Adopt Strategies to Conquer SAP HR Support Package Implementation Challenges

  • by Kehinde Eseyin, Security Architect
  • October 19, 2010
Learn tips, tricks, and best practices to avoid issues before and after importing SAP HR Support Packages.
Key Concept
A Support Package is a group of corrected SAP objects intended to correct errors in various components of the SAP system. When Support Packages are imported into the SAP system, objects with errors are replaced with these corrected copies of objects.

SAP continually provides corrections for known errors and issues with the system to ensure businesses do not come to a halt as a result of problems that cannot be resolved within the application. This is achieved via the release of Support Packages, which contain improvements to the SAP system. Although the implementation of Support Packages has its challenges, it still remains the surest way to keep your system immune from program errors and issues. In this release-independent article, I discuss general concepts about applying HR Support Packages successfully under the following subtopics:

  • Prerequisites for the successful application of Support Packages
  • Support Package application strategy
  • Steps for applying Support Packages

I also discuss some maintenance activities that need to be performed in the SAP system, before and after applying HR Support Packages as they relate to the following customization objects:

  • Wage type tables
  • Features
  • Include programs
  • HR Forms
  • Personnel calculation rules
  • Personnel calculation schemas

I then close with a listing of the benefits of applying Support Packages.

It is important to state that the application of HR Support Packages might affect other customization objects aside from those discussed in this article, which is why you need to test thoroughly. It’s advisable to use transaction SCMP to compare other configuration tables you maintain and update. This article is suited for SAP ERP HCM or SAP HR technical and functional experts and system administrators. A good understanding of SAP processes is assumed.

Kehinde Eseyin

Kehinde Eseyin is a security architect. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has about 12 years of IT security, governance framework, IS risk, and compliance experience gained by working in numerous global organizations. Over the years, he has demonstrated competencies in security design, information assurance, cyber security, data privacy, threat and vulnerability management, penetration testing, business architecture, project management, IT audit, IS controls framework, and identity and access management.

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