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We recently recorded a new podcast focused on SAP HCM and Enhancement Package 6 (EHP6) in which Steve Bogner, Luke Marson, Martin Gillet and myself/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/images_167463.jpeg looked at it from a number of customer facing angles. Given that EHP6 is a prerequisite for the New SAP HCM Functionality – HR Renewal 1.0 and SAP New HR Renewal Functionality and Roadmap, which is a very good offering, it is no surprise that there is more early interest from HCM customers than any of the previous enhancement packages.

In our Insights into SAP HCM Enhancement Pack 6 Podcast which is also available on iTunes we discuss the following:


3:34 What is in EHP6 for SAP HCM (Luke Marson/Martin Gillet)

11:48 How does EHP6 allow you leverage the new HR Renewal functionality (Jarret Pazahanick)

13:54 What are SAP HCM Feature Packs (Jarret Pazahanick)

14:43 What is in EHP6 for payroll and global companies (Steve Bogner)

15:50 What are some implementation challenges with EHP6 (Steve Bogner/Luke Marson)

18:30 SAP Enhancement Packages for OnPremise vs Quarterly SaaS Updates (Jarret Pazahanick)

24:03 Things that customer consider before installing new SAP HCM technologies (Steve Bogner)

25:34 Can customers respond to SAP as quickly as SAP is innovating (Steve Bogner)

26:11 Are customer risk averse and why that can be a mistake (Jarret Pazahanick)

28:26 Why Steve is Old, Jaded and Grumpy ๐Ÿ˜† (Steve Bogner)

29:06 How customer should approach cutting edge SAP HCM innovation (Jarret Pazahanick)

30:30 What can customers do to become better at quarterly releases (Jarret Pazahanick/Martin Gillet/Luke Marson/Steve Bogner)

36:20 Whats different between a SaaS update vs an OnPremise update (Jarret Pazahanick/Luke Marson/Steve Bogner)

38:28 Customer Success Stories with EHP6 (Jarret Pazahanick/Martin Gillet)


I am proud that our HCM podcast lead by Steve Bogner took part in 14 podcasts in 2012 and I would highly recommend listening if there are any you may have missed.


HR Renewal Discussion with Robert Moeller from SAP

SuccessFactors, The Future of SAP HCM Consulting, Project Execution, Training and more!

Cost Planning and Reporting in SAP HCM

HR 2012 Milan conference notes

SAPPHIRE/ASUG Wrap-Up – Part B

SAPPHIRE/ASUG Wrap-Up – Part A

SAP HCM and Outsourcing

ASUG Preconference Session on SAP HCM

HR 2012 Keynote Review with David Ludlow

SAP HCM Reporting – With Danielle Larocca

SAP HCM Reporting – With Danielle Larocca

SAP and SuccessFactors HCM Roadmap – With Amy Thistle

The state of Talent Management in SAP HCM and Impact of SuccessFactors – With Thomas Otter

Discussion with Sherry Meyer, ASUG HCM Chair, about collaboration, influence and development of ASUG


There is lots of additional information on the SAP HCM EHP6 on the SAP Community Network and we look forward to any questions or feedback on this or any of our previous podcasts.

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  1. Former Member

    Thanks summing up all the podcasts, including our latest, and for contributing to so many of them! More and more, EhP 6 seems like a prerequisite for all the new features coming from SAP, and that makes it much less optional, nice-to-have and more of a requirement to move forward.

    28:26 Why Steve is Old and Jaded and Grumpy ๐Ÿ˜† (Steve Bogner)

    Well, maybe I could have worded that more elegantly… “mature and discerning and wise” sounds better, I mean – more accurate!

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  2. Former Member

    Interesting discussion.. Although, I really like SAP’s approach of releasing advanced stuff through HR Renewal, I am quite skeptical about (how many) customers would jump onto  the EHP6, just so they could use the features in HR Renewal.

    1. Most of EHP6 includes HCM related stuff.

    2. The fancy landing pages in HR Renewal require IE9 & probably Gateway too.

    3. For Portal users, SAP_CORBU theme requires EhP1 of NW 7.3 Portal.

    4. Not sure of the release date yet. If EHP7 is around the corner, why would customers on ECC Ehp 1-5 upgrade to EHP6 & then apply the HR Renewal feature packs? Wouldn’t they rather wait?

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    1. Jarret Pazahanick Post author

      Some good points Suresh and one of the things we recommended in the podcast was that it needs to be a customer by customer decision and has other technology implications as well. I do think the new HR Renewal functionality will give customers more of a reason to consider moving to EHP6 than many of the ones before hand given the new user experience, WDA forms and lack of additional licensing it should be “easier” than in the past for HR to pull together a business case.

      I personally like the In-Advance shipment approach and last I heard EPH7 was scheduled to be released in May 2013 and not sure if it is still on schedule or will have Ramp Up period as they have in the past and it will come with all the technology implications (perhaps even more) so the decision on the benefits of waiting will be customer by customer.

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