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The Cross-Application Time Sheet (CATS) is a cross-application tool for recording working times and tasks. It enables you to control all business processes concerning your employees’ tasks – from paying the employees, through monitoring the progress of a project, to creating invoices.

Although the Time Sheet caters for central data recording, for example by secretaries, its main strength is that it enables your employees to record their own data. This enables you to ease your time administrators’ workload.

The data that your employees enter in the Time Sheet does not merely consist of working times and tasks, but also working time attributes for transferring data to the target components. The data recorded by your employees is processed in the target components.

The Time Sheet provides a wide range of user interfaces and is therefore suitable to use in many different sectors.

Implementation considerations

The Time Sheet is a cross-application component in SAP R/3. You must implement at least one of the components that are listed in the Integration section. You can supply data to the components individually, or in combination, with data from the Time Sheet.


With other components in SAP R/3

Required Function

Required Component or Solution

Decentralized recording of employee attendances and absences

Time Management (PT)

Decentralized recording of employee remuneration information

Payroll (PY)

Internal activity allocation and entry of statistical key figures

Controlling (CO)


Plant Maintenance (PM)

Project System (PS)

Customer Service (CS)

Recording external services

External Services Management (PT-IN-ES)

Recording travel expenses with activity reports

Travel Management (FI-TV)

The data you enter using the Time Sheet is available for processing in resource-related billing . This is irrespective of the user interface used to enter data. You must first transfer Time Sheet data to Controlling (CO). This can be performed directly or indirectly (using the Project System (PS)).

The CO documents that are generated during transfer can be read by the Dynamic Item Processor to create a billing request. This enables the Time Sheet to support the creation of invoices based on working time data quickly and accurately. This is particularly important for service providers.


A number of functions, in particular for storing data and transferring data to the target components ,are available with all user interfaces of the Time Sheet. The most important functions have already been mentioned in the Integration section. In addition, the following aspects apply to all user interfaces:

Additional functions, for example, for simplifying data entry, are only available in certain user interfaces and are therefore mentioned in the relevant section.

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