SAP Knowledge Base Article - Public

3068099 - Partner Company not Derived for Inter Company Project Expense Postings

Symptom

  • You create customer project (with sales integration) CPSOAAA with selling company A. The customer/debtor is business partner ABC. 
  • One project task, CPSOAAA-X must be completed by Partner Company B. 
  • You create a purchase order for the project task, maintaining Partner Company B' business partner ID as supplier. Automatically a sales order from company B to company A as well as Intercompany Project ICBBB. 
  • The employees of company B enter time recordings on project task CPSOAAA-X. 
  • The service confirmations are recorded as goods and service receipts / external service confirmations in project CPSOAAA and as internal service confirmations on project ICBBB. 
  • You check the external service confirmations and related expense assignment to sales order business transactions. 
  • For none of them partner company B got derived. 

(*Company A and B represent two partner companies

*CPSOAAA-X represents the project task which is to be completed by partner company B.

*ICBBB represents the inter-company project of partner company B to partner company A.

*ABC represents the customer/debtor ID of project CPSOAAA)

Environment

SAP Business ByDesign

Reproducing the Issue

To check the time recordings in both projects an easy way is to check the Sales Documents - Line items report for each project:

For the Customer Project CPSOAAA:

  1. In the Cost and Revenue work center go to the Sales Document Items view. 
  2. Open the Advanced search. 
  3. Under Related Documents, in the Project ID field enter the project ID, here CPSOAAA and press Go. 
  4. Sales order item AAA-X appears (AAA-X represents the sales order ID connected to customer project CPSOAAA).
  5. Press Reports and choose Sales Document - Line Items for Project. 
  6. In the report only use the attributes Associated Source Document Type, Business Transaction, Associated Sales Order and Item, Debtor Business Partner (Journal Entry Item) Partner Company (Journal Entry Item). 

Result: For the business transactions related to Goods and Service Confirmations the debtor business partner ID ABC appears. But the Partner Company B is not displayed for any of the business transactions. You expect Partner Company B to appear here. 

For the Inter-Company project ICBBB:

  1. In the Cost and Revenue work center go to the Sales Document Items view. 
  2. Open the Advanced search. 
  3. Under Related Documents, in the Project ID field enter the project ID, here ICBBB and press Go. 
  4. Sales order item BBB-X appears (BBB-X represents the sales order ID connected to inter-company project ICBBB).
  5. Press Reports and choose Sales Document - Line Items for Project. 
  6. In the report only use the attributes Associated Source Document Type, Business Transaction, Associated Sales Order and Item, Debtor Business Partner (Journal Entry Item) Partner Company (Journal Entry Item). 
  7. For the business transactions related to Internal Service Confirmations the debtor business partner ID AAA as well as Partner Company A appears. 

Cause

For inter-company sales transactions the partner company derivation is always based on the sales document item:

  • If the debtor of a sales document is a partner company then all posting lines associated with items of the sales document will display the partner company. 
  • This process is consolidation independent. 

Therefore, in the example case,

  • the partner company A appears for all Inter-Company service confirmation lines associated with sales order item BBB-X as the sales order debtor is company A. 
  • the partner company B does not appear for the customer project external service confirmation lines associated with sales order items AAA-X as the sales order debtor is not the partner company but customer ABC. 

Resolution

The system works as expected.

In SAP Business ByDesign the revenue recognition functionality is either based on a Sales Document, as it is the case of Customer Projects with Sales Integration, or just the Project, as is the case for Multi-Customer Projects.

If the costs/expenses created for a customer project project can be connected to a sales document item, through expense assignment to sales order (customer project expense list generation), then the revenue recognition will recognize those costs on the respective Business Partner/debtor of the Sales Document. And if this debtor happens to be a partner company then the partner company will be displayed in the posting line.

In general, SAP Business ByDesign currently does not offer an integrated consolidation process. What is offered is a 'Preparation for Consolidation' where you can use specific reports to prepare for the financial consolidation outside SAP Business ByDesign.

Keywords

revenue recognition, inter-company project, partner company, consolidation , KBA , revenue recognition partner company , SRD-FIN-GL , General Ledger , Problem

Product

SAP Business ByDesign 2102