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The sun is shining, the grass is (mostly) green, and there is a whole bunch of HR content on the horizon. Whether you are just hatching a plan to implement SAP® SuccessFactors® or you’ve been hopping along with SAP Human Capital Management (HCM), ASUG is here to grow your business.


Discussion – Time to be HeaRd?: HR Community Advocate Sherryanne Meyer opened up a discussion to talk about services and support experiences. This discussion is also a teaser for the upcoming “Mostly Sunny Services in the Cloud” education series. Sow the seeds of opportunity and have your voice be heard. Read last week’s recap for more context for this discussion.


It's All About Leadership: Developing the Leaders Around You: Dive into the final chapter of our leadership webcast series and emerge equipped to lead and inspire those around you. Whether your head (and business) is in the clouds or you’re still using on-premise solutions, leadership is always in season. Don’t forget about the first two episodes, Management Versus Leadership and Developing the Leader Within You.


NYC Speaker Series event with Moira Forbes: Anyone in the New York area, don’t miss this event featuring Moira Forbes, President and Publisher of ForbesWoman. In a world where diversity in the workplace is increasingly important, this event shines a light on an essential conversation. Make an effort to learn who “The New Agenda Setters” are in the business world.


Recharge HR Half-Day ASUG Pre-Conference Seminar: ASUG Annual Conference is quickly approaching, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of our ASUG Pre-Conference Seminar! Want to “Stretch Your Talent Mindset”? Or is “Workforce Analytics Unplugged” more your style? You can also have an HR-packed day and attend both!


In lieu of this shorter recap, I encourage you to get outside and breathe some spring air; I know I’m going to! To see more HR resources and content, check out the ASUG HR Community and stay on the lookout for next week’s recap.




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Listening is essential in the HR world. For a team that touches almost every part of the business, there is a lot to know and a lot of expectations. Employees want to feel like HR will listen if there is a concern or issue. Potential new talent expects HR to listen to their questions and make sure the job is a right fit. When listening to everyone and everything, you may ask yourself, When is my chance to be heard? With ASUG, the answer is now! This week, the ASUG HR Community was all about you, because it’s time for someone to listen to the listeners.


HR Town Hall - Focus on Services and Support in the Cloud: Who better to chat with than the people behind the solutions you use every day? Jamie Bridwell from SAP® SuccessFactors® took on your questions and comments in this open and honest Town Hall webcast. Watch the recording of this webcast and see if your concerns were addressed. If you still have more to say, keep your eye on the ASUG HR Community for upcoming Town Halls.


HR Compensation Special Interest Group (SIG) Town Hall: Yes, another Town Hall! This time, the HR Compensation SIG takes the stage to chat with the HR Community. How are compensation processes enabled with SAP SuccessFactors? What are your options? What about new users? Listen in on this webcast recording to find out – it’ll be posted soon.


Future of SAP and SAP SuccessFactors Consulting 2016 –  SAP SuccessFactors Talent Management (Part 3): Jarret Pazahanick is back again with the third and final chapter in his series on what’s next with SAP and SAP SuccessFactors. In this part, the focus is on talent management. See the HR landscape through the eyes of SAP and SAP SuccessFactors experts as Jarret brings us full circle on the past, present, and future of HR. Here you can find Part 1 and Part 2.


Help HR Manage Workforce Changes More Intuitively and Effectively with SAP’s New Intelligent Services Capabilities: While that title is very self-explanatory, I cannot stress how important this webcast is. Intelligent Services (IS) is the biggest innovation in the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite. Andy Yen from SAP SuccessFactors is here to tell you why and how you can make the most of this new development. Find out why IS will have you cheering with joy and drawing the attention of your coworkers.


Upcoming - It's All About Leadership: Developing the Leaders Around You: I would almost rather not post this because it reminds me that this is the last part of Joan Choate and Diana Wood’s leadership webcast series. We talked about Management Versus Leadership and Developing the Leader Within You, but now it is time to look at how we can help each other be better leaders. In the spirit of encouraging leadership, I implore you to register for this webcast and bring along someone who you think would make a great leader.


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

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference attendees: Don’t forget to register for our Recharge HR half-day Pre-Conference Seminar. See you there!


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Recruiting can be a challenge. It requires the right bait in the right place at the right time. A job description might be perfect, but what appeal does an HRIT job have to a pool of graphic designers or marketing specialists? Looking for new graduates? Then why cast your line in September when the term is just beginning? Finally, how do you prevent your perfect catch from wriggling free? Get out your HR tackle box because this week ASUG’s HR Community explores the tools that will help you reel in the best and brightest talent.


Upcoming – Human Resources Success & Development Town Hall: “Casey, why are you starting with an upcoming webcast if this is a recap?” Because you absolutely cannot miss this content. Find out how other customers cast the net with their HR solutions and discuss talent development, planning, and tracking. Set sail with SAP SuccessFactors' Jackie Ato, your captain for this webcast and discussion.


Critical SAP SuccessFactors for Management of HR: How Does HRIS Take Shape in the Cloud?: You can’t rush recruitment, so while your line is cast, don’t miss this chance to look up at the clouds. HR Expert Luke Marson talks the nuances of strategy, configuration, and maintenance when moving to the cloud. Marson, a true ASUG Angler, co-authored “The Comprehensive Guide to SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central.” Needless to say, this guy knows what he is talking about.


Discussion – SF Reporting & Analytics Forum: Although employees are much more useful (and much less smelly) than our aquatic friends, it’s important to measure records and milestones and figure out the best time to catch and release. The HR crew talks shop about reporting and analytics, and it’s not too late to dive in. If you are a part of the ASUG community, join the conversation. If not, what are you waiting for?


