Critical Tips for Integrating Personnel Planning and Structural Authorizations

  • by Tero Tukiainen, SAP Authorizations Consultant, SAPORT Consulting
  • April 15, 2010
Learn the importance of the connection between personnel planning functions and structural authorizations through these integration tips.
Key Concept
Personnel planning is the authorization object PLOG, which is included in general authorizations (roles). Personnel planning is used for checking authorizations for specific fields in the Personnel Management components (Organizational Management, Personnel Development, Training and Event Management, and Learning Solution). Structural authorizations, which are defined in table T77PR, are the structural authorization profiles used within SAP ERP HCM only. Structural authorizations are used for checking authorizations for specific fields in the structural authorization profiles on Organizational Management, Personnel Development, Training and Event Management, and Learning Solution.
It is of utmost importance to understand authorizations, and yet, most people do not. Understanding structural authorizations is important when users run into problems with missing authorizations. In many cases, the reason for the problem is that some authorizations are missing either in personnel planning or in structural authorizations. One of them may hold authorizations that the other one does not. However, instead of being able to quickly fix the problem, many people feel as if they are facing a brick wall.

In the following sections, I explain personnel planning and structural authorizations, the connection between them, and the concept of equal authorizations.  

Tero Tukiainen

Tero Tukiainen is the managing partner of SAPORT Consulting Inc, which he founded in 2009. He is an SAP HR-certified consultant who has specialized in SAP security and authorizations since 2000. Tero has spoken at SAP HR conferences in both Europe and the US since 2005.

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