As soon as it was announced in December that SAP had bought SuccessFactors I found myself wanting to find out all the information I could about SuccessFactors as I had only followed them from afar. As most of you know I have been a big fan of social media and written several articles on the value it can bring IT professionals. After four months I thought I would share the SuccessFactors people I enjoy following and get the most value from.
Lars Dalgaard – Lars is the CEO and Founder of SuccessFactors as well as responsible for all cloud related activities at SAP. It is great to see him embrace twitter and you can follow him at @LarsLuv
Sample Tweet: “Just finished another all hands in Waldorf – love these ppl! Such a cool poster behind me check it out http://t.co/z5FTBuqw”
SuccessFactors – This is the official feed for SuccessFactors updates, news, and events run by Kira Swain. You can follow the company on twitter at @SuccessFactors
Sample Tweet: “Listen to the latest BizX podcast with Joyce Maroney, Director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. http://ow.ly/9Um0c”
Paul Sparta – Paul is the Chief Integration Officer at SuccessFactors and was formerly the CEO of Plateau Systems before it was acquired. You can follow him on twitter at @PaulSparta
Sample Tweet: “If you want to know who the really good SaaS companies are, ask the customers… and not just the ones who are vendor provided references.”
Michelle Herman – Michelle is Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at SuccessFactors. You can follow her on twitter at @m_Herman
Sample Tweet: “Better together: SuccessFactors & SAP! @SAP_TALENT: Excited to meet 20 Swiss customers to discuss what’s in it for them w/#successfactors.”
Sample Tweet: “Thanks to all who attended “5 reasons why you need WorkForceAnalytics & WorkForcePlanning webcast. Contact me for articles #successfactors”
Pierre Polycarpe – Pierre is Regional Sales Manager at SuccessFactors based out of France. You can follow him on twitter at @ppolycarpe
Mark Souter – Mark is Asia-Pacific Director for SuccessFactors and you can follow him on twitter at @marksouterlive
Sample Tweet: “Getting my
#BadAssSaas on at HR sales boot camp this week in CA. Lock n’load!”
Will Staney – Will is the Director of Recruiting and Strategic Programs at SuccessFactors and you can follow him on twitter at @willstaney
Sample Tweet: “Our HR leadership team attending product training to help be a resource to our customers. No other company does this!pic.twitter.com/bIGeUB0G”
What an impressive group of people, all of whom are active twitter users, and I hope you enjoy following and learning from these individuals as much as I do. If you want add one more to your list of people to follow I have included my information below.
Jarret Pazahanick – is a SAP HCM consultant, SAP Mentor, HR Expert Author and managing partner of EIC Experts. He shares frequent insight about SAP, SAP HCM and SuccessFactors and you can follow him on twitter at @SAP_Jarret
Sample Tweet: “#SuccessFactors is being very aggressive getting in touch with some large SAP customers looking to set up full day demos”
It is important to note that social media for IT professionals is only in its infancy and is going to continue to grow in popularity and importance. I have seen firsthand the value that Twitter can bring and over the past 18 months have written several articles including:
My goal at the start of this blog was to include ten people but could only find eight that met my criteria for a recommendation. That said I would expect we will see more people from SuccessFactors start contributing on social media in the coming year especially given how many from the SAP leadership ranks are engaged and look forward to updating my article. Let me know your thoughts and who I may have missed.