Help HR Manage Workforce Change More Intuitively and Effectively with SAP’s New Intelligent Services Capabilities: What’s different between a pole with a line and hook and an industrial crabbing machine? A lot. Similarly, Intelligent Services in the SAP SuccessFactors Human Capital Management (HCM) Suite is a way to take your “tried and true” process and optimize it, yielding less risk and greater reward. SAP SuccessFactors’ Andy Yen gives the lowdown on this new technology and how it applies to you in this webcast. Keep an eye out for the recording!


I am fresh out of fishing analogies, so it’s time to reel in this week’s HR Recap. Before I go, don’t miss the second entry in the All About Leadership webcast series. Also, for all of you User Experience geeks, on March 17 ASUG is hosting User Experience (UX) Puzzle: A Process to Successfully Start or Renew an Improved User Interface, an introduction to our upcoming UX seminar series.


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

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference attendees: Don’t forget to register for our Recharge HR half-day Pre-Conference Seminar. See you there!

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You know SAP® SuccessFactors®. So when your company brings in consultants to help you run SAP®, you’ll be set, right? Or maybe you run SAP and you are about to adopt SAP SuccessFactors. Same old same old, right? Wrong. While SAP and SAP SuccessFactors share a genre, each has a set-list of features to make music to your ears. Whether SAP SuccessFactors is your opening act or you’ve been with SAP since the heyday of Neil Young and Elton John, ASUG has the knowledge, tools, and community to harmonize your business.


Future of SAP and SAP SuccessFactors Consulting 2016 Part 1 and Part 2: Why the sudden interest in creating a symphony of SAP and SAP SuccessFactors? Jarret Pazahanick has started a terrific series consisting of interviews with the latest and greatest SAP and SAP SuccessFactors experts. Part 1 explores what to expect from SAP Human Capital Management (HCM), and Part 2 tackles SAP SuccessFactors Core HR, Payroll, Analytics, Platform, and Concur. That’s not all, though: be on the lookout for Part 3 – Talent Management!


Digital Transformation: It’s not just for IT: It wouldn’t be a week in HR without ASUG’S HR Community Advocate, Sherryanne Meyer. While we talk about how not making the leap to the cloud will leave you in the dust, it’s important to make sure your Digital Transformation goals are not just smoke and mirrors. In this piece, Sherryanne looks at how to ensure your business’s success with developing a twenty-first century skillset.


HCM Recruiting Needs You: Clinton, Sanders, Trump, Cruz – while politics in the workplace may be an HR red flag, the votes are in and the results are unanimous: the Influence Council on HCM Recruiting is the way to have your voice heard. Sherryanne Meyer dishes on the what, why, and how of ASUG influence.


More Retro-Calc Discussion: Calling all payroll experts! Taxes seem to be a hot topic in the HR community as of late, and we need your expertise in helping our community keep up with this tax-ing issue (yes, I did use that joke last week).


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

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference attendees: don’t forget to register for our Recharge HR half-day Pre-Conference Seminar. See you there!

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.


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In my writings in Linked In Pulse, I often talk about the broader role of HR in enabling workforce productivity well beyond compensation, benefits, talent management and engagement. Research by SAP has confirmed my suspicion: no organization is going to leap to digital business models (and therefore remain competitive through the coming years) without the right organization structure and business leader mindsets in place


Proof:  In Digital Education for Digital Transformation (Part 15 of ASUG's Digital Transformation webcast series,) Dr. Bernd Welz, summarized results from the November 2015 IDT* survey on skills for digital transformation,

IT executives possess the business related knowledge…

Only 27%
of business executives possess the technology skills necessary…

Only 17%
of the companies have the personnel with the skills necessary for the Digital Transformation

Enabling our business' success in Digital Transformation starts with us, HR.  Here's our roadmap:

#1 - Find and develop business leaders that are tech savvy to define and enable your digital vision.

#2 - Develop your workforce - not just IT - to have design skills, visioning skills, business change management skills.

#3 - Adapt recruitment strategies to focus on soft skills needed to adapt and transform your business.

#4 - Learn. Take advantage of all external education opportunities to broaden your perspective.

ASUG and SAP are positioned to expand your capabilities. Watch the webcast for details on SAP's education programs. Stay current by subscribing to ASUG NEWS.   Check our featured events and ASUG University for continuing education.

For HR leadership, competency and technology education, join and follow ASUG's HR CommunityRegister for SAPPHIRE NOW - ASUG ANNUAL CONFERENCE for education from experts and user case studies. Here are two pre-conference seminars geared to support your digital transformation journey: 

  • Workforce Analytics Unplugged, Monday May 16th, 8 am to Noon: In this “unplugged” pre-conference the emphasis is on the free exchange of information. You drive the outcomes as we gain insights from leading experts and customer experiences.  Participants will leave the workshop with a template to use to adopt a "best practices" approach for their own workforce analytics. This seminar is focused at a non-technical professional and is ideal for customers at any stage of an HRIS implementation.

  • Recharge HR: STRETCH Your Talent Mindset, Monday, May 16th, 1:00 to 5:00 pm: Recharge HR teaches critical skills for HR and HR professionals through education from product experts, thought leaders, futurists and peers. During this Recharge HR event, learn what you need to activate the talent management reset button in your organization. Throughout the afternoon, you will follow our competency-based professional development program geared to give you the skills to create a talent strategy for the future. (For information on previous Recharge HR event content and speakers visit


*IDT (Initiative for Digital Transformation): a joint initiative from Technische Universität München (TUM) and SAP to analyze, understand, and support the design of leadership, innovation, and motivation in the digital transformation.