Most reports allow entering selections before report execution. Selections limit the result set of the report so as to extract only records that match the selection.

A selection variant can be created in SAP at the input screen of an ABAP report. The purpose of a variant is to save selection settings on your input screen. This minimizes the need to enter selections each time you run a report.

Note: Manual selections and variants can be combined. Manual selections overwrite any selections in the variant.

Choose a Variant #

Choose a variant from the drop-down-list Variant (1). If you create a new variant in SAP after the report extraction was created, click the [Refresh] button next to the drop-down list to access the new variant.

Report-Variants-Section

Note: The selections of the variant are not displayed in the Selection Screen section of the window. To see the definition of a variant, take a look at the report’s variant in SAP.

Edit Selections #

This section corresponds to the report’s input screen in SAP. Some selection fields only have a technical name and no description. To understand which field corresponds to a field in SAP, take a look at the report’s input screen in SAP. Click on a selection field and press function key F1. This displays the technical name of a selection field.

  1. Click the [Edit] button next to the selection you want to edit (2). The window “Edit Selection” opens.
  2. Click [Add Selection] to add a new filter criterion.
    ODP Fields
  3. Select Include in the Sign (3) column to only include the filtered data to the output.
    Select Exclude in the Sign (3) column to exclude the filtered data from the output.
  4. Select an operator in the Option (4) column. The operator filters data according to the table below.

    Operator Meaning
    (Not)Equal True if data is (not)equal to the content of operand 1.
    GreaterOrEqual True if data is greater than or equal to the content of operand 1.
    GreaterThan True if data is greater than the content of operand 1.
    LessOrEqual True if data is less than or equal to the content of operand 1.
    LessThan True if data is less than the content of operand 1.
    (Not)Between True if data lies (not) between the values of operand 1 and operand 2.
    In True if data is part of the content of operand 1. This operator is only available for List parameters.
  5. Enter static values or select SSIS variables for filtering.
    • Static values: Enter values directly into the Low and High input fields. If SSIS variables are available, make sure that the static-value icon is displayed next to the input field. Clicking on the icon switches between static input values and SSIS variables.
    • SSIS variables: Click on the static-value icon to change the input type to variables ( dynamic-value icon). Select an SSIS variable from the drop-down list.
  6. Click [OK] to confirm your input.
  7. Click [Load Preview] in the main widnow of the component to check the result of your selection.
    If SSIS variables are defined, you are prompted to populate the parameters with actual values.

Tip: If you use multiple selection parameters, create a variant in SAP. Use the variant instead of entering selections.

Data Format #

Warning! Values must use the internal SAP representation:
Date: The date 01.01.1999 has the internal representation 19990101 (YYYYMMDD)
Year period: The year period 001.1999 has the internal representation 1999001 (YYYYPPP)
Numbers: Numbers must contain the leading zeros, e.g., customer number 1000 has the internal representation 0000001000.

Input that does not use the internal SAP representation results in error messages e.g.:

ERPConnect.ABAPProgramException: RfcInvoke failed(RFC_ABAP_MESSAGE): Enter date in the format _._._