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The SuccessConnect conference always draws a superb line-up of SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and Planning customers, both on stage and in the audience, and this year is no exception.  Building capabilities in workforce analytics is a journey for organizations that are serious about it, and this year you will hear from a range of a customers, including one that has recently begun using SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics as part of their analytics journey and another customer that has been using the application for nearly 10 years!


Join SAP SuccessFactors, partners, customers and your peers in Las Vegas August 29 – 31 to hear how HR applications are going beyond just being a system of record for companies leading in digital transformation, to being an agile platform for transforming the work experience.  You will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the latest innovations in core HR and payroll, talent management and human capital analytics solutions.


SuccessConnect 2016 provides you with a great forum to discover new insights and learn from both experts and peers’ experiences, and not to be missed is a keynote address from the always inspiring Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Check out the conference agenda, session catalog, and venue details for the details.


The following is a quick walk-through of the presentations specifically prepared for the Business Insight with Reporting and Analytics track.  Please use this guide to decide how to most effectively spend your time at the conference, and come prepared to ask questions:



SuccessFactors Human Capital Analytics: Introduction & Overview

Tuesday, August 30, 10:30am — 11:30am


Join Mick and I for this first session in the Business Insight with Reporting and Analytics track to learn about the wide range of capabilities available in the SAP SuccessFactors Human Capital Analytics solution. Discover how they can help you decrease the effort required to deliver data to your consumers and increase the business value realized from using data in a better way to improve talent and business decisions.


Speakers: I am proud to share the stage again with Mick Collins.



Ameriprise Financial Brings Its Leaders Key Insights to Drive Their Business Decisions

Tuesday, August 30, 11:30pm — 12:30pm


Join this session with Jason and Alberta to learn how Ameriprise Financial uses a systematic approach to deliver HR metrics and scoreboards through storytelling and data visualization best practices to make data simple to understand.


Ameriprise has been using SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics for nearly 10 years.  With a renewed focus on analytics, Ameriprise starts with key board metrics like leader effectiveness, engagement, and high-performer retention, and develops leading metrics for each board area, with the goal to bring leaders key analysis and trends to help them plan for today's needs and tomorrow's strategies.


Ameriprise has also simplified how its HR generalists get key metrics directly from the SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics solution, freeing up the HR analytics and reporting team to focus on consulting, training, and key initiatives, and shifting HR from “order taker” to “key business contributor.”


Speakers:  Jason Williams is a SVP of Total Rewards and Alberta Anderson is a Director of Workforce Analytics at Ameriprise Financial.


Leveraging Workforce Analytics to Deliver Data to the Front Lines: Tales from the Energy Sector

Tuesday, August 30, 1:45pm – 2:45pm


In this session you will hear stories from each Phillips 66 and Chevron Phillips Chemical companies for the first portion and then the two will come together for a Q&A.


Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, has made great efforts to develop its analytics capability, ensure data quality, and provide standardized views into key metrics. Learn how it’s seeing telltale signs of broad adoption, with requests for more information coming from across the organization.


Chevron Phillips Chemical, ranked as a “Top Workplace in Houston” in 2015, continues to build its analytics capability. Find out how the analytics team is now focused on high-impact studies for the organization, using technology to standardize and streamline how core HR data gets in the hands of its managers and HR professionals.


Speakers: Jill Toczek, Shared Services Manager from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, partners with Kathy Cedeno from Phillips 66 to introduce the relationship between the companies and kicks off their portion of the presentation.   Jessica Cozart, Workforce Analytics Specialist from Chevron Phillips Chemical, will dive into the details, and Kathy will talk about their experience at Phillips 66.


The Capital Advantage: Investing in Analytics to Support Delivery of Superior, Consistent Results

Tuesday, August 30, 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Capital Group bases its decisions on a long-term perspective. With this mind-set, it started early and is well into a multiyear journey toward building workforce analytics capabilities, advancing from building dashboards on a shoestring to deploying the SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics solution.


Join Rischel and Paul to learn about the initial benefits being realized. Hear how they provide standardized but flexible reporting to the organization, how they partner with the business and finance to support adoption efforts, and how they use automated security to streamline delivery of data to HR and the business. Their confidence in data accuracy has made for a smooth transition to using SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics, and has increased their speed to delivery.


Find out how this solid foundation enables their progress in putting critical workforce intelligence about their associate engagement, development, and leadership in the hands of the business, and paves the way for the next phase in their journey.


Speakers: Rischel Bowman is AVP, HR Technology Senior Manager, and Paul Wan is a Senior Business Systems Analyst with The Capital Group.


Data for Analysis: Simple Recipes from Hershey’s to Ensure Data Quality

Wednesday, August 31, 11:00am — 12:00pm


Cultivating a strong appetite for workforce analytics and securing leadership commitment are crucial to driving the application of analytics across the organization. But more fundamentally, how do you manage the systems to uphold the credibility of your data when it is questioned during a conversation?


Join this discussion with Roscoe to hear how The Hershey Company defines what data is captured across its HR and talent management solutions as the basis for analytics, and explore recipes for optimal data entry and governance to ensure data quality.


Speaker: Roscoe van Muylwyk is a Senior Manager, Workforce Management Solutions, with The Hershey Company.


