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Difference between background search and cross catalog search in SAP SRM

Hi Experts,

I have some question:

1) What's the difference between the parameter function=background_search and cross catalog search in SAP SRM.

From my point of view:


Cross catalog tick mark - gives the possibility of searching across catalogs...

function=background_search makes is possible to use transparent catalog instead of normal punch out

My developer see it like this:

Cross catalog means => function=background_search - he sees is the same functionality. If you tick mark the "cross-catalog" , then the system are going to use BG=background_search functionality and then the system automatically add this parameter to request.



2) Do I need to distinguish between Transparent Punch Out and normal Punch Out in SAP, or is it a task for the catalog provider?



Br,

Jimmy



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