Leverage BAdIs to Customize SAP HCM Performance Management

  • by Sven Ringling, Executive Director, iProCon Human Capital Management
  • January 15, 2008
More than 50 Business Add-Ins (BAdIs) are available in SAP HCM Performance Management. However, with flexibility comes complexity. See what’s available and how to integrate BAdIs into your process.
Key Concept

Since R/3 Enterprise (4.7) Extension Set 1.1, SAP HCM supports the whole performance management process with objective setting and appraisals as well as development planning. The objectives and appraisals form (template), usually maintained on the Web through a portal or stand-alone Business Server Page (BSP), constitutes the heart of the process. It carries information about an individual’s or a team’s performance. Companies use Business Add-Ins (BAdIs) to adapt their processes and customize requirements through custom ABAP coding. BAdIs influence the look, feel, and interactive behavior of the template, as well as the process around it. Implementations of Performance Management that do not use BAdIs are few and far between.

In a nutshell, a Business Add-In (BAdI) is a window in SAP standard coding where you can insert custom code without having to modify standard coding. We’ll go over the pros and cons of using BAdIs in Human Capital Management (HCM) Performance Management, show how you to implement a BAdI, and provide some examples and typical pitfalls. A second article will focus on two popular BAdIs, one that determines field values in the appraisal form and another that performs background checks on any custom rules (e.g., “if an assessment is below 3, you have to write a note to justify it”) while the form is filled in. Throughout the article, we refer to the BAdIs introduced with Release 4.6, which are called “classic BAdIs” in more recent versions.

Sven Ringling

Sven Ringling is executive director at iProCon (www.iprocon.de) and iProCon Human Capital Management (www.iproconhcm.co.uk). He started working as an SAP HCM consultant in 1996 and also works in strategic HR and change management. He is one of the authors of the books Mastering HR Management with SAP and HR Personnel Planning and Development Using SAP.

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