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In this blog, we’ll provide insights on options you can take to save time and thousands of dollars in your payroll business. This includes our findings whilst speaking with our own customers when streamlining their Payroll process.
It is always a challenge for a customer new to SAP Payroll to know some of the challenges they will encounter along the journey, so I am trying to highlight some of the areas that I know will come up during implementation and post go-live.
For 20 years, I’ve been working in and around the SAP payroll solution and have been building software that can streamline its processes from end to end.
Whilst overall, I would think that most customers would benefit from additional solutions to streamline the existing processes, I will provide a balanced viewpoint without necessarily talking about just software solutions.
Darren SouterSpinifexIT Founder & Global Architect
The SAP Customer’s Standard Journey
Now, let’s talk about the journey of a standard SAP customer.
Reporting takes backstage during the implementation process, but turns out to be a major requirement as time goes on. So, does this mean needing additional reporting solutions?
Let’s explore the standard reporting solutions and find out if it is enough to work with these.
Standard Employee Central Payroll Reports
Employee Central Payroll will come standard with many reports such as Superannuation Reports, Wagetype Reporter and Various Other pre-defined reports.
These are all useful reports, but they are generally hardcoded and cannot easily be altered.
Adhoc Query is a generic reporting tool that SAP provides, however this only reports specific data such as infotypes and does not combine this with Payroll or other Transactional Results.
❯ This is often the starting place for reporting and we would recommend you understand the reports that are delivered out of the box.
This is a new Employee Central Reporting solution that sits on top of SAP Analytics Cloud. This is for reporting SuccessFactors data and replaces a number of the existing SuccessFactors reporting solutions.
At this time, this solution does not include Payroll Reporting.
❯ People Analytics is a new solution and as of today, it is too early to indicate the overall value proposition.
Workforce Analytics or People Analytics – Advanced Edition
Workforce Analytics (Now known as People Analytics Advanced Edition) is a useful Management Analytic Solution, but is often more higher business level reporting.
Whilst this delivers a subset of Payroll Reports, these are often not the day to day reports the payroll team will require, but focused more on Management type reporting.
❯ This solution is not generally used for day-to-day Payroll Reporting.
SAP Analytics Cloud
This solution allows you to build your own dashboards and user stories using data from various systems with powerful visualisation tools.
It would be possible to build your payroll reporting, but you need to consider how to get the data into this solution, and then how to cater for things like security, regular updates etc.
❯ This requires reports to be purpose built and then updated with data. Much like many Business Warehouse solutions, and Workforce Analytics, this is more of a management analytics solution.
ABAP Custom Reports
Within the Employee Central Payroll Solution, the Internal IT Team can build their own reports. These however require a specific skill set and often end up with fairly purpose built reports.
❯ This is not a cost effective approach for most reporting needs.
Most customers resort to using Excel or some other tool to extract data from Employee Central Payroll. You can include multiple data sources and merge them together to produce the reports you need.
❯ This is a very manual process and often results in many complex spreadsheets that require an expert to maintain.
So many reports, so little time
Equipping your Payroll team with the right tools and expertise upfront saves you a lot of time and many thousands, in some cases, millions of dollars.
Here’s where SpinifexIT can help you.
Our customers have found that SpinifexIT is not just “nice to have”, but a mandatory solution for their day to day work. Our accelerator is powered by our SAP-certified Easy Reporter solution, our Payroll Control Center (PCC) Accelerator add-on, and a couple of localized solutions for Australian (Easy STP) and North American (Easy Balance) payroll reconciliation, and more!
- Purpose build Payroll Day to Day and Compliance Reports that can be run out of the box
- Adhoc Report capabilities to build the reports you need in minutes
- Distribution Capabilities that can be used for sending reports out to managers, departments or even external interfaces such as Deduction Vendors
- Full Integration into the Payroll Control Center solution as well as Employee or Manager Self Service Capabilities for any report you want to make available
- Additional Functionality delivered out of the box that can be used to streamline implementation of Employee Central Payroll and even Testing the Regular upgrades.
In the next blog, we’ll be featuring customer case studies where SpinifexIT solutions have been implemented and how clients have considered it a success. We’re also including a 2020 checklist you can refer to whilst planning your implementation.