In this blog, I m going to enlist all the important links for upgrading or customizing EHP5, EHP6 and HR Renewal, Fiori and others widely discussed topics.
Before this you need to know and decide are you sticking with JAVA WD (No more enhancement for HCM) or moving towards WebDynpro ABAP based ESS/MSS and UI5 Landing pages etc (recommended approach)
Since you are doing Technical upgrade, its better to migrate to latest technology as in both cases testing would be involved and you can get much more out of testing when you plan to migrate.
Please note once you plan to move away from JAVA WD to Newer WDA or UI5 based ESS/MSS, its a project in itself ie
For customers not planning to use WDA ESS/MSS then :
When you upgrade your Portal to NW 7.3 or 7.4 and need new BPs and doesnt want to upgrade ECC ie from EHP4 to EHP6/7, Please check below note
SAP NOTE 1874939 - SAP Business Suite for SAP NetWeaver 7.4 hub systems
you will find any dependency using UDA Tool http://service.sap.com/uda
Need to use this new Business packages for new NW version
BP ESS 1.41
BP MSS 1.41
SAP PCUI_GP 633
Refer Here below
To understand how the EA HR and SAP HR versions vary in each EHPs SAP versioning, part 2 (why EHP7 contains SAP APPL 6.17)
Now if customers plans to upgrade or install new EHP5/6/7 HCM, They have two deployments options ie without using Portal or use NWBC
Here are the options and benefits listed.
Moving towards ESS WD ABAP from WD JAVA, would indeed be a reimplementation but customer can preserve their configuration in backend but not in portal if they choose to use new Iviews. If they want to run parallel both JAVA WD and ABAP WD Iviews it ll require two set of roles once they activate switches for ESS and MSS as listed in below notes and links.
Please always familiarize with this new technology and switches, any new functionality in enhancement package is typically done through a switch, only once you activate this switch in SFW5, you ll see this option.
All Business Switches are listed here and their Important documentaion ie what and which functionality each switch brings and also the roles.
Each EHP release, brings its set of roles which you need to use :
Important Notes to consider :
1450179 ESS Based on Web Dynpro ABAP Available as of EHP5
1701634 HR renewal 1.0: Release Information Note
1685257 Portal Upload ie Business Package Deployment EHP6 above and beyond for WDA
HCM, Employee Self-Service Switches - Human Capital Management - SAP Library EHP5 ESS (EA HR 605) Switch HCM_ESS_WDA_1
Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP Library EHP6 ESS (EA HR 606) HCM_ESS_WDA_2
Business Switches HCM, ESS on Web Dynpro ABAP 3 - Human Capital Management - SAP Library
ESS with UI5 Landing Pages ie HR Renewal, Now with HR Renewal we have provided functionality in Support package level as opposed to enhancement.
HR Renewal http://help.sap.com/hr_renewal
Configuration guide can be obtained from here (please note this require S user id)
Admin guides which provide information are listed here :
HR renewal is a shipment name for quarterly shipments (also called feature packs ) in the HCM area that belong to the so-called In-Advance Shipments (IAS). With the HR renewal shipments, the software component EA-HR is shipped in advance to the next ERP enhancement package.
Support Package 03 = Feature Pack 1
Support Package 05 = Feature Pack 2
Support Package 10 = Feature Pack 3
Support Package 14 = Feature Pack 4 UI5 based Landing Pages for ESS/MSS and few services launched.
Related blogs on this are :
SAP Note 1943809, to call custom role ie ZESS in your Application etc
Important Customisation links Launchpad and Notes LPD_CUST, BADI Usage and Dynamic rendering
Dynamic Rendering of the Menu (BAdI HRESS_MENU) - Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP LibraryApplication Parameters - Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP Library
Addition of custom infotypes or additional standard Infotypes in ESS
You can check delta of functionality between different releases using the SAP Solution Browser
For MSS we have called MSS ADD ON
1588625 Release information for Manager Self-Services Add-On 1.0
1582553 Release strategy for the ABAP add-on EA-HR_MSS
1582460 EA-HR_MSS: Overview note
Check the help links here first to understand the functionality :
Configuration of ZMSS role or calling custom role in MSS :
POWL or UWL
Most often there is a confusion that POWL uses SWFVISU, It doesnt . Information on configuring POWL can ve accessed here
To hide unnecessary queries from the POWL use trabnscation code POWL_COCKPIT and delete those queries from the inbox you are using.
Leave request single level approval TS21500003 for WDA, This WF should be used
Muliple level approval configuration as of HR Renewal FP3 Configurations for enabling Multiple approvers for Leave Request
SAP Notes for customisaiton of Leave request and Working time approval
1773641 ESS LEA: Web Dynpro ABAP based Leave Request use in UWL
1800335 CATS WDA: Web Dynpro ABAP based CATS use in UWL
Fiori and HR Renewal
Fiori apps are designed to work on desktop, tablet and smartphones using the same code and based on SAPUI5.
SAP Fiori does not replace HCM UX renewal, which is an in-depth renovation across all HR processes. SAP Fiori focuses on simplification for the most broadly and frequently used business functions for enterprise users. Fiori includes HR apps, but has a broad scope, including not only employee and manager but also purchasing agent and sales reps. Fiori doesnt require extra licensing costs and is available free with software licenses
HCM Processes and Forms
ie WDTHEMEROOT to set SAP_CORBU theme in WD_GLOBAL_SETTING Web Dynpro ABAP application
SAP Note 1679127 - Transfer style sheets (themes) to Web Dynpro applications