Upgrades Part 2: Fix Three Common PA Errors with Ease

  • by Mohamed Khalid Yousif, Certified Senior SAP HR Consultant
  • April 16, 2006
Discover three Personnel Administration (PA) problems you may face in your upgrade to mySAP ERP and how to permanently fix them. You may not face these specific problems, but you can learn from the methodology behind the solutions.
Key Concept
Personnel lookup tables contain the system settings for the infotypes that store personal data for employees. SAP contains several standard sample entries, called SAP entries, in these lookup tables. Each upgrade or release may overwrite changes to existing entries, so you should avoid changing this data. If changes are unavoidable, document them carefully so you can repeat them when necessary.

A successful upgrade minimizes the impact on users. To this end, I’ll explain and show you how to solve the main functional HR upgrade problems that may occur during your upgrade from R/3 4.6C to mySAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 5.0. In part 2 of this series, I continue with Personnel Administration (PA) issues. I will address Payroll issues in part 3.

After you upgrade from 4.6C to SAP ECC 5.0, you need to fix three PA issues. The first is an object editing error that occurs in the personal data infotype 0002 and related client configuration. The second error is in the personnel file transaction PA10 and re-entry date action transaction PA41. You must synchronize related infotypes in configuration tables such as the infotype dialog/database assignment table T777D, infotype customized attributes table T582A, and infotype country setting table T582L. The last error involves incorrect data in personnel lookup tables such as the religious denominations table (T516T) and marital status designations table (T502T) in infotype 0002. This last error may relate to how R/3 4.6C configured these tables.

Mohamed Khalid Yousif

Mohamed Khalid Yousif is a certified senior SAP HR consultant. Mohamed has a master’s degree in computer science from Khartoum University, Sudan. He is currently the team leader of the SAP HR support team and also was team leader of the ECC 5.0 upgrade project at National Drilling Company, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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