For a few months now, I have had the privilege of meeting several customers who use SAP for their core HR application needs and SuccessFactors for their talent management application needs. I normally share the status and plans for integration and listen to their thoughts and questions.
They always ask me about their integration technology options. Some of these customers do not have any integration middleware technology in place. Thousands of SAP HCM customers own licenses for and use SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP PI). They also hear me talk about SAP NetWeaver Cloud Integration technology that is planned for release soon.
To explain the options to them, I drew a picture for them. They found it useful. So I decided to share the picture with everyone. Please note that I am talking about both available and planned releases here.
These are the three technology options available for customers from an integration point of view.
Option 1: Customers can do a file based transfer of employee data from SAP to SuccessFactors using the integration add-on provided by SAP.
Option 2: Customers who own licenses for SAP NetWeaver PI OnPremise can use it to integrate SAP with SuccessFactors. Standard integrations provided by SAP will support SAP NetWeaver PI OnPremise.
Option 3: All customers can license and use SAP NetWeaver Cloud Integration technology, which will be available as a subscription.
Update on licensing information
There were a lot of questions from the community about licensing of the above solutions. So I decided to provide an update.
Option 1 : All SAP HCM Customers will get the file based integration add-on for free.
Option 2 : SAP ERP customers’ runtime License of NetWeaver entitles them to use SAP NetWeaver PI OnPremise to connect On Premise SAP Solutions to SAP Cloud Solutions, including SuccessFactors, for no extra fee.
Option 3: This option is planned for release in Q1 2013. Licensing information will be provided at that time.