SAP Manager's Desktop: Make Your Line Managers’ Day-to-Day Work More Efficient: Part 2

  • by Sven Ringling, Executive Director, iProCon Human Capital Management
  • December 15, 2005
Most organizations do not take advantage of many Manager’s Desktop features. Learn advanced customizing and programming techniques, custom function codes, and useful tips for your implementation project.
Key Concept

Manager’s Desktop enables managers to do much more than run simple HR reports. You can include appraisals, compensation management, accounting, and BW reporting. You can easily add preconfigured applications such as most standard and custom HR-reports based on logical databases and cost center reports in Report Writer. You can also add special applications in quota planning, performance management, skill management, compensation planning, and workflow. Others require a significant programming effort: starting reports via a selection screen, maintaining a particular infotype, and integrating custom reports without a logical database or other custom transactions.

Manager’s Desktop is a flexible framework into which you can integrate virtually any application once you understand the basic structure. Because busy managers use Manager’s Desktop, you must ensure it’s easy to use and free from unnecessary information. Making Manager’s Desktop as user friendly as possible is challenging because it uses the standard SAP user interface rather than the Web-based environment to which many managers are accustomed.

I described the basic concept of Manager’s Desktop in my last article, and now I want to show you how to get the most out of it. First I will present some more types of function codes you can include in Manager’s Desktop. Then I will address some options to improve the views on the right side of Manager’s Desktop. I’ll show you how to configure the information columns in each view so that the GUI does not present users with unnecessary and maybe even misleading data. Instead it should show additional, useful information that users can access without starting a report. Finally, I will offer tips and tricks for a smooth Manager’s Desktop project. See the sidebar, “Quick Start for Migration from HIS,” if you want to include a part of your Human Resources Information System (HIS) in Manager’s Desktop.

Sven Ringling

Sven Ringling is executive director at iProCon ( and iProCon Human Capital Management ( He started working as an SAP HCM consultant in 1996 and also works in strategic HR and change management. He is one of the authors of the books Mastering HR Management with SAP and HR Personnel Planning and Development Using SAP.

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