Comparison of FI and FI-CA
FI-CA: The business partner is not confined to a role on the debit side or on the credit side. This role can change in the course of time. For example: with a supplementary pension public sector there is the contribution phase and the pension payment phase.
FI: A business partner is created as a customer or vendor, which fixes its role and the functionality available with it at the outset.
FI-CA: The contract account does not automatically exist in a one-to-one relationship with a business partner and several other partners are also permitted for one account.
FI: It is only possible to have several accounts for a business partner with separate account agreements, by creating parallel customer and vendor master records.
There is no possibility of keeping one account for several business partners. A common view to the accounts of several partners is only supported in subareas (e.g. via the worklists).
FI-CA: The document of the contract accounts payable and receivable represents an all but complete business transaction relevant to accounts. It is not necessary to generate several documents if different company codes or posting data are addressed in this business transaction.
The document does not directly serve to reconcile the G/L account transaction figures.
FI: The FI document only reflects one segment of a business transaction which affects a company code and a posting date. The FI documents give a direct explanation of the general ledger transaction figures.