The configuration of Date Management in SAP S/4HANA Cloud - Service
Dates are important for the correct processing of all service transactions. In global business processes that cover several countries and time zones, it is particularly necessary to have a date management solution that can convert time zones and the factory calendar in documents of business partners involved in a service transaction.
Date Management enables the processing of as many dates as are required in a service document. Dates can either be entered manually, or, by using date rules, the system can calculate them. Date types, durations, and so on, can be configured to meet a company's specific requirements.
Date Management configuration for SAP S/4HANA Cloud - Service is available through a Self-Service Configuration User Interface (SSCUI). Start the Configure Your Solution app, and navigate to: Service → General Settings → Date Management. The following steps are available:
- Define Date Types, Duration Types and Date Rules.
- Define Date Profile.
- Assign Date Profile to Transaction Types.
- Assign Date Profile to Item Categories.
- Optimize Date Fields for Queries.
In step 1, it is possible to define new durations and date types by copying existing ones or creating new ones. It is also possible to edit existing durations and date types. They cannot be deleted however. Date rule definition is also not (yet) supported.
In step 2, new date profiles can be defined (starting with the character Z or Y) by copying existing ones. SAP predefined profiles cannot be edited or deleted. Own profiles can be edited or deleted. Reference Objects are not editable.
In step 3, a new or an SAP predefined date profile can be assigned to the available service transaction types. It is not possible to create new transaction types or delete existing transaction types. Only service contract and service order related transaction types are available for date profile assignment.
In step 4, a new or an SAP predefined date profile can be assigned to the available item categories. It is not possible to create new item categories or delete existing item categories. Only service contract and service order related item categories are available for date profile assignment.
If custom fields have been defined for service transactions, in step 5 these fields can be maintained as relevant for searching, reporting, and analytical purposes.