Track and Analyze Changes to Customizing Tables Using Standard SAP Reports and Tools

  • by Nitin Fuldeore, SAP HCM, IBM USA
  • September 27, 2011
Help SAP users audit configuration changes and reduce the time needed to resolve issues caused by configuration by tracking and analyzing the changes to customizing tables.
Key Concept
With many different people working on the implementation and support of the SAP ERP HCM system, it is vitally important to track SAP configuration changes. This step is essential when the system is already live, the implementation is complex or global, or when a small change or entry in a configuration table may significantly affect the system. Tracking changes helps users find the root cause of the problem and is a faster solution because users know who made the change and what changes caused the issue. This knowledge helps users correct these issues when they occur.

The SAP system gives users the power to configure, store, and report on the stored data. By using standard SAP tools, you can configure what needs to be logged and how to view the logged changes.

Configuration is done once at the initial phase of the project, but its benefits are reaped throughout the life of the SAP system. Most standard SAP system users use SAP reports for analysis; but very few users are involved in the configuration work behind it. This article is intended for people who are using the system for analysis and those who are involved in configuration as there is not much detailed information readily available on this functionality. I use examples to explain how to use SAP standard functionality.

Companies use this functionality for system audits and resolving configuration issues. Many organizations have strict processes and guidelines about moving changes to the production environment. This functionality helps companies keep track of the changes in the production environment and also helps with faster issue resolution when issues are caused by updates to configuration tables.

Nitin Fuldeore

Nitin Fuldeore is an SAP consultant who specializes in the SAP ERP Human Capital Management module. For the last decade he has been helping his global clients implement SAP HR in the US, Greater China, Singapore, and India. Nitin is currently working with IBM’s HCM practice.

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