True Tales From a One-Man Tech Team

  • by David Wisor, SAP HR, Time, and Payroll Analyst, Mannington Mills, Inc.
  • January 30, 2012
Understand the concerns and considerations with having one employee support all of your HCM configuration, then follow the process used by a one-man tech team to quickly and efficiently implement changes to the SAP system.
Key Concept
Using project management in the SAP IMG can simplify configuration. This tool means users can quickly and efficiently complete all the activities associated with a request, such as creating a new work schedule rule or revising pay scale groups and levels, without displaying the entire IMG.

When I meet other SAP ERP HCM professionals at a networking event, the annual SAPinsider HR conference, or some other venue, the conversation invariably shifts to a discussion of specialization. With so many large companies adopting SAP ERP HCM, and with the distinct differences in skill sets required to configure its various pieces, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could specialize in the entire SAP ERP HCM environment. Yet, that is exactly what I do — supporting Personnel Administration, Organizational Management, benefits, time, payroll, and any other SAP ERP HCM initiative that my employer decides to implement.

The obvious assumption is that I spend part of my time managing a group of consultants and contractors who assist on projects; however, that is not the case. For the past five years I have gotten the job done without the help of a single outside resource — even completing an acquisition during this period. I do have the assistance of an ABAP programmer, who has written or revised several programs, and a Basis team that applies my transports.

Like any other work model, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this way of doing things. On the plus side, if you are the sole source of configuration, you are always familiar with what’s going on in your system. There’s no need to worry about changes in benefits or time management that were not shared with payroll, and vice versa. It also means that projects can be moved through linearly — if something needs to be done immediately, I don’t have to rely on someone else to do it.

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David Wisor

David Wisor, SAP HR, Time, and Payroll Analyst, is a twenty-year employee of Mannington Mills, Inc., in Salem, NJ, as well as a featured speaker at SAP conferences and seminars. David has been working as an analyst in the SAP Human Capital Management module since 2004.

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