IT Project Management
Countless books have been written about IT project management. Project management is taught in detail at business schools and technical colleges. Good project management goes beyond methodology and procedures. Without entirely giving away the secret behind our professional project management‘s “magic”, here are a few key terms of project management “à la ADVICE.”
Project management à la ADVICE facilitates planning, managing and supervising an IT project. Our extensive experience managing complex projects and programs assures your project’s success. We perform the following steps in the various phases of the project:
Our project management aims to achieve project objectives and exceed our customers’ expectations. Generally main project objectives involve rendering a service within a specific time frame and at fixed costs. Our experienced ADVICE project managers strike the perfect balance between performance, time and cost at every stage of the project.
Project management à la ADVICE provides added value by focusing on the following:
- Constant reassessment of priorities
- Focusing on time- and content-sensitive activities
- Catering to and motivating all stakeholders
- Removing obstacles and problems
(relating to the project and project team members)
- Ongoing monitoring of costs and risks
In addition to their expertise, our professional staff must have social and communicative skills to participate in project management. We especially value the following soft skills:
- Friendliness, calmness and assertiveness
- Presentation skills
- Communication skills
- Negotiation skills
- Moderation skills
- Motivation skills
- Conflict management expertise and experience
- Leadership skills
- Performance management
We look forward to making your project, your projects or your program a success – Let’s talk about it.
The quality of your SAP Human Capital Management (Cloud or OnPremise) implementation is directly related to the technical and professional expertise of your SAP HCM consultant. The quality of your implementation determines the simplicity of data evaluation as well as the working efficiency and work load of your executives and HR staff. In addition, a quality solution creates a more user friendly environment, reduces the error rate and lowers future costs for adaptations of your SAP HCM system.
We distinguish between two different methods in the SAP HCM implementation:
- Straight-forward implementation
- Prototyping process implementation
The difference between straight-forward implementation and prototyping process implementation lies in the design phase. While in straight-forward implementation, we invest much energy in the detailed conceptual design of the solution, during prototyping process, we quickly achieve a working prototype, which is then refined in several cycles in close cooperation with our customers.
Both procedures pass the following phases:
In addition, the prototyping process implementation, moving through the phases analysis & design, implementation and test, runs through the following cycle:
During the prototyping process, due to earlier contact with the SAP system, the customer will quickly attune to the processes and procedures of the system while the system can be adapted perfectly to the specific customer needs.
As a consulting company specializing purely in SAP Human Capital Management, we implement all components of the SAP-HCM Module, whether in Cloud or OnPremise, as well as their interfaces to other systems.
Supported by SAP HCM, we at HCM ADVICE transfer your human resources management and development activities into highly efficient, harmonized digitalized processes. It is our aim to deliver an outstanding, high quality implementation of your SAP HCM workforce process management and talent management solution.
Our training objective is to share our knowledge in a form that is both well received and retained by the participants.
Individual trainings are roughly structured as follows:
Our training series are carried out as follows:
We are ready to train your HR department, users (executives, specialists,…), key users, SAP HCM supervisors or your SAP Customer Competence Center with the appropriate training formats. Our training formats allow for individual trainings and group trainings with up to 30 people.
We aim to organize our SAP HCM (Cloud or OnPremise) trainings in goal- and success-oriented and time-efficient way for our customers.
The on-going service and support of your SAP HCM application (Cloud and/or OnPremise) is very important to us. We are accustomed to consulting our customers according totheir specific individual needs.
Prompt answers to your phone calls, text messages, emails or electronic tickets are part of our daily service.
Depending on your preference, we are prepared to be in touch either through professional ticketing systems or simply via email, text messages or phone calls. We are also happy to support you on site. No matter how you contact us, your requests always receive our highest attention.
Check out our support process (see following picture) and ask us or directly our customers how it works in daily practice:
We support your management, your HR management, your employees, key users, SAP HCM supervisors or your SAP Customer Competence Center. We are happy to share our know-how with your employees—in as much depth as desired. No matter what level of support you need, we are happy to assist you in any area of your SAP Human Capital Management.
