In order not to start the new week with too heavy a text, I thought I pick a topic relying heavily on video-demos 😎
“Personnel Cost Planning and Simulation” (which includes headcount planning – I’ll refer to it as just “Cost Planning” in this blog) has always been a SAP HCM component, which, in my personal experience, has been used primarily in the German speaking world. We have worked with many clients in Germany for cost planning implementation and optimisation projects, but rarely in other countries. Here in the UK even SAP HR experts often don’t even know that the module exists.
However, when I was speaking about the topic at the HR2013 conference in Amsterdam in June, I was surprised to see many delegates from lots of other countries attending and being very interested. That’s why I thought I should share a few taster infos with SCN members, who might also get interested in this tool.
In a nutshell, the tool can use data from various sources (see following diagram), applies a set of rules in you set in configuration and various BAdIs, and creates a plan (or several plans in several scenarios) for expected HR cost in future periods, which can be checked and amended by line managers for their respective teams and also be transferred to the CO module and or BI.
The process follows 5 steps, where the first 3 steps are performed by the central HR team and the 4th step is for line managers:
Well, there’s a lot I might want to explain about each step and even more about the configuration, BAdIs and best practise do’s and dont’s. However, as I promised above, I’m not going to bother you with all this now, but rather draw on the old teachers’ trick to get listeners excited and say “let’s just watch a video” 🙂
So, I want to start with the most exciting one, demonstrating a few easy steps in Detail Planning, the line managers’ tool (step 4 in the above diagram), which is based on WebDynpro for ABAP in the current EHP or on BSP in older versions (EHP4). Then I’ll follow up with videos for each data collection and the planning run (steps 2 and 3 in the above diagram), in case you want to go the whole hog. The videos have been created by our team and can be shared and used freely for educational or demo purposes, as long as you don’t change them and refer to the original YouTube channel.
I’d also like to hear from you to see how much this tool is used in various countries and in particular, whether you are using the detail planning for line managers. Please also share your challenges and questions, so I can follow up with further blog articles or documents.
Here are the videos:
1) Detail Planning for Line Managers (step 4), 5 min: