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Usages In Item Category Determination

Dear Friends,

Usages is one of element to determine the Item category. Would any one tell me what is it?

why it is required?

what is effect in business transaction process.

Regards

arun

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Former Member replied

Hi Arun,

Usually a quick search for your question would probably uncover a lot of similar questions with answers. You're supposed to post a question only if your answer is still not answered.

In any case, the answer to your question is not straighforward. Yes, the usage does determine the Item category (along with the item category group and sales document), but it is not something you can control.

Usage SENI and SEIN for instance are used for sales document type DR. When you create a sales document of type DR via resource related billing (DP90) it uses one type of usage (SENI or SEIN, can't remember), while when you create the same sales document type directly in VA01 you get the other type. I don't remember whether it's SENI or SEIN in each situation, but the point is that the type of usage is determined by the system and there's nothing you can do to manipulate it.

The only thing you can do is to play around with item category determination config to see what usage is used in each case. The way I went about it was to start with only one entry in the config, for instance:

Sales doc type: DR

Item category group: 0002

Usage: blank

Default item category: L2N

Then try creating your sales document. If you get an error in Item category determination then you know something's wrong with that rule. Read the message and try to correct the entry in the table. Usually the error tells you exactly what you're missing. If for instance the message tells you that there is no entry in the table for the combination DR 0002 SENI, then you know that the system uses item usage SENI in your example and you need to ammend the entry in the table to:

Sales doc type: DR

Item category group: 0002

Usage: SENI

Default item category: L2N

That I think is the only way to understand the Item Usage

cheers

Michalis

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