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Content updated on October 3, 2022.

One of the major activities in an SAP S/4HANA system conversion project is implementing Customer Vendor Integration (CVI) and creating Business Partners for customers, vendors, and contact persons in the SAP ERP system before the start of S/4HANA system conversion. Business Partner Approach is an important simplification item in SAP S/4HANA as explained in SAP Note 2265093. The note also indicates that CVI implementation is a prerequisite for converting an SAP ERP system to SAP S/4HANA. My colleagues and I from SAP’s S/4HANA Regional Implementation Group (RIG) have supported several S/4HANA projects globally and have been directly involved in assisting our customers with CVI implementation and synchronization. Based on our experience, I have put together a document explaining the entire CVI Synchronization process in a step by step format to help consultants engaged in S/4HANA conversion projects. The document covers the following topics within BP and CVI.

    • BP & CVI in S/4HANA – Overview


    • Handling Custom Enhancements


    • CVI Synchronization Process (Preparation, Synchronization, and Post System Conversion Activities)


    • Impact on Interfaces


    • Lessons Learned


    • Approach and Recommendation

A pdf version of this document can be downloaded from the link below.



Additional Information:

2265093 – S4TWL – Business Partner Approach

2823632 - Consulting Note for Business Partner Approach and CVI Process

2713963 – FAQ: CVI – Customer Vendor Integration for system conversion to S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA Cookbook CVI

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