SAP SuccessFactors Review

We use it for quick and dirty solutions as well as complex services.


What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

We can design a “quick & dirty solution” or “very complex services”, we can manage small enterprise projects (in our experience 150 users) as the big organization (in our experience 40000 users), all with the same solution. This is a big saving of time, costs, and team usage optimization.

What needs improvement?

Employee Central made an incredible improvement, but still is behind the SAP HCM “On Prem” solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

5 years - the full suite. 10+ years Learning Management System module (formerly Plateau Software).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not on the platform side. At the end of 2015 there are been issues in the Data Center based in Germany with access problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

On a scale from 1-10: 7/10

Which solutions did we use previously?

a. 10 years ago we used SABA, due to a cut costing program they moved all the developers from US to India, the result was a release with hundreds of bugs.

b. 3 years ago we tested Cornestone for a premiere Insurance and we recorded some issues when the new releases went live and a weak technical support service in Europe.

How was the initial setup?

a. Employee Central is critical, you need to have a good experience to work on it. Is very powerful because the choices will impact also on the other modules. We are called to support some projects that were in fact blocked for wrong configurations due to limited product knowledge by other partners.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

a. Price is based on: Number of users and number of modules. Other companies like Oracle or Cornestone are very aggressive, but it’s only is a business practice that cannot go on forever. For instance, Cornestone is under pressure to be sold to investors.

What other advice do I have?

Invest the right time on Employee Central, looking for a competent partner with a proven experience on real projects.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are SF Var, SAP Gold Partner Level
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