In this blog, I m going to enlist all the important links for upgrading or customizing EHP5, EHP6 and HR Renewal
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_ESS 633
SAP PCUI_GP 633
SAP_MSS 630

http://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/ERP6/SAP+Netweaver+7.3x+hub+systems
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 famililarise 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 Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP Library
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 – SAP Help Portal Page | http://help.sap.com/hr_renewal]
Configuration guide can be obtained from here (please note this require S user id)
https://websmp210.sap-ag.de/~form/sapnet?_SHORTKEY=01100035870000746990&
Admin guides which provide information are listed here :
https://websmp109.sap-ag.de/~form/handler?_APP=00200682500000002672&_EVENT=DISPLAY&_SCENARIO=01100035870000000122&_HIER_…
HR renewal is a shipment name for quarterly shipments (also called feature packs http://scn.sap.com/FP) 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.
ie
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. Evolution from Homepage to Landing page

Configuration Landing Page or SPB  Configuration of Suite Page Builder (UI5) 

HR renewal 2.0  is out                      HR Renewal 2.0 begins

In ESS WDA, Homepage customisation is replaced with launch pad customisaiton, You need to use LPD_CUST or PFCG for configuring links or hiding them etc apart from the BADI given in ESS, Refer below
Important Customisation links Launchpad and Notes LPD_CUST, BADI Usage and Dynamic rendering
SAP Note 1943809, to call custom role ie ZESS in your Application etc
Dynamic Rendering of the Menu (BAdI HRESS_MENU) - Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP Library
Application 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 SAP Solution Browser

For MSS we have something 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 :

SAP Library - Manager Self-Service (WDA)

POWL or UWL
Most often there is a confusion that POWL uses SWFVISU, It doesnt . Information on configuring POWL can ve accessed here

 

POWL Inbox configurations for Manager Self-Service EhP5 and above

 

MSS POWL Inbox config (EHP5 & above) - LAUNCHPADHANDLER action

 

 

All that is needed for configuring Substitution in MSS

Leave request single level approval TS21500003

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 usage will require extra licensing cost as opposed to HR renewal.

 

What everyone in HR (or anywhere) should know about FIORI

HCM Processes and Forms” is a framework which can be used by customers to create customer

business specific processes. The user Interface used by “HCM Processes and Forms” is Interactive

Adobe by SAP. Due to License costs, usability, customer always asked for an alternative User Interface, Infact many customer did implement

custom solution with WD ABAP interface. Now, Processes and Forms will be delivered with the additional user interface which is

based on web dynpro ABAP technology as a standard solution as part of HCM renewal 1:0.

 

 

New alternative is based on Web Dynpro ABAP technology

  • New Forms Design Tool
  • New Presentation Layer

 

This is an additional user interface and would not be a replacement for existing SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe. Customers can choose the technology as per their requirement.

 

Lets try to stack the two technologies based upon their advantages:

 

SAP Web Dynpro ABAPSAP Interactive Forms by Adobe
Lower Total Cost of Infrastructure (TCI)Printing – No additional effort/WSIWYG
Leverage existing ABAP skillsStrong forms workbench

Better translation support (i.e., 1 form for  multiple languages)

Looks like the paper solution you are

already familiar with (i.e., no training)

Improved UI element capabilities like more  robust help values (F4), table object

Supported by traditional SAP mechanisms  (e.g., notes, support packages)

 

This can be achieved with new customisation available in HRASR_DT as shown belowCapture.PNG

Form Type has both options available ie FPM Form for WD ABAP and Adobe form well for Adobe.

 

 

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Now if you click on display button it will open the portal version to work on the forms and add elements etc

 

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If you select preview you ll see how it looks

 

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This is currently in Ramp up and would be available by Q3 2012. More information can be obtained from here www.service.sap.com/rampup

 

In order to execute processes based on FPM WD ABAP forms, please use the WD ABAP application ASR_PROCESS_EXECUTE_OVP and the application

configuration ASR_PROCESS_EXECUTE_OVP_CFG. Also in launch pad set Application Alias=START_EMPLOYEE.

