Always Land on Your Feet with This Introduction to CATS

  • by Martin Gillet, SAP HR Consultant, Cogilius bvba
  • March 15, 2007
This overview of Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) introduces you to the tool, describes its features and functions, and offers tips for configuring and using CATS.
Key Concept

Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) collects all labor time and activities for most SAP modules (HR, Plant Maintenance and Customer Service [PM/CS], Financial Accounting and Controlling [FI/CO], Project System [PS], Materials Management [MM], and Sales and Distribution [SD]) except for Production Planning (PP), which deals with machine time. SAP has enhanced the tool with every release cycle up to the latest release of mySAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0. The purpose of CATS is to collect time entries through a single point of entry.

Thanks to its flexibility, Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) is one of the most used services in an SAP system. I’ll describe the functionalities CATS provides, basic configuration and integration points, and tips and tricks I’ve learned from years of using CATS. I’ll also highlight the ways to further enhance CATS according to your business requirements. For advanced readers and quick learners, I’ve included a cheat sheet gathering the basic information you should recall when implementing CATS. I’ve also compiled a “Helpful SAP Notes” sidebar. Then, I’ll outline the new functionality in mySAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0.

SAP enhanced CATS based on users’ and companies’ requirements. Today, you can choose from several possibilities. Refer to helpdata/en/8e/c9453b f2a8bc07e10000000 a114084/content.htm for a table summarizing these options: CATS classic, CATS regular, CATSXT (CATS for Service Providers), CATS Offline (Mobile Time Sheet), and CATS Mini App. Figure 1 shows the position of CATS in your SAP landscape.

Martin Gillet

Martin Gillet is an SAP-certified HR consultant (ECC 6.0, SAP R/3 Enterprise, and 4.0B) who works freelance on international projects. He graduated with honors in Human Resources Management from Belgian Haute Ecole Namuroise Catholique (HENaC). Martin has worked with SAP R/3 since 1997 in the chemical, catering, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, food, banking, and oil industries. He has focused on SAP HR since 1998 and has other SAP expertise including XSS, LSO, E-Recruiting, CATS, Reporting, Authorizations, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Martin is the author of Configuring and Customizing Employee and Manager Self-Services in SAP ERP HCM. The book explores the options for customizing ESS and MSS to meet specific business needs.

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