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Dear Sap Gurus

I am doing partner determination in Vopa, their i am doing for Customer Master only, , But their other object like

sales document header

sales document item



billing header

billing item

sales activities.

What is this. pls explain.


Sneha Reddy

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the patner determination procedure is defined

sales document HEADER: what are the patner functions that are allowed at the header level and which are mandatory and which one can be changed.

sales document ITEM: at item level it signifies which patner functions are allowed and which one are mandatory . ex: ship to party.

DELIVERY :at the delivery level the significance comes when u have a forwarding agent specially for delivery to take care of the delivery activities.

TRANSPORT: You can enter a service agent on the detail screen of each stage. In a leg, the partner is the forwarding agent; at a load transfer point, it is the load transfer service provider, and at a border crossing point, it is the customs agent.

:You can enter a different address for this service agent by going to the partner maintenance section of the stage. You can also enter an additional partner (carrier) for a leg. Entry of additional partner roles for load transfer

BILLING HEADER::the allowed patners at the header level

BILLING ITEM: the allowed and modifiable patners at the item level.

SALES ACTIVITIES.what are the patners for different sales activities.

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the aim of partner determination for sales doc is to maintain other partner functions which we may not maintained in customer partners like sales employee, forward agent, or we may call other partner from another partner function

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Dear Sneha Reddy,

You can define Partner Determination Procedure for below levels:

  • Customer Master

  • Sales Document Header

  • Sales Document Item

  • Delivery

  • Transport

  • Billing header

  • Billing item

  • Sales activities (CAS)

By assigning a procedure you determine for which account groups (for the customer master), which sales document types (for sales documents) and for which item categories this procedure would be valid.

In the partner determination procedure you can determine whether partner functions can or should occur in a partner object (Customer Master, Sales Document, Item Category etc.) For each object, in which partner function can be created, you can define partner procedures. This also means that

- For Customer Master

- For Sales Documents

- For Sales Documents and Billing Documents: for items

By assigning a procedure you determine for which account groups (for the customer master), which sales document types (for sales documents) and for which item categories this procedure would be valid.

In the partner determination procedure you can determine for each partner function

- whether the partner function is an obligatory partner function

- whether the partner function can be changed in the document

Sales and Distribution->Basic Functions->Partner Determination->set Up Partner Determination->Set up Partner Determination for Customer Master.

First go to OBD2 – create customer account groups. Here you make new entries, click whether it is a one time customer, description. Also you can do the field selection here for general data, co. code data and sales area data.

Now go to IMG – logistics general – business partner – customers – control – define & assign customer number ranges define the number. Here you range that you want and assign it to your customer account group.

Now go to VOPA – here the selection will be on customer master, click on partner procedures, create the partner determination procedure. The following steps need to be done in partner determination area

- Assign partner function to account group i.e SP,SH, BP, PY to account group (debit side ). Sales and Distribution->Basic Functions->Partner Determination->Assign Partner Functions on the debit side to account Groups.

- Then create Partner Determination Procedure.

- Assign the Partner Determination Procedure to Partner Function.

- Then finally assign the Partner Determination Procedure to acc group.

Important Points in Business Partners and Partner Determination Procedure

- Partner relationship maintained/defined in the customer master is proposed automatically in the document header when you create a sales document.

- In customizing we can decide whether several partners can be assigned to one partner function in the customer master.

- In sales documents, the system is configured so that only one partner can be assigned to each partner function.

- We can define partners at item level in the sales documents.

- Business Partners that are defined at the header level however cannot be changed at the item level.

- You can prohibit anyone from changing a partner that has already been entered in a sales document.

- It is also possible to manually change or enter the address of a partner, such as the Ship-to Party. This change does not affect the master record.



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where will the partner fuction done ?

for eg: if u want your sales employee in sales document header or any where that u want.

pls following this steps:

1.create new account group.

IMG - logistic general - business partner - customers - define account group.

2.IMG - sales and distribution - BF - partner determination - setup partner determination - sales document header set new partner function and assign to the header level in mantatory.

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