Aspects are a tool that allow you to filter out, or restrict, the kind of:


Aspects are used in the Organizational Management component of HR. They are useful when your company wants to place a uniform limit on the objects and infotypes that are used. Some companies, for example, only want to work with types of objects and infotypes that pertain to workplaces and job descriptions.

Some companies also use aspects as a way of viewing organizational plans from different perspectives. For example, certain employees may work with objects and infotypes from a workplace or job description point of view, while others may focus on financial costs of labor, and so on.

However, it is not mandatory to use aspects.


Aspects are set up in a table in Customizing. You enter a list of the objects and infotypes that can be maintained. Next, you must identify the different plans where the aspect may be applied. Refer to the Personnel Planning and Development section of the Implementation Guide.

Aspects are used in Detail Maintenance. (Although you can use aspects elsewhere, this is not a standard function.) Aspects are not available in Simple Maintenance or Structural Graphics.

Typically, you apply an aspect by naming it in a field labeled Aspect, when you work in Detail Maintenance. When you enter an aspect, the system adjusts the infotypes shown on the screen. Also, the system only allows you to work with the types of objects specified in the aspect.

Aspects are not permanently applied to plans. You can perform plan maintenance without using an aspect, even if you have used one in the past.

You can view the certain characteristics of aspects when you work in Detail Maintenance. You can view: