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Are you in love with your HR solutions? Whether you are still honeymooning or celebrating your twenty-fifth anniversary, ASUG’s HR Community has resources to help you make the most of your technology. This week, we look at how to spice up a stale relationship with your HR solutions with User Experience updates and gamification!

 

SAP® Successfactors® is Turning the Heat up on Employee Engagement: ASUG’s resident HR guru, Sherryanne Meyer, shares how simplification is essential to stay relevant. Highlights include a look at a new interface, for both cloud and on-premise HR solutions, and ways of “getting ‘em and keeping ‘em” when recruiting. She ends on a high note by revealing updates to SAP® Jam™ that will help develop your “informal, social, and shared” workforce.

 

Discussion – Retro-Calc. Changes Past Payroll Withholding Tax: Remember last week’s tax conundrum? This week, the HR community collaborated and finally found a solution – and it’s simpler than you may think. Thanks to Kenneth Moore for taking on this “taxing” endeavor.


SAP SuccessFactors Q1 2016 Business Update/Release Highlights: Although technology is more of a marathon than a sprint, if you don’t keep up you’ll be left in the dust. A recording of this webcast is now live on ASUG’s HR Community. Pick up your speed by hearing the latest Q1 updates and release highlights for SAP SuccessFactors. David Ludlow, Global VP of SAP HR and SAP SuccessFactors, sets the pace in this informative webcast.

 

SuccessFactors HCM Suite Roadmap: Core HR and Analytics: Although we are extremely spoiled by our smartphones and Google Maps, sometimes a good old roadmap is the way to go. ASUG and SAP have that covered. In this webinar, SAP project managers present product roadmaps for Employee Central, Cloud Payroll, and Workforce Analytics & Planning.

 

Practical Analytics for Business Users: A Discussion of the Tools and Techniques to Make Analytics Practical for You: In preparation for the March 14-16 Practical Analytics workshop, this webcast provides an overview of the lessons and hands-on activities that attendees will use. It’s an exclusive sneak peek into why the workshop is the right fit for you. Plus, registration is still buy one, get one half-off. Don’t miss this deal!

 

To see more HR resources and content, check out the ASUG HR Community and stay on the lookout for next week’s recap.

 

P.S. Don’t miss the RechargeHR Webcast Series for HR and HRIS professionals using SAP HCM and/or SAP SuccessFactors. Stay connected to the information, insights, and ideas you need to move your workplace forward in the twenty-first century.

YOU know you make the difference in SAP enhancements - but, like the lottery, you have to play to win. RIGHT NOW - and for only 56 more days - you have the chance to have your voice heard as a customer and user of SAP ERP HCM Recruiting.  Use your ASUG membership to amplify your needs.  Join our Influence Council on HCM Recruiting now by emailing David.Sheston@asug.com

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Focus of the project

The SAP HCM e-Recruiting application helps you find the right talent and build long term relationships with current and potential employees. It enables you to cut recruiting and sourcing costs and improve employee retention. You can build up and draw from a global pool of qualified internal and external talent. Recruiters can take advantage of this pool to quickly find the talent they need while collaborating closely with hiring managers.

We are looking for small enhancements or round ups on existing fuctionality.

 

Scope:

  • On-Premise only
  • TREX search
  • Releases: EhP6 and above
  • Incremental improvements to existing functionality covering different phases of the recruiting process as well as quick user experience improvements for recruiters or candidates
  • Small enhancements deliverable via Notes and SAP Support Packages for easy and fast adoption

Out of Scope:

  • SuccessFactors Recruiting
  • Integration to SuccessFactors
  • Integration with Costing
  • Integration with Social Media
  • Mobile enablement

 

Ideas in progress are accumulating.  We're up to 25.  Add your request now.

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REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU RUN YOUR HR SOLUTIONS - IN CLOUD OR ON-PREMISE, SAP SuccessFactors has customers'  interests in mind. Stick with your ASUG HR Community as we get the latest and greatest info from SAP every quarter in our "First to Know" series. This quarter, David Ludlow, Mark Brandau, Ralf Wagner and Chris Horak provided the update and there's been lots of interest in the following items.  Listen to a replay of the webcast on our HR Community page.


Wondering how you're ever going to get out of the minutiae and into the Fourth Industrial Revolution?  Dare I say...simplify??


