- Identify high-level requirements for SSM 7.5 based on mix between visionary innovation, integration, competitive and customer-requested enhancements.
- Deliver functional specifications in SRS documents for SSM 7.5 with expected quality, delivered on time per the PIL Process with market validated functional capabilities
- Support 8.0 suite strategy with high-level product specific themes for SSM.
- Support the overall development organization on an ongoing basis in helping to do whatever it takes to deliver on shared goals by facilitating or assisting with critical processes, solution validation, ramp-up, quality test case preparation, localization, and customer escalations.
These are all worthy and important goals for me but how do I measure them and share the relevant information with HCM? In addition some of these are cross functional objectives which I will rely on team members to help me accomplish. One option is to cascade SSM down to me as an initial and set up binary KPIs for some of these to be entered by my management team. This is definitely where SAP is headed in our own internal deployment but we are not their yet. Another option is to leverage the Initiatives component of SSM in which I enter the set of activities and milestones that I will be executing on and link those Initiatives back to my Team, Division, Organizational goals. This allows me to track my and the team’s activates directly related to our goals. With this approach I have the ability not only to track schedule status for thing like producing the SRS document referenced above but I also have the option of measuring the status of the Initiative as a whole by setting a subjective status or directly linking it to a KPI on the team/division scorecard. How do we share performance data between the SSM application and HCM? One option is to go back into the database tables and move the appropriate performance data that is required in HCM…this could be complex and difficult. The second option is to leverage the pending SSM Web Service and the Services Oriented Architecture of the ERP/HCM platform. Simply select the appropriate data run it through a custom developed XSLT and load into HCM. We do have plans to make this a more formalized option in an upcoming release but in the meantime I believe this is the most appropriate approach.