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For some of us, older technology still holds its appeal, especially if it's still works.


Here's the truth: cloud isn't for everyone. Not yet. When influencers met with the SAP SuccessFactors product team in San Francisco last month, we heard Mike Ettling, President of SAP SuccessFactors say, "It's time to love on-premise customers again." Not that anyone every stopped loving all you diehard fans of the solid, consistent, sturdily built on-premise SAP ERP HCM model. It's just that there's this shiny new model that looks so pretty and might give us more bang for the buck.

But on-premise customers have been feeling somewhat shunned by software vendors pushing cloud - or Software as a Service (SaaS) as it is also known. And SAP is exercising empathy towards those customers. After all - empathy is the heart of design thinking, a methodology in which SAP developers strongly believe for creating successful business innovation through technology.

The question is: what can customers expect from this renewed attention to on-premise customers? I'm not sure. Yet. But I am asking questions and I encourage you to do the same.

What I do know now is that the idea is being executed internally at SAP  under the name"Project CloudBridge" - diagrammed in the visual below. This model addresses the perception that SAP has not been interacting with or listening to on-premise customers while focusing on their SuccessFactors community.


There's some truth to that. In fact - if you're reading this - it's likely you know that ASUG - along with other SAP user groups worldwide (Germany's DSAG, UK and Ireland's UKISUG, Australia's SAUG, etc) has been emphasizing the on-premise customer voice to SAP.  So, good news! SAP will be all ears now to hear our feedback.

If you will be at the Sapphire Now | ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando May 16-18, there are opportunities to pursue HR solutions your way. One method, of course, is the "journey to cloud" which you can find in my Recharge HR article So you want to move to SAP SuccessFactors...If you're not quite ready to move to cloud, then let me suggest the following on-premise friendly conference "roadmap" for you to follow. Wherever you go, whatever you do, ask questions and find the love in SAP solutions. See you in Orlando!

Find your on-premise story in ASUG's Education Zone at Sapphire Now | ASUG Annual Conference:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Orange County Convention Center South Concourse


11:00 am

S210CD - SID HR8929


Your chance to ask Mike Ettling, President of SAP SuccessFactors: Join me at HR Community’s opening keynote where Mike will present "Your People, Not Your Technology, Are at the Heart of Transformation."


Then grab some lunch from the serving stations around the convention center, and head to the next session.

12:30 pm


We're influencing SAP Learning Solutions on-premise. Join this interactive influence session led by customer Angela Grah, Pacific Gas and Electric together with Rose Loisi, SAP AG, and Sharon Newton, hyperCision and a design thinking coach.


2:00 pm


Ask Yvette Cameron, SVP Global Strategy for SAP® SuccessFactors® - Find Session HR9213 in the ASUG Hub’s Education Theater on the show floor. Yvette is going to present SAP's concepts for helping customers to move to cloud.


3:15 pm

S220A - SID HR6851

Head back up to Level 2 of the South Concourse of the Convention Center to Room S220A to learn how Microsoft used Solution Manager to optimize payroll


Then head down to the show floor to grab a seat for the afternoon keynote. This will be inspirational whether you're on-premise or cloud.



4:30 pm

General Session

Life is Good! Join ASUG’s CEO, Geoff Scott and Volunteer Chairman of the Board, Keith Sturgill, Eastman Chemical, as they take the stage to address the community.

Relax and get comfortable to meet brothers and co-founders of Life is good – Bert and John Jacobs.

Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Orange County Convention Center South Concourse


11:00 am

S220A - SID HR6769


The Roadmap for SAP ERP HCM On-Premise will be presented by Michael Bonrat and Michael Fruechtl of SAP


12:30 pm

S220A - SID HR7940


12:30 pm

S220B - SID HR6581


Find out how SAP®’s Payroll Control Center simplifies payroll processes – in cloud or on-premise - from our volunteer leader and SAP® payroll education expert, Imran Sajid.


Find out how SuccessFactors and SAP ERP HCM were combined to automate the hiring process at the University of Cincinnati


2:00 pm

S220B - SID HR7272


Learn how the Los Angeles Community College redesigned their Time Approval process.

3:30 pm

S320 - SID HR 9208

Take this opportunity to meet face-to-face with our Payroll Special Interest Group. Led by Eric Sauerhoefer of Disney, this group is focusing on today's payroll and needs for the future in cloud or on-premise. Find Eric at Roundtable #2 in Room S320 on the third floor of the convention center.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – Orange County Convention Center South Concourse


11:00 am

S220A - SID HR6954


11:00 am

S220B - SID HR6940


Use Fiori to integrate the user experience in a hybrid environment -- when some of your company is in Employee Central and some in SAP® ERP HCM on-premise


Transform your ESS and MSS experiences with SAP Fiori - learn from FortisAlberta's experiences.


12:30 pm

S220B - SID HR7854


12:30 PM

S312 - SID MPM6747


Newell Rubbermaid will share how they turbocharged Manager Self Service with SAP UI5



Newmont Mining demonstrates how they implemented payroll for a non-standard country in SAP.


2:00 pm

S220A - SID HR8182


Get the Digital Transformation Playbook from Mark Brandau, SAP SuccessFactors


3:30 pm

S220B - HR6813


Learn about SAP Fiori 2.0 and the Redesign and New Apps for SAP ERP Human Capital Management.