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.”


Mick Collins – Mick is a principal consultant, Workforce Analytics & Planning at SuccessFactors as well as a regular conference and webinar presenter. You can follow him on twitter at @MickCollins

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

Sample Tweet: “SAP and SuccessFactors Roadmap Analysis by @SAP_Jarret http://bit.ly/yVJPTi -> A must read

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”


Here is a great picture that came from Lars Daalgard as he was signing the paperwork to merge with SAP which he shared to the world via Twitter.http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/4f1078c5ecad04d25f000039/lars-dalgaard-successfactors-sap.jpg

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:

Five Ways Twitter will Help your SAP Career

How to find and follow SAP Content on Twitter

Value for SAP Customers to start using Twitter

Twitter and SAP – Whats in it for You

10 SAP HCM people to follow on Twitter

12 Enterprise Software Analysts to follow on Twitter

11 SAP Executives to Follow on Twitter

How Twitter Helped me become a SAP Mentor


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.


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  1. Jyoti Sharma

    Hi Jarret

    I think this blog is a treasure with precious gems that you have brought together for everyone to share. I completely agree with you on the role social media can play for IT professionals. This comes from someone who recently realized the importance and is playing catch up!

    Thank you for sharing.

    Warm Regards,

    Jyoti

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    1. Jarret Pazahanick Post author

      Thanks for the comment and kind words Jyoti as I have seen first had the value that social media can bring IT professionals so trying to spread the word.

      Even though you might feel you are “late” to the game and have to play catch up you are actually early in the whole scheme of things and would be curious if you could report back in a few months on your experiences and if you got value out of it.

      On a side note if you are interested in SuccessFactors you might want to check out this Linkedin Group 

      http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4278743&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

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