Advantages & Disadvantages of LSMW & It's Import Methods.



ADVANTAGES OF LSMW:


-- It's a code free tool (however if required coding can be done) - Therefore it helps functional people to upload data from legacy to SAP system.

-- Since it's an uploading tool provided by SAP, it has a structured way of working. You will have to finish every step before starting the next step.

-- Since it is integrated in R/3 it is independent of individual platform. The entire project can be downloaded and uploaded in any environment unlike BDC which has to be developed in development server and then transported to Production Server.

-- It can be preferred when there is a need to upload large volume of data.

-- It is preferred only if there is a requirement for one time transfer of data.


DISADVANTAGES OF LSMW:

-- It's not suitable for frequent data transfer as there are a number of steps that are to be repeated every time.


IMPORT METHODS IN LSMW:

There are four standard import methods available in LSMW.

IDOC's:
  • Advantages: Fast to load, easy processing, low programming for standard IDOC’s.
  • Disadvantages: Good knowledge of IDOC processing required, time consuming if changes have to be made to a created IDOC.

BAPI’s:
  • Advantages: Fast to load, easy processing, logical interface for functional/end user based on the business processes involved.
  • Disadvantages: Not always complete with all input fields of a transaction.

STANDARD/DIRECT INPUT:
  • Advantages: Well tested method, Fast to load, easy processing.
  • Disadvantages: No enjoy transactions, not always complete with all input fields of a transaction.

BATCH INPUT:
  • Advantages: Easy modifiable, all fields are available, easy re-processing.
  • Disadvantages: Comparatively slow, to use new screens or tabs a new recording has to be created, not easily usable for enjoy transactions, dependent on user settings, difference in foreground and background processing may occur.

ALSO READ:

-- Introduction to LSMW

-- Difference Between LSMW & BDC

-- When to Use LSMW

-- Advantages of LSMW

-- Disadvantages of LSMW

-- Import Methods In LSMW & It's Advantages & Disadvantages

-- ... Return To LSMW Index Page

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