SAP Simple Logistics - Simplification Item

In SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management, you can create a simplification list for better management and estimation. Using the Simplification list, it defines the functional capabilities to the individual transactions.

A Simplification list contains a list of simplification items, which tells about the business and technical impact. Simplification item has a simplification category and provides information about potential impacts for the customer. Based on the Simplification Item custom code, check analysis can be executed.

In SAP S/4 HANA, there is a change in relationship between Bills of Material, Routings, and Production Version. You can combine Bills of Material and routing into one entity and hence it streamlines the revision process. In SAP ERP Business Suite, product master material number field length is 18, which has been increased to 40 characters.

Few of MRP fields have been removed like MRP view fields of item master. In ERP system, the vendor master and the customer master are commonly used; however, SAP S/4 HANA approach is based on SAP Business Partner screening to centrally manage master data for business partners, customers, and vendors. Business Partner provides a single point of entry to create, edit, and display master data for business partners, customers, and vendors.

Extended Material Number Functionality Activation

In S/4 HANA system, if you want to use a material number with 40 characters, following feature has to be activated in the system. The following settings are required −

Activation of the Extended Material Number Functionality

Navigate to SPRO → IMG → Cross Application Components → General Application Functions → Field length Extension → Activate extended fields or use Transaction: FLETS

Extended Material

Changing the Material Number Format

Transaction OMSL allows customer-specific settings regarding the material number field length.


You can make the settings that needs to be adapted to allow a field length of more than 18 characters or under Material Master Basic Settings.

Change Material Format

Key Points About Simplification List

  • In SAP S/4 HANA, you can integrate simplification list with custom code check tool and this tool is used to pull a detailed report where custom code doesn’t meet the requirement and scope of S/4 HANA system.

  • Using Simplification List, you need to identify the areas for which you have to take actions and to create an overall conversion project plan.

  • In the simplification list, you can have a simplification item that contains categories of Information.

Simplification Categories

You can categorize simplification items into the following types −

SAP HANA In-memory Capabilities

Simplification items are configured to optimize the use of SAP HANA in-memory capabilities.

Consolidation of Existing Functionalities

The functionality which is same in core and optimized solution w.r.t business processes and user perspective remains the same.

No Functional Equivalent

SAP S/4 HANA is not a successor of SAP ERP Business suite. The functional equality may not exist for both systems. In SAP S/4 HANA system, following transactions are not available −

  • FD01, FD02, FD03, FD05, FD06, FD0
  • FK01, FK02, FK03, FK05, FK06, FK08
  • MAP1, MAP2, MAP3
  • MK01, MK02, MK03, MK05, MK06, MK12, MK18, MK19
  • VAP1, VAP2, VAP3
  • VD01, VD02, VD03, VD05, VD06
  • XD01, XD02, XD03, XD05, XD06, XD07
  • XK01, XK02, XK03, XK05, XK06, XK07
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