Before you create a vendor master record, you have to make and check some system settings. For more information about configuration, see the activities under Preparations for Creating Vendor Master Records in the Implementation Guide for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Accounting.
Vendor master records are used by both the Accounting component and the Purchasing component. Before you create a vendor master record in Accounting, you need to make sure that the master record is not already created in Purchasing. You can use the search help to do this. For more information, see the Getting Started document. You can also use the automatic duplication check to ensure that users that you configure in Customizing. For more information, see the Change Message Control for Vendor Master Data activity in the Implementation Guide for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Accounting.
The following topics explain how to create a vendor master record centrally for both Accounting and Purchasing and how to create a master record for just Accounting. Creating a vendor master record centrally involves entering data for both Accounting and Purchasing in one step. This method is possible only if you have installed and configured the Materials Management (MM)application. For more details, see the relevant documentation.
To enter master data for the accounting department only, use the appropriate functions in Accounting.