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Ask the HR Expert: Overriding Default Values in PD Infotypes for Employee Events

There’s a common misconception that the pay grade value entered in the Personnel Development side attached to a job or position is linked directly to the infotype 0008 on the Personnel Administration side. Actually, the only link that exists is one that allows you to have a value default on the infotype 008 screen during...

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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.



Ask the FI/CO Expert: How to Manage Customizing Activities Directly in Production Without Using Transports

In response to a reader’s question, the author explains how to add a new G/L account to the financial statement version directly in the development system. Two confusing vocabulary words, “current settings” and “message control,” have an impact on this everyday task. Key Concept   This month Nathan Genez takes a turn answering the Ask…...

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Nathan Genez
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Nathan Genez is an SAP FI/CO- and SAP BW-certified consultant who has worked with SAP ERP since 1996, with an emphasis on the capital accounting modules: PS, IM, and FI-AA. A former platinum consultant with SAP America, Inc., he has worked with SAP BW since release 1.2B. He is currently a managing partner at Serio Consulting in Houston, Texas.



Product Drilldown Information System Provides User-Friendly Reporting on Production Order Cost Accounting

When compared to R/3’s ready-to-use inventory accounting reports, the options for PO cost accounting are not as friendly. As of Release 4.0A, though, your R/3 system comes delivered with an extra costing database made just for accountants that you can activate, populate, and report off quite easily. Called Product Drilldown Information System, it resembles PA’s…...

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Understanding the Impact SAP's "Planned Scrap" Functionality Has on Your Cost of Goods Accounting

Many companies know how much scrap is routinely involved in the production of their assemblies and finished goods. R/3 provides a method of entering these known scrap amounts as planned scrap in logistics master data. Several potential advantages result in areas such as costing, production, and procurement. Since no manufacturing process is perfect, there will…...

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What's an "Assignment Number," and How a Misunderstanding Can Give Your End Users an Unfriendly Surprise

A default sort allows you to sort accounts by different criteria, such as expense accounts by cost center and assets accounts by asset number. Its role is sometimes confusing, however, and therefore it is underused in the FI module. The author clears up two sources of confusion: terminology and the possibility the system presents of…...

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Mitresh Kundalia
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Mitresh Kundalia heads the SAP practice at Quality Systems & Software (www.QSandS.com), a consulting firm specializing in SAP S/4HANA, SAP General Ledger, and complex System Landscape Optimization (SLO)-type reorganizations. Mitresh is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert, with multiple publications and an SAP-PRESS book to his credit. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and white papers, and he has given presentations at various SAP conferences and events. Mitresh is the chief solutions architect of General Ledger Migration Optimizer (GLMO), a leading product to accelerate and jump-start the SAP S/4HANA and SAP General Ledger initiatives; SAP Data Reorganization Optimizer (SDRO), an SLO-type product for managing complex system landscape reorganizations; and Group Currency Activation and Conversion (GCAC), a product suite to manage introduction of parallel currencies and conversion of data in a live SAP system.



A Hidden Process in the Routing Helps Assign Activities from Multiple Cost Centers to One Operation

Using the example of a quality control process in a fertilizer factory, the author shows how to use business processes in recipes to map activities from different cost centers to one operation. The method also applies for mapping multiple costs center to a network activity if you are using the R/3 Project System module. Have…...

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Janet Salmon
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Janet Salmon joined SAP in 1992. After six months of training on R/2, she began work as a translator, becoming a technical writer for the Product Costing area in 1993. As English speakers with a grasp of German costing methodologies were rare in the early 1990s, she began to hold classes and became a product manager for the Product Costing area in 1996, helping numerous international organizations set up Product Costing. More recently, she has worked on CO content for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, Financial Analytics, and role-based portals. She is currently chief product owner for management accounting. She lives in Speyer, Germany, with her husband and two children.



Best Practices for Implementing Domestic Partner Health Coverage

Beginning with Release 4.7, R/3 provides full support for configuration of domestic partner coverage on U.S. health plans. The author gives practical advice on applying the rules to actual situations, based on his several years of experience working with this type of coverage. Beginning with Release 4.7, R/3 provides full support for configuration of domestic…...

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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.



Understanding and Managing Payroll Retrocalculations

One of the most complicated aspects of R/3’s Payroll functionality is the concept of retrocalculations. It’s complex, no getting around that. However, if you understand the basics, you can use that knowledge to figure out what happened to cause the retrocalculation, and what the retrocalculation changed. One of the most complicated aspects of R/3’s Payroll…...

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Steve Bogner
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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.



Key Considerations for Implementing R/3's Succession Planning Module

R/3’s Succession Planning functionality, which helps organizations identify internal talent, requires a commitment from the business side of the organization. The continual update of detailed employee data is essential for a successful implementation. The author provides tips for designing or updating your succession planning strategy. Having the ability to identify internal talent is a goal…...

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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.