Overview: Report/Report Interface

When to use the report/report interface

You would need to define a very complex report if you wanted to report on a large number of characteristics or different combinations of characteristics. If you did so, the resulting data volume might be so large that you would not be able to run the report online.

The report/report interface lets you link together a number of smaller reports each containing a limited number of characteristics so that you can report on a number of different combinations of data online.

Among other things, the report/report interface lets you

For an example of reports connected to other reports within an application class (costing-based Profitability Analysis), see the CO-PA example reports 0-SAP07 (sender report with the characteristics "Customer group" and "Product group") and 0-SAP08 and 0-SAP09 (receiver reports with the characteristics "Customer" and "Product").

Exchange of data between reports

With the report/report interface, you can combine information from several reports. To do so, you need to define sender reports and receiver reports. The sender report sends data to the receiver reports using variables which you define either in the receiver reports or in the form they are based on. The sender report supplies values for these variables when you execute the receiver report.

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Example: Report/Report Interface

How to Use the Report/Report Interface

Splitting reports

The function Split report offers you a simple alternative to the report/report interface for instances when you want to jump from one drilldown report to another. You can divide a "large" report -- which contains a large number of drilldown characteristics -- into two reports to make executing the report online more efficient. This also makes navigating between the report lists easier.

You can find this function under the menu option Information system ® Define report ® Split.

Once you have made all the necessary entries and entered the name of the report, save your entries. Then choose the drilldown characteristic which should go into the new report, and enter a name for that report.

You can execute the report as soon as you have split the report. When you reach the lowest level of the first report, the system automatically calls up the second report using the report/report interface. You can navigate back and forth between the two reports as you wish.

It is also possible to split a report into more than two reports.

If you have only split the report once, the system automatically executes the new report when you click on the symbol for the report/report interface. If you have split the report more than once, you receive a dialog box where you can choose which report you want to see.