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Quick Tip: Configuring the Talent Profile in SAP Talent Management

by Jeremy Masters

June 20, 2011

by Jeremy Masters, Worklogix

HR 2011 Amsterdam was a huge success! During my sessions there, I heard many participants thank me for my explanation of the new Talent Management and Development functionality in SAP. This blog will give you a look at some quick technical configuration details behind the latest Talent Management functionality. In this blog, I will cover the new Talent Management functionality related to the Talent Profile.  Later blogs will focus on other areas within SAP’s Talent Management and Development module, including the Talent Review and Talent Assessment.

The Talent Profile for both employee and manager needs to be configured in two ways:

1)      Via IMG activities – this is the typical way you configure other modules within SAP.  There are several reference tables beginning with T77TMC* that contain most of the Talent Management information.  This type of customizing is typically performed by a functional analyst familiar with configuration tasks.

2)      Via launching program RPTMC_PROFILE_LAUNCHER (report title “Configure WebDynpro Applications for Talent Profile”) in SA38 or SE38. This type of customizing/enhancement would be performed by a development resource familiar with making enhancements to WebDynpro applications.

With the above two tasks in mind, it’s important to know that two resources may be needed to perform the configurat ion/enhancement of the Talent Profile (and the rest of Talent Management). Let’s dig into some more details on what tasks are exactly needed for this.

Within the IMG configuration of the Talent Profile, several components must be configured, including Work Experience, Education, and Accomplishments. Within the Work Experience section, for example, you can specify industries, functional areas, hierarchy levels, and work contract types. Please note that this work experience configuration is not the same as the configuration in Infotype 0023 (Previous Employers) on the Personnel Administration module.  Instead, this configuration supports the implementation of Infotype 7403 (External Work Experience).  It is important to know that this Infotype is not maintained in Personnel Administration against the employee. Rather, the central person object (CP) on the OM side is used in Talent Management to store this (and many more) Infotype records.

Within the executing program RPTMC_PROFILE_LAUNCHER, you can make settings for the talent profile that is used in both the talent management employee and manager self service applications. In order to make changes such as removing fields or changing labels, you must do so using this program. To use this program, you must enter the central person ID of the employee in question. (Again, in Talent Management, the central person ID is the object used for tracking all the data on the employee). Select the Talent Profile ESS or MSS radio button depending on which application you want to configure. Specify the language in which you would like to edit the Web Dynpro configuration. Once launched, you can choose the “Adjust Configuration” link in the browser to start the configuration. In the editor for Web Dynpro ABAP Component Configuration screen, choose Change.  Then in the Component Configuration screen, make sure that the Component-Defined view is set, and make the required settings. For more information about configuring Web Dynpro ABAP applications, you can reference the help.sap.com, and navigate the following path: SAP NetWeaver Library and choose SAP NetWeaver by Key Capability -> Application Platform by Key Capability -> ABAP Technology -> UI Technology -> Web UI Technology -> Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP.

I will be writing more in later blogs about the latest Talent Management functionality, including some of the little known tips and tricks with its configuration and usage.

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