What is RICEFW?
RICEFW stands for Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, Forms, and Workflows. These are the six categories of development work that are commonly carried out in SAP projects. Let’s take a closer look at each category:
- Reports: Reports are used to retrieve data from the SAP system and present it in a user-friendly format. Reports can be simple or complex, and can range from a few lines of code to hundreds of pages. A report could be a simple list of customer names and addresses or a complex analytical report showing financial performance.
- Interfaces: Interfaces are used to transfer data between the SAP system and other systems or external parties. Interfaces can be inbound or outbound, and can be either real-time or batch. An example of an interface is a daily upload of sales data from a legacy system into SAP.
- Conversions: Conversions are used to convert data from one format to another. Conversions can be used to convert data from a legacy system into SAP or to convert data from one SAP system to another. For example, a conversion might be used to convert product descriptions from a legacy system into SAP.
- Enhancements: Enhancements are used to add functionality to the SAP system that is not available out of the box. Enhancements can be small or large and can range from a simple screen modification to a complex new module. An example of an enhancement is the addition of a custom field to a standard SAP screen.
- Forms: Forms are used to create printed or electronic documents in the SAP system. Forms can be used to create invoices, purchase orders, or shipping documents. A form could be a simple layout of customer information or a complex form with dynamic fields and images.
- Workflows: Workflows are used to automate business processes in the SAP system. Workflows can be used to route documents for approval, trigger events based on certain conditions, or send notifications to users. An example of a workflow is the approval process for purchase orders.
In summary, RICEFW is a useful acronym that represents the most common types of development work that are carried out in SAP projects. By organizing development work into these categories, it helps ensure that all necessary aspects of the project are addressed and managed appropriately.
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Nice Explanation 🙂 Thank you for sharing
Thank you 🙂
Stop using this term, please. To shamelessly quote myself, "Next time, when anyone asks what RICEF is, the correct answer is: it is an anachronistic acronym for custom SAP development used by those who can't say real words like adults." (source)
More posts for reference: Should the term ‘RICEFW’ be Eliminated? (2010) and Is the WRICEF term still appropriate in the days of SAP RISE?
Thank You, Jelena really helpful links 🙂
The post "Should the term ‘RICEFW’ be Eliminated?" (2010) on the SAP Community Network discusses the use of the term RICEFW (Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, Forms, and Workflow) and suggests that it may no longer be relevant or useful in modern SAP development.
The post "Is the WRICEF term still appropriate in the days of SAP RISE?" on the SAP blog (2018) discusses the updated SAP Activate methodology and how it has replaced the RICEFW terminology with a more flexible approach to custom development. The post suggests that the use of RICEFW may be outdated and that a more agile approach to custom development is now more appropriate.