A. SAP is making a firm commitment to creating a new single unified platform for every app it owns, based on the top of Hana in Memory Platform. In the future I aspect HR connected with IOT with Leonardo platform.
B. SAP is asking to professional to rethink HR, less transactional and more "Conversational". In SF, the architecture of the system allows to have very structured vertical functionalities (Learning, Performance, Compensation, etc.), but you can draw new service models using together the individual modules (you can design a “Pay per performance” process for example with Performance Goal Compensation)
C. SAP SF includes libraries of free contents (different data structure in Employee Central according to local laws, competencies libraries, goals libraries, etc.)
D. The usage of HCI and HCP (from HANA Cloud family) will extend the functionality of the product connecting with third-parties software or by extending the features of the individual modules. SAP has created a market place with dozen of 3rd parties apps
E. Artificial Intelligence is the new horizon:
Intelligent Services can automatically connect all actions that the system must take when an event occurs: have a new assignment. In less than two years, SF has released 40 predefined services.
In "Business Beyond Bias" against gender and race discrimination. The recruiting module has a feature that highlights a discriminatory language for example in the job description.
BOT. I saw some test where is possible interact with the system in natural language where for instance you can require to the system a Time OFF and the system will run all the appropriate actions.
F. Collaboration with Microsoft, Apple, Slack
Microsoft, with its technology Azure, is one of the partners to improve the data center services, I suppose also that we will see a better integration with Office world.
Apple, mobile first is the claim, is working to redesign the mobile user experience. At the end of June 2017 FIORI for IOS available.
Slack, we have already discussed about the bot: in the future I assume that the interaction will be made by voice with Siri or Cortana, or Google As.