Apply LSMW to Your Daily Operations

  • by Caprice Ware, Independent Consultant
  • October 15, 2007
Learn how to create, run, and apply SAP Legacy System Migration Workbench to your basic day-to-day HR activities with these 15 steps.
Key Concept

Companies frequently use SAP Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW) exclusively for major initial data conversions or in preparation for go-live. Often, users are unaware of the LSMW functionality available to enhance common SAP activities. The batch input functionality in LSMW is a handy, practical way to update or convert data in your system on a daily basis or when the demand arises.

Did you know that you can use the SAP Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW) tool for day-to-day activities? Based on my experience, I’ve compiled step-by-step instructions to successfully create and run an LSMW for your HR processes. LSMW enables you to create and update custom infotypes and support mass changes of employee data when standard programs are insufficient or your system does not support the functionality, such as mass pay increases for employees.

Say your company recently decided to change its email addresses for better branding purposes. You are tasked with updating all employee records within the next week. Instead of recruiting your local SAP HR ABAP support team to execute this, you can handle this requirement on your own, reducing the need for additional resources. You can do this by following the steps for writing an LSMW using the batch input functionality listed in Table 1.

Caprice Ware

Caprice Ware has been an SAP HR consultant since 1995. She has a breadth of knowledge in many areas of HR but focuses mainly on PA, BN, OM, PD, and self-service modules. Her experience as a project manager, configuration expert, and trainer has allowed her to support projects on a global basis. She currently is an independent consultant.

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