Back Up Your T512W Table to Prevent Payroll Disaster

  • by Stephane Routhier, Solution Architect, EPI-USE America
  • November 15, 2004
A variety of configuration processes may result in unwanted changes to your T512W table, the core table of your SAP R/3 Payroll system. Two standard SAP programs could prevent headaches by giving you the ability to restore previous configurations of your T512W table.
Key Concept
The SAP Payroll system uses wage types to permanently or temporarily store values through payroll processes (calculations, results, etc.). Wage types are mainly defined in table T512W. The configuration of a wage type in this table defines how to process that wage type in SAP Payroll.

In a fast-paced business environment, it is important for HR employees, especially those in charge of wage type configuration, to take time to evaluate their capacity to face unexpected events caused by configuration changes. One such unwanted change can occur when you apply Human Resources Support Packages (HR SPs). R/3 can accidentally overwrite table T512W entries.

Table T512W is a configuration element of your SAP Payroll system that determines how R/3 should process each specific wage type. This is the central table of the R/3 Payroll system and has the most influence on payroll calculations. Each environment has it own table T512W. You can minimize disruptions that can paralyze your payroll system by backing up table T512W.

Stephane Routhier

Stephane is contributing to EPI-USE America market development and acting as a Solution Architect in the North American HCM Practice focused on the selection, planning, design, and delivery of HR solutions across multiple industries. He has more than 20 years of SAP application experience and knowledge of enterprise HCM and payroll processes, trends, issues, and organization design. He acts as an SAP Expert in the payroll area. He has been involved with large full-scale SAP ERP HCM and Payroll implementations using the breadth and depth of SAP modules. Stephane has contributed to the HCM community as a speaker and writer.


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