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Converting legacy data to SAP

I'm working on a HR project for Hershey Foods Corporation. One of my tasks is to load Legacy data from PeopleSoft into SAP. SAP has partnered with Annance Consulting to provide conversion tools/programs for loading legacy data into SAP. These tools came with the SAP HR system. Did you use these data load programs, which are driven by Excel spread sheets, to convert legacy data into SAP for loading the Infotypes?

I'm working on a HR project for Hershey Foods Corporation. One of my tasks is to load Legacy data from PeopleSoft...

into SAP. SAP has partnered with Annance Consulting to provide conversion tools/programs for loading legacy data into SAP. These tools came with the SAP HR system. Did you use these data load programs, which are driven by Excel spread sheets, to convert legacy data into SAP for loading the Infotypes? If so, did you customize the load programs? Are there any concerns or problems with using these load programs?


I have used the standard load programs and they work OK if you have all of the required data and it easily fits into the excel format. The problem with these programs is that they are too generic to help a lot of implementations. I prefer being able to break down the individual infotypes in the way that I like and modifying these programs is too cumbersome. It kind of comes down to whether or not you live in a perfect world. In a perfect world these programs would be the way to go. Otherwise they are more work than they are worth.

With a little practice you can learn to record your own conversion programs into function modules. With this you can build one central read program that can call the infotypes you want via a function module. It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes per infotype after you have done a couple. If you want, send me another question on this problem and I will post a sample function module. Use transaction SHDB to do this.


This was last published in November 2002

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