Usually we provide our support services for the following selection of subjects:
- Statutory fiscal year changes
- Changes to your performance rating system
- “Roll-out” of your SAP HCM system on domestic and international markets
- Software patches, updates and upgrades
- Technical adjustments of interfaces to other systems
- Successive enhancement of your SAP HCM system with other SAP HCM components, such as
- Organizational management, mapping the organizational units and positions
- Automated time management, eliminating many manual steps
- Internet-based Employee Self-Service (ESS), internet-based Management Self-Service (MSS) or SAP Fiori for paperless, cost-effective, and mobile handling of HR processes
- Recruiting, including recruiting marketing, to attract the best employees
- New employee onboarding to deploy employees quickly and effectively
- Succession management / succession planning for key positions
- Compensation management to ensure that your bonus processes are transparent
- Integration of SAP Analytics applications to keep track of your most important data
- or simply supporting your users in their daily use
HCM Templates & Apps
What are Templates in SAP Human Capital Management (HCM)?
The standard SAP software leaves plenty of room for customizing and can be applied to various industries and countries. For quick and efficient usage, SAP itself has created industry solutions that already include industry-specific default settings. In addition, SAP delivers Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS) including technical default settings for SAP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors. In order to implement and expand SAP systems more efficiently, additional templates, often referred to as apps, have established themselves on the market.
Templates are predefined SAP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors solutions and programs, which simplify the implementation of certain HCM components, thereby reducing both setup time and cost. These templates support large parts of human capital management and specific tasks in the human resources department.
The term template is also used for the central default settings of a company, which can then be distributed to other locations or countries. These templates are created specifically for the company for use only within the corporation.
Ready-made templates exist globally for
- Transnational HCM solutions
- Industry-specific HCM solutions
- Medium-sized companies in specific countries
and particularly for
- Country-specific payrolls
- Time and performance recording requirements
- Accrual calculations
- Accident and absence management
- Pension fund systems
- Job application management processes
- Simplifying the HR data upload process
We sell and implement both our own HCM ADVICE templates as well as those of our partners and look forward to helping you select the appropriate solution, whether for initial implementation or the expansion of your human resources system.
CATS & ADVICE Enhancements
Extended functions for CATS in SAP
CATS (Cross Application Time Sheet) is an SAP application which allows a uniform and cross-component time recording for employees. Employees can independently record hours in CATS and book them to a cost centre or projects. The data can be transferred to other SAP ERP components, such as SAP HCM or SAP CO (Controlling) at regular intervals through various standard ways.
If companies using CATS also have ESS (Employee Self Services) or MSS (Manager Self Services) in use then CATS can be integrated directly into the self-service solutions and employees can access their time recording through any internet browser.
HCM ADVICE already has years of experience in the adaptation and extension of CATS and can support you in optimally implementing your wishes. As an example for our expertise in the field of CATS, we would like to present two extensions that we have implemented and offer our customers as CATS extensions.
With the help of our ADVICE ENHANCEMENT „Information on Hours Present“, the hours displayed are reduced if an employee records time to a project or cost centre in CATS, and the employee is thus always able to see how much time per day he still needs to distribute. Furthermore, through a dedicated info type, it is possible to define a percentage division of the hours present in advance.
With help from ADVICE “Reporting on Process Orders”, it is now possible for users to transfer the data recorded in CATS to process orders of production planning. Through the transfer of working times from time recording to production planning the log of the working time used always remains up to date and planning can be adjusted according to the reported times.
Bookboon.com eBook publisher
HCM ADVICE partners with world’s largest business eBook publisher Bookboon.com
Bookboon.com is widely known for providing high quality eBooks to develop business employees. The Bookboon eLibrary solution gives your company access to a vast library of short quality
eBooks that fi t with your employees’ busy schedules. Therefore ADVICE has partnered up with Bookboon to provide even better support to our customers thanks to SAP Human Capital Management and SuccessFactors solutions.
Employee soft skills are the intangible assets that take a company’s hard-skills to the next level. Bookboon’s Corporate eLibrary solution gives your employees direct access to 700+ short quality
eBooks which are precise and easy to apply. It therefore equips them with the right soft skills and tools to become more effi cient in their work and help their company succeed.
As the eLibrary’s eBooks are so easy and intuitive for employees to use, the Bookboon eLibrary solution has one of the highest usage rates in the digital learning industry with an average organization-wide usage of 40+%. The solution is easy to integrate into SAP Successfactors, your company intranet or your Learning Management System. Scaled to fi t any needs, we ensure that price and solution give the best opportunity for a successful investment in your company’s profitability.
Talk to us for your personal ADVICE & Bookboon eLibrary offer.
Absence management by ADVICE
Effective Absence management in SAP
Efficient absence management adds value to your management. The systematic recording of absences provides a complete overview throughout the company, allows you to analyse the data and therefore mitigate negative effects by setting the right preventive measures. Through minimization of absences you lower the organizational challenges and the related costs.
Absence management offers various options to increase the satisfaction and productivity of your employees to further business success. Despite these benefits, standard SAP doesn’t cover absence management. Therefore, HCM ADVICE has developed a solution to integrate absence management in SAP.
ADVICE absence management provides a clear interface for your managers, case managers and HR department, which can be used as a standalone, or seamlessly integrated with SAP manager self-services. All processes are based on workflows and operated with the absence level calculation. Even correspondences with your insurance can be managed directly in the cockpit, to report long term sick leaves or anomalies.
Each absence case can be viewed in detail, with all relevant documents attached, such as medical certificates. ADVICE absence management assists with the coordination of fist time-, follow up-, return- and level related meetings, to assure all important topics are discussed. It also provides notifications for outstanding discussions and guidelines. The absence chart, as various other reports (such as absence development and absence statistics) help your managers to always stay up to date.
ADVICE HR Cost Planning
Efficient personnel cost planning in SAP with ADVICE
Future cost planning is an essential element of every successful company. Budget drafts at all levels are necessary to be well prepared for the coming periods and to be alerted in time if planning is too far removed from reality.
SAP HR Cost Planning facilitates managing and planning your HR costs, taking various factors, such as tax or social security costs into consideration. This provides you with a comprehensive view of your company’s AS-IS situation and allows you to compare it to various fictitious scenarios created in SAP HR Cost Planning. That way you can identify optimization potential and prepare in time for restructuring within the company and the resulting changes.
HR Cost Planning allows for interfacing with all important SAP modules, such as Financial Accounting, Controlling or Payroll, so that you can retrieve the most current data at all times.
For easy implementation, we at HCM ADVICE have created a template, allowing us to implement efficient HR cost planning with a web-based planning interface in your company and add extended functions.
Manager can evaluate their current team constellation and create personnel needs with the status “planned” directly in the system themselves. The tool can be accessed by an intuitive, web based interface. Posts with the status “planned” can be created in three simple, predefined steps. The data can be instantly included in planning scenarios and serves as valuable information for budgeting.
Furthermore, the ADVICE template allows you to start and evaluate multiple planning scenarios at once, in contrast to the standard SAP, where scenarios must be started individually.
So, you an offer your employees a central platform for HR Cost Planning, obviate unstructured paper inquiries and enable effective collaboration of managers and those responsible for planning.
B@seline HR Switzerland
SAP salary processing template for Swiss SMEs
ERPb@seline Human Resources is based on the basic processes of the module SAP HCM and SAP standard software. The solution is specifically tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in Switzerland.
The pre-configured solution ERPb@seline Human Resources ensures a fast and cost-effective entry in human resources management. The solution includes all settings and processes needed for easy salary processing. It focusses on essentials.
With its clearly structured menu, employees can select functions directly and work in a process oriented way. This eliminates the time-consuming task of searching complex directory trees. ERPb@seline ensures that employees will quickly familiarize with the new application. To provide a clear overview, but also to support legal reporting, analyses can be generated at the touch of a button.
ERPb@seline HR at a glance
HR Master Data
- Primary process and steps
- Organizational structure in HR
- Vacation and attendance management
- Monthly processes (Import variable wage data)
- Annual processes (wage round)
- Maintenance of master data, planned posts, jobs etc.
- SAP standard HR reporting tools for organizational management, planned posts, and jobs
- Generate visual organizational charts, integration of optional workflows
Payroll CH and legal reporting
- Linking planned posts to cost centres
- Large wage type catalogue
- Correction and multiple payroll
- Periodic / recurring tasks
- Payment transactions
- Posting transfer
- Statistics for BFS/SWISSMEM
- Existing job catalogue pursuant to BFS requirements
- Master data and wage types reports
- Legal reports, provisions, and verifications
- Daily, monthly, or annual reports
- Individual reports with Office Integration
- employee qualification / training certificates
Our best references are our satisfied clients. We are proud to serve numerous customers, from medium enterprises to multinational conglomerates.
Selection of Customers
As we are exclusively specialized in Human Capital Management (SAP HCM and SuccessFactors), we engage in our client projects in a positive and cooperative manner with other consulting companies, such as