Thursday, December 28, 2006

SAP Books

My new SAP Bookstore.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

SAP Best Practices

I don't know if a lot of people knows about SAP Best Practices and the new vision of SAP about SAP implementation. Well, to cut a long story short, this is the new vision: reuse a lot of already configured, documented and tested processe by making "Building Blocks" and integrate those building blocks into a solution for a specific industry. Almost for all industris there are documented and configured proceses called Best Practices. And all of this Best Practices are free and online on the SAP Help portal. You can find here Best Practices for the following industries:

Apparel and Footwear

Automotive

Chemicals

Consumer Products

Consumer Durables & Home Appliances


Dealer Business Management


EC&O
Fabricated Metals

High Tech

Home & Personal Care

Industrial Machinery & Components

Logistic Service Providers

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

Medical Devices

Mining

Retail

Pharmaceuticals

Primary Steel

Professional Services

Public Sector

Utilities for SAP R/3

Water Utilities - for SAP IS-U

Wholesale Distribution

Saturday, December 09, 2006

ISU Billing : Creating a manual bill

In Utilities billing ofen is necessary to create a manual bill for correcting an automatic bill or for billing special contracts that are hard to bill with a normal billing schema.

For creating a manual bill there is a SAP ISU transaction EA16 which from my point of view is not so user friendly and the user can be confused with all the fields that must be fill.

Another alternative to EA16 transaction would be a custom ABAP report where you can create some templates to create certain types of bill. To create a manual bill from an ABAP program there is a standard function module ISU_S_MANUBILL_CREATE.

Here there is a SDN post where you will find an example of how to fill the imput parameters of this function. Become a SDN member.

I will definetly use this function module in my current project in order to create some kind of bills.

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SAP Blog :: Live again!

Sorry for beeing so quiet lately but I have some excuses:
- my first ISU go live
- a new ISU project in electricity.

My First ISU go live.
For those who don't know I work as a ISU Billing Consultant. Durring October we set live a gas ISU implementation with Unbundling (2 contract model), monthly reading and billing and 400.000 customers. The night when we start the billing and invocing run and then RDI printing was a marathon (30 hours with no sleep) followed by only 4 hours sleep and the back to work for anoter 12 hours from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am when we delivered the RDI files (400.000 invoces) to the printing provider. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun, because we are a fine team of young and ambitious people. This ISU project is the first ISU project in Romania and I'm proud that I had a small contribution to its success.

A new ISU project in electricity
Since some time we also started a new ISU project in electricity which from the Billing point of view is much more challenging with complicated rates and some development I need to do for energy losses computation. I will also do the EDM module with a help of a coleague. I will try to update this blog with the status and the achivements I hope I will have on this project.


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