Build Your Organizational Structure to Support SAP's Manager Self-Service

  • by Danielle Larocca, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management, EPI-USE Labs
  • January 15, 2006
Before implementing Manager Self-Service, it’s often necessary to alter your organizational management structure to ensure proper security and enable workflow. Here’s how one company did it.

When a company I worked with was designing its SAP Manager Self-Service (MSS) application, it first had to build an SAP organizational structure. I cannot overstate the importance of the SAP organizational and structural integrity when assessing or implementing a self-service application like MSS. The success or failure of the product, as well as the level of risk in application security, directly relate to the consistency and reliability of the organizational unit structure, position objects, and relationships between managerial positions and the units they manage.

A successful implementation of this application requires a strong change management effort and the time, resources, and commitment to maintain SAP structural objects consistently and in a timely manner. I’ll describe the company’s original organizational structure and then show how it changed to accommodate MSS.

Danielle Larocca

Danielle Larocca is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management for EPI-USE Labs. Previously she was the Executive Vice President of Operations/Chief Knowledge Officer at a technology start-up. She has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national business, business process re-engineering, and project and people management. Danielle is an expert on SAP Human Resources (HR) and reporting and has authored four best-selling books on SAP. She is a regular speaker at numerous conferences around the world on topics such as HR, technology, change management, and leadership. She is an official SAP Mentor, a global designation assigned to less than 160 professionals worldwide, who serve as influential community participants in the SAP ecosystem. This group is nominated by the community and selected by the SAP Mentors’ Advisory Board to keep SAP relevant. Danielle also serves as an expert advisor for SAP Professional Journal.

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