Archive for December 2013

What is the difference between SAP Update and Upgrade

During SAP upgrade from ECC6 R3 to ECC6 EHP5, there is a question: "What is the difference between update vs upgrade?"

Updating SAP products is for applying support packs, patches or hotfixes. Upgrade term is used exclusively when product release is changed.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

4 things you shouldn't do as an IT

 Thousand ways to Rome

That proverb applicable also to work in IT field. Higher pay salary, flexible time hours (for some position), get extra facilities (especially in techno), high demand jobs, and other things become magnets to work in IT.

But, some (or most) IT professional trapped on their job! They just realized after 30s or 40s, which is harden to move freely as before. Or some create wrong step, that blocked their future opportunity. Here are 4 things you shouldn't do as an IT.

1. Work for Money

Not just in IT, but also other field. If you work for money, in certain step it will get boredom to the max. Work for passion/strength that you good at!

If you really love IT, give all you got to this job seriously. Serve the customer 110%, respond all problems ASAP, read IT articles more frequent, update your skill with seminars, etc.

2. Become Generalist

This is a debatable topic for fresh graduate, "should I become specialist or generalist?"

Most seniors will say be specialist! Some people say that CIO won't handle technical things, it's true! But if they know one or two specific areas, they can communicate better with the subordinate (and earn respect easier).
  • If you're still in colleagues, start take specific topic that you like most, and stick with it.
  • If you just employed, see what specific area you can take in current office. If you can't find any, move to other company as soon as possible!
  • If you're 30s now, find a credible course for specific subject. Don't wait, time flies! You might be start your career from bottom, recalculate with the acceleration and job security
  • If you're 40s above, take your future step carefully. If there's a good opportunity to become specialist, take it. But if you can't, create strategy for higher position directly as manager, IT GM, or CIO.

3. Think you're an expert already

IT is one of fastest growing industry. If you think that you're an expert already & stop learning, you'll die pretty soon! Never stop learning, period.

4. My customer is computer

If you think your only partner is computer, you completely wrong! IT professional never work alone. 
Each day you might see computers, servers, routers; but it doesn't mean you no need others. User, vendor, management, colleague, boss, all of them are the resources we have to worked with.

Soft Skill vs Technical Skill for CIO/IT Manager

Here's a short interview between CIO/IT Manager (A) and technology consultant (Q) during their dinner.

Q: Which skill needed by IT Managers, technical or soft skill?
A: Of course both of them needed by IT Managers.

Q: But, which one is more important?
A: This answer can be various from one IT Manager to another. Sometimes its depend on company industry, company culture or customers he should handle for. But in my own experience, soft skill can eat larger portion instead of technical one.

Q: Interesting, can you elaborate more why Soft skill is more important, since non-IT will think twice to take your position?
A: I didn't say that technical things not important, but soft skill is more important one. Why soft skill is important, because IT serve human/people, not computer. To communicate with other people, you will need to have soft skill, to ensure that message between you can delivered perfectly.

Q: Give me an example?
A: For an example, when the computer system is down, IT team responsible to solve the problem ASAP. Soft skill to explain to user re the condition take an important role. During black out period, user should be informed about what is the problem, how long, impact of the problem, etc. If manager fail to do so, the network problem can become personal problem.

Q: I see, and technical skill use to solve the problem?
A: Exactly! Without technical skill, the manager will be difficult to find the root cause of the problem and solution. So again, technical and soft skill needed by IT Manager.

Q: So, can you wrapped up, what is the role of IT Manager?
A: IT should serve customer through technology. Don't ever say that IT work with technology, period.

IT should serve customer through technology

SAP HR Infotypes List

In SAP Human Resources, there are hundreds of Infotypes (IT). Every Infotypes represents group of information from each employee.

HR Infotypes usually accessed from t-code PA20 or PA30. Here's list of SAP HR Infotypes:

0001 Organizational Assignment
0002 Personal Data
0003 Payroll Status
0005 Leave Entitlement
0006 Addresses
0007 Planned Working Time
0008 Basic Pay
0009 Bank Details
0011 Ext. Bank Transfers
0014 Recur. Payments/Deds.
0015 Additional Payments
0016 Contract Elements
0017 Travel Privileges
0019 Monitoring of Dates
0021 Family/Related Person
0022 Education
0023 Other/Previous ERs
0024 Qualifications
0025 Appraisals
0027 Cost Distribution
0028 Int. Medical Service
0029 Workers' Compensation
0030 Power of Attorney
0031 Reference Pers. Nos.
0032 Internal Control
0033 Statistics
0034 Corporate Function
0035 Company Instructions
0037 Insurance
0040 Objects on Loan
0041 Date Specifications
0045 Company Loans
0050 Time Recording Info.
0052 Wage Maintenance
0054 Works Councils
0057 Membership Fees
0065 Tax Data - GB
0069 National Insurance GB
0070 Court Orders GB
0071 Pension Funds GB
0077 Additional Personal Data
0078 Loan Payments
0080 Maternity Protection/Parental Leave
0081 Military Service
0082 Additional Absence Data
0083 Leave Compensation
0084 SSP Control GB
0085 SSP1(L) Form Data GB
0086 SSP/SMP Exclusions GB
0088 Maternity GB
0094 Residence Status
0105 Communication
0121 RefPerNo Priority
0128 Notifications
0130 Test Procedures
0131 Garnishment/Cession
0139 EE's Applicant No.
0165 Deduction Limits
0167 Health Plans
0168 Insurance Plans
0169 Savings Plans
0183 Awards
0185 Teachers DfES Number
0198 Schedular Deduction Tax
0199 Addl. tax deduction
0207 Residence Tax Area
0208 Work Tax Area
0209 Unemployment State
0216 Garnish. Adjustment
0302 Additional Actions
0416 Quota Compensation
0422 Company Cars GB
0614 HESA Master Data
0615 HE Contract Data
0616 HESA Submitted Data
0617 Clinical Details
0618 HESA Academic Qualification
0757 Working Family Tax Credit
0793 Payment Made in Error GB
0874 Predetermination PAYE and NIC Adjus
1000 Object
1001 Relationships
1002 Description
1003 Department/Staff
1008 Account assignment features
1011 Work schedule
1015 Cost planning
1016 Standard profiles
1017 PD profiles
1027 Site-dependent information
1028 Address
1032 Mail address
1037 Billing/allocation information
1039 Shift group
1208 SAP organisational object
2001 Absences
2002 Attendances
2003 Substitutions
2004 Availability
2005 Overtime
2006 Absence Quotas
2007 Attendance Quotas
2010 EE Remuneration Info
2011 Time Events
2012 Time Transfer Specifications
2013 Quota Corrections
2050 Annual Calendar
2051 Monthly Calendar
2052 Weekly Calendar
4000 Applicant Actions
4001 Applications
4002 Vacancy Assignment
4003 Applicant Activities
4004 Status of Applicant Activity
4005 Applicant's Pers.No.

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