Harness the Power of Evaluation Paths to Make Large-Scale Changes to PD Objects

  • by A.J. Whalen, SAP Marketing Director, Velocity Technology Solutions
  • November 15, 2003
Imagine you've been asked to make large-scale changes to Personnel Development (PD) objects in R/3. As part of a restructuring, your boss needs you to change the object validity ending date for all 2,000 positions that are related to a specific organizational unit and its subordinate units. The author explains how the use of evaluation paths can help.

Imagine you’ve been asked to make large-scale changes to Personnel Development (PD) objects in R/3. As part of a restructuring, your boss needs you to change the object validity ending date for all 2,000 positions that are related to a specific organizational unit and its subordinate units. You know that R/3 contains a standard transaction that allows you to set new ending dates for objects, but running this transaction 2,000 times would be extremely time-consuming.

Instead, you can use evaluation paths, which provide a way to read the relationships among objects and only return positions in the affected organizational units. With a fundamental knowledge of how object relationships work, you can build and use evaluation paths to make your PD maintenance and structural security more efficient and effective.

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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