Get the Most From SAP ERP HCM 6.0 Enhancement

  • by Martin Gillet, SAP HR Consultant, Cogilius bvba
  • November 2, 2009
Find out about the current content of enhancement packages 1 through 4, including real examples that show how the new functionality solves previous issues and meets demands. Learn about enhancement package 5, the next one in line for delivery.
Key Concept

An enhancement package is the channel to deliver functionalities on top of the SAP back end for SAP ERP 6.0. It consists of packages released on a frequent basis that contain new functionalities that the customer can enable should it want them. Enhancement packages are delivered for various target components and you are not required to implement them. Because Support Packages require the most recent SAP releases and components, they are tightly tied to enhancement packages. However, the difference between the two is that enhancement packages add new functionality while Support Packages make corrections to previously installed software. Support Packages also follow the regular maintenance and require correction stream of the SAP application.

I have noticed from my work as a consultant that most people are unfamiliar with SAP’s new strategy of “innovation without disruption,” which involves providing new functionalities on a frequent basis. These innovations are delivered in enhancement packages. Enabling an enhancement package is a quick way to acquire a missing functionality or simply bring new functionalities to your SAP ERP HCM processes. By using an enhancement package, you make sure that your processes are aligned with the latest offerings and technology. Even better, enhancement packages are like Russian dolls; if you install the latest enhancement package (say for example 4) it automatically includes the previous enhancement packages (in this case 1, 2, and 3). These enhancement packages are included in the customer’s license fee and are optional. There is no need for a major SAP release upgrade.

I’m assuming that you have:

  • Run SAP ERP 6.0
  • Checked whether or not an enhancement package has already been installed
  • Assessed with the business stakeholders which functionalities to enable
  • Assessed with other SAP component teammates what should be enabled
  • Assessed the technical prerequisites such as Support Packages
  • Obtained access clearance to relevant technical transactions to install the enhancement package

Martin Gillet

Martin Gillet is an SAP-certified HR consultant (ECC 6.0, SAP R/3 Enterprise, and 4.0B) who works freelance on international projects. He graduated with honors in Human Resources Management from Belgian Haute Ecole Namuroise Catholique (HENaC). Martin has worked with SAP R/3 since 1997 in the chemical, catering, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, food, banking, and oil industries. He has focused on SAP HR since 1998 and has other SAP expertise including XSS, LSO, E-Recruiting, CATS, Reporting, Authorizations, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Martin is the author of Configuring and Customizing Employee and Manager Self-Services in SAP ERP HCM. The book explores the options for customizing ESS and MSS to meet specific business needs.

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