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Finding Translations for SAP® Terminology

In order to find the right translations for SAP® terminology and SAP® terms, SAP® provides helpful transactions. Discover them here.

SAP® terminology

Anyone who deals with SAP® systems also quickly acquires the associated SAP®  terminology – “transactions”, “sales organisations”, “company codes”, “SE80”, “VA01” and so on. For those working as consultants, specialist departments or SAP® Basis admins, these are all everyday terms.

While some terms consist purely of numbers and letters, such as transaction abbreviations like “SE80”, some SAP®  terminology, such as “company code” or “sales organisation”, uses language/country-specific phrases and words. Unsurprisingly, this can result in difficulties when a project involves an international team. For example, when working with colleagues from Germany or France, the terms “company code” and “sales organisation” should not be used. In these cases the right country- and language-specific terms have to be used.

The following table shows the English terms for some development objects in ABAP alongside the corresponding German terms.

English Deutsch
Development Object Entwicklungsobjekt
Application Hierarchy Anwendungshierarchie
Package Paket
Programme Programm
Function Group Funktionsgruppe
Function Module Funktionsbaustein
Class / Interface Klasse / Interface

How did we arrive at these translations? We logged on to SAP® once in English, opened transaction SE80 and then repeated the whole thing in German. This works, but it is awkward. Moreover, it may be the case that the language you wish to get the translation for is not installed on your SAP® system.

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SAP® transactions for translations

In order to find the correct translations for SAP® terminology quickly, SAP® provides its own transactions.

Terms in other languages can be found via the transaction STERM. The following illustration shows a section of the transaction and the search for the German term “Buchungskreis”.

Transaction STERM
Search in transaction STERM

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The results are listed according to the various SAP® components such as FI, MM, etc.

Transaction STERM
Search result in transaction STERM

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As an alternative to the STERM transaction, the SAPTERM transaction can also be used. The functionality is the same – the transaction just has more retro-chic.

Search result in transaction SAPTERM
Search result in transaction SAPTERM

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If access to an SAP® system isn’t possible, you can also search via the website http://www.SAPterm.com.

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