Speed Up Your Regular Payroll Run with Process Models

  • by Robert Osterhaus, Manager, SAP HR Business Application, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • April 15, 2004
While many companies use SAP process models after the completion of their payroll run, few realize that using process models during the regular payroll process can greatly increase efficiency. The author suggests tips and tricks that will enable your company to make the most out of process models.

SAP’s R/3 Payroll consists of a dynamic collection of steps that are broken down into two types of processing — regular payroll and off-cycle payroll.

The entire payroll flow typically contains a limited number of programs that are processed in exact order. To simplify the payroll run, SAP created process models, which were introduced with Release 4.5B. They are run via the HR Process Workbench, transaction PUST, to order and organize the payroll run into a flowchart format.

Many companies use SAP process models to handle activities subsequent to their off-cycle run — for example, printing the check and processing the post to FI/CO. However, not many have used this tool to enrich their current regular payroll process. In consolidating the lengthy process of running reports and remembering variants to executing one process model, companies can reduce pain and process time. Process models have been found to reduce run time from 25 percent to 50 percent when compared with the payroll scheduler RPCSC000, which is not supported with the current Enterprise release (4.7A).

Robert Osterhaus

Robert Osterhaus lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is manager, SAP HR Business Application, for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has more than seven years of SAP HR Payroll experience. He has been a lead consultant with SAP America, responsible for global implementations of HR/Payroll and Time on 3.1H, 4.0B, and 4.6B/C systems, while also helping the PCS (Pre-Configured System) team update to the Enterprise Release (4.7). Robert is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) and has also has taught numerous SAP courses, including time evaluation, gross and net payroll, master data, and the advanced payroll workshop.

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