Navigate ESS with Ease

  • by Kathy Howard, System Architect, EDS
  • May 15, 2008
Employee Self-Service (ESS) consists of many components that work together under a supporting architecture. Learn ESS concepts and terminology from this basic introduction.
Key Concept

Several technologies work together to deliver Employee Self-Service (ESS): SAP NetWeaver Portal, a Java application, and SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) that houses the data. A typical ESS service is comprised of portal content objects in the SAP NetWeaver Portal layer, a Web Dynpro application in the Java application layer, and ABAP code and Homepage Framework configuration in ECC. An SAP ESS Business Package provides the portal elements. The Homepage Framework is configuration for organizing the ESS services and their text descriptions.

Maybe you are evaluating SAP Employee Self-Service (ESS) for your company or perhaps you need to get up to speed with the technical and functional aspects of ESS. Either way, this article can improve your understanding of ESS. I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at the technology layers that work together to provide ESS functionality. If you are not familiar with ESS terminology, refer to the sidebar, “Glossary of ESS Elements,” which is applicable to both SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 5.0 and 6.0.

First I’ll briefly review ESS from the more familiar end-user perspective starting with the Overview page, which is the user’s entry point to ESS. The system displays the page when the user selects the ESS tab in the portal. From there, users can drill down into areas to find the service they want to use. By selecting the Benefits and Payment link, a user can navigate to the benefits and payment area. Selecting a service link on the benefits and payment page takes the user to the relevant page for that service — in this case, the page for the Employment Verification service.

Kathy Howard

Kathy Howard is an SAP-certified consultant and a system architect at EDS. She has 20 years of experience in information technology, specializing in human resources applications. Howard has been working with SAP products since 1995. She has six information technology patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark office.

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