Difference between SAP 4.7EE and SAP ECC 6.0 interms of Functional & Technical

SAP 4.7EE and SAP ECC 6.0 : ECC means Enterprise Central component. SAP R/3 4.7 is based on the 3-tier architecture. SAP is continuously upgrading the software, which is called as release versions for example SAP R/3 4.6C, SAP 4.7.

Now SAP evolved into using the Internet technology and is called as service oriented architecture (SOA). There are lots of functionalities available in ECC 5.0 and ECC 6.0 compared to R/3 in integrating with other systems. Probably to understand the specific release dependent changes, you can go thro the help documentation. For example to understand the diff between ECC 6.0 and ECC 5.0 please go thro the link:

Release Notes for SAP ERP Central Component (English) – Click here

Difference between SAP 4.7EE and SAP ECC 6.0

Some of the differences in SD Module are:

1. Document Flow

In ECC 6.0, the flow of sales documents is seen much better and improved as compared to 4.6C. Once you look at the screen, you will clearly figure out the difference.

2. Sales Order Look and Feel

There are more tabs in ECC 6.0 for Item Level Details.

The Sales Doc. appears as supremely perfect.

3. ECC 6.0 is built on Net Weaver Technology (that possess SOA i.e. service oriented architecture), Hence more reliable and improved as compared to previous one.

Release Notes for SAP ERP Central Component (English) – Click here

Some of the differences ABAP Module side:

For installing ECC 6.0 you required a solution manager key. With out solution manager key you cannot install ECC6.0.

ECC 6.0 is called net weaver component here you have ABAP+JAVA stack & for installing 4.6 you don’t require solution manager key. It only having ABAP stack.

ECC6.0 supports UNCODE & 4.6C supports NONUNICODE.

Major difference is ECC6 is net weaver product having WASJAVA+ABAP – secondly support Unicode apart from this we have other diff. you can get from master guide from service.sap.com/instguides.

In terms of ABAP some function modules are obsolete in 4.7. e.g. WS_UPLOAD, WS_DOWNLOAD etc. You can find the list of obsolete FMs in the table RODIR. These need to be replaced in the ECC System.

Also ECC is very strict in case of EPC Errors. You need to check the EPC and remove the call function interface errors where it says SLIN observes catching of a runtime error. These might work with no issues in 4.7 but will short dump in ECC.

If you are doing to a Unicode conversion also. You need to check the transaction UCCHECK for Unicode errors. You also need to replace obsolete statements like >< and => , =< etc.

If you want to know more ABAP changes go to transaction ABAPDOCU and there is a node ABAP Changes by Release. You can see more ABAP Changes version by version here.

ECC is more towards OOPS concepts, ECC is very developer friendly

It has new debugger.

New Enhancement Framework is introduced in ECC.

It is more efficient to use Adobe forms in ECC.

5.0 ECC – Build in Net Weaver Platform & 6.0 ECC – Build in Net Weaver Platform with Solution Manager

ECC has new options in BADIs where you can create your own badis and implement it.

You have new concept called Implicit and explicit source code plugins in ECC.

Has webdynrpo component accessible from SE80 transaction Itself.

Some of the differences FI Module side:

ECC 6.0 enables Business area posting – Segment reporting made easy.

Profit center accounting is through new GL.

Document splitting: Split of entry to post assets and liabilities to respective profit centers. (Balance sheet items)

Enables commitment of FM, improved CRM feature &Mobilesales feature

Here are the list of Transactions not their in ECC 6.0

  • QAS1 Download Insp. Specs. (Obsolete)
  • QAS2 Download Basic Data (Obsolete)
  • QAS3 Upload Results (Obsolete)
  • QAS4 Upload UD (Obsolete)
  • WLF1K Report used to generate WLF1K is: SAPLWLF1
  • O07C Report used to generate O07C is: SSFPSEMAINT
  • Check the below links to download the PDF files for the release notes of MM Module:

ECC 5.0 – MM Module Release notes

SAP R/3 MM Module Release notes

Some of the differences Basis/Technical Module side:

If you’re “Basis/Technical”, focusing on the underlying technical “Basis” or “NetWeaver” versions will help you stay on the right track. Technically, ECC 6.0 is 2 “technology” versions higher. Following is the terminology/version information for the last 3 ERP product versions:

SAP R/3Enterprise(4.7x)

  • SAP BASIS 6.20
  • SAP ERP 2004
  • SAP NetWeaver 2004 (BASIS 6.40)
  • ECC 5.0
  • SAP ERP 2005
  • SAP NetWeaver 2004s (BASIS 7.00)
  • ECC 6.0

You can use the below link for finding the differences between the 2 versions.


Also See: Overview of SAP Application Server

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