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Our solution for posting interface to integrate multiple systems with SAP Financial Accounting in S/4HANA or ECC

Trusted and reliable postings

Knowledge in a central place

Easy maintenance & monitoring

Reduce TCO

Introduction

Int4 Posting Templates is a dedicated solution for companies that perform operations in multiple non-SAP systems and use SAP Financial Accounting in S/4HANA, SAP ECC or SAP Central Finance. It allows to have a central view on all operations and up-to-date financial exposure.

Instead of building hundreds of separate application interfaces per external system and business operation, Int4 Posting Templates offers a unique approach of building a comprehensive single posting interface engine. With configuration, not coding, Int4 Posting Templates supports handling postings from multiple systems and multiple business operations.

Implementing Int4 Posting Templates is a way to simplify the integration landscape and to the TCO reduction. All the transactions are maintained and monitored in a central cockpit. This significantly increases trust in the system and reduces its complexity. The solution is delivered together with a limited version of Int4 IFTT, our product for test automation. Thanks to that, all changes are always immediately regression tested.

How does it work?

External systems are connected to SAP Backend by SAP PO or other middleware. The data is normalized and sent in a canonical data model to SAP Backend to the Int4 Posting Templates engine.

Int4 Posting Templates identifies the scenario and transforms business operations into valid financial postings based on previously defined business rules.

The Scenario determination and enrichment are based on configuration rules known as posting document templates.

Int4 Posting Templates can be pictured as an SAP S4/HANA internal integration between FI and other built-in modules like Sales or Material Management.

Key Capabilities of Int4 Posting Templates interface

SAP testing - Minimal effort of creating test cases
Powerful options, including: Mappings for GL accounts, profit centers. Settings for splitting criteriaor reflecting balance sheet counter postings.
SAP Complete testing scope
Configuration instead of coding. Business users without integration knowledge are able to add new business scenarios or change existing ones
Simplification ? integration is no more a black hole
Single place of knowledge. All rules are kept in Int4 FinTemp configuration tables and decision trees. It is easy to review all posting types and FI document templates to understand how each process works exactly
SAP Business oriented tool
High performance, reliability and easy reconciliation

The Solution Details

Due to its nature, Int4 Posting Templates is a consulting solution. The pre-delivered content is deployed and adjusted to meet the company specification.
One of the key factors in a single posting solution from multiple systems, is to build a common language and set of attributes that define business operations and expected impact on the financial system.
Such common language is called canonical data model.
Depending on the situation, external systems should provide data in the agreed canonical format.
Alternatively, the SAP PO mappings can handle the conversion from system dependent format into a shared data model.
Each business operations, like sales invoice or material movement, needs to be transformed into a proper financial posting document. The incoming data need to be extended with specific settings in Int4 Posting Templates configuration.
In this process the credit and debit side of booking will be built. Additionally, GL and reconciliation accounts will be determined together with splitting attributes.

Configuration matrix is a set of instructions for every posting. Business users don?t have to change any PI/PO mappings or ABAP coding. They can easily adopt the settings, handle new external systems and posting types by means of configuration settings.
When all design details are in place, it is the right time to begin the implementation. Int4 Posting Templates is delivered as a preconfigured set of ABAP classes and transactions. It is much more effective comparing to a custom-built solution. Having in place a single solution for all business scenarios requires continuous regression testing. This is critical to achieve 100% data reliability.
Our team uses Test Driven Development approach which is supported by Int4 IFTT. Int4 IFTT is an automated testing software delivered within the solution.

SAP Process Orchestration or other middleware is used for simple format transformations. All business rules are kept centrally in SAP S4/HANA. This makes the solution easy to monitor for functional teams.
Any solutions where one element is re-used in multiple scenarios are more susceptible for unexpected actions. On the other hand this is a real accelerator allowing to react promptly on business needs and adopt any IT solution quickly.
After making a change in Int4 Posting Template configuration for designated scenario we need to be sure that all other postings are working as expected.
For that purpose, Int4 Posting Templates is shipped with a limited version of Int4 IFTT. Each scenario has own set of automated test cases. Thanks to that, every change in configuration logic might be immediately regression tested. This creates nearly 100% confidence and trust from the business stakeholders.

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