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White Paper on INLK


SAP HR Payroll Implementations without data migration in inevitable and most of the legacy data
comes in Excel and the payroll consultants need to consolidate all the data into the SAP template
with the relevant wage type values against each month for each employee.

I am sure many of you would have spent enough days in consolidating excel sheets and updating the
legacy results in the SAP.

For beginners, please read this link to know how INLK works, before you proceed.

Any one who has undergone this exercise will definitely appreciate this paper.

Problem Statement: Midyear go-live with SAP Payroll, updating of legacy payroll results into the
SAP provided excel templates, this is one of the most challenging and tire some task to carry out in
any mid year go-live Payroll Implementations, be it a new implementation or migration. Best
solution recommended by many is to go live at the F.Y beginning but not many organisations can
afford to do so.

Making the INLK ease

This white paper provides solutions to the above stated problem.

The solution what I am presenting is proven and helps you to complete the exercise in no time. In
my case it helped me to complete the INLK exercise in 2 days for 2000 users with 9 months data
(April to December – In India the FY is considered as April to March). However this solution holds
good for any country. This solution not just saves your time but also reduces the project cost and
helps to speed up the implementation time especially it’s a boon in fixed cost projects.

Here I am talking about the process where the consolidation and transferring of legacy payroll
details into the SAP excel templates to update T558B and T558C tables.

Me being the De facto project lead for that project, I was desperately trying to pull in more people
into my project to do this tedious task.

As the organisation had no enough skilled people on board to work on this activity and HR team is
not ready to share the sensitive payroll details among their team. So I requested the client project
Manager for a developer (not ABAP) to write some coding and do some magic to update all the
values into the SAP excel templates. The guys who came to write a program has no idea about what
SAP or a wage type is.

The programmer has come up with an excellent small application written in Visual Basic, and the size
of the application is less than 200 KB. What all he did was to read the legacy excel data and updated
the different wage type values against employee number in the SAP templates.

How this application works.

Run the application, which looks like an MS-Access screen and here’s the magic begins.

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 Drag and drop the legacy file into the application. (Where all the source files are kept in a
common location, so that the target files created in the same location)

 Click Convert. (Less than 10 seconds)

 Two new files are created with names as T558B.xls and T558C.xls

 Upload these via the standard program (HINUULK0)

 Run the INLK Schema to update payroll cluster.

Surprisingly the data was so accurate and random check was more than enough to validate.

What are the pre requisites?

 Legacy employee numbers are changed to SAP employee numbers. Or use external number
range to use the same employee number. In our case we have to change it as part of project
change management.

 Add one row in the legacy excel sheet to identify which wage type/text is represented by
what value in SAP.

E.g.: Let’s see the records of some employees with legacy data.

/3F1 /3F2 /3E1 /3E2

Emp.No Ee. PF Er PF Ee ESI Er ESI Month

1091 700 700 100 200 08/20XX

1405 900 900 100 200 08/20XX

1502 800 800 100 200 08/20XX

Sorry, I am not attaching any piece of code what we have used, as the legacy excel sheets may differ
from company to company, but this idea works.

On demand I can provide the same source, please contact me at

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