SAP Technology: Real Time Interfaces into FS-CD

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SAP Technology: Real Time Interfaces into FS-CD

By |2018-12-29T15:41:52+00:00November 22nd, 2013|SAP|0 Comments

A common issue I see at every SAP Insurance implementation is that the customer, and sometimes the consultants, are not aware of the plethora of options available for real-time integration into FS-CD.  So the next time you hear “that’s not possible,” consider the following:

  1. SAP provides several connectors that allow Java, .NET, and C/C++ applications to directly call remote-enabled function modules.  Read more at http://service.sap.com/connectors.
  2. Nearly every major integration layer platform provides connectivity to SAP remote-enabled function modules, including IBM’s Websphere suite, TIBCO, and many others.
  3. SAP provides remote-enabled function modules for nearly everything in SAP.  There are over 34,000 of them across many modules (take a look at database table TFDIR and set MODE = ‘R’).  The “bread and butter” services for FS-CD include:
    • ISCD_PARTNER_MAINTAIN – a composite RFC for reading and maintaining nearly every data attribute on a business partner.  Also take a look at FKK_BUPA_MAINTAIN_SINGLE and FKK_BUPA_READ_SINGLE.
    • ISCD_ACCOUNT_MAINTAIN – a composite RFC for reading and maintaining nearly every data attribute on a contract account.
    • FSCD_INSOBJECT_MAINTAIN – a composite RFC for reading and maintaining nearly every data attribute on an insurance object.
    • ISCD_SCPOS_MAINTAIN – a composite RFC for posting transactions in FS-CD.

Of course, not every process requires real-time integration.  For example, if a customer is printing and mailing claim checks once a day in FS-CD, then there is no need to build a real-time integration to post claim disbursements since those disbursements will simply sit in FS-CD until the payment run is executed.  Each situation must be approached differently, but it’s important to remember that real-time integration is always an option.

About the Author:

I have always been passionate about fixing broken business processes and cleaning up the mess left by enterprise software. It honestly bothers me to see companies spending hundreds of millions of dollars on IT projects, which motivated me to start Clear Software. Prior to founding Clear, I was a Senior Manager at Deloitte, where my teams implemented SAP at some of the largest organizations in the world.

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