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Hi Team, 

After Las Vegas, SAP HR 2009 European tour  is now coming to Europe. The Conference will take place in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic.

I received requests to consolidate SAP HCM initiatives from SAP Partners SAP Insiders (Wisbubs).

SAP Insider has several initiatives when it comes to deliver state-of-the art SAP knowledge :

SAP HR Conference

This year again, SAP Partner SAP Insider (Wispubs) will organize the SAP HR Conference in parallel with the Financials and the GRC conference.

All conference under the same roof.

The full agenda can be download here .

Why join us ? Not just another conference ! This is the conference every SAP HCM analyst, consultant, trainers and more should attend.

Not only you are well served by knowledgeable professionals from SAP HCM (both SAP internals and third parties) but you will also have a great chance to grow you network.

I wish we had such event 10 years ago to start grabbing SAP HCM knowledge.

This event is organized in partnership with SAP AG. SAP will also provide insight information regarding latest product capabilities and releases.

I will take part in this event and will also lecture. For your convenience, here are the sessions I will hold, amongst other great presentations.

 Jumpstart - Session : Best practices for configuring SAP NetWeaver Portal to deliver employee and manager self-services. 

This  exclusive  3-hour  session  offers  instruction  on how to design, secure,  and ensure adoption of employee and manager self-services using SAP NetWeaver Portal.

  • Step through demos that illustrate the latest capabilities of employee and manager self-service and how they are delivered via SAP NetWeaver Portal
  • Get an overview of how self-services can be used to streamline important HR administration and managerial processes, from salary verification and benefits management, to recruiting, training, and succession planning
  • Learn how to properly set up and modify SAP-delivered portal content structures, such as roles, worksets, pages, and iViews
  • Gather tips to properly secure your self-service portal and back-end system that ensure only the right people have access to important applications and data
  • Explore your options for designing a user-friendly interface for your self-service portal Improve usability and enhance user adoption with the right content balancing, branding, and navigation techniques.
  • Become familiar with the latest self-service business packages,including employee self-service, manager self-service, HR administrator, e-recruitment, and enterprise learning solutions.

Session 1 - An innovative guide to leveraging SAP enhancement packages within your SAP ERP HCM environment

This  session  offers  a detailed guide to the HCM functionality offered with  SAP enhancement packages 1,  2,  3, and 4 for SAP ERP 6.0. Step through  guidelines  for  integrating  SAP  enhancement  packages into a mature  SAP  ERP HCM landscape. Find out how your approach to installing an  SAP enhancement package differs from a full system upgrade. Review a checklist  of  technical  and functional prerequisites that can help you avoid  costly  installation  problems  and reduce maintenance fees. Step through  comprehensive demos that illustrate how SAP enhancement package functionality  can add value to critical SAP ERP HCM processes. Find out what   options   are  now  available  to  address  HR  business  process challenges,   integrate   previously  siloed  HR  processes,  and  close functionality gaps. Get a sneak peek into new HR content planned for SAP enhancement package 5.

Session 2 - Best practices to improve the delivery of HR content through a self-service portal

This  session  highlights best practices that self-service customers are using  to  set  up  and  deliver  HR content to users. Understand how to create  a content delivery model that ensures strong self-service portal performance.  Examine  how  the  development  tools and technologies you use---such  as  Internet  Transaction  Server (ITS), business server pages (BSP),  HTML,  and WebDynpro for Java affect the look and feel of your portal.  See  how  configuration of self-services functionality based on SAP  ERP  Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0 differs dramatically from what you  may have designed for SAP R/3 content. Take home a checklist of key factors  required  to run self-service processes, including critical OSS notes and proxy classes that ease maintenance and change management.

 Session 3 - Options and strategies to secure your employee and manager self-service applications

This  session  provides an introduction to the fundamental authorization concepts  you  need  to know to properly secure SAP employee and manager self-service  applications  within  a portal. Understand the differences between a traditional SAP R/3 role and a portal role and learn how these differences  impact  the  effort  required  to  plan,  design,  and test self-service  authorizations.  Review  the pros and cons of the standard delivered  SAP  employee  self-service  authorization  objects to better understand  what  each  does  and  where  you may need to add additional authorizations.  Get  expert advice for monitoring and overcoming common performance  issues that may slow down your self-service authorizations.

Know  your  options for handling more complex self-service authorization challenges,  like delegation, substitution, and shadowing, which require users to perform activities on behalf of others in your portal. Identify the  specific  authorization  objects  you  need  to enable workflow and reporting  in  your portal-based self-service applications, and get tips to estimate  the  time  and  resources  required  to  implement  these authorizations in your system.

Session 4-  A new and comprehensive guide to leveraging SAP Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS)

Review  in  detail  the  features and functions of SAP Cross-Application Time  Sheet  (CATS),  including the latest CATS functionality in SAP ERP 6.0.  Understand your options for entering data through CATS and see how both  standard  SAP  R/3 transactions and SAP employee self-services can use  it.  Explore the core integration points between CATS and other SAP modules  and  see  where  the most important CATS data and configuration elements  originate.  Receive  tips  for  how  to  best  integrate  CATS functionality   with   other   applications   or  sources  such  as  Web applications. Learn new ways to troubleshoot and fine tune your existing CATS   configuration.   Take  home  a  quick  reference  guide  of  CATS transaction   codes,   answers   to   frequently  asked  questions,  and resolutions to common CATS error messages.

Session 5 - Guidelines for optimizing HR performance using standard workflows or rather Illustrated Guidelines to setup Standard HCM workflows

Learn  how to leverage standard workflows to optimize the performance of your   SAP   ERP   HCM  applications.  Review  technical  prerequisites, transaction  codes, programs, and authorization requirements for setting up  workflows.  Find  out  what  scenarios,  such  as  business rules in self-service  processes,  are  suitable  for workflow and which workflow features  will  give  you  the greatest return on investment (ROI). View demos  that  illustrate  of two standard workflow setups, including time approval   and   leave  requests.  Obtain  expert  advice  to  identify, configure,  activate,  and assign tasks to these workflows.  Gather best practices  for  integrating  workflows  with  your  Professional  Inbox, Business  Workplace, and Universal Worklist. Collect tips for monitoring and  troubleshooting  workflows and work items. Take home a step-by-step guide  for  enabling  standard workflow in your SAP ERP HCM environment and  a housekeeping checklist for to assure the quality of your workflow deployment.

 Session 6 - 12 expert recommendations you can use every day to improve thefunctionality and usability of your HR applications

This  session  offers  practical lessons for deriving greater value from your  existing  SAP  ERP HCM applications. Find out how far you can take standard   functionality   before  turning  to  custom  development  and modifications.  Examine  the  options  available to you in the event you decide  customization  is  the  best  choice to meet your organization's needs.  Learn  easy  ways  to  activate  user menus, assign personalized transaction  codes, and define user parameters. Explore the best ways to leverage  standard  HR workflows, including advice for using table T779X for  workflow  as an alternative to standard audit programs. Obtain best practices  for  using  standard reports to identify a personnel number's manager.  Find  out  how  to leverage Web Dynpro personalization options that  could improve the usability of your self-service portal. Learn how monitoring  SAP  user  assignments  with the HRUSER transaction code can simplify  self-service data collection. Find out how to properly map and assign users to personnel numbers.

SAP Books

Valuable books are also published under SAP PRESS. There are several channels to access the wide offer :

 Monthly HR Expert Bulleting

A monthly bulletin is also published by Wispubs. They provide insight useful information for SAP HCM projects and knowledge transfer.

That's it for now, wrapped up seven sessions (the Magnificent seven).

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Cheers !

Martin