Welcome to the HR home page that makes you want to stay and get things done! The user experience is now consistent and simplified for both on-premise cloud users.  What you see in the screen shot below is what you get.The only difference between the on-premise and cloud views is how you, the customer, implements the change. This is part of a continuing progression in user experience by SAP.  Expect to see more changes in the user experience as each release rolls out. Join and Follow our HR Community for detailed webinars on how to use the technology.


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Get out of the administrative paper pushing with Intelligent Services - a way to intuitively connect processes and tasks to reduce administrative burden.  Again, this solution works for both on-premise and cloud customers.  In fact, Intelligent Services can tie in other products, as well.  This release has added more pre-configured Services. What is Intelligent Services and how do you get started? Register for our March 11th webinar with Andy Yen, Manager of Technology Solutions at SAP SuccessFactors will talk about this topic in-depth.  You'll find Andy's webcast on RechargeHR.asug.com.

 

Getting 'em and keeping 'em - is that your focus?  We're going to help you do just that with on Monday May 16th in a half day seminar that will jump start the HR education at SAPPHIRE NOW / ASUG ANNUAL CONFERENCE.  Karie Willyerd is the featured speaker with customers, experts and you as part of this deep dive. Register for that now.  In the meantime, here are the highlights of this release:

 

  • Hire better, faster, smarter. If you use SuccessFactors Recruiting Marketing, Career Site Builder will simplify making changes to your career site. No longer a need for professional help -  a non-technical person can update your site.  Likewise  if you're using Recruiting Posting, Job Board Marketplace will enable you to easily add and configure a new job board. Career Site Builder is available without Recruiting Management (RCM).  Existing customers can acquire the functionality as an add-on.  New customers will receive this functionality packaged with Recruiting Management. Want more information? Shout it out. Ask Human Resources on our home page or add your comment to this post.

 

  • Learning is being enhanced with . . . . .

wait for it . . . .

here it is . . .

Gamification - a term that made the Oxford English Dictionary's shortlist for Word of the Year in 2011 - and a word that my spell check wants to autocorrect to Gasification. So, if you're a 20-something, you're thinking COOL.  If you're a 50-something, my guess is you're rolling your eyes. Get onboard this digital, gamified train or sit forever by the wayside.

 

  • And speaking of "Onboard"...Onboarding enhancements are being delivered to allow for simpler goal creation and alignment for new hires.  (Notice a theme here?  SIMPLER.)

 

NOW....drum roll please.....

 

  • The big news this quarter? Continuous Performance Management (or as I like to call it, the-performance-review-that-might-actually-get-done-without-me-hating-it).  This is the change I've been waiting for. This is the one that actually is intended to drive the conversations throughout the year.  This is the one that puts more control into an employee's hands to manage his/her own performance. And this is mobile. And the idea is simple.  This is a tool designed to create dialogue between the employee and his/her manager on a continuous, day-by-day basis.  Read Craig Powers' ASUG News Article for more information. Our May 16th Recharge HR seminar, "Stretch Your Talent Mindset" is a deep-dive into the tipping point of talent management. View seminars and register now for the SAPPHIRE NOW - ASUG ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

 

Perhaps the most over-looked software advantage? JAM. In this release, JAM ups the ante again to create employee engagement experiences that are exactly what this generation of workers expects and needs. Administrators can now create home pages geared to their group's needs. And increased integration between JAM and learning creates a knowledge management environment where development is everything our contemporary workforce has come to rely upon: informal, social and shared.

 

I'm excited about what I see happening at SAP SuccessFactors for both cloud and on-premise. Now...I'm off to see how to get my own copy of JAM...

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No, not that kind of transformation. Digital transformation doesn’t happen overnight and isn’t quite as flashy as Hasbro’s most famous toys may make it seem. Especially in the world of HR, the shift towards digitization and the cloud can be especially daunting. Luckily, ASUG’s HR community has the knowledge and resources that can save you from the IT junkyard and make you the Optimus Prime of your business.

 

 

Here are some of the highlights from the week ending 2/19/2016

 

 

Secrets of a Digitally Transformed Workplace: Do you go from booking your next vacation all on your phone back to the age of mullets and shoulder pads the second you enter the office? Shouldn’t HR be evolving as quickly as our own methods of productivity? ASUG’s Sherryanne Meyer urges HR to be “more than administrators” in her blog post that blows the lid off of Digital Transformation. Supplemented by this webcast from the President of SAP SuccessFactors, Mike Ettling, this is content you can’t miss.

