SAP ERP HCM’s 5 Reporting Options: How Do You Choose?

  • by Danielle Larocca, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management, EPI-USE Labs
  • July 1, 2011
Determine which of the five available SAP ERP HCM reporting tools are the best for meeting your company’s reporting requirements.
Key Concept
SAP’s Human Resources Information System (HIS) allows you to compile reports by starting them straight from structural graphics, and displays them in two different windows. HIS’s ability to display reports two ways simplifies the report compilation process. You can select an object in the first window (because structural graphics is active) and you can start a report for the object selected in the second window. HIS also gives you the option to start a report from the selection screen.

This article is an update of Danielle Larocca’s article, HR's 5 Reporting Options in R/3: How Do You Choose?, originally published April 15, 2003.

Satisfying your company’s human resource reporting requirements is always a challenge, beginning with the assessment process through the selection of the right reporting strategy. Deciding which method is best begins with a proper assessment of the reporting tools available.

As part of the standard SAP ERP HCM installation, you have five reporting options:

1)   Standard reports delivered with SAP ERP

2)   The Ad Hoc Query tool (InfoSet Query)

3)   The SAP Query

4)   The QuickViewer/SE16

5)   Custom hard-coded ABAP reports

In addition to these five SAP HCM reporting solutions, you also have the option of installing SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW). This is a separate SAP module that serves as a data warehouse where data can be exported from various SAP modules and other computer systems for strategic analysis and reporting. It is important to note that SAP NetWeaver BW is not designed for real-time reporting and or for transactional reporting, which is so important for HR and Payroll. Additionally you could also purchase a third-party solution for SAP ERP HCM reporting.

Danielle Larocca

Danielle Larocca is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management for EPI-USE Labs. Previously she was the Executive Vice President of Operations/Chief Knowledge Officer at a technology start-up. She has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national business, business process re-engineering, and project and people management. Danielle is an expert on SAP Human Resources (HR) and reporting and has authored four best-selling books on SAP. She is a regular speaker at numerous conferences around the world on topics such as HR, technology, change management, and leadership. She is an official SAP Mentor, a global designation assigned to less than 160 professionals worldwide, who serve as influential community participants in the SAP ecosystem. This group is nominated by the community and selected by the SAP Mentors’ Advisory Board to keep SAP relevant. Danielle also serves as an expert advisor for SAP Professional Journal.

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