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Realizing business benefits from using SAP HCM Talent Management

Using SAP HCM Talent Management offers a number of benefits, not just from a talent management process viewpoint but also from integration and security viewpoints. Based on a blog I did called Realizing the benefits of Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN), I thought I would produce one for SAP HCM Talent Management.

So, what are the benefits?

  • SAP offer a variety of solutions for Talent Management processes
    • Competency Management
    • Recruitment
    • Performance
    • Career Development
    • Compensation
    • Succession
    • Learning
    • Analytics
  • Operational
    • Supports best practice talent management processes
    • All data stored in SAP system – no need for unaligned, unsecured Excel spreadsheets and Word documents located on various computers around the organization
    • Improves organizational performance through managing and aligning organizational goals and strategy across the organization
    • Minimizes business risk by supporting identification, development and succession planning of the brightest and best performing individuals
    • Manage identified talents in Talent Groups or Successor Pools
    • Engages employees by creating a framework to manage their career development
    • Match employees to organizational competency needs
    • Manage the recruitment process end-to-end
    • Effectively manage compensation planning and awards
    • Create development plans and learning activities for individuals based on performance and talent objectives
    • Manage talents globally
    • Streamlines talent processes by providing HR, Managers and key users with talent data quickly and in one place
    • Analytics give visibility into areas of concern and measurement of talent processes
  • Technical
    • TREX search supports the search of structured and unstructured data, with many pre-configured criterion available to find talent data quickly and easily
    • Supports workflows
    • Standard functionality can be enhanced with BAdIs to meet specific business requirements
    • Existing hardware SAP landscape can be utilized
  • Usability
    • SAP HCM Talent Management uses the Portal and Web Dynpro applications, so no more clunky backend transactions
    • Talent Profile provides managers and Talent Management Specialists with a way of accessing all key talent data in one place
    • All process applications are based within ESS, MSS and TMS roles, so everything can be accessed in one place
    • Accessibility mode (for users with visual impairments)
  • Security & integration
    • SAP authorization mechanism is flexible and robust
    • Using SAP HCM instead of unsecured spreadsheets removes the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive talent data
    • All of the SAP HCM Talent Management modules integrate with the core HR modules and master data in real-time, whether it be e-Recruiting, Compensation or STVN SuccessionPlanning
    • Integrates with global employment and concurrent employment


There are lots of benefits to organizations for using SAP HCM Talent Management to manage their talent processes, depending on their current business needs and organizational strategy. Usability is a big factor here, although the process-based benefits of using SAP HCM Talent Management add real business value.

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