 

-  SAP NOTE 1805346 Old Applications dont support Web Dynpro UI based processes

 

 

PS : Please note i havent explained what can be done with new WD ABAP based Processes and Forms, this is just a snapshot.

Till EHP4 We used Homepage customisation and little tweaking of servcies to make available ESS for countries which had no standard SAP delivery.

The following steps were encapsulated in the blog

http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/ERPHCM/How+to+Reuse+Country+specific+applications+for+Molga+99.

 

But from EHP5, we have Launhpad customisation which replaces Homepage customisation and new APPcc for doing this more conviently.

 

Steps to be followed :

 

1) Create a single Component configuration for Application HRESS_A_PERSINFO. Within
this configuration you can create generic configuration for overview & detail screen.

 

2) You have to define AppCC configuratio to show specific fields based on
country or subtype.

 

3) BADI HRESS_COUNTRY_FILTER determines that pernr belongs to which
country and based on it Personal Profile menu is displayed to him.

 

More information here on these are available here :

http://help.sap.com/erp2005_ehp_05/helpdata/en/2a/465e0e7eab4f9bac2785f5eb525da8/frameset.htm and

http://help.sap.com/erp2005_ehp_05/helpdata/en/99/1d805587fc4693983402d01902404d/frameset.htm

 

 

 

Copy the Standard one into Z one.

 

 

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Try to create a new configuration for Non delivered country , Infotype , Lets assume  Country Version is 99

Click on PersInfo Configuration and Create. Choose the infotype you want to create.

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You need to create as per below , creating IT0009

 

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For ZHRESS_CC_PER_OVP configuration: - For overview page : Change HRESS_CC_PER_OVR_ADDRESS_XX to ZHRESS_CC_PER_OVR_ADDRESS_XX.

- For detail page: Change HRESS_CC_PER_DTL_ADDRESS_XX to ZHRESS_CC_PER_DTL_ADDRESS_XX.

- For Wire of Overview "Address": Change the configuration to ZHRESS_CC_PER_OVR_ADDRESS_XX instead of ZHRESS_CC_PER_OVR_ADDRESS_XX.

- For Wire of Detail "Address" : Change the configuration to ZHRESS_CC_PER_DTL_ADDRESS_XX and source configuration name:

ZHRESS_CC_PER_OVR_ADDRESS_XX

 

 

Now parts to be done are

 

1-     Create your own Component configuration (copy of HRESS_CC_PER_OVP).

 

2-     In the Component configuration of HRESS_CC_PER_OVP, specify ZZ_CPY_HRESS_CC_PERS_CONFIG instead of HRESS_CC_PER_CONFIG.

 

Click on Display & then global settings.

 

These steps are done for the Overview and the detail screen, Usually the Overview remains international ie XX version which is generic to all and in detail screen we display country specific screens.

 

 

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Click on to Component Configuration

 

 

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Now if this you can create copies and attach the z version instead of the standard according to your customisation ie you ll have this then

 

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Please note down following for AppCC configuration:

- It is done for detail page.

- Source UIBB must be from XX.

- Target UIBB can be country specific.

- Before maintaining AppCC configuration for any country, make sure that configuration of webdynpro component FPM_LIST_UIBB exist

Lately, there has been many questions regarding MSS ADD On and its customisation, So this is the reason for this blog.

It's possible to configure the home page to not display the pieces of the home page (i.e) competency management, CATS dashboard etc. there are several views embedded in the standard delivery profile page. You can make a decision to show which views, You need to copy this to your Z Configuration in order to protect your changes in case of support package upgrade.Well, its always recommended to make a copy of the standard configuration and make changes to your Z one.

 

Please follow these Steps

 

 

Step 1 : Use Package PAOC_MSS in SE80

 

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Step 2 : Select Configuration Name   HRMSS_HOMEPAGE_OVP and click on Start Configurator

 

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Step 3 Select the Atttributes or the piece you want to hide

 

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Step 4 : Click on the attribute and check the box

 

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This way the home page is launched without the competency management view. However, by using the personalize option

in the page, the users can add the view to the homepage. If you don't want the view permantely than you can delete the UIBB by clicking on the

delete button on the top right corner of the configuration screen. This way, the users cannot add the view to the home page using personlization.

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