How it all started (for me)
My SAP HCM and Payroll reporting experience began in 1995. I was working for Doubleday Direct, which later became a Bertelsmann AG and AOL Time Warner Partnership in Garden City, New York. The company had decided to implement SAP amidst fears that their legacy payroll system would cease functioning in the Y2K era. My boss doled out functional assignments, and I was given reporting. As part of the implementation project and ongoing support, I was shipped off to various locations to attend ABAP/4 training, where I received ABAP certificates for BC400 Introduction to ABAP/4 Development Workbench, BC405 Workbench Techniques of List Processing, BC410 Transaction processing and BC430 ABAP/4 Dictionary. Leveraging these new skills, I went about creating reports in SAP using custom ABAP code.