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BAPI_EMPLOYEE_ENQUEUE and BAPI_EMPLOYEE_DEQUEUE are standard Function modules to lock / unlock employees so that their records can be changed while they are not accessible to others for change. The user who has locked an employee can only unlock it.

SAP ABAP HR: Logical database PCH in Organization management

The logical databases are oftenly used in HR programming and their use reduces programming effort. The logical databases are special SAP programs created or maintained using transaction SE36 or SLDB though standard logical databases are not meant to be maintained/ edited except under rare circumstances. The source code of a logical database (<ldb>, say) resides in the program named SAPDB<ldb> e.g SAPDBPCH. They provide Selection-screen, mechanisms to access data and authorization handling.

SAP on Linux

The story of evolution of Linux is now unfolding for more than two decades. And it is kind of an exception in the world of technology where the success of a new technology, product or idea is usually revolutionary and brings about an immediate change.

Though the adoption of Linux was slow but it was steady and in the recent years it has firmly established in the enterprise IT landscape. Linux now is a platform of choice for businesses because of the stability, security and cost factors.

SAP too has slowly moved to Linux. Not only that, some of  its products / services including most popular HANA are exclusively based on Linux (Suse Linux).

An interesting cover story of E-3 Magazine "Linux: An evolution" deals with the details in a lucid and appealing way. I would say - a must read... Enjoy !

SAP ABAP HR: Logical databases PNP and PNPCE

SAP provides logical databases so as to reduce programming efforts through a kind of modularization technique. Logical databases have their own selection-screen, user authorization checks and logic for fetching data from the database so that you don't have to do it repeatedly.

Top 5 Reasons you should be on Google+: [5] Events

Updated on August 22 ✪ Ahh... Finally there! This article is the last (of course this is not all on Google+) of the series "Top 5 reasons you should be on Google+", for a quick recap: [1] Immersive Look-and-Feel, [2] Circles, [3] Communities and [4] Collections. And here goes:
Google+ Events Events is a very useful feature helpful in organising a get-together. An Event can be created for connecting online or gathering at a place for party, meeting or any function. When you create an event, you can invite guests and track your invitation (accepted, tentative or not responded). The event is put on your and your guests' Google Calendar. You and your guests can upload photos to a common shared Photo album so that all event participants can view them. If the event is created as public, the photos are public.

Top 5 Reasons you should be on Google+: [4] Collections

Updated on 18th August, 2017 ✪ The post is current and up-to-date now. To recap, in this 5-article series on 'Why Google+', we have discussed so far: Immersive Look-and-FeelCircles and Communities. My next take is Google+ Collections ! Collections is as exciting as the first 3. Here it goes:
[4] Collections Google's philosophy behind Google+ is to provide users an interest-based social experience. To maintain this focus, sometimes it involved removing features like Photos and Location sharing and other times, introducing new features like Collections and programs like Google+ Create. For years, Google+ is developing and growing continuously as a social media platform where people engage around their interests with the content they curious about and with the people who inspire them.

Top 5 Reasons you should be on Google+: [3] Communities

Updated on August 5, 2017: I had to update this article due to drastic changes in appearance and navigation in Google+ among other things. Classic Google+ at the time of writing my original post (way back in May, 2015), retired in January, 2017. So the post is up-to-date and current now. Enjoy!
We have discussed the 2 reasons so far, why you should be on this amazing social media platform, in the previous articles: [1] An awesome and great interface and, [2] The Circles which provide powerful sharing options and flexibility. Lets go for the 3rd one now:

Top 5 Reasons you should be on Google+: [2] Circles

Updated on August 16, 2017 on account of remarkable changes in the landscape of Google+. The post is up-to-date and current now. In this series on amazing reasons why you should be on Google+ and what you are missing if you are not, here goes the second one - the sequel to [1] Immersive Look-and-Feel. Enjoy the updated new post!

Top 5 Reasons you should be on Google+: [1] Immersive Look-and-Feel

Updated on August 5, 2017 due to remarkable changes in the landscape of Google+ making the post up-to-date and current. Enjoy the updated new post. Since June, 2011, when Google+ started, there was lot of speculation whether it would survive. There were all kinds of stories floating around and questioning if you should really be using Google+. Now that Google+ is not only around but has the best features than any other social media  platform and the people and businesses are leveraging it to meet their ends, there is no doubt about its future. And, I am inspired to think about my reasons for being on Google+ and make others think to join the league:-) For the sake of simplicity, I will publish them one by one - in a series of 5! So here goes the first one:

Discover SAP HR

Want to explore SAP HR? In my recent article on SAP HCM, I discussed the technological changes the SAP platform underwent in last more than a decade and its effect on its HR solutions. I will introduce you here to some of the wonderful online resources. 

SAP ABAP Programming: Can it help breaking into SAP Career

Looking for breaking into SAP career. Thought of SAP ABAP? There is a lot of noise about how to break into the field of SAP and how hard it actually is. If you have come across such discussions online, you know that entering into SAP careers is not as easy as taking up a course (and/or getting certification) and landing up in an SAP job or getting work immediately.


For the people interested in SAP HCM (or SAP HR) area or those related to SAP in some way who want to get a brief on the groundbreaking technological changes SAP underwent in the past decade changing the shape of the ERP market...

After reading this article, you will get the answers to the following questions: What was the need of a new term "HCM", when there was already one - "HR"? What does the transition from R/3 Enterprise to SAP ERP mean? What are the technological changes SAP has undergone from standalone R/3 to SAP ECC?

What is SAP Netweaver? ...contd

In my previous article What is SAP Netweaver?, I first laid out the problems posed by the heterogeneous IT landscape of the business organizations resulting in inflexible IT systems. We then discussed how SAP Netweaver since its conception was designed to address these problems by allowing the integration and alignment of people, information and business processes.

What is SAP Netweaver?

SAP Netweaver is a tricky topic to explain to a newbie because of the inherent complexity involved. Enterprise solutions are complex as they have to accomplish innumerable tasks for the various business activities. To further complicate the matters (but to simplify for the business organizations), SAP Netweaver is not about one solution or technology but it's about the entire IT landscape of an enterprise!