Speed Up R/3 Data Entry with the Object Manager

  • by Clay Molinari, SAP HR Consultant, C&C Savant, Inc.
  • June 15, 2005
SAP R/3 contains a tool called the object manager. This tool is often ignored or underused. The object manager contains features that can greatly reduce the number of keystrokes and mouse clicks required to complete common tasks such as recording absences or entering benefit elections. Learn about these features and increase your R/3 productivity.
Key Concept
The object manager is a search tool similar to the traditional field search help. The field search help is available as a drop-down list on most SAP screen fields. Using field search help, you can generate a list of possible values and select one. The object manager saves the hit list and displays it on the screen. This enables you to move from one object in the hit list to another without performing the search again.

The object manager helps you locate many different types of objects, not just persons. The object manager is context sensitive. In transactions used to process person data such as PA20, PA30, PA51, and PA61, you can search for people. In transaction PO01 (maintain work center), object manager allows you to search for work centers. In transaction PPOME, it allows you to search for the different types of objects maintained in this transaction, namely organizational units, positions, jobs, persons, users, or tasks. Figure 1 shows the object manager as it appears in PPOME.

Clay Molinari

Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.

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