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One of the best SAP HCM conferences of the year is nearly upon us in one of my favourite cities, Amsterdam.  HR2013 Amsterdam promises to be an exciting and informative event and is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions, but also to find out what the latest information is on SAP HCM.  There is a lot of confusion right now around on-premise, cloud, UI/UX, and mobile.

From my perspective, the biggest questions and clarity is needed around SuccessFactors integration.  Although I know that the answers exist, this information is not feeding down to customers.  Recently I’ve had two customers who didn’t know that the first integration package (iFlow) for SAP HCM and SuccessFactors could use SAP NetWeaver PI.

Customers are also confused about the position of on-premise versus Cloud, as well as about HR Renewal versus SuccessFactors. Sam Yen (via jon.reed on this great blog about Fiori by graham.robinson) recently specified the overall UX strategy of New, Renew, and Enable. However, this message is fairly new and as of yet hasn’t penetrated customers significantly.

In addition to learning about these topics, HR2013 is also a great opportunity to speak to fellow customers and to consultants about the latest topics and to get informal advice from experienced people who have gone through or are going through similar projects to you.

Top Sessions

There are plenty of demo sessions of SuccessFactors as well as sessions on SAP’s roadmap and strategy for both core HR and Cloud. If you need to know more then you have a number of great sessions to attend.  For the pre-conference day on Monday 10th June I would recommend all sessions.  I think which ones you choose are down to which topics are of most interest to you.

Tuesday 10th sees the conference “proper” start and prior to the kick-off is the keynote with David Ludlow, Group Vice President, Product Marketing, SAP Cloud and Jessica Kane, Vice President, Global Business Execution Architecture, SuccessFactors.  Following this are several sessions that I recommend, in particular jeremy.masters’ session at 12:15 that received a lot of plaudits when he delivered it at HR2013 Las Vegas.  JB’s session at 10:45 will give you an overview of what enhancements are due in both on-premise and cloud, as well as clarify some questions around SAP’s strategy for HCM.

10:45 – 12:00

The 2013 guide to core SAP ERP HCM enhancements: On-premise and cloud by Jean-Bernard Rolland, SAP

10:45 – 12:00

Best practices for managing your global on-premise talent management implementation by Julius Opstrup, Gavdi Group

12:15 – 13:30Guidelines and best practices for deploying ESS and MSS on mobile devices by Jeremy Masters, Worklogix
14:45 – 16:00A detailed look at the new user experience for core SAP ERP HCM on-premise by Gertrud Beisel, SAP Labs

For Wednesday 11th there are a number of interesting sessions, including two panel discussions:

09:00 – 10:15Social and mobile innovations: Turning HR and talent management solutions into systems of engagement by Prashanth Padmanabhan, SAP
09:00 – 10:15

An introduction to the integration between SAP and SuccessFactors by Yannick Peterschmitt, SAP AG

10:45 – 12:00

Panel discussion: The future of SAP ERP HCM – Predictions from the experts moderated by Martin Gillet, Cogilius bvba

12:15 – 13:30Panel discussion: Leading experts share insights for successfully integrating SAP and SuccessFactors moderated by Margit Bauer

Thursday 12th sees the final day of the conference but there are still some great sessions to see:

09:00 – 10:15

Talent management as a driver of business strategy execution by Steve Hunt, SuccessFactors

10:45 – 12:00

Develop an effective succession planning process using SAP talent management functionality by Venki Krishnamoorthy

13:15 – 14:30Proven change management strategies to ensure a successful transition to a global SAP ERP HCM platform by Sven Ringling, iProCon
14:45 – 16:00How to prepare for a SuccessFactors implementation by Venki Krishnamoorthy

Ask The Experts

The Ask The Experts sessions give customers and consultants the possibility to ask their burning questions to SAP employees and SAP HCM experts.  This year again sees a great list of experts to speak to, with plenty on offer in terms of SuccessFactors and Talent Management.  On Tuesday 11th June you can speak to:

Venki KrishnamoorthyTalent Management (SAP HCM and SuccessFactors) and SAP HCM/SuccessFactors integration
Luke Marson, Gavdi GroupSuccessFactors, SAP HCM/SuccessFactors integration, Talent Management, and Visualization Solutions by Nakisa
Demetris Demetriou, DeltaSoftPayroll and time management, security and authorizations, and data management and integration
Jeremy Masters, WorkLogixCompensation and Performance Management, Self-Services, and SuccessFactors
Mark Brandau, SuccessFactors

SuccessFactors, Performance Management, and Learning

Danielle Larocca, SpinifexITHCM Reporting, HR Configuration, and Managing Your Consultant
Sonja Van Sleeuwen, SuccessFactorsHR processes, Cloud systems, and SAP HCM/SuccessFactors integration
Julius Opstrup, Gavdi GroupGlobal HCM Implementations, SAP HCM Talent Management, Business / Management Consulting

On Wednesday 12th June you can speak to:

Sylvia Chaudoir, deloittePA, OM and Integration, HR structures and process design, and Global HR transformation
Prashanth Padmanabhan, SAPSAP HCM/SuccessFactors integration and SAP Jam
Manimala Kanagavel, DEloitteGlobal Implementations, Organizational management, and Personnel administration
Jens Ejsing, SAPSAP HCM mobility, SAP Payroll-on-HANA, and SAP HCM Co-innovation
Sven Ringling, iProCon

International rollout projects, Personnel cost planning, and HR authorisations

Hartmut Laser, SAP

Travel and expense management, Travel risk and compliance, and End-to-End travel management process

Yannick Peterschmitt, SAP

Travel and expense management, Travel risk and compliance, and End-to-End travel management process

Michael White, Exaserv

ESS/MSS and SAP Portal, Adobe Forms, and ABAP Development

Shameless Plug

I will be part of 3 sessions, two which I have already mentioned above. These are all interactive discussions as this is a format that I really enjoy and allows customers and consultants to drive the content of the session.


Tuesday 16:15 – 17:30

Interactive discussion forum: SuccessFactors debunked: Lessons from the trenches
Wednesday 10:45 – 12:00

Panel discussion: The future of SAP ERP HCM – Predictions from the experts moderated by Martin Gillet, Cogilius bvba

Wednesday 12:15 – 13:30Panel discussion: Leading experts share insights for successfully integrating SAP and SuccessFactors moderated by Margit Bauer


This conference, although not as good as its Stateside equivalent, is still the best SAP HCM conference in Europe and I highly recommend it for any customers or consultants who couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this year. There are always plenty of informative sessions and it is also an opportunity to ask your questions of true SAP HCM experts and SAP executives.  It is also an opportunity to meet up with other SAP partners and vendors that you deal with.

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