Upgrades Part 4: Fix a Payroll Driver Runtime Error

  • by Mohamed Khalid Yousif, Certified Senior SAP HR Consultant
  • June 15, 2006
Discover a payroll problem you may face in your main payroll driver program when you upgrade from R/3 4.6C to mySAP ERP and see how you can permanently correct it.
Key Concept
Payroll is based on an international payroll driver that SAP provides for each country. The country-specific payroll drivers take the statutory and administrative regulations of a country into account. Payroll’s design allows you to use customizing functions to quickly modify the payroll procedure to meet the particular requirements of your enterprise. For example, SAP uses some include programs (e.g., RPCASFX0 and PCBURZ990) to allow functional/ developmental consultants to add and define their own customer functions.

One of the critical issues that you may face after upgrade is a problem in your main payroll driver program. Any payroll glitches could delay payments and negatively affect all employees in your organization. Also, payroll contains sensitive information such as payments and deductions.

I’ll explain one of the payroll driver problems that you may need to solve after upgrading. This problem concerns a syntax/runtime error that occurs when you execute a payroll driver (e.g., RPCALCX0). This issue may occur with all payroll drivers. After I explain the reason for the problem and its solution, you will know how incomplete customization activities in R/3 4.6C may lead to inconsistency after you upgrade.

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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