Keep Master Data Consistent with Configuration When You Make Annual Design Changes to Your Benefit Plan

  • by Clay Molinari, SAP HR Consultant, C&C Savant, Inc.
  • April 15, 2003
Around this time each year, benefits directors begin dropping some current benefits and adding new ones. SAP Consultant Clay Molinari explains how to use standard R/3 function modules to deal with this annual dilemma. In a smaller organization, these changes can be done manually, but they must be automated for a larger company. He'll show you how to quickly build a custom application that incorporates the existing configuration. Technical readers will be able to develop a program from these ideas and functional readers will be able to develop an easy-to-understand requirements document for the programmer.

Around this time each year, benefits directors begin defining benefits offerings for the next plan year. Many factors including cost, employee satisfaction, and availability can cause employers to drop some of their current benefits and add new ones. This means you must enter new configuration into the R/3 benefits module. It also means that some current employee master data will become invalid.

In a smaller organization, these changes can be done manually, but they must be automated for a larger company.

This article explains how, using standard R/3 function models, you can quickly build a custom application to deal with this annual dilemma. Technical readers will be able to develop a program from these ideas and functional readers will be able to develop an easy-to-understand requirements document for the programmer.

Clay Molinari

Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.

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