 

 

SAP SuccessFactors Q1 2016 Business Update/Release Highlights: Although technology is more of a marathon than a sprint, if you don’t keep up you’ll be left in the dust. Pick up your speed by hearing the latest Q1 updates and release highlights for SAP SuccessFactors. David Ludlow, Global VP of SAP HR and SuccessFactors, sets the pace in this informative webcast.

 

 

SuccessFactors HCM Suite Road Map: Suite-Wide Topics: Although we are extremely spoiled by our smartphones and Google Maps, sometimes a good old Road Map is the way to go. ASUG and SAP have that covered. In this webinar, SAP project managers present product road maps for Intelligent Services, Mobile, Admin, Talent Foundation, ERP/HCM Integration, Cloud to Cloud Integrations, and Extensibility.

 

 

SuccessFactors Strategic HR: Did “SuccessFactors HCM Suite Road Map” not satisfy your thirst for HR knowledge? Once again the best and brightest of SAP project managers share our road maps. Topic in this webinar include Recruiting, Onboarding, Learning, Performance & Goals, Compensation, and Succession & Development.

 

 

HR Town Hall - Focus on Services & Support in the Cloud: Did you miss the chance to voice your opinion in our HR Town Hall? Luckily, there was no shortage of feedback between our SuccessFactors users and SIG leaders. Jamie Bridwell from SAP Successfactors joined us for the discussion. Keep your eye on our event page for the recording!

 

 

Discussion – Retro-calc. changes past payroll withholding tax: While you may be quickly preparing for the dreaded Tax Day, your technology might not share the same sense of urgency – a scary thought. The HR community has been buzzing with tax talk. What happens when you need to apply new tax rates to old payments? The ASUG HR community collaborates to find out.

 

 

Upcoming – Practical Analytics for Business Users: Imagine this – you need a visualization comparing turnover for the past 10 years. You have the numbers, but to make it presentable and to forecast your expectations for 2017 you need some visuals. So, you put in a ticket, request, email, etc. and wait. And wait. And wait. Wouldn’t it be nice to cut the middleman and learn how to use data analytics? Or how to acutely explain your needs to cut down on files named “Final Version” and “Final VersionV2” and “Final Final Version.” This hands-on workshop is for us business users who don’t have the time for data bottleneck. Plus… registration is buy one get one ½ off!

 

 

To see more HR resources and content check out the ASUG HR Community – and stay on the lookout for next week’s recap.

 

P.S. Don’t miss the RechargeHR Webcast Series for HR and HRIS professionals using SAP HCM and/or SuccessFactors. Stay connected to the information, insights, and ideas you need to move your workplace forward in the 21st century.

 

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It’s raining – actually pouring – in the world of IT and HR. The forecast is Cloudy with a major chance of disruption. Is it enough to merely stay dry, or should you be dancing in the rain? This week we look at what the experts are saying about digital transformation and how you, HR and technology all fit together. ASUG’s HR community also has today’s most time-sensitive topics. Payroll workflows? Check. HANA? Check. From SuccessFactors changes to HR’s role in disruption, ASUG has you covered.

 

SAP Strides Towards Innovation: SAP is taking strides… can your business keep up? This blog from Deloitte’s Katelynn Heckett explores SAP’s HANA, S/4HANA, and Hana Cloud Platform and how they will help companies “Run Simple” in 2016.

 

Preparing HR to Meet the Needs of a Digitally Transformed Workforce: Digital transformation is coming! Will you stay grounded and watch the Cloud from afar or embrace the disruption and jump right in? @mikeettling, President of SAP SuccessFactors, talks HR’s role in disruption and how to transform from mere human resources management to digital workforce management. This is a part of the RechargeHR Webcast Series and is eligible for SHRM Professional Development Credit.

 

Should I Stay or Should I Go?: @LukeMarson @SteveBogner and @SAP_JARRET are here to help you decide whether or not soaring to the cloud is right for you.  A recording of this entry in the RechargeHR Webcast Series is available on the ASUG HR Community Site Plus… this webcast is eligible for one SHRM Professional Development Credit.

 

US Payroll Tax Discussion: Ah, the dreaded tax season. While you are rushing to have your tax documents in by April 18, don’t lose track of your business’ tax responsibilities! Where can you find a workflow of the US tax configuration? Our discussion board collaborates on necessary resources to have.

 

Upcoming - HR Town Hall - Focus on Services & Support in the Cloud: Let your voice be heard! This upcoming discussion is hosted by the ASUG SuccessFactors SIG. SAP’s Jamie Bridwell joins us and other Human Resources SuccessFactors users to talk about how to improve customer experiences.

