How a Professional Services Company Achieved Successful Time Entry Integration

  • by Srini Munagavalasa, PMP, Principal Business Integration
  • Sunanda Devireddy, Principal Business Analyst
  • February 18, 2010
Prepare for your own Cross-Application Time Sheet implementation by reviewing lessons learned at a service provider implementation.

We began our implementation of SAP Time Entry for professional services at our company as part of one of our major releases. Due to a lack of intimate knowledge about Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS), we never realized the importance of integration and customization among various modules, including SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM), Project System (PS), and SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) cProjects.

This article chronicles the missteps and problems we encountered and how we tackled these challenges with the next implementation. You can use our example to avoid mistakes and better understand integration of various modules associated with time entry implementation.

In our last SAP implementation, we successfully implemented regular time recording for employees. Regular time recording data is an HR function used for payroll processing only. This time was not linked to purchase orders, PS, or any other modules. We implemented SAP applications for employee self-services during our first go-live process with minimal customization and integration among various SAP modules.

Srini Munagavalasa

Srinivasa (Srini) Munagavalasa has 14 years of experience in various SAP modules. Srini has worked on multiple SAP global implementations at major clients. He has experience as a project manager, deployment lead, build manager, and technical development manager.

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Sunanda Devireddy

Sunanda Devireddy has more than 10 years of SAP experience in the SAP HR Payroll, Time Management, Compensation, and ESS/MSS functional areas. Sunanda worked on multiple global implementations at Micron Technologies and Walt Disney Company. Sunanda joined her current company four years ago and works as a principal business analyst in the SAP team.

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