SuccessFactors Human Capital Analytics: Roadmap and Direction

Wednesday, August 31, 2:15pm — 3:15pm


Make sure to stay for this session!   Tony and team will describe the latest developments in reporting, analytics, and planning that impact every part of the suite, including simplified reporting, embedded analytics, predictive analytics, operational workforce planning, and a next-generation user experience.


Speakers: Tony Ashton, VP of Product Management for SuccessFactors Human Capital Analytics.  He is joined by Soren Hojby and Yvonne Bauer from the product management team.


SAP Runs SAP: Tackling Diversity Challenges in the Workplace with SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

Wednesday, August 31, 3:15pm - 4:15pm


Our own diversity organization at SAP needed an effective way to pinpoint areas for improvement and to ensure successful delivery against key diversity objectives, identifying areas to improve to achieve maximum diversity and inclusion, and increasing representation, with 25% of management roles filled by women by 2017.


Join this session to learn how Nicole and team leverage the SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics solution to identify and improve diversity and inclusion across a company.


Speaker: Nicole McCabe is a Global Senior Director of Gender Equality at SAP, responsible for the creation and execution of programs that support SAP’s overall target of 25% women in leadership by end of 2017..



There are a few related sessions that appear in other tracks but are noteworthy because they touch on reporting and analytics:


Implementing All SAP SuccessFactors Solutions in Record Time


In 2013, Farmacia San Pablo started the requirements definition and implementation of all SAP SuccessFactors solutions. Following a very aggressive schedule, they went live in early 2014 with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, SAP SuccessFactors Compensation, SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting, and SAP SuccessFactors Performance & Goals. The implementation of SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding, SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and Planning followed in 2015 and a strong focus on integration helped to bring it all together, improve their HR processes, and tremendously increase user adoption. In this session Farmacia San Pablo will share their journey and lessons learned, and talk about successes.


Security Strategy and Role-Based Permissions for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions


This session will highlight how Newell Rubbermaid has implemented SAP SuccessFactors solutions for a learning management system, succession, performance management, goal management, employee profile, workforce analytics, onboarding, and recruiting from a security perspective. You will gain key insights and lessons learned on how to secure the business extension platform using role-based permissions, including how to optimize the security roles and target and permission groups, security reporting, setting up security around positions, automating provisioning and de-provisioning from the SAP ERP Human Capital Management solution, managing proxy access, managing support access, and considerations for administration level access.


LINN Energy: Pulling It All Together


LINN Energy is a petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company based in Houston, Texas. LINN has implemented a comprehensive suite of Successfactors “Hire to Retire” capabilities. This presentation will touch on the transformation from paper processes, leveraging Job Profile Builder, and integrating Performance and Compensation processes. There will also be an overview on the various reporting solutions utilized and integration with ADP and Active Directory. Topics like “What Worked Well”, “What I Wish I Knew Ahead of Time”, and “What To Consider for Post Go Live Support” will also be covered.



Also worth highlighting is the preconference training planned for Monday, August 29, 2016:


Workforce Analytics Administration

Monday, August 29, 8:00am – 5:00pm


Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on computer lab work, this course uses the concepts and terminology associated with SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics application to build your skills and help you deploy to other business users. Through the user role framework, the attendees will become familiar with the tools and functionality of the SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics application, and discuss how to best deploy the application within their respective organizations. Target attendees are current Administrators and Core Users.


Please note that Workforce Planning is NOT covered in this course.



These sessions are final; however, there can be last minute changes to scheduling and speakers so be sure to check the official agenda and the mobile application.



Networking Opportunities at SuccessConnect 2016


Make sure to take advantage of all the different networking opportunities available while you are at SuccessConnect.  Our experts, product management, and partners will answer your questions, provide insights and best practices, and share ways to enhance your experience with SAP SuccessFactors solutions.


Stop by The Meet the Experts section of the Exhibit Hall to set up an appointment for a time that works for you, or join Mikhail Koulikov, Analytics and Reporting Solution Adoption Advisor, and fellow customers for interactive round-table discussions to share best practices and gain insights on the best strategies for making the most of your SuccessFactors investment:


Ad Hoc, ORD and Dashboard features released since the last year


This discussion will revolve around key features released in the last 12 months, including data processing enhancements, tighter integration of reports into the larger HCM suite and technical additions such as duplicate row management and table left join. We will reference the architectural make-up of the current reporting suite to describe in detail what’s covered in cross-domain reporting in the recent releases. We will share practical lessons learned from the field about new features such as report validation, filter utilization, security management and overall long term administration of the reporting tools.

Workforce Analytics and Planning features released since the last year

During this round-table discussion we'll talk about the new features and enhancements that have been released in the last 12 months, including Investigate, the new generation of interactive analysis replacing Query Workspace.  Other topics we'll touch on include new visuals and enhanced administration /security integration with the greater HCM suite.


We always welcome the opportunity to hear from you and answer your questions, and we look forward to learning about your strategies, challenges, and stories.  I will be there along with Tony Ashton, Mick Collins, and many more from the Human Capital Analytics team and our partners.  We encourage you to contact Mick Collins (mick.collins01@sap.com) ahead of or at the event to arrange a meeting.


I look forward to seeing you there!



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Follow up to the conference:  You can take it with you! Watch SuccessConnect 2016 on-demand!