Use Standard SAP to Restrict Access in a CATS Implementation

  • by Deepankar Maitra, Senior Manager, Accenture
  • October 15, 2004
Designing authorization roles for a Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) implementation can be made simpler by an understanding of three major role types. The author presents strategies for setting up these roles using the examples of the general user, the central timekeeper, and the supervisor.
Key Concept
The Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) system is a tool for recording working time. You can use the recorded time to drive a variety of interfaces, such as payroll, cost accounting, project and order confirmations, as well as external service management. Working time is always entered against an employee number, with additional attributes depending upon the ultimate purpose of recording the time.

A Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) implementation is often part of a larger project that involves multiple SAP modules such as Project System (PS) or Plant Maintenance (PM). The dependence of CATS on employee numbers requires a certain amount of HR functionality to drive it successfully. This HR functionality requires authorizations to be set up to restrict access.

The complexities of HR security often prove to be a challenge. For companies that already have other HR components implemented, CATS security requirements can be lost in (or conflict with) settings for other authorizations that use the same objects. For companies implementing HR only to support CATS, insufficient consideration of HR authorization configuration results in embarrassing security lapses.

Deepankar Maitra

Deepankar Maitra has more than 25 years of consulting experience specializing in SAP-based solutions for human resources, supply chain, and reporting in multi-national companies around the world. He has successfully directed large implementation projects as solution architect, delivery manager, global lead, and country lead. His expertise lies in pragmatic harmonization of data and synthesis of processes using tools that improve process execution through quantum leaps in productivity.

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