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Speed Up Your Report Performance by Knowing Where Your FI Data Is Hiding

Often at go-live, reports are written that appear to work very well, and then a year or two later, they run very slowly. The reason might be a misunderstanding about the kinds of tables that FI debit and credit data is hiding in. This article explains why it’s important to your report’s performance for you...

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The Surprising Relationship Between G/L "Relevant to Cash Flow" setting and A/R Standard Reports Showing Customer's Last Payment

A little-known relationship between a G/L setting and an A/R standard report can result in a frustrating mystery for end users, who can see two different results on two different occasions from doing what they probably perceive to be the same cash-application steps. This article clears up the confusion. Most businesses that use R/3 need…...

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Ask the FI/CO Expert: Improve Your Cost Center Budgeting Speed with Automated Dependency Planning

Tony Rogan responds to a reader who wants to partially automate CCA planning. The answer, he says, is dependency planning. Key Concept    Dear FI/CO Expert, Many of our planned costs are dependent on other costs or quantities. Next year we’re going to partially automate CCA planning. Could you tell me the best way —…...

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7 Ways Payroll Implementations Go Wrong, and What You Can Do About It

One of the most complex aspects of R/3’s HR module is Payroll. It’s also one of the least glamorous and most misunderstood pieces of the HR module. Getting the implementation done correctly is essential, and difficult. Steve Bogner, managing partner of Insight Consulting Partners, gives you his list of seven common mistakes and omissions that…...

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Steve Bogner is a managing partner at Insight Consulting Partners and has been working with SAP HR since 1993. He has consulted for various public, private, domestic, and global companies on their SAP HR/Payroll implementations; presented at the SAP user's group ASUG; and been featured on the Sky Radio Network program regarding SAP HR. Steve will be presenting at the upcoming HR Payroll Seminar November 7-8 in Chicago and November 27-28 in Orlando. For information on the event, click here.



Create an Error-Free Connection Between Your HR and FI Modules

Ilene Schuss, SAP HR project manager, explains what’s involved in connecting the Financial Accounting (FI) and Human Resources (HR) modules. Her advice on implementing this interface, which is based on her first-hand experiences, takes many factors into account: people, politics, technology, custom needs of each organization, and geographic proximity of FI/HR end users. Although SAP…...

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HR's 5 Reporting Options in R/3: How Do You Choose?

Satisfying your company’s Human Resource reporting requirements is always a challenge, beginning with the assessment process through the selection of the right reporting strategy. Deciding which method is best begins with a proper assessment of the reporting tools available. Author and Executive SAP Consultant Danielle Larocca compares reporting tools available in your HR module: standard…...

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Danielle Larocca
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Danielle Larocca is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management for EPI-USE Labs. Previously she was the Executive Vice President of Operations/Chief Knowledge Officer at a technology start-up. She has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national business, business process re-engineering, and project and people management. Danielle is an expert on SAP Human Resources (HR) and reporting and has authored four best-selling books on SAP. She is a regular speaker at numerous conferences around the world on topics such as HR, technology, change management, and leadership. She is an official SAP Mentor, a global designation assigned to less than 160 professionals worldwide, who serve as influential community participants in the SAP ecosystem. This group is nominated by the community and selected by the SAP Mentors’ Advisory Board to keep SAP relevant. Danielle also serves as an expert advisor for SAP Professional Journal.



Keep Master Data Consistent with Configuration When You Make Annual Design Changes to Your Benefit Plan

Around this time each year, benefits directors begin dropping some current benefits and adding new ones. SAP Consultant Clay Molinari explains how to use standard R/3 function modules to deal with this annual dilemma. In a smaller organization, these changes can be done manually, but they must be automated for a larger company. He’ll show…...

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Clay Molinari
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Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.



Archive Search Strategy: The Default Setting Every FI End User Has Active... but May Not Understand

Working with SAP FI, you probably have become very familiar with the transaction code FB00, which allows you to set up a variety of user-specific FI default settings, such as the line-layout display variant. However, you might be less familiar with its document-archive settings. This article describes the six options for searching the archives, and…...

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Property Taxes in the U.S. On Your Fixed Assets: Make Sure You're Paying The Correct State

Homeowners in the United States know all too well the bite of location-specific property taxes. However, that’s just financial pain. Accountants in companies with physical sites in multiple locations know the annual mental pain of compiling a list by state of the assets. Not just “property” assets such as land and buildings, but all fixed…...

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