Move Beyond "Drag and Drop" with the OM Maintenance Expert Mode

  • by A.J. Whalen, SAP Marketing Director, Velocity Technology Solutions
  • April 15, 2004
In the second of a two-part series about viewing and maintaining Organizational Management (OM) structures in SAP HR, the author covers the Expert mode of maintenance. Using screenprints, he explains the Expert mode's functionality as well as its benefits and drawbacks.

The following is the second of a two-part series on viewing and maintaining Organizational Management (OM) structures in SAP HR. In part one of this series, the Organization and Staffing mode of object maintenance was discussed. This month’s article details the Expert mode of maintenance.

During the HR 2004 conference in Las Vegas, I spent a considerable amount of time speaking with SAP HR professionals from around the world, giving advice and answering questions on organizational management (OM) and other topics. One thing that became apparent to me as I spoke with people about SAP OM was the disparity in the knowledge of objects and structures and the tools provided within R/3 to build and change them.

Some users strongly preferred the Organization and Staffing mode of maintenance and were comfortable with its intuitive screen and icon-driven functionality. These users grasped the concept of object orientation but, for the most part, were not as familiar with the more technical aspects of object relationships and structure formation. They preferred “drag and drop” because, as one attendee told me, she didn’t have to remember which relationships were required to link one object to another. Ease of use was the overriding theme for those who declared this method to be their preference.

A.J. Whalen

A.J. Whalen has successfully combined more than two decades of global business expertise with in-depth experience in the strategic development, management, and delivery of large-scale projects and education for SAP ERP HCM. Prior to his current role as SAP Marketing Director at Velocity Technology Solutions, he served as lead consultant for several global SAP implementations and engagements as well as an SAP Conference Producer for Wellesley Information Services. A.J. has been invited to speak at nine annual SAP educational events and holds an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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