Lessons Learned from BW for HR Implementations

  • by Rishi Menon, Specialist Master, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • March 15, 2006
Factors that ensure a successful BW for HR implementation include good use of business content, a clear understanding of HR reporting needs, and a stable HR configuration.
Key Concept

An InfoCube is a central data repository for data elements specific to HR functional areas. You can use this combination of data elements to slice and dice the data using Excel as the front end. For example, a headcount and personnel actions InfoCube contains data elements such as age, gender, ethnicity, and number of employees.

An InfoSource is a data structure specific to the HR functional area that consists of data elements (e.g., the employee InfoSource contains information about the employee that feeds the headcount and personnel actions InfoCube).

More and more companies are integrating SAP’s reporting engine, Business Information Warehouse (BW), into all aspects of their enterprise. Therefore, you should know what BW is and how to use it to improve HR reporting. I explained this in my article in HR Expert’s August/ September 2004 issue, “Considering BW for Your HR Organization? What You Need to Know.”

Once you are familiar with the basics, it’s critical to know how to use BW to your benefit. This article outlines the key functional lessons learned from my experiences implementing BW for HR. I’ll also focus on using HR business content to minimize customization and, consequently, cost.

Rishi Menon

Rishi Menon is a specialist master at Deloitte Consulting LLP, with more than 17 years of supply chain and enterprise application consulting experience. He specializes in supply chain planning and order fulfillment. He is SAP SCM, APICS (CPIM, CSCP & CIRM) and PMI (PMP) certified.

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