Create New Infotypes or Enhance Standard Ones to Meet User Needs

  • by Dawn Burns, QA Manager, Howrey LLP
  • Kathy Howard, System Architect, EDS
  • August 15, 2003
Many R/3 users need to store data that does not fit into a standard infotype. Using methods provided by SAP, they can create customer-specific infotypes or extend existing ones to meet their needs. The authors discuss some considerations in making the decision about which option to use, and give you some time-saving hints from their personal experience. They also provide an overview of the building blocks involved in creating a Personnel Administration infotoype.

Many R/3 users need to store data that does not appear on a standard infotype. Using methods provided by SAP, a functional team member can create user-specific infotypes or extend existing ones to meet their needs. We’ll discuss some considerations in making the decision about which option to use, and give you time-saving hints from our personal experience.

First, though, we’ll explain what happens behind the scenes by giving you an overview of the building blocks involved in creating a Personnel Administration (PA) infotype.

You can create a simple infotype without any ABAP coding. For the PA submodule, which includes employee-, time-, and applicant-related infotypes, use transaction code PM01 - Enhance Infotypes. It guides you through the steps and takes you to the transactions used to create a new infotype or enhance an infotype by adding new fields. There are six tabs on transaction PM01’s screen. (See the sidebar, “The Six Functions Provided by PM01,” below.)

Dawn Burns

Dawn Burns is an SAP-certified human resources senior consultant and Quality Assurance Manager and HR Consultant with Howrey LLP. She is a former SAP Human Resources instructor for SAP America and has more than 12 years of experience in human resources and information technology.

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Kathy Howard

Kathy Howard is an SAP-certified consultant and a system architect at EDS. She has 20 years of experience in information technology, specializing in human resources applications. Howard has been working with SAP products since 1995. She has six information technology patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark office.

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