Leading Practices and Considerations for Global SAP ERP HCM Implementations

  • by Mark S. Jackson, HCM Senior Manager, Accenture
  • July 17, 2012
Learn the decisions and strategies that you need to know at the beginning of a global SAP ERP HCM solution. Global SAP ERP HCM implementations need careful analysis and planning up front regarding how the SAP ERP HCM environment is to be set up (i.e., activating countries and using the Management of Global Employment module). Many of these decisions have a strong downstream impact. See leading practices and strategies for global SAP ERP HCM implementations to assist project teams in understanding the key questions that should be asked and answered before the implementation begins.
Key Concept

Gaining an early understanding about the design and technical impacts of enabling country-specific settings is key to determining the final goals for your global SAP ERP HCM implementation. The two available options are commonly referred to as enabling country-specific MOLGAs (MOLGA is the technical name for country in the SAP ERP HCM system) versus enabling MOLGA 99 (the international non-country-specific setting in the SAP ERP HCM system).

Implementing SAP ERP HCM globally either in a big-bang or country rollout implementation is a strategic effort with lots of different pieces. For example, from a technical perspective, there are many things to consider for solution architecture, data conversion strategies, and customizations.

The strategy you choose for activating countries within SAP ERP HCM has a drastic impact on the functionality and technical aspects of a project. One example is that most of the different countries in the SAP ERP HCM system have unique country-specific infotypes and screens. The result of this is that separate data conversion programs need to be leveraged along with different logic for pulling data based on country.

At the very beginning of any SAP ERP HCM project, project leadership and architects have to decide whether to activate the country-specific switches in the SAP system or if they are going to assign a country or countries to country-independent global settings (referred to as the MOLGA 99 solution). I cover the technical as well as strategic choices and challenges facing projects when undertaking a global SAP ERP HCM implementation.

Which to Choose: The Country-Specific or the Global MOLGA 99 Solution?

One of the most important decisions that must be made at the beginning of a project is whether to activate the country-specific functionality for each country in scope or if it is better to use the MOLGA 99 solution. Both options come with their own pros and cons and can affect the cost of a project. I discuss both options, and their plusses and minuses in different situations.

Mark S. Jackson

Mark Jackson has been working with SAP ERP HCM for more than 12 years and specializes in SuccessFactors Employee Central and the SAP ERP HCM Personnel Administration and Organizational Management modules. He has had numerous experiences with implementing and leading SAP ERP HCM and SuccessFactors globally and is a subject-matter expert in defining global templates for SAP/SuccessFactors implementations.

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