How the Use of an Org Charting Tool Enhances Your SAP Organizational Management Experience

  • by Jordi Castillo, Senior Manager, Accenture
  • June 25, 2012
Learn an SAP Organizational Management data model approach that is consistent with SAP system standard functionality. Supplement display and reporting capabilities with the functionality available in the leading org charting tools to reduce complex custom developments while improving end-user experience.
Key Concept

An organizational structure in an SAP system is used to support many HR-related processes, such as recruitment, compensation management, and personnel default cost assignment. Standard functionality relies on a prime organizational structure that is the foundation for using standard workflows, reporting, and integration with other SAP modules

SAP Organizational Management (OM) is designed to provide flexibility for building organizational structures for large and complex enterprises. However, there are some limitations in its display capabilities, which can be supplemented with the use of an org charting tool. When used properly together, SAP OM and org charting tools can be an effective way to respond to complex requirements while reducing customization needs.

A critical stage during the design of any organizational structure in an SAP system is when discussions start regarding what the organizational structure should look like. Different departments have their own way of seeing and using the company’s organizational structure, which presents challenges for finding solutions that satisfy everyone. This is where the real fun starts, and the addition of some creativity to your organizational design should prove helpful as well.

Note
The approach and insights included in this document are the result of several years of experience with SAP OM. Although I present generic solutions there might still be a need to partially adjust the designs to respond to specific requirements.

This article is intended for a functional audience and provides insights to common challenges found during the conceptual design phase. In addition, it also includes basic configuration details for implementing the proposed solutions to enhance end-user experience and to minimize complex custom developments.

Jordi Castillo

Jordi Castillo has been working with SAP ERP HCM for more than 10 years and specializes in the SAP ERP HCM modules of Personnel Administration and Organizational Management. He is experienced in implementing SAP ERP HCM globally.

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