As of Release 4.0A you can set up the partner determination
facility in purchasing documents as follows:
You can specify when a partner role from the vendor master
record or (in the case of release orders) from the contract is
suggested (taken as a default value):
at the start of the document creation process (after entry of
the data on the initial screen) or
at the end of the document document creation process (when the
document is saved or checked)
There is an advantage in later
partner determination if you have maintained variant data in the
vendor master record (i.e. have maintained partners at plant and/or
sub-range level. The system checks whether or not all document
items have the same plant or sub-range. If so, it searches for
partners that are defined at just this level.
In the course of automatic PO
generation, the partners are always determined at the start of
document generation, since all document items already exist. This
also has the advantage that all partners are available at the time
of price determination if you use a different invoicing party in
the pricing process.
For each partner role, you can specify whether the system is to
search at higher levels if no partner can be determined for a given
level (i.e. plant/vendor sub-range combination).
In vendor master record for Miller
Co., you have maintained the ordering address "Myers Inc." but have
not entered any different ordering addresses for the individual
plants. You create a PO for Miller Co. and enter a plant in the
default data for the items.
Up to Release 4.0A, the system does
not determine any partner unless the "Mandatory role" indicator has
been set for the partner role "Ordering address".
As of Release 4.0A, if the indicator
is set, the system determines the partner role at the next possible
level. In the example, it finds the ordering address "Myers
With Release 4.0A, this attribute of
the "mandatory role" no longer applies. In order that the system
behavior does not change in the case of the mandatory roles, the
new indicator Higher level is set for all
mandatory roles when you switch to Release 4.0A.
Change system parameters in customizing
You make the settings within the partner determination