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Partner Determination

Sales & Distribution

Partner Determination

 Any business operation involves contact between many

legal and other persons who interact between each other
and business entity to perform various functions.

 Partner determination in Sales & Distribution helps in

display of these business partners in various business
transactions and their relationships in the system.

 It contains a set of rules that govern how system works

with business partners during transaction processing.
Partner Determination

 Partner determination in sales and distribution

can be set up for the following activities –

Customer Master

Sales Document Header
 Sales Document Item
 Delivery
 Shipment
 Billing Header

Billing Item
 Sales Activities (CAS)
Partner Determination

 Partner Type
 Partner type is required for classification of partner

functions in few basic categories.

Any new Partner function created needs to be
assigned a partner type.

Partner types are delivered with system and no new
ones can be created.
 Examples include Customer (KU), Vendor (LI),

Contact person (AP) etc.

Partners belonging to multiple partner types require corresponding no of
master records, eg. If a partner buys as well as sells goods/services to
business entity it requires creation of both customer and vendor master
Partner Determination

 Partner Function
 Following diagram demonstrates typical partner

functions in SD cycle.

Partners can be assigned to partner functions in
Customer master record which can be determined in
subsequent sales documents.
Partner Determination
 Partner Function
 For a customer some partner functions are made

obligatory for processing of sales documents, this is

controlled in customizing. (refer Customizing guide)

 Partner functions are classified or grouped using

partner types, eg. Customer, Vendor, Contact Person,

 Partner functions in system are represented by two

character code which can be alphanumeric, eg. SP
(Sold-to Party), SH (Ship-to Party) etc.
Partner Determination

 Partner Determination Procedure

 There are various partner objects like Customer

master, Sales document, item category etc. A partner

procedure can control which partner functions would
be available or are required for a partner object.

Various partner procedures can be created in the
system for the partner objects.

Each Partner object has particular key to which
partner determination procedure is assigned, eg. For
Customer master it is assigned to Account group, for
Sales document header it is assigned to Sales
document type.
Partner Determination

 Partner Determination Procedure

 In the partner determination procedure there are

various controls against the partner functions which

determine how the partner is determined and
 Partner function can be made mandatory.
 It can be controlled if Partner can be modified or
 Source and origin of partner can be controlled.
 System has predefined partner procedures, these can

be utilized or new created based on specific