This guide will take a slightly different approach than the rest of our general ledger transformation articles. Rather than a step by step process, we will outline some of the ideas behind formatting a SAP DART ledger. As some of the steps can be quite complicated, we do not necessarily recommend you attempt these changes to the general ledger yourself unless you already have a deep understanding of the data you wish to format. Instead we would recommend you raise a support ticket from within the tool, granting us access to the engagement and allowing our support team to assist in the formatting.
SAP DaRT (Data Retention Tool) is a program designed to extract and store data from SAP. As a result the export is typically a zip archive of many files, each representing a table with the same format as a standard SAP ECC or S4/HANA export.
Each table is comprised of two files:
<Data Set Name>_<Table Name>_ES_MT
This is a detailed XML schema for the data file
<Data Set Name>_<Table Name>_ES
This is the data file
It's worth noting that while the structure is quite similar to that of a GDPdU export, the two formats are not the same and therefore will not produce the desired result when trying to format GDPdU files in the File Manager. If you know that your client will be providing a SAP DART export, this is a useful piece of information to pass on to the support team and will help expedite the formatting process.
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