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If you’re an on-premise SAP ERP HCM customer coming to SuccessConnect, join us and win big in terms of value!

A Blog by Sophie Sheppard, Comms and Engagement Lead for Upgrade2Success

Calling all on-premise SAP ERP HCM customers registered for, or considering attending SuccessConnect Las Vegas 2018, here’s what the Upgrade2Success team has set up especially for you. If you’re wondering where on our metaphorical SuccessConnect game board you should stack your time and attention chips, read on!

Upgrade2Success is our SAP SuccessFactors program dedicated to SAP on-premise HCM customers to support you as you consider, plan for and ultimately move to the cloud with confidence. We have collated all of our greatest global expertise, tools, templates and best practices to make migration easier. For a quick view of what’s available please check out our Resource Centre.

To eek out the gambling metaphor to its Nth degree… the very best way to place your bets, is to engage with us in person at SuccessConnect Vegas, 11th – 13th of September, where we will be running sessions dedicated to you, our on-prem customers, and making bespoke resources available to you across all three days.

Think of me as your Lady Luck providing top tips for your betting sheet with the following clear favourites (can you tell I’m not a natural gambler – I’ll stop now I promise… I knew I should have gone with Elvis puns). But in all seriousness, please go through the recommended sessions below and start building your personal, tailored SuccessConnect agenda with confidence today!

Tuesday 11th September, 10am-5pm – Upgrade2Success Prequel Summit, our main event!

Join us a day early to get set up for success at SuccessConnect

What is it? A full-day, complimentary session the day before the conference proper, designed to introduce you to Upgrade2Success, our experts and everything we have to offer, get you networking with like-minded peers, and help maximise your SuccessConnect experience by clearly “signposting” all of the sessions which will be of most relevance to you.

We will also have the pleasure of star guest speakers Fabio and Paul from Schlumberger who will be telling their own digital transformation story, revealing all of their lessons learned and top tips on moving to the cloud from SAP on-prem in a huge, multi-national, complex organisation. You really do not want to miss this opportunity to grill them in person!

 Proposed Agenda

10.00 – 10.45am Breakfast and Networking
10.45 – 11.00am Welcome and Kick-Off
11.00 – 11.30am Introductions and setting the scene
11.30 – 12.15pm Digital HR: Driving transformation into people processes
12.15 – 1.15pm Lunch and demos
1.15 – 2.00pm What every SAP ERP HCM customer needs to know
2.00 – 3.00pm Live Customer Case Study: Schlumberger tells all!
3.00 – 3.15pm Break
3.15 – 4.00pm Building the Value Case
4.00 – 4.45pm Upgrade2Success: Migration Services approach
4.45 – 5.00pm Interactive discussion, signposting and close


How to get involved – This Prequel Summit is open only to registered SuccessConnect attendees and is offered at no additional cost. In order to secure your place, once you are registered for SuccessConnect, please email me on and I will send you an invite, or you can let your SuccessFactors Account Executive know and they can ask me to send you an invitation. Then you need to accept the invitation to reserve your spot! I am most happy to help at any stage so please do contact me if you have any questions.

Who should attend? We recommend a maximum of 3 individuals from any one customer organization to protect the balance of the room and maximize networking for all. The Summit is only open to SAP on-premise or hybrid customers – it is not open to partners. The Prequel is intended for Heads of HRIS and business leaders from both HR and IT. We highly recommend bringing one person from both HR and IT on the day to truly get the most from the experience and a balanced view to take back to the team and your leadership!

Do not delay – The Prequel Summit is the only Upgrade2Success session at SuccessConnect which needs separate and distinct registration. ***Places are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis – we have 70 seats only and we are expecting to hit capacity, so please do not delay!***


Wednesday 12th Sept – Join us for these 4 sessions within the ‘Under the Hood’ track

11.30 – 12.15 Breakout Session: Introduction to Upgrade2Success – Making HCM Migration easier for SAP On-Premise Customers

A great overview of the Upgrade2Success program presented by our own Wim Valstar, Global Head of Content and expert on Digital Transformation. Wim will walk you through all of the tools, templates and resources available to you including a view of the different migration options open to you, our fantastic Data Migration Tool – InfoPorter and how to maximise your current relationship with SAP to make your migration easier. Wim has pulled this information together from the best of the best globally. This session will be especially useful for anyone unable to join the Prequel Summit on the 11th.

