In 2006, I thought it would be a great idea to write a book about SAP Query Reporting. For years, I had been storing hand-written notes on the topic of HR and Payroll reporting in an overstuffed 5 inch binder. I had developed a habit of scribbling down information and tips on this subject almost religiously. One day it was a nugget of information I received from my experience consulting for a company in need. The next day it was a piece of knowledge from a participant at an SAP conference at which I was speaking. Yet another day it was a technique that reaped dividends for my co-workers and company. Over the years, that binder had grown exponentially in size as had my desire to publish a book that accurately reflected the sum of all of my thoughts, knowledge and work experience on SAP Query Reporting. That book was published in 2006 and it was called SAP Query Reporting.
Unlike my other SAP books which were great sellers initially than slowly found their way to the bargain bin, SAP Query Reporting is still a top seller and it is over 6 years old! The funny thing about Query content is that it hasn’t drastically changed since my first SAP conference almost 20 years ago. Sure, ABAP Query is now known as SAP Query and it’s CE (Concurrent Employment) compatible and uses better indexing to get at the data. Yet at the end of the
day, it still operates within the same fundamental framework. With all the amazing changes in SAP over the years, SAP Query has not changed very much. And SAP has made it clear that it does not plan on any future enhancements.
At the upcoming SAPinsider HR 2013 conference in Las Vegas later this month, I am giving a few presentations about the reporting options in SAP including SAP Query, Ad Hoc Query, where the cloud and Success Factors and BI fit in, etc. And of course I will be recommending SpinifexIT’s Easy Reporter (the only SAP-certified solution for real time HR/Payroll reporting).
I hope you are able to come to HR 2013 and meet me and the SpinifexIT team. I have at least 5 presentations that I am giving on various topics and I will also participate in the “Ask the Experts” forum on Tuesday, so there will be plenty of opportunities to say hello and talk to me about HR/Payroll reporting. Additionally, I will also be at Booth number 520 in HR 2013′s Solutions Showcase exhibit hall giving away free copies of my book. Check out the conference at hr2013.wispubs.com/a>. Many of the things I have learned in my career have come from the conferences and meeting other attendees, especially those who take the time to share their experiences with me. I am a richer person for it.
I hope to see you at HR 2013 in Las Vegas February 26-March 1!