Create an Error-Free Connection Between Your HR and FI Modules

  • by Ilene Schuss, SAP HR Project Manager
  • April 15, 2003
Ilene Schuss, SAP HR project manager, explains what's involved in connecting the Financial Accounting (FI) and Human Resources (HR) modules. Her advice on implementing this interface, which is based on her first-hand experiences, takes many factors into account: people, politics, technology, custom needs of each organization, and geographic proximity of FI/HR end users.

Although SAP offers excellent courses in Financial Accounting (FI) and Human Resources (HR), I have yet to see any formal training on how to connect the two modules, which requires both configuration and programming to work. Finding someone knowledgeable in both modules can be difficult or costly. Therefore, I’m offering an explanation of what is involved in a successful implementation, all learned the hard way, through first-hand experiences.

Your approach to developing this interface must take many factors into account: people, politics, technology, custom needs of each organization, and geographic proximity of FI/HR end users. I will take you through the decision-making process. It is divided into four parts:

  • First, I’ll give you an overview of the data flow between these modules.
  • Using the example of a sample multinational company, Company A, I’ll describe the information involved in integrating HR and FI. You will see how Company A tracks employee deductions and employer contributions to a dental plan and adds withholding tax for the state of Colorado. I will also show the steps to running the transfer of data between HR and FI.
  • I’ll explain how symbolic accounts relate wage types in HR to accounts in FI.
  • I will end with a list of tips to help you avoid four common traps.

Ilene Schuss

Ilene Schuss is an ASAP-certified project manager trained in full project life cycle. She has also managed enhancements to SAP and developed non-SAP applications. Ilene managed a successful implementation of R/3 HR Payroll, Benefits, and Personnel Administration with an overseas FI interface. She has presented at conferences by ASUG, DCI, and Plant-Wide Research on SAP Implementation and the FI interface. She founded and has chaired the NYC/ Long Island Metro Area ASUG Chapter. Her B.B.A. is from Hofstra University in Administrative Computer Systems.

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