Identify Transaction Codes for Easy Access to IMG Activities

  • by Martin Gillet, SAP HR Consultant, Cogilius bvba
  • July 15, 2007
Discover how to identify transaction codes in the SAP Implementation Guide (IMG) for instant access to your frequently used IMG activities.
Key Concept
The Implementation Guide (IMG) is SAP’s backbone for setting up and adapting the system to business and user requirements. It provides a thorough, detailed synopsis of all relevant steps for tuning and adjusting SAP across all modules. The table CUS_IMGACH allows a quick and simple way to identify transaction codes for each customizing step. This method shortens the time and labor required to access common IMG activities by providing each with a correlative transaction code. This tip is especially useful when companies are required to create clear and detailed documentation.

I recommend this four-step process to gain access to frequent activities in the IMG by identifying their transaction codes. Instead of navigating through several screens in the IMG to view the activity you want, you can go directly to the specific activity by simply using its transaction code.

For example, consultants and analysts use the IMG to adapt the standard product by setting up specific entries in tables, removing unused features, or enabling additional functionalities — often driven by business and user requirements. When the consultant leaves, you can still access these processes by identifying the transaction code that corresponds with the activity and save it in your Favorites folder. Perform this method for all of your activities to begin customizing your system to meet your needs and save hours of tedious navigation in the IMG.

Most companies have reached a stage where additional official requirements are mandatory, on top of the common project documentation needs. Every implementation step must be well-documented because of an increase in legal requirements, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Project leaders must ensure all project tasks fully comply with these regulations. A detailed customizing history must also be available in the IMG so internal staff knows where to look to make system modifications.

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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