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For newcomers to the SAP SuccessFactors Suite, grasping abbreviations and their meanings can be challenging. SuccessFactors, with its over two-decade history, has continuously evolved, introducing new modules, terms, abbreviations, acronyms, and buzzletters. Below, I've compiled a helpful list for new clients, consultants, or end-users. Please be aware that these abbreviations may change over time, with new ones being added and old ones continuing to be used, while some may become obsolete. Please forgive any omissions

If any explanation isn't clear or needs improvement, please message me privately. I'll review and update it. I aimed to keep it concise and simple for beginners.

The following terms are commonly utilized by members of the functional team.

Abbrv.,DefinitionBrief Explanation 
360360 / Multi-RaterAllows integration of self-feedback with anonymous input from colleagues and external sources for a holistic employee performance evaluation.
ATSApplicant Tracking SystemIt’s a feature and part of the broader Recruitment module helps streamline the recruitment process
CDPCareer Development PlanningEmpowers employees with diverse development opportunities and career planning, while offering managers standardized tools to monitor their team's progress
CMPCompensationOptimize workforce compensation align compensation programs with business goals, enhancing individual and business performance through personalized rewards
CoCCenter of CapabilitiesOffers a structured approach for cataloging and assigning essential employee attributes such as skills and competencies within your organization. 
ECEmployee CentralCentralized system for managing employee information, such as personal details, job history, organizational structure, time off, and other HR-related data.
ECPEmployee Central PayrollStreamlines payroll management tasks such as processing payroll, handling taxes, etc. by automating payment processing
ECSCEmployee Central Service CenterHR service delivery system, featuring an integrated knowledge base for personalized HR policy data & communication with the HR help desk via phone or email within the platform
EPEmployee ProfileCentralizes employee information, including personal details, job history, skills, and performance data, enhancing HR management efficiency and decision-making
EXEmployee ExperienceOffering automated, AI-driven insights and action plans, our solution facilitates informed decision-making for enhancing employee engagement, productivity, and retention.
GMGoal ManagementFacilitates the alignment of individual goals with company objectives, ensuring employees and managers focus on priority tasks
HCMHuman Capital ManagementCloud-based HCM software suite encompassing core HR, payroll, talent management, HR analytics, workforce planning, and employee experience management
HXMHuman Experience ManagementHXM emphasizes enhancing the experiences of employees, customers, and stakeholders, while HCM prioritizes managing and nurturing people.
JPBJob Profile BuilderEmpowers users to construct comprehensive job profiles comprising various content types and establish families and roles
JRDMJob Requisition Data ModelFamilies and Roles necessary for organizing jobs into a hierarchy, utilizing job families, roles within these families, and optionally, job codes linked to each role
LMSLearning Management SolutionEmpower individuals for the future by leveraging innovative capabilities that drive skills management, learning, and development.
MDFMetadata FrameworkA platform within an application for easily creating new, uncomplicated apps without the need for coding.
OMPOpportunity MarketplaceFocuses on recognizing employees' holistic selves and individual capabilities. It facilitates goal achievement by aligning individuals with opportunities that match their aspirations
ONBOnboardingSimplify employee onboarding, cross-boarding, offboarding, and rehire programs with one comprehensive solution.
PMPerformance ManagementTool for optimizing performance appraisal processes and aligning individual goals with organizational objectives
PMGMPerformance & Goal ManagementAssist in aligning strategy and goals, enhancing employee performance via continuous coaching and feedback, and acknowledging top talent
RCMRecruiting ManagementManages the core recruiting processes. Increasing recruitment efficiency empowers to attract, engage, and hire talent seamlessly. Key features job posting, candidate sourcing, applicant tracking, and interview scheduling.
RECRecruitingFocuses on the entire recruiting process, from sourcing candidates to onboarding, and includes features like job postings, candidate management, interview scheduling, and offer management
RPBRole-Based PermissionsAllocate access and actions based on predefined roles, ensuring tailored and secure system usage. Each role is tailored to specific job functions or responsibilities within an organization
RMKRecruiting MarketingIts a tool for creating and distributing employer branding content to attract top talent, manage job postings, and engage with candidates effectively.
RPOSRecruiting PostingAllows to access the expanding job board marketplace to post job and internship offers across various platforms, manage listings efficiently, and analyze performance metrics. 
S&DSuccession & DevelopmentIdentifying and developing talent within organizations to ensure smooth leadership transitions and foster career growth opportunities
SFSFSuccessFactors SFSF was the stock ticker for SuccessFactors prior to its acquisition by SAP and is the most commonly used abbreviation, especially among HRIT veterans.
SPSuccession PlanningIdentify and develop internal talent to fill key roles within the company. assessing  skills and competencies, and creating development plans to prepare them for future positions or critical roles
TTTime TrackingEnables organizations to effectively manage and track employee time and attendance. It streamline time recording, approval processes, and compliance with labor laws and company policies
OMOpportunity MarketplaceFor internal talent mobility. It allows to creation of a marketplace where employees can explore new career opportunities within the company. Helps match employees with open positions based on their skills
VARVariable Pay Facilitates incentive compensation management by aligning employee performance with rewards through variable pay plans
WFAWorkforce AnalyticsTool that provides insights into workforce data, enabling organizations to make informed decisions regarding talent management and strategy. It helps analyze trends, predict future outcomes, and optimize workforce performance
WFPWorkforce PlanningTool that helps organizations forecast future workforce needs and align talent strategies with business goals, facilitating better workforce management and decision-making