13.45 – 14.30 Breakout Session: Upgrade2Success: Customer Panel Discussion - Migrating from SAP ERP HCM to SAP SuccessFactors Solutions Made Easier

Our own Steve Schnoll will moderate a special panel discussion with Vistaprint, Whirlpool Corporation and Hershey’s to ask the candid questions which we know are pressing for you, to discover more about their stories and lessons learnt and we will also to open up to the floor for you to get some more real-life detail from these customers who have already made their digital transformation.

Vistaprint transformed from SAP ERP HCM to SAP SuccessFactors for 11,000 employees in 5 months via big bang rollout, with great user survey scores and thousands fewer HR tickets as a result.

Hershey’s has rolled out the full SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite to 18,000 employees, starting with a talent hybrid approach, then completing the cloud suite with Recruiting, Onboarding and Employee Central for Core HR.

Whirlpool Corporation, with over 90,000 employees worldwide and operations in almost every country, pride themselves on innovation and remaining relevant so will discuss their own catalysts and experiences in moving from SAP on-prem to the cloud and SuccessFactors.

Get candid insights, practical advice and real-world lessons learned from leading-edge customers who successfully made the move from SAP ERP HCM to SAP SuccessFactors solutions.

15.00- 15.45 Breakout Session: What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to the Cloud: An ASUG Customer Panel Gets Real

I will be moderating a Panel of 3 fantastic ASUG members who have already been through their digital transformation and have kindly offered to share their insights. Come join us to listen to their biggest successes as well as what they wish they’d done differently or known before they started! Here’s a taster of each of their stories to whet your appetite!

American Airlines – Over 150K active employees and over 170K retirees were converted into Employee Central from AA and US Airways legacy HR systems. They implemented 110 net new integrations in SuccessFactors and modified/sunset over 70 legacy interfaces.

Schlumberger – More than 100K people representing over 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries worldwide. They wanted to shift the role of HR, drive productivity and empower their people.

Celanese – Around 7,700 employees, 1,000 managers, 150 HR users, 30 countries and 8 languages. They implemented Employee Central and Performance Management in under 9 months and have lots of advice on data integration, reporting, support, change management and much more.

16.15 – 17.00 Networking Session: SAP ERP HCM On-Premise Customer Meetup

This informal session will be a great opportunity to meet up with the Upgrade2Success team and get to know us as well as a chance to meet and network with other organisations who are in the same position as you. We hope that we can supply lots of helpful hints, information and support for your specific situation – there are no slides for this and no set agenda – the floor is yours!


Demo Theaters – we will have two Demo Theaters dedicated to Upgrade2Success

The demo theaters are 15 minute live demonstrations that will provide an overview of some of our key differentiators and showcase how our solutions address and support our on-prem SAP HCM customers’ business challenges and goals.

Both can be found in the agenda builder and are entitled:

Accelerate Your Migration from SAP ERP HCM on Premise to SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

They will be held at the following times:

Wednesday 12th September: 13.30 - 13.45

Thursday 13th September: 13.40 – 13.55


Meet the Experts – Our experts will be available in the designated Meet the Experts area but we would also be most happy to meet you 1to1 whilst we’re there. Please do contact your SuccessFactors Account Executive to set these up.


Virtual Track – We will be tagging all of the other relevant SuccessConnect sessions with ‘Upgrade2Success’ in the online agenda so that you can easily search for and find them on the app when you’re there and making decisions on what to attend. For example:

Thursday 13th September, 9.00 – 9.45 am:  Ironwood 3 

Breakout Session: What’s Next: SAP ERP Human Capital Management

In this session you will get an update about what’s planned for the HCM On-Premise Solution. For latest deliveries we give an overview across all HCM areas. For planned and future topics we will focus on the running Costumer Connection Project and on Fiori-Apps for ERP HCM. Furthermore we give an update about the future HCM On-Premise product “SAP HCM”.



Cards on the table – So, in summary, we’ve got a lot to offer and share with you at SuccessConnect Las Vegas. We’re really looking forward to meeting you there, championing your journey from on-premise SAP HCM to the cloud and, ultimately, helping to make migration easier for you! Viva Las Vegas!

Quick links:

  • For further information about, or to register for SuccessConnect Las Vegas.

  • For more information on Upgrade2Success and what’s available to you right now check out our Resource Centre.

  • To get invited to the Upgrade2Success Prequel Summit on Sept 11th email me:

  • Follow the social conversation with #Upgrade2Success, #SuccessConnect and @SuccessFactors.