I actually never thought consulting to be so broad. A typical day of work could be doing one or several consulting tasks. That translates into meeting clients and carrying out business analysis, concept proofing, training and testing or going to the office or staying at home and working on reports, documentation, training material, carrying out technical configurations, Unit and integration testing, internal meetings and workshops on client projects. If this is not happening then I am doing on job research, HCM training, practicing or learning new SAP HCM focused products, researching latest labour regulations or simply experimenting new concepts of implementations.
When you work in this line of business it is never enough to just know the product. You need to understand the client, and when that client is international then that becomes even more challenging as applicable laws or processes in one country may not be applicable in another.
Take for example Payroll. Currently I am specialised in Maltese and Libyan Payroll. Both have the same objective but in are completely different from each other. Human Resources products and modules are able to provide and support a broad range of topics, here in this blog I focus on the main topics which are commonly requested by clients:
1. Personal administration – a module which is at core of the SAP HCM products. Lets just say this is the main database for employee information, whatever that information is catering for.
2. Recruitment and Actions – This module controls the end to end employee life cycle known has hire to retire. Starting from recruitment and working your ways through Hiring, maintaining and finally terminating. But Actions supports what is happening during this lifecycle, such as change of salaries, change of position, change of details.
3. Time and Attendance – Not only is this the basic module that integrates into your clock in/out device and then calculate and transfer this data into payroll. But in SAP we go into more details such as different versioning of work schedules, absence management, cost planning and more.
4. Payroll - simply put is the calculation module. In SAP this is a script. You literally write the payroll code yourself. This results in many advantages for the client as we are able to customise the compensation according to client, I can actually say not one payroll is alike.
In my years of working with DataTech as an SAP HCM consultant I have found it very mesmerising as you can do anything on it. SAP provides this unique experience to consultant and client that whatever you need can be done. Through customisation and custom development, we are able to reach and fulfil clients requirements. This makes work ever so more interesting as you learn from every project which serves for the next.
SAP HCM has evolved and changed a lot. I only started 5 years ago and today I work with completely different products form when I started. Its all in a days work.