Creating Org Charts Using R/3 and Microsoft Visio

  • by Danielle Larocca, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management, EPI-USE Labs
  • May 15, 2003
When her company decided to automate the process of creating company organizational charts, the author was in charge of finding a tool that integrated well with R/3. She found Microsoft Visio to be the best fit, but first, the company had to store its hierarchical relations in R/3.

Like many companies, a company that I worked for had a manual process for the creation of company organizational charts. These PowerPoint documents had to be updated every time a change occurred within the organization. I’m sure you can imagine how much work it was for a company of 10,000 employees with a turnover rate of 22 percent to keep those manual charts up to date, accounting for every title change, supervisor change, or, worse, corporate restructuring. It got to the point where the maintenance of this function consumed 60 percent of one HR administrator’s time on a daily basis.

Then the company decided to automate the task. This required two steps: storing the hierarchical relations in R/3, and finding a tool that integrated well with R/3.

Danielle Larocca

Danielle Larocca is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management for EPI-USE Labs. Previously she was the Executive Vice President of Operations/Chief Knowledge Officer at a technology start-up. She has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national business, business process re-engineering, and project and people management. Danielle is an expert on SAP Human Resources (HR) and reporting and has authored four best-selling books on SAP. She is a regular speaker at numerous conferences around the world on topics such as HR, technology, change management, and leadership. She is an official SAP Mentor, a global designation assigned to less than 160 professionals worldwide, who serve as influential community participants in the SAP ecosystem. This group is nominated by the community and selected by the SAP Mentors’ Advisory Board to keep SAP relevant. Danielle also serves as an expert advisor for SAP Professional Journal.

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