I know that the latest feature pack i.e. Feature Pack 4 for HR Renewal 1.0 has got released recently i.e. less than 2 months. Even before I settle down with this latest version, I started thinking about the next version(dreaming about could be new features 😉 ) .I decided to put my wish list (just top 5) for the next HR Renewal release in this blog. I am not sure about the next version# i.e. whether it’s HR Renewal 1.0 FP5 or HR Renewal 2.0, but titled this blog as HR Renewal 2.0 with a simple logic – HR Renewal 1.0 sits on EHP6 and SAP has recently released EHP7 which means the next HR Renewal release would be 2.0 🙂
#1 – Make Mass Forms truly powerful
With HR Renewal 1.0 FP3, SAP has introduced the “Mass Form” functionality in HCM Processes and Forms. I got excited when I was exploring this functionality, but soon I realized that these “Mass Forms” is only confined to Hire/rehire actions. We can’t really create Mass Hire forms for any action/infotype update. My wish in the next release is “Extend these mass forms” to any infotype updates and all kind of backend services. I should be able to easily build/configure a mass position creation form using SAP_PD backend service by adding all related fields of Position from HRP1000, HRP1001, HRP1002, HRP1007, HRP1008, HRP1013, etc. On submission of this mass form it should create positions in one shot! I should be able to build/configure a Mass Transfer form using SAP_PA backend service by adding all related fields of Transfer action from PA0000, PA0001, etc. More info about these mass forms can be found in my blogs –
#2 – Enhance Maintain Master data Application
Maintain Master data Application has been one of the core application that was delivered with HR Renewal 1.0 (I would say this application has been there from Day 1). Though we saw lot of country specific Object profile pages (Country specific infotype maintenance) over a period of time, but there have been very little enhancements to this application. I know the audience for this application would be just “HR Professionals” who can be literally counted (10-200 per organization), but I would still expect this application to be enhanced to support many object types and their infotypes. It would also be great if this application is also used by Managers in some smart way (where the Short profile and object profile page is customized based on the role – HR Professional vs Manager). More info about this functionality can be found in my blogs –
#3 – Migrate more/all Applications from Web Dynpro ABAP to SAPUI5
From feature pack 4, SAP has introduced new applications (in SAPUI5) and landing pages for Employees & Managers. I love these new applications (Personal Profile, Leave Request Application, etc) and the lovely ESS and MSS landing pages too, but not all Employee and Manager Applications are migrated to SAPUI5. Applications like Employee profile still doesn’t have “Edit” functionality to have employees maintain their own information, employees have to use “Personal Profile” application to update their information(which seems to be bit confusing where we have different look and feel). Above it, one of the major application of HR Professional role i.e. Maintain Master Data application is still in Web Dynpro ABAP. I wish SAP to migrate more/all these applications to SAPUI5 to get uniform look and feel.
#4 – Enhance Workforce Viewer
From feature pack 4, SAP has introduced its own SAPUI5 based Org Chart functionality which looks pretty good as a starter. The Workforce Viewer is just over simple. Compared to NAKISA org chart functionality, the Workforce viewer definitely lags in various features like zoom, different views (like Vertical Style, Vertical Condensed Style, Horizontal Style, Combined Center Style), search functionality, date selection(display Org Chart based on certain dates), etc. After working on NAKISA based Org chart functionality one would expect all the existing features (at least most of it) of existing Org Chart in the new Workforce Viewer. In fact, one would expect something new and cool in the Workforce Viewer J My other wish in the Workforce viewer is – enhance the existing Card layout to display more basic information of the employee/position/org unit without navigating to it’s quick view(as in NAKISA Org Chart). More info about this blog can be found my blog –
#5 – Lanes, Lanes, Lanes everywhere, but lack of customization of lane content
Right from day one if HR Renewal, I kept seeing lane based approach in most of the SAPUI5 applications i.e. from Landing pages to Personal profile to Leave Overview J Yes, it is nice to have lanes, but there should be a way to customize these lanes i.e. control the content inside these lanes. Like, if I wish to add a custom field in the Employee profile’s “About” or “Organizational Assignment” lane, it’s almost impossible as of today. There is no customizing option in SPRO to modify this lane content. Also, there is no option to add a new lane (at least to my knowledge so far from SPRO node) using simple SPRO Customization. My last wish is – “Customization option for SAPUI5 applications”.
As said before these wishes are from my perspective only ! You can agree or disagree with my picks, and feel free to suggest your own. Looking ahead for some good feedback !