MM (Materials Management), SAP ABAP Development, S/4HANA

S/4 HANA – Do you have an issue in BP vendor field settings? Check this out!

As we all know, now the world runs with SAP S/4 HANA! And in S/4 HANA business partner functionality is mandatory. So we all have no option than learning the concept in order to sustain and grow in the new SAP world.

Before jumping into the subject, it is better to understand the basic BP vendor field settings. Please follow the below SAP note to understand how we can make BP vendor fields as mandatory/ optional/ display/ hide.

Generally, when you do changes to BP field settings as per the above note things will work absolutely fine. But, for some cases the results will not be positive! Example, you have made a field as mandatory in customization but when you check in the BP transaction still the field is optional. In this case, follow the below steps;

What to do when a Vendor field is displaying as optional though the field has been set to mandatory?

Recreating the issue for you easy understanding;

Step 1: Created a business partner but the field ‘Schema Grp Supp’ is not mandatory! Let us make the field mandatory in customization

Step 2: Follow below the steps to make the field as mandatory

Go to the transaction BUCG or Navigate through path : Cross-Application Components -> SAP Business Partner -> Business Partner -> Basic Settings -> Field Groupings -> Configure Field Attributes per BP Role

Double click on ‘Configure Field Attributes for Each Role Category’ from the popup -> below screen will be displayed:

Check for your BP Role and double click on it. Example, FLVN01 – Business Partner Vendor-> scroll down to find the right Data Set-> double click on your desired Data Set to display the relevant Field Groups at the right hand side

As per the above screen shot the field group 3497 ‘Group for Calculation Schema (Supplier)’ seems to be the relevant-> Let us select the radio button ‘Req. Entry’ to make field as mandatory-> save the change to a TR

Transport the changes to your testing client and check if the field as become mandatory in your BP transaction!

“The result will be a big NO! The reason for this behavior is very simple. We have not selected the right field group. Though the description of the field group in the customization looks relevant, it is not the right field group”

How to find the right field group for the desired fields?

Step 1:

In the transaction BP-> place the cursor on the field for which you want to make modification-> press F1 button–> click on ‘Technical Information’ button (spanner icon)

Popup window will be displayed-> copy the Screen Field name as shown in the below screen shot. Example, GS_LFM1-KALSK

Step 2:

Go to transaction SE16N-> enter table name TBZ3R and press enter-> key in the following details-> execute

Application Object – BUPA (Business Partner)
Table (Screen) – GS_LFM1
Field (Dynp.) – KALSK

Exact field group will be displayed as shown in the below screen shot. Example 3352

Step 3: Go to the BP field group customization, remove the settings which you have done for the wrong field-> and make the expected changes to the new field, which you have derived from the table TBZ3R

  • Go to the transaction BUCG or Navigate through path : Cross-Application Components -> SAP Business Partner -> Business Partner -> Basic Settings -> Field Groupings -> Configure Field Attributes per BP Role
  • Check for your BP Role and double click on it. Example, FLVN01 – Business Partner Vendor-> scroll down to find the right Data Set-> double click on your desired Data Set to display the relevant Field Groups at the right hand side

“Field group may not be available in the relevant Data Set as you are thinking! So you may have to look into all the data set one by one”

The field group 3352 (Schema Group for Supplier) is available in Data Set – Vendor: Purchasing Dataset for Vendor-> Double click on it and make the field group 3352 as ‘Req. Entry’-> save the change to a TR

Transport the changes to your testing client and check if the field as become mandatory in your BP transaction!

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