Allow Users to View the Org Structure in Multiple Languages

  • by Julie DeLaTorre, Senior HR Consultant, Symphony Management Consulting
  • March 15, 2008
Learn how to set up an organizational structure in different languages and still view them in your preferred logon language. Ease your next global implementation with this simple report.
Key Concept

A global organizational structure is a hierarchical representation of various relationships (e.g., job, position, or organizational unit) in a global environment. Companies use specific organizational structures for human resources planning. The organizational plan, which includes your org structure, allows you to maintain a detailed model of your organization within your SAP system and view all relationships across any date range. This is especially useful for planning purposes because you can see what your organization looked like in the past, how it looks today, and what it might look like in the future.

Global enterprises often find it challenging to accommodate both global and local user demands. Users in other countries may prefer to report and view organizational data (e.g., organizational structure) in their local language due to government reporting regulations or convenience. At the same time, corporate headquarters may need to view the entire organizational structure in a consistent language.

I’ll show you how to run a report to satisfy both local and global language requirements. Contrary to what you might think, setting up your organizational structure to support several languages is quite simple. You can apply the steps in this article to all R/3 and SAP ERP system versions.

This article assumes that the appropriate SAP country versions are already installed in your system. Every country that wants to view the organizational structure in its native language must first install the SAP country version. If multiple languages are not configured as described below, each country is only capable of viewing data in its respective logon language, which comes standard with an SAP system. For the purposes of this article, I’ll demonstrate how to translate from English to German, assuming that English is the company’s primary language.

Julie DeLaTorre

Julie DeLaTorre is a senior SAP HR consultant with Symphony Management Consulting. She has worked in SAP for 12 years and focused on HR for 10 of those years. She has both her public-sector certification and HR certification. She specializes in PA, OM, PD, and Training and Event Management.

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