The following terms are commonly utilized by members of the technical team. Technical Section is WIP

Abbrv.,DefinitionBrief Explanation 
SaaSSoftware-as-a-ServiceSaaS is the delivery of SuccessFactors over the internet or in the cloud with no need to install, maintain, or host software on-site
PaaSPlatform-as-a-ServicePaaS is a complete cloud environment that includes everything developers need to build, run, and manage applications—from servers and OS to all the networking, storage, middleware etc
IaaS/iPaaSIntegration-as-a-Serviceis a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution of integration flows connecting any combination of on-premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications, and data
SFSFAPISuccessFactors Application programming interfaceis a set of protocols that enable different software components to communicate and transfer data. SuccessFactors OData APIs is a standardized protocol for creating and consuming data APIs.
OdataOpen Data Protocolis a standardized protocol that builds on core protocols like HTTP, and commonly accepted methodologies like REST. The result is a uniform way to expose full-featured data APIs
APIApplication Programming Interfaceis a set of rules and protocols for building and interacting with software applications
HCISAP HANA Cloud Integrationtool kit used for synchronization and contains features, pre-packaged content to develop and configure integration flows, enabling data integration between on-premise and cloud applications.
BTPSAP Business Technology Platformpreviously called SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) technology platform that brings together data and analytics, AI, application development, automation, and integration in one, unified environment
SSOSingle Sign-Onis a session and user authentication service that permits a user to use one set of login credentials
UDFUser Data Fileis a comma-separated value (. csv) file and is used to add or change data for one or more employees at a time
SOAPSimple Object Access Protocolcan establish connectivity between the SAP cloud solution and a remote application by setting up an external Web service integration scenario using SOAP, which is an XML-based protocol for exchanging structured information through Web services.


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I posted a somewhat more extensive list back in 2013, which I have been updating over the last 10+ years:

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@lukemarson Hey Luke, it's been a while! How have you been? Firstly, I wasn't aware of your post, but after conducting a detailed online search today, I found a few other posts similar to yours. However, upon comparison, I noticed additional abbreviations in my post, and notably, none of the posts, including yours, provided explanations. I created this post with beginners in mind (for one of my clients completely new to SFSF), I feel my post offers value beyond what's already available, especially for those just starting out. Thx

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