What is a Client in SAP?

What is a Client  in SAP?
Learning the terminology associated with the SAP platform can be challenging at first. However, you will undoubtedly learn the unfamiliar words quickly and use the system efficiently. One of the terms that new users have doubts about is a “mandant/client”. What does it mean? When and for whom is this word useful? See below for a comprehensive answer.

A mandant/client is the first and highest element in the systemic hierarchy of a company’s organizational structure. For an ordinary user, knowledge about the mandant/client is not very important.

So the mandant/client is legally and technically an independent organizational unit. This means that it is nothing more than a large database with all the configuration and master data created within it. More simply put, a mandant/client allows one to maintain separate packages of transactional and master data (including user data), independent of other mandants/clients. A organization may have production, test mandants/clients, etc., used for completely different purposes, with separate authorization packages developed for them. Each user works on at least one mandant/client with a three-digit identification number. And it is from this element that the entire system structure of an organization is developed. Of course, there are also elements that are not mandant/client-dependent, such as function modules, tables, ABAP programs, and so on.

It is also important to remember that the data entered at the mandant/client level applies to all related company codes and organizational structures of an organization, so the data is entered only once.

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