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The second support package for integrating SAP HCM and SuccessFactors – Integration Add-on for SAP ERP Human Capital Management and SuccessFactors Business Execution 1.0 Support Package 2 – was released onto SAP Service Marketplace on November 5th (SAPK-60002INSFIHCM01). The integration package, released in May for Ramp Up and on General Availability since August 10th, introduced one-way employee and organizational data transfer from SAP HCM to SuccessFactors to support Talent Management processes and also transfers analytics data to SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics to support customers using SuccessFactors for HCM reporting. In Support Package 1.0 for the integration package, delta-handling was introduced. A brief overview of all of the packages and the strategy for integration can be found in my blog SAP and SuccessFactors Talent Hybrid Packaged Integrations: an overview.

What’s new?

Support Package 2.0 is focused on extending the level of integration offered in the integration package and Support Package 1.0 in 2 ways:

  1. Introduction of two-way data transfer of compensation data, so that compensation planning processes can be performed in SuccessFactors and the resultant data transferred back to SAP to be included in the Payroll process
  2. Introduction of middleware integration so that customers can use SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) – or any other Web Services-compatible middleware – to transfer data using Web Services

For the second point it is interesting to note that the integration scenarios are delivered so they can be used with other middleware that supports Web Services. This means that customers can benefit from either using the delivered integration content with PI or use it to build their own integration on their middleware of choice.

A new report (RH_SFI_SYNCH_COMP_DATA) is delivered to allow synchronization of the compensation data with SuccessFactors.

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The following type of data is part of the scenarios provided in this support package:

  • Salary
  • Salary type (e.g. yearly, monthly, etc)
  • Payment interval
  • Currency
  • Capacity Utilization Level
  • Pay Grade
  • Job Level
  • Start Date

Capacity Utilization Level is sent to a custom field in SuccessFactors typically called Employment Percentage, although this may vary from client to client. In addition, another 39 fields are transferred that have their values defined by BAdI’s, so that customer-specific logic can be used. Some of these fields include:

  • Bonus Eligibility and Target
  • Compensation Eligibility
  • Controller
  • Lump Sum Eligibility and Target

Various implementations are provided for the extraction process of the salary.

The support package also introduces two Web Dynpro applications for monitoring the employee/organizational data (HRSFI_MONITORING_EMPL) and compensation data upload/import into SAP (HRSFI_MONITORING_COMP).

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A report for the employee/organizational data is included to allow cancellation of data transfer for specific groups of employees (RH_SFI_WITHDRAW_VARIANT), alongside a composite security role for import of data (SAP_HR_SFI_COMP_DATA_IMPORT). A new field has been added to define the login method of the user (SSO or user/password). 44 fields were introduced in package 1.0 and 4 fields introduced in Support Package 1.0, taking the total to 50 fields (not including Workforce Analytics fields).

You can read more about this package in the blog Integration Q&A: managing employee compensation using SAP HCM and SuccessFactors where I interview Paul Hopkins, Solution Owner for Compensation in SAP Solution Management.

Practical and Technical Implementation Information

The support package has the same backend requirements as the integration package. To use SAP NetWeaver PI for compensation data transfer the following are (minimum) requirements:

  • SAP NetWeaver PI version 7.0
  • Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) content for the add-on

HTTPS communication is mandatory for transfer of data using PI Web Services.

What’s up next?

SAP’s continued focus is providing robust, standardized integration between SAP HCM and SuccessFactors available to customers, but they also want to ensure that right integration qualities are considered. SAP are going to continue with introducing process and data integration scenarios and the next package will deliver “attract-to-hire” process integration that allows integration of Hiring Actions from SAP and requisition requests in SuccessFactors Recruiting. A Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) for all of the content released to date should be made available before the end of the year.

The release of SAP HANA Cloud Integration (previously known as SAP NetWeaver Cloud Integration) will accelerate the real-time integration that SAP is planning to offer and further integration packages will introduce additional content for both SAP NetWeaver PI and SAP HANA Cloud Integration.

