Easily Build or Change Infotype Headers in R/3

  • by A.J. Whalen, SAP Marketing Director, Velocity Technology Solutions
  • January 15, 2004
Understanding the structure of infotype headers and how to change them to meet your needs can improve efficiency and allow users to browse data more effectively. The author explains the steps involved in creating and modifying headers, including optional configuration if you want to take advantage of functionality such as the use of passport photos or graphics in your headers.

When viewing or maintaining employee data on HR infotypes in R/3, how often do you look at the header information during your action? Do you require different header information for applicant data than you do for employee data? If you are like most R/3 users, you probably rely heavily on infotype headers when working on infotypes, but don’t put much thought into why they contain the fields that they do or even how they work. Understanding header structures and how to change them to meet your needs can improve efficiency and allow users to browse data more effectively.

Infotype headers serve as a snapshot of the person whose record is being viewed or changed. The contents in the headers may vary from infotype to infotype, subtype to subtype, or even country to country. The information in the header itself can also differ based on whether you prefer the data to be shown as of the system date or as of the effective date of the infotype being viewed. In this article, I will explain the steps involved in creating and modifying infotype headers in R/3.

A.J. Whalen

A.J. Whalen has successfully combined more than two decades of global business expertise with in-depth experience in the strategic development, management, and delivery of large-scale projects and education for SAP ERP HCM. Prior to his current role as SAP Marketing Director at Velocity Technology Solutions, he served as lead consultant for several global SAP implementations and engagements as well as an SAP Conference Producer for Wellesley Information Services. A.J. has been invited to speak at nine annual SAP educational events and holds an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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