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In the SAP System, a distinction is made between system status and user status.

System Status

A system status is a status set by the system. It informs the user that a particular function was carried out on an object. You cannot influence a system status in any way, that is, it cannot be directly deleted or changed.

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When you release a production order, the system automatically sets the system status "released". You cannot influence this status unless you carry out a business transaction that leads to a change of the system status.

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User Status

A user status is activated by the user and can be created as an addition to the existing system status. You can define and activate any number of user statuses. To define a user status, you need to have created a status profile, which is created per order type in Customizing (see What is a Status Profile? ).

You can activate any number of statuses in a production order.

Example Example

It is possible for a production order to be simultaneously "released", "pre-costed", "printed" and "confirmed".

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