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Payroll and master data win over HR Expert readers in our 2010 article ranking

by Scott Wallask

December 2, 2010

By Scott Wallask, SAP Experts

An area that all HR professionals deal with -- payroll -- took it to the top in HR Expert's most viewed articles of 2010. Master data machinations and workflow concerns also attracted hits on HR Expert's online knowledgebase, all of which point to SAP ERP HCM hot spots to monitor as we head into 2011.

Below is a quick rundown of our most popular articles, with some comments. If you don't subscribe to HR Expert, please consider joining your peers in the industry who already get full access to our information.

1. Case Study: Use SAP HCM Processes and Forms to Change an Employee’s Pay, by Jim Fang, partner at ReachNett Consulting Inc. -- I love this article because it deals with one of my favorite topics: pay increases. But give further credit to Fang, because he takes a common HR interest and details it with step-by-step instructions, making it easy for readers to understand. Our website analytics show that the average time spent per visitor on this story is high compared to other pages, indicating people truly read the article. And the story gets bonus points by focusing on SAP HCM Processes and Forms, which is a fairly new function that people want to learn more about.

2. Avoid Data Inconsistency Between ESS and PA30 in ECC 6.0, by Shirley Kantor and Jim McCallum, senior consultants at SAP -- The abstract of this article states its case clearly with a warning: “New functionality in SAP ERP Central Component 6.0 makes it easier for Web-based applications to access HR master data, but you need to watch out for data inconsistency.” Kantor and McCallum follow it up with a well-written introduction that explains new information about “decoupling” HR infotype business logic programming from user interface screen programming, compares the info to prior processes, and then lists the benefits of the new approach.

3. Use HR Form Editor (PE51) to Design Remuneration Statements, by Sreedhar Degala, manager at BearingPoint -- This article digs into the specific concern of creating a remuneration statement using HR Form Editor. In what is sweet music to the ears of SAP ERP HCM users, HR Form Editor doesn’t require any programming background for someone to enjoy its features. In addition to tips on how to navigate HR Form Editor, I like how Degala also takes the time to explain the tool’s eight subobjects. And if you don’t know what a remuneration statement is, you have another reason to check out this article.

4. Workflow Basics for SAP ERP HCM, by Jonathan Bartlett, senior HCM consultant at Exaserv, Inc. -- Bartlett explains how SAP Workflow can save you time, decrease costs, eliminate confusion, and improve employee morale. I’m not sure what more I can add to that jackpot, other than to encourage you to read the piece if you need help with workflow.

5. HR, Upgrades and implementations How to Design SAP HR Structures to Work Best for Your Company, by Mark S. Jackson, manager at Accenture -- Upgrade and implementation efforts in their early stages will benefit from Jackson’s information about how to define the elements of a project’s HR enterprise structures and personnel structures. A particularly useful sidebar caps off the article by posing questions to ask as you define HR structures. It’s not hard to imagine a printout of the sidebar remaining close to an HR project manager’s desk.

We round out HR Expert’s top 10 most viewed articles of 2010 with these pieces:

6. Best Practices for Configuring the OADP for Manager Portal in SAP ERP, by Raj Kishore Jogam, lead HCM consultant

7. Best Practice Design for HCM Personnel Structure and Employee Status Fields, by Danielle Larocca, independent executive and SAP consultant

8. Load and Maintain Your SAP System’s Bank Table for Free, by Clay Molinari, SAP HCM consultant and HR Expert advisor

9. Lessons Learned in Implementing SAP Enterprise Compensation Management, by Janet McClurg, HCM platinum consultant at SAP

10. Manage Multiple Employment Scenarios with Concurrent Employment, by Greg Newman, SAP payroll expert at SABMiller and HR Expert advisor  

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