Best Practices for Extending ESS Globally

  • by Sunanda Devireddy, Principal Business Analyst
  • Srini Munagavalasa, PMP, Principal Business Integration
  • April 13, 2011
The employee portal in SAP ERP self services iViews are country specific and are not available for all countries. Learn how to extend the SAP personal data services by using configuration without any custom development of iViews.
Key Concept
Simple configuration tweaks can be used to make country-specific employee self services (ESS) available to countries that do not have them as part of standard SAP ERP. You can reuse an existing country-specific ESS standard service and, with a few configuration steps in the SAP ERP HCM system, facilitate your entire global workforce in accessing the SAP NetWeaver Portal application in a standard and consistent fashion without any development work, thereby reducing ongoing data maintenance or manual intervention.

This step-by-step guide explains how to provide employee self services (ESS) for a country that does not have the employee portal in SAP ERP included as part of its standard functionality. Using the example of a country that already has a standard service (France), we show how to modify and extend it for another country (Israel) that does not have it. You can use this for any country that does not have the standard functionality without resorting to complex development work. You just adapt the user interface by changing the screen and screen fields for existing services. All these steps come preconfigured with SAP best practices and can be configured to change the text on area and subareas. You can add information notes and change the order in which they appear to meet your business needs.

Step 1. Define Resources

In this IMG activity, you define resources to be used in the area group pages and area pages. In the homepage framework configuration step, you define various pages containing objects links, such as text, pictures, hyperlinks, Web services, and URLs that the SAP system displays in SAP NetWeaver Portal.

Follow IMG menu path Personnel Management > Employee Self-Service > General Settings > Homepage for Self-Services > Resources > Define Resources. In this case, the France bank service is available and pre-configured as a resource. The Directory Path and the Object Name are important criteria that show which iView is being used (Figure 1).


Figure 1
Define resources

Sunanda Devireddy

Sunanda Devireddy has more than 10 years of SAP experience in the SAP HR Payroll, Time Management, Compensation, and ESS/MSS functional areas. Sunanda worked on multiple global implementations at Micron Technologies and Walt Disney Company. Sunanda joined her current company four years ago and works as a principal business analyst in the SAP team.

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Srini Munagavalasa

Srinivasa (Srini) Munagavalasa has 14 years of experience in various SAP modules. Srini has worked on multiple SAP global implementations at major clients. He has experience as a project manager, deployment lead, build manager, and technical development manager.

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