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Product and Topic Expert

Hello HCM Community,


After a successful conference in Las Vegas in March and Amsterdam in June, we are back with HR Insider 2013 in Singapore from September 3-rd to 5-th, 2013. We have an agenda full of exciting topics on both SAP OnPremise HCM Solutions as well as SuccessFactors! In this post I want to inform you about the ‘must see sessions’ that will give you an overview of what’s new from SAP for HR.




Overview: On Tuesday Ralf Wagner, head of HCM Solution Management at SAP will open the event with a key note: The 2013 guide to core HR enhancements: On-premise and cloud.’ During his keynote he will talk about the most recent enhancements made to core SAP ERP HCM solutions, as well as the integration capabilities between SAP ERP HCM and SuccessFactors. Ralf will share our complete strategy and roadmap, which will also contain the latest information about new and planned functionality for Suite on HANA like the planned payroll offering. 


Analytics and planning: At 10:45 Faisal Haneef, Vice President and Head of Global CoE for Business Intelligence at SAP will explain strategies for bringing business and IT leaders together to develop a BI strategy that supports organizational goals

Core HR (including Payroll): A bit later on 14:30 Francis Chan Director, Product Solutions and HCM Strategy for APAC at SAP will show the new face of HCM: Employee Central. This is our new and full cloud HR core solution and it is the foundation for SuccessFactors' BizX suite of applications. During this session you will learn more about Employee Central, you can view live demos and ask our product experts questions in this interactive session. This is a must see for all customers that consider replacing their HR core with a cloud solution, or customers that want to start with a flexible HR core system on-top-off their current landscape to become more scalable e.g. in case of an acquisition of a new firm.


Analytics and planning: Nic Smith, Senior Director of Marketing for Analytics at SAP will explain at 16:45 how you can effectively mobilize your BI investment. This demo and discussion forum offers an up-close look at how to get started with a mobile BI strategy within your organization. Nic will show live demos and explain the latest innovations for mobile BI from SAP. 

Talent Management: Later on Tuesday my peer Parvathy (Paru) Sankar from Solution Management , Line of Business HR Solutions at SAP explains how
SAP software helps you to become a ‘best run business’ by addressing the global talent management trends. She will also showcase the latest in Talent
Management solutions including the latest solution from SuccessFactors for Onboarding new hires.



Analytics and planning: On Wednesday I will kick it off at 9:00 with a session about SAP and SuccessFactors’ analytics and planning solutions. I will explain our complete portfolio, and the customer benefits for both deployment options (cloud and on-premise). In addition, I will talk about the synergies between both platforms and how integration works for customers that want to bring HR data into the cloud analytics solution, or vice versa. 


Deployment options: In parallel Icy Huang, Senior Product Expert of SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS) will explain our RDS portfolio. 

Analytics and planning: At 10:45 Peter Amor, Senior Director, HANA & Analytics Services at SAP APJ will explain how you can improve business planning and consolidation with SAP HANA. Peter will show live demos and explain how Big Data is handled by BPC, coupled with the real-time planning capabilities. Customers that are interested in Integrated Business Planning with headcount planning will find this session very useful.


Analytics and planning: Right before lunch (12:15)  Michael Lortz, Vice President GRC Solution Marketing at SAP will explain how our Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) suite helps to detect, investigate, analyse, and prevent fraud. Michael will show live demos, and you can see the value proposition of adding SAP Predictive Analysis to even further enhance fraud prevention and deterrence for your organization. 

Core HR and payroll: Later that day at 14:30 Srikanth Gopalakrishnan, VP of product development at SAP, will present ‘A detailed look at the new user experience for core SAP ERP HCM on-premise’ Srikanth will explain in detail what the advantages are of HR Renewal and how users can work more effectively. In addition, this session will cover how the new Web Dynpro for ABAP UI option for processes and forms improves the user experience and


Analytics and planning: Because my personal focus (and interest) lies with analytics one of my personal favorites is the session presented by Charles Gadalla, Senior Director Advanced Analytics at SAP. Charles will start at 14:30 and he will explain how you can incorporate predictive analytics capabilities in your HR domain. 

Social in HR: At 15:00 Timo Elliot, Technology Evangelist at SAP will explain the power of influential advocacy on social media. Everybody who attends this session can build expert strategies and insight on how to become an influencer and advocate of your brand on social media

Deployment Options : The last session will be provided by Paru and she explains the integration between SAP and SuccessFactors at 16:45. Customers that have (parts of) their landscape and want to take advantage of our cloud offerings need to attend this session. Paru will explain the benefits for a hybrid approach and she will provide guidance for planning and executing a hybrid deployment including some best practices and references. 

At the end of the day there will be an ‘Ask the Expert’ where everybody can ask questions that come up before, during and after the event. The expert speakers can address all product and implementation related questions.



Talent Management: Thursday will be a jam packed day. Paru picks it up where she left off and kicks off at 9:00 with an overview of the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals functionality. She will explain the business value for Performance and Goals functionality and show detailed look at the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals solution

Talent Management: A bit later at 10:45 Paru will present the recruiting functionality from SAP and SuccessFactors together with the latest evolutions in our Recruiting functionality including what to expect in future. She will talk about recruitment marketing, enhancing the candidate experience, candidate screening, and the latest analytics. 

Talent Management: In parallel Laura Hunt, Principal Consultant at SuccessFactors will provide an in-depth look at SuccessFactors Learning. She will explain the roadmap for SuccessFactors Learning and insight into future enhancements. In addition, she will talk about our integration roadmap, with a detailed discussion of the relevant integration points. Laura will also provide a demo session on Thursday at 16:00 in which she shows the full Successfactors solution suite.  

Social in HR: Before that session at 13:30 Giovanna Enea, Product Manager for SAP Jam will show and explain the benefits of SAP JAM and how it empowers social learning, employee on-boarding, performance management, and other talent processes. 

Core HR and Payroll: At the same time Francis Chan Director, Product Solutions and HCM Strategy for APAC and Leong Yin Wah, Senior Solutions Consultant at SuccessFactors conduct a demo session with a detailed look at the SuccessFactors core HR solution, Employee Central. This is a must see for all customers that consider replacing their HR core with a cloud solution, or customers that want to start with flexible HR core system on-top-off their current landscape to become more scalable e.g. in case of an acquisition of a new firm. Next to these product and solution related sessions customers and SAP partners will provide detailed insight into capabilities and share implementation experiences.


Some interesting twitter handles to follow during the event: @Timoelliot, @SankarParu, @CGadalla, @Faisal_Haneef, and @FransSmolders


I’m looking forward to meeting you there!


Best regards,