 

Upcoming - SAP SuccessFactors Q1 2016 Business Update/Release Highlights: Tired of hearing “did you turn it off and on again?” Save yourself a call to IT by being on the cutting edge of all things SuccessFactors. Join to hear an overview of critical functionality changes in SAP SuccessFactors and HCM from David Ludlow, Group Vice President of Solution Management at SAP SuccessFactors.

 

To see more HR resources and content check out the ASUG HR Community

If you travel at all, think about how the nature of a hotel stay has changed in the last decade. Guests today demand speed in securing, confirming and managing reservations.  Travelers are largely technology astute, self-sufficient individuals – who expect the ability to connect multiple devices during their stay, mobile check-in and check-out capabilities, and a digital concierge.  During their stay, clients will evaluate their visit in very public forums.  Rapid response times, connectivity and a keen sense of interpersonal customer service are essential in the digitally transformed travel industry. That’s right. It’s not all about the technology.

 

“With business model disruption comes people disruption,” says Mike Ettling, President of SAP SuccessFactors, “and people disruption can be positive or negative.”  Success in a digitally transforming workplace is going to require Human Resource leadership in a way we have not seen in the past.  “HR,” says Mike, “will no longer exist for it’s own sake.”  Every CEO of successful organizations knows their company needs to put people first because performance of the organization depends on people. 

 

Are your employees “all in”? Employee engagement is absolutely essential, and today that engagement is created by more than a competitive compensation and benefits package.

 

Yet, employees step through the door of most workplaces and go backwards in time in terms of the technology they will use.  Frustrating. And the frustration knows no age. Sure, we have the younger generation who grew up on 3g connectivity.  But a large portion of the workforce – regardless of age – is equally engrossed in our digital economy.  For many, a cell phone’s internet connectivity is the primary way they get things done – read email, find a restaurant, converse with friends, book a ride or check in for a flight.  Why isn’t it as easy to get things done at work? 

 

  • Simplify. Processes in many workplaces continue to be bureaucratic and complex.  Simplification comes both as a result of and as the impetus for change.  For example, tools like SAP’s new Intelligent Services can enable a world that is not totally unhinged by one worker’s unexpected absence.  At the same time, that worker’s tasks are more easily automated by extracting unnecessary data and steps.  Imagine an HR career center that does not get sidetracked by one recruiter’s untimely absence.  

 

  • Empathize. Set a vibe in your organization that creates and maintains engagement. Give employees a sense of purpose.  Lars Dalgaard built an organization that epitomized this value with SuccessFactors slogan “It’s time to love work again.”  Today, Mike tells us, SAP SuccessFactors creates energy with the phrase “Success is simply human.”  Sure, SAP is a technology company, but everything they do is about enabling human success.  How do you find a vibe that excites your company and then how do you execute on that vibe?  Talk to others. Visit other companies, Mike recommends. Feel what an all-in company is like.

 

  1. Culturize. Don’t miss the opportunity for change. Digitization, says Mike, is not going to wait for us.  It will move full steam – er, full gigabytes – ahead. Those of us not ready for the rapid changes and massive opportunities that await us in our very near future will be left behind. We probably need to do some of the same things we’ve always done as an HR department, but don’t miss the chance to do things differently.  Talent reviews are one example. Today, it’s a rear view mirror approach – looking at how talent performed in the past. We need to adapt that, counsels Mike, to a more current process where we are regularly looking not so much at what talent we have as what talent we will need in the future.     

 

Much of our success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution depends on Human Resources being more than administrators. It’s our time in HR!  Time to step up to the plate and offer innovative solutions instead of waiting to execute what the CEO and CFO have architected for the company.  Be part of the business.  Liberate yourself from the shackles of compliance and process. Map out your company’s future needs and forward march!

 

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Listen to a replay of the webinar recording with Mike Ettling on Preparing HR to Meet the Needs of a Digitally Transformed Workforce. This content qualifies listeners to earn one SHRM Professional Development Credit.

Yes, SuccesFactors servers and systems have outages -- just like legacy on-premise software.

Planned outages are communicated to customers - and are aligned with quarterly releases. These are typically no more than 7 hours in length and run over a weekend. Sometimes, there are unexpected issues with certain servers in the SF cloud. Customers can see performance of the servers on the SAP ONE Service Dashboard.

 

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