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Maintain Master Data Application: Short Profile Customization Continued…

After a long gap(due to my Success Factors and Dell BOOMI Certifications), I decide to fulfill my promise made in my earlier blog. My last blog walks through the process of hiding fields and renaming field labels in the Short Profile section of Maintain Master Data Application. SAP has come up with a list of limited fields in the Short Profile section and we could come across a requirement to add some additional fields in this section. This blog is a continuation of my previous blog that lists steps to add new fields to the Short Profile through “Simple Configuration” itself (with zero development effort).

Step#1 – Gather your requirement

Identify the exact short profile (Employee short profile/Position short profile/Org Unit short profile) that should be enhanced. List the fields that were missing and needs to be added to that particular short profile page. In this blog, l shall add a “Cost Center” field to Employee’s Short Profile.

Step#2 – Add fields to Field Selection Catalog

As a first step in this configuration process – Create a new field for Data Retrieval in the below configuration node (SPRO>Personnel & Organization>Master Data Application>Object Profile Page>Short Profiles>Extend Field Selection>Add Fields to Field Selection Catalog). In this scenario since we are going to get the Cost Center value from PA0001, I would maintain the category is defined as SAP_PAIT. If we wish to get information related to Position or Organization Unit (for Position or Organizational Unit short profiles), we might consider using the related SAP pre-delivered categories.


History of “Category” field

Please find the below quick introduction about “Category” field from SAP Help.


SAP has delivered a bunch of categories that would cater most of our common requirements –


As highlighted above, since we need to extract employee information from infotype, we have opted for SAP_PAIT category. You may choose to use the required categories as per your requirement. In case if none of the above listed categories fulfills your requirement, you may choose to define a new category and build a BADI enhancement that extracts data based on your requirement.

As suggested in SAP Help, this category acts a filter to the BADI Implementation of the BADI – BADI_HRTMC_DR_FIELDS.


Step#3 –Define Field properties

Define the field properties like Infotype, subtype, reference field and value type. There are different options to display the value i.e. Infotype field value, Infotype field text and Infotype field value & text.


Step#4 – Add the custom field to the Short profile configuration

Add the Cost center field (Z_EMP_COST_CENTER) to Employee’s Short Profile Configuration ID (You may find more information about this configuration id from my last blog) –


Step#5 – Add the custom field to the Short Profile Screen

Add the “Cost Center” field to the Short Profile Screen (HRPAO_SHORT_PROFILE_EMP_XX) using “Customizing Layer”.


Step#6 – Test your changes

Open the Employee Short Profile to view the “Cost Center”.


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      Thanks for knowledge sharing...

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      Thanks Harshal. More to come in SF shortly.

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      Li Wang

      Very nice!!!