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 Data Transfer (Direct Input)


You will find:

  1. Information about the special features of transferring data to Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable, as opposed to the procedure described in the external data transfer chapter.

  2. Information about the recipient structures and transfer categories that are relevant to the transfer of data to Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable.

    Note Note

    Take note of the chapter entitled Business Data Toolset , especially the Direct Input section.

    You can find more information about the data transfer procedure for application-specific transfer categories in Customizing.

    End of the note.


1.Special Features
  • Customer-specific enhancements

    Master data and table enhancements are release-proof. You can add additional checks using events. You can find more detailed information about this in the Business Data Toolset section.

  • Using the NO DATA Indicator

    If you deliver a field by Direct Input with the NO DATA indicator value of “/”, the contents of the database remain unchanged.

  • Activity category

    With every data transfer, you use activity categories to inform the system whether data is to be created (01), changed (02) or modified (04). Activity categories 01 and 02 are available for transfer category 121.

  • Field value Space

    In Direct Input, if you deliver a field in the item data for the Direct Input structure with the value Space , an existing field value is deleted.

    You use the Space value for the activity category in the header data for a Direct Input structure, to add more data to an existing object.

    Example Example

    If you create two partners for an insurance object, deliver the data with two lines. The first line contains the activity category (01 or 02) in the header data, and the data for the insurance object, and also contains the first partner in the item data. The second line contains the field value Space in the activity category and in the further header data, and contains the second partner in the item data.

    End of the example.
  • Leading zeros

    With Direct Input, you deliver field values in the format that they have in the system. This means that you have to transfer leading zeros for numeric and alphanumeric values (such as the activity category, or ID for bank details).

  • Data categories for fields

    The system cannot process packed fields in data transfer to Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable. Use data category C (character) when defining the sender structure.

2. Transfer Categories and Recipient Structures

A recipient structure includes all fields that are relevant to the creation or changing of an object in the system. A transfer category represents the recipient structure and is used in Customizing to assign a sender structure to the fields.

The following transfer categories and recipient structures are relevant to data transfer to Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable:

Contract Accounts Receivable and Payable (FI-CA)


Transfer Category


Business Partner



Business Partner Relationships



Contract Account



The following additional transfer categories and recipient structures are relevant to data transfer to SAP Insurance (FS-CD).

SAP for Insurance (FS-CD)


Transfer Category


Insurance Object



Payment Plan