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Read as well my latest release blog SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning Q3 Content Update.]


One of the key business challenges when developing and deriving a strategic workforce plan is to align the human resource planning with the strategic business goals and to ensure to have the right people at the right time.

The new 2H 2020 SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning - Strategic Workforce Planning has been created and released to customers and partners to do exactly that with an ambitious value proposition:

Designed for business strategists in the Human Resources line of business who want to ensure the contribution of the HR strategy to the business’s success and strategic objectives, SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning is a planning solution that helps to predict the future development of workforce demand and supply. Unlike flat file exports and spreadsheets, the solution offers HR data extractions and scenario-based collaborative forecasting and planning.

Built on SAP Analytics Cloud planning and analytics capabilities, this new planning solution for SAP SuccessFactors offers one single cloud-based solution to empower planners across functions. Strong self-service and what-if capabilities increase planning accuracy, allow for contextual decision-making and foster collaboration in the planning process.


What is Strategic Workforce Planning with SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors?

Strategic Workforce Planning is the process of understanding the current workforce, determining future needs and supply, and identifying the gap between supply and demand. It’s about a scenario-based identification of future forecasted shortage or surplus in the workforce.

The planning process starts with creating the demand forecast based on certain strategic output targets, such as revenue. Then the supply forecast is created, taking into account forecasted changes in the workforce, such as terminations and retirements. These two forecasts result in the gap forecast. The gap forecast indicates certain shortages and surplus per planning dimension, such as organizational unit, location, and job classification. The future can be modeled via planning scenarios, which can be for example a high growth scenario. Each scenario is a story of how the future might unfold and is the basis for the planning forecast.

The solution is designed with two roles in mind and each role comes with a role-specific launchpad. The Planner and the Planning Administrator launchpads guide the users through the various process steps in Strategic Workforce Planning:

Predefined analytical charts and visualizations support the planners in creating and communicating the strategic workforce plan:


What are the business benefits of SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning?

  • Align strategic workforce objectives with corporate strategic goals

  • Base workforce planning activities on historic data from SAP SuccessFactors

  • Scenario-based modeling of future workforce demand and supply

  • Predict future gaps (shortages and surplus) in workforce along planning dimensions (e.g. org. units, job classifications)

  • Use powerful analytical charts to visualize planning forecasts and planning scenarios


How can this new Strategic Workforce Planning package be consumed by customers and partners?

Planning and analytics content for Strategic Workforce Planning is documented on Business Content for SAP Analytics Cloud and as all other SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors on SAP Best Practices Explorer.

The content package comes with process flows, step-by-step descriptions how to deploy the content from the content library and how to successfully run an end-to-end test.


Having these pre-configured planning and analytics capabilities at hand, the HR line of business has a supportive and reliable partner in developing strategies to have the right people at the right place at the right time.

Last but not least, as additional asset to support implementation projects, we have created a dedicated Plan & predict future development of workforce demand & supply mission on SAP Discovery Center.


About SAP Analytics Cloud

The SAP® Analytics Cloud solution is a software as-a-service offering that unifies planning and analytics across the enterprise. It consolidates data from multiple applications for forecasting and what-if modeling. Planners in all lines of business can harness deep insights, share analytical results, and resolve issues collaboratively from anywhere.