An Introduction to SAP Payroll Processing Control Center Add-On

  • by Imran Sajid, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • October 25, 2016
Learn about the functionality of the new front-end interface of the SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on tool, used by organizations to innovate their payroll processes by providing a new user experience for running payroll and resolving payroll issues. Learn the business reasons for implementing this functionality and learn about the different roles and responsibilities involved in the Payroll Control Center.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will:

  • Gain an introduction to SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, and its delivered roles: managers and administrators.
  • Understand the pre-payroll processing process in SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, and its benefits
  • Learn how to run production payroll using SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on
Key Concept
SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, first introduced in 2013, is a user interface for running payroll. As of May 2015, it has been significantly overhauled with new screens. SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, can be used for both SAP Payroll as well as SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll to provide an intuitive user interface for the payroll department.

SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, is a new way for companies using SAP Payroll (on premise and cloud) to run their payroll with an intuitive user experience. SAP Payroll Processing, control center, is an add-on. Its functionality uses the framework of SAP Payroll, a system that thousands of companies already use. In addition to delivering a new interface for running production payroll via the three-click production payroll process, SAP Payroll Processing also delivers additional tangible features. One is its so-called one-click monitoring functionality. One-click monitoring helps companies identify and resolve payroll issues before starting their production payroll process in a manner that was not possible previously. SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, also offers payroll departments transparency in their payroll runs by getting key statistics about their payroll runs before and during the payroll run.

Tip!
To understand this article, readers need to have a grasp of complex SAP/SuccessFactors Payroll concepts; in other words, this article is not intended for beginners just learning about SAP/SuccessFactors Payroll.
Resources
For more information about how to configure SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, attend the SAP WNAPCC workshop class. For information about this or any other SAP classes, visit this website: https://training.sap.com/.

For more information about payroll basics, see these other HR Expert content items:
Automating Tuition Reimbursement in SAP Payroll,” by Imran Sajid
Understanding the SAP Payroll Reversal Process,” by Imran Sajid

To implement SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, your SAP system needs to be on SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0, enhancement package 7, with HR Renewal 2.0 installed (HR Renewal 2.0 is an early release of enhancement package 8). Companies running SuccessFactors Employee Central are already at a release high enough for SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on– it just needs to be implemented.

Note
It is worth noting that there is a previous version of SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, with older screens, but that functionality is not discussed in this article. The new functionality was delivered in HR Renewal 2.0, Support Package 15. I recommend that the newer version of SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, be implemented for all companies going forward.

Overview of the Payroll Processing, Control Center Add-On, Roles

SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, comes delivered with two roles for the purposes of payroll: the payroll manager and the payroll administrator. Let’s look at the responsibilities of each as they relate to SAP Payroll Processing.

The payroll manager is responsible for:

  • Starting the processes in the SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on
  • Ensuring the payroll processes are run in a timely manner
  • Viewing key payroll statistics and verifying correctness
  • Assigning policy validations and payroll errors determined by SAP Payroll Processing, control center add-on, to the payroll administrator

The payroll administrator is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the policy validations assigned by the payroll manager and determining if they are correct or if they need to be fixed
  • Fixing payroll errors assigned by the payroll manager

Imran Sajid

Imran Sajid is a Senior Education Consultant at SAP based in the Atlanta, GA, area. At SAP, he focuses on teaching classes in the HCM area within both SAP and SuccessFactors. Previously, Imran was a consultant who implemented and provided post-go-live support for more than a dozen different client systems spanning many industries, including manufacturing, automotive, retail, information systems, the public sector, and energy. He is the author of the book entitled, The Payroll Control Center for SAP ERP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors, as well as a frequent contributor to SAP Experts, where he has published almost a dozen articles. Imran is also frequent blogger on SAP Community Network (SCN). He graduated from the Georgia State University Robinson College of Business with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Imran can be found on Twitter @ImranSajidSAP.

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