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In my almost 19 years of experience as an SAP HR consultant, I have seen companies use many different ways to configure the key elements of the personnel structure in an SAP ERP HCM system.  Every few years, a new best practice design emerges that differs significantly from the one before.

While there’s no single right way to configure PA, there are best practices that have worked successfully in leading companies.  At HR 2013, I will expound on these practices during my presentation, “Ensure Accurate and Meaningful Employee Analyses With These Expert PA Configuration Tips.”   Since PA configuration is completely customizable, I strongly recommend designing a master plan before starting.  A PA configuration grand design should address the following key questions:

1. What data do I need to collect?
2. What statuses do I want to assign?

3. What reporting goals are related to these actions?

During my presentation, I will provide recommendations to address these questions, along with useful tips on how to use the customer-specific status field to store employee statuses and classifications.  I will also give step-by-step instructions with detailed explanations for customizing employee groups and sub-groups, and configuring actions and action reason codes.

Previous attendees at SAPinsider HR conferences have told me that this type of “getting back to basics” education yields great benefit in terms of data integrity and easier HR reporting.  I’m excited to share the best practices and tips I’ve learned and developed over the years to help you get more value from your HR system.

See you at HR 2013 next month in Las Vegas!

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