing Runs (CK40N). But, did you know that the Fiori app Manage Costing Runs – Estimated Costs (F1865) offers additional features, such as filtering options (by status, costing variant, or valuation variant) and the possibility to schedule costing run steps for multiple costing runs at once?

App Name Manage Costing Runs – Estimated Costs Edit Costing Runs
App ID F1865 CK40N
Cost mass materials in multiple plants or companies Yes Yes
Display an overview of your costing runs and their status Yes

Supports the following: Display single costing runs

Filter for criteria such as status, costing variant, and valuation variant Yes


Create new runs from scratch or by copying other runs Yes Yes
Have runs automatically repeat at regular intervals, such as monthly or quarterly (recurrence) Yes Yes
Schedule costing run steps for multiple costing runs Yes


Delete multiple costing runs at once Yes


Show scheduled job information Yes


Download results in a spreadsheet file Yes Yes
Navigate to selection list Yes


Piqued your interest? 

For SAP S/4HANA Cloud (as of release 2202) take a look at the following feature comparisons available for Inventory Accounting : 

Feature Comparison for Managing Costing Runs 

Feature Comparison for Inventory Balance Sheet Valuation 

Feature Comparison for Material Valuations and Price Changes

For SAP S/4HANA (as of release 2021) the feature comparisons below are available for Product Cost Planning : 

Feature Comparison for Managing Costing Runs 

Feature Comparison for Material Valuations and Price Changes 

Feature Comparison for Material Inventory Value Reports 

Please note that these comparisons aren’t available for every single app. We’ll focus on apps whose scope actually overlaps. 

And don’t hesitate to share questions or remarks in the comments below. 

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      Author's profile photo Shakeel Ahmed
      Shakeel Ahmed

      Good Work!