If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’ve been enjoying the Summer. Here in the UK, it has been unusually warm for an extended period which, like this series of blog posts and articles, will have to end soon!
I was lucky enough to attend SuccessConnect in Berlin in June and thoroughly enjoyed the event and the city. Zalaris was a Diamond sponsor, and it was great to have the senior leadership team there. The “Digital HR” theme was consistent through the product and customer sessions and echoes SAP’s most recent HCM roadmap. In particular I noted the direction of SAP Analytics Cloud (read more about a recent SAC project) and the impact of this strategy on the existing WFA/WFP (Workforce Analytics / Workforce Planning) products, as well as “chatter” about “Next Gen” payroll; hopefully we’ll hear more officially on that soon (Las Vegas SuccessConnect in September?)
Anyway, back to the Q3 release functionality. In this release, we’ve seen another raft of improvements to the HCM suite, which I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about in this series of posts and articles. I’ll pick out some of my own highlights.
Firstly, I think the improvements to the Android app, made in partnership with Google, are a great step forward following on from a similar engagement with Apple for iOS. In case you missed it, SAP SuccessFactors is to incorporate SAP Fiori style elements into their Android app in a way that follows Google’s Material Design guidelines and looks and feels uniquely SAP. If you haven’t read the news article about this, I’d highly recommend it.
Another interesting recent theme has been the move to remove the multiple instances that the HCM suite operates on. Previously if you deployed full SuccessFactors suite, then you would have the main instance (historically called “BizX” or “Platform”, now referred to as “Foundation”) and other fully integrated instances for Recruiting Marketing, Onboarding, Learning, Cloud for Customer (C4C), Jam, Analytics and Payroll. In recent times we’ve seen how the HCM suite is being consolidated and rationalised in the overall SAP product set, notably:
- Recruiting Marketing admin has (with Career Site Builder) and continues in this release (with Content Relationship Management (CRM) e-mail campaigns) to move administration to the main platform.
- Onboarding 2.0 is due to be on general availability next year and includes moving the application to the main platform
- Analytics & Planning will be moving to SAP Analytics Cloud which, like C4C and Jam are distinct SAP products with cross line of business use cases, not just HR.
In addition to this instance rationalisation, which is good for IT management teams (and costs!), we see further Fiori design improvements to EC Service Centre’s Ask HR 2.0, Reporting, Recruiting and Calibration in this Release with Learning Admin is on the roadmap to be redesigned.
In addition to the use of SAC (SAP Analytics Cloud) and C4C (Cloud for Customer) in HR, we are seeing HR benefit from the wider SAP product capability with examples being SAP Leonardo machine learning in Learning and SAP CoPilot as a digital assistant.
My final functional observation is that the new Visa and Permits Management application, built on SAP Cloud Platform and integrated to Employee Central (see page 8 of my Q2 blog) is further enhanced in this Q3 release (you’ll be able to read more in James Clough’s article on Employee Central). I’m sure this will evolve further too, and I’m betting that this won’t be the last Cloud Platform application released by SAP for HCM.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our series of posts on the Q3 2018 release of SAP SuccessFactors. If you haven’t read the other posts yet I’d encourage you to go back and read them.
I’d like to take the opportunity to once again thank my #TeamZalaris colleagues once again for their hard work in bringing you their insights, and I hope the larger SAP SuccessFactors community has found them useful too; we’d love to hear your feedback! (by email or via Twitter / LinkedIn).
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