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.
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.
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.
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