Summary

Integration has improved since the first package and will continue to improve as SAP deliver on their integration roadmap. There are still questions around licensing and pricing for SAP HANA Cloud Integration, which SAP is finalizing right now, but these should be answered in the near future. In her recent blog announcing the release of support package 2, Heike Kolar confirmed that customers can use and license SAP NetWeaver PI free-of-charge for transfer of data between SAP systems, which includes SAP HCM and SuccessFactors.

SAP are certainly moving in the right direction with integration and are slowly but surely building towards a solid and robust integration between the two platforms. SAP’s initial offering was basic, but SAP was eager to get something out to begin the process of getting customers integration (although integration is a loose term for the first package). Having seen the roadmap and what SAP are planning to do, I am very confident that SAP will have a great offering once SAP HANA Cloud Integration is released next year.

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  1. Jarret Pazahanick

    Good article Luke and it is great to see the continued progress the SAP team is making towards integrating SAP HCM and SuccessFactors.  There are two important things that jump out at me:

    1. Pricing of SAP HANA Cloud Integration – Since under 1/2 of SAP HCM customer have NW PI OnPremise installed even though the integration packages are “free” if you need to do a NW PI implementation to use it will actually cost organizations quite a bit which I outlined in this article The Real Truth about SAP and SuccessFactors Integration. That means many will look to SAP HANA Cloud integration which I am hoping SAP bundles with the BizX suite much like they do Employee Central and Boomi today. Last I heard this decision is coming in Q1.

    2.  SAP has actual customer that are using THEIR integration technologies up on stage at Sapphire Orlando (6 months from now) and doesnt fall into the trap of talking about all their customers that are using custom built integration prior to the acquisition which I outlined in SAP and SuccessFactors – “Proven” Integration is Hype.  To give you some perspective I saw a presentation last week talking about DZ Bank as a SAP and SuccessFactors hybrid reference for Recruiting (and other areas) yet per your article Recruiting integrations isn’t coming until Q1/2013 so obviously they were not using SAP integration (nor did SAP make that claim). That said in 2013 hopefully start to see success stories using official SAP integration as there is a lot of value for customers in using.

    The good news is that SAP/SuccessFactors have a solid roadmap in place and by early 2013 assuming they can deliver on it as well as work out the licensing of the SAP HANA Cloud Integration to be favorable to customers the story will be very positive all the way around.

    Keep up the great work Luke.

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Hi Jarret,

      Thanks for the comments. Both are important aspects of the ongoing roadmap delivery and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for positive news regarding the pricing for SAP HANA Cloud Integration.

      I know that SAP have around 50 customers using the integration add-on and I expect most of the will go to SP2 (if you’ve seen the number of SAP Notes out already then I fully expect nearly all customers to go to SP2). I would expect SAP to have a customer who is using some of the packages, but since the SAP roadmap isn’t likely to be fully delivered until Q2 or Q3 2013 I can’t see SAP having a customer on-stage that will have used all packages – but it’s a possibility if the customer is in ramp-up (and has been earmarked by SAP already).

      I agree on the solid roadmap. Every time I see an updated version the vision and plans are largely the same. SAP know what they want to deliver but there are still a few things to be done before it’s a successful delivery for customers.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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      1. Jarret Pazahanick

        I believe the 50 customers SAP referenced are using the CSV file load (and not all live) and think it is realistic to have a IP 1.0 customer reference available by May as that is 6 months away.

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  2. Zdzislaw Kaczmarczyk

    Hi Luke,

    you wrote that the integration scenarios are delivered so they can be used with other middleware that supports Web Services and that customers can benefit from delivered integration content even without PI by using their own integration on their middleware.

    I have seen many (very good) blogs in this forum regarding integration and recognized that the integration is one of the hottest topics. But I haven’t found a concrete information what does it mean and how to achive that.

