Thursday, December 20, 2007

Set Up Users for SAP Biller Direct the Right Way

Look into the user management concept within SAP Biller Direct to understand how to set up users, assign business partners, and provide ongoing enrollment and user registration services. See the fundamental differences between various user types and review recommendations for user management locations either within the SAP system or in a separate database.

Key Concept

SAP Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM) is a suite of applications that helps companies optimize working capital levels, streamline receivables, and eliminate excess costs for payments. SAP FSCM addresses virtually every process within the cash-to-cash cycle and provides information to corporate employees as well as customers and vendors. All applications make use of the latest SAP NetWeaver technology and are tightly integrated with mySAP ERP Financials and other components.

SAP Biller Direct displays account and invoice information via the Internet and provides electronic payment options and various self-services for end users. It accomplishes this by connecting a Java-based user interface (UI) with an SAP Accounts Receivable (AR) system and displaying business data via the Internet. SAP divided the application between Java and ABAP components, which makes the implementation tricky because consultants need to be familiar with both mySAP ERP Financials and SAP NetWeaver 2004 or SAP NetWeaver 2004s technology.

This is the first part in a series of articles in which I’ll describe aspects of SAP Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM) components, including Biller Direct, Dispute Management, Collections Management, and Credit Management. I’ll describe the architecture of Biller Direct in detail and then focus on the options for setting up user management. Based on experiences from several projects, user management is often the most challenging issue, whether you’ve implemented R/3 or mySAP ERP. This article applies to both systems and is intended for business administrators.

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