Customize the Object Manager in the Organization and Staffing Interface

  • by Debanjan Chattopadhyay, Senior SAP HR Manager and Solution Architect, Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • July 15, 2008
Learn how to modify the object manager in the standard Organization and Staffing interface so that you can easily integrate custom object types.
Key Concept

Sometimes you need to create custom object types when the standard organizational management object types cannot satisfy your business requirements. Some examples might be creating new custom object types for different kinds of functional areas of an organization or company-specific job groupings. To search objects (instances) of a new object type using transaction PPOME, you need to incorporate the custom object type in the search area of the object manager.

The Organization and Staffing interface is becoming the preferred mode of maintenance because it allows you to maintain different Organizational Management (OM) objects, relationships, and structures in a single place. It also offers an intuitive graphical user interface (UI), which is easier to use than the traditional expert maintenance mode.

Say that you need to map organizational (org) units to the divisions of North America, such as the US divisions. Users want to manage those divisions in OM. In this example, the PPOME maintenance interface is the standard working interface for the company, which means you need to use it to maintain custom object types. Although the normal search provides a list of values based on the selection criteria, this process enables the system to return an object structure based on customizations you have in your system.

The Organization and Staffing interface (PPOME) can help you with this project. By following a six- step process, you can create a custom object type (e.g., Divisions in USA), a custom evaluation path for the Structure search tool, and a search node (e.g., Division) to search for your custom object.

Debanjan Chattopadhyay

Debanjan Chattopadhyay specializes in SAP HCM (Personnel Administration, Organizational Management, Compensation, Payroll, ESS, and MSS). He has worked on multiple SAP HR/Payroll projects comprising full-cycle implementations, upgrades, post-implementation support, and outsourcing engagements since 1997. He currently works as a senior SAP HR manager and solution architect for Citrix Systems.

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