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3152210 - How to understand the purpose of business catalog SAP_MM_BC_INV_RELEASE_PC and SAP_MM_BC_INV_WIAPPROVE_PC


How to understand the different usage of business catalog SAP_MM_BC_INV_RELEASE_PC and SAP_MM_BC_INV_WIAPPROVE_PC.




  • For business catalog SAP_MM_BC_INV_RELEASE_PC, it is not meant for workflow approvals. This business catalog is solely there to release the invoice for payment (without any involved workflow). From an end user perspective that would result in a user opening the supplier invoice in the display mode (e.g. via the app "Supplier Invoices List") and choosing the button "Release". Or users can release the supplier invoices in Fiori App Release Blocked Invoices.

  • For business catalog SAP_MM_BC_INV_WIAPPROVE_PC, this business catalog will allow a user to approve a WORKITEM for supplier invoice workflows. The user can then use the app "My Inbox" and choose to release the WORKITEM. If the workflow has reached the final approval, subsequently the invoice will be released for payment resulting in a payable invoice. This business catalog SAP_MM_BC_INV_WIAPPROVE_PC will not allow to release the invoice (as described in the paragraph above via the "Supplier Invoices List" app).

To sum up: In case of SAP_MM_BC_INV_RELEASE_PC a user directly releases the invoice for payment (without any workflow). In case of SAP_MM_BC_INV_WIAPPROVE_PC the user approves a WORKITEM. In both cases there will eventually be an invoice ready for payment.


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