    I mean, can you benefit from delivered integration content for transferring compensation or OM data if you want to use your own middleware which supports Web-services? What are the components of Add-On which have to be reimplemented or don’t work within own middleware integration? Is there any loss of functionality?

        

    Could you please provide some more information on it?

    Thank you in advance

    BR

    Zdzislaw Kaczmarczyk

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Hi Zdzislaw,

      In theory you can leverage your own middleware application for the content. However, I don’t know any customers that are doing this so I would point you to Prashanth Padmanabhan who is probably a better person to answer this question.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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  3. Stephen Burr

    I found this info and links useful too so I thought I’d share with readers of the blog (correct as of Dec 2013):

    Support package 0006 (SAPK-60006INSFIHCM01) was made available in Sept 2013. It contains 16 notes – more info (S-User required).

    Support package 0005 (SAPK-60005INSFIHCM01) was made available in April 2013. It contains 13 notes – more info (S-User required).

    Support package 0004 (SAPK-60004INSFIHCM01) was made available in Feb 2013. It contains 8 notes – more info (S-User required).

    Support package 0003 (SAPK-60003INSFIHCM01) was made available in Dec 2012. It contains 16 notes – more info (S-User required).

    Stephen

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  4. Sathianarayanan Hari

    Hi Luke,

    I came to know that soon HCI will support SFSF Adapter. In that case, what will happen to this existing approach? Will this be still supported by SAP?  And what are the benefits of using SFSF Adapter?

    Thanks & Best regards,

    Hari

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Hi Hari,

      HCI already supports the integration content provided by SAP for the hybrid (talent) integration scenarios.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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      1. Sathianarayanan Hari

        Hi Luke,

        We have integrated SAP ECC with SFSF using this integration add-on. For HCI, we have used the integration content provided by SAP. But these integration flows use Plain SOAP. Not SFSF Adapter. The SFSF Adapter will be soon released for HCI. So my question is, what are the capabilities of SFSF adapter? and going forward will SAP stop using/supporting this add-on?

        Thanks & regards,

        Hari

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        1. Luke Marson Post author

          Hi Hari,

          The SuccessFactors Adapter provides standard integration content for integrating SuccessFactors and SAP ERP. It is designed specifically for HCI, while the current integration content is ESR-based.

          Best regards,

          Luke

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  5. Pradyp Parakala

    Hi Luke

    Great Info as usual, I’ve a doubt regarding the Interface.. as std we have NWPI or SAP HANA Cloud Integration’s. apart from these two, what other Customer Integration’s can it be possible?? 😕

    Await ur valuable feedback

    Cheers 😉

    Pradyp

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Hi Pradyp,

      Customers can use any middleware platform, but there is effort required to use SAP’s standard content on other middleware platforms.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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  6. Eude Nicolas

    Hi luke,

    I have a question.

    We want launch the program on parallel with some variants.

    It’s possible to do that if the variants have different employees.

    Regards.

    Nicolas

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Hi Nicholas,

      You can schedule different variants at different times if needed. This can be quite useful for international and global organizations who need data loaded at different times.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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      1. Prabhakar Amuri

        Hi Luke,

        we are implementing Compensation in our organisation but we have some blocking points due to that we are unable to progress further could you please help me out on the below points.

        1. “Field Set for Data Export” how to configure this fields in both cases (ERP–>PI–>SF & SF–>PI–>ERP) is there any support document for references.

        2. “SFSF Compensation Group ID” I assume this will create the SAP, but in case if we want to create then what is the procedure.

        3.While getting the data from SF to ERP there is an Adhoc reports field.

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        could you please let me know how to produce highlighted fields.


        Thanks in Advance,

        Regards,

        Prabhakar.A

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        1. Luke Marson Post author

          Hi Prabhakar,

          The Field Set is defined in the IMG based on the imported metadata. The Ad Hoc Report / Compensation Group ID is defined in SuccessFactors. For the first, you need to create an ad-hoc report with the fields to extract. For the latter, this comes from the Compensation module.

          Best regards,

          Luke

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