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Talent Management and Talent Development Terminology

Below is some terminology used in Talent Management and Talent Development along with their definitions. This was published as part of the blog SAP HCM Talent Management Terminology in the SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) space.


Term Definition


Object Setting and Appraisals (technical name for Performance Management)
PD Personnel Development
TMC / HRTMC Talent Management Core
STVN SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa
TMS Talent Management Specialist
TREX Search and Classification (originally Text Retrieval and Information EXtraction)
ESH Enterprise SearcH

General Terms

Term Definition


A behavior, characteristic, or qualification of an employee

Functional Area

A logical grouping of Job Families that represents a function of the organization, such as Marketing or Production
Job Architecture

A talent orientated structure used to efficiently assign competencies across the organization, compromising of Functional Areas, Job Families, Jobs and Positions and allowing inherited competencies down the structure

Job Family A logical grouping of jobs that have similar attributes or characteristics
Position Requirements The competencies required by the holder of a position
Scale Levels of values used to measure proficiencies or attributes
Status Handling The use of Nominated and Approved statuses to specify if an assignment to a Succession Plan, Successor Pool or Talent Group has been confirmed or not
Talent Development Identification of talent or successors, review of individuals and development planning
Talent Group A group of talented employees

Specific Terms

Term Definition

Area of Responsibility

The area of the organization structure for which a TMS can perform Talent Management activities

Bench Strength

A risk-based score to measure the strength of the successors assigned to a position
Career Type/Level Type and level of career aspiration, used to measure the career aspirations of employees and the career aspiration requirement of jobs or positions

Corporate Goals and Values

Goals and/or values that represent those of the organization from a strategic level and cascading to organization units to use in the performance appraisal process
Development Plan Long-term development plan used to track and measure objectives for successors or high-potentials
Key Indication

The attribute that specifies a Key Job or Key Position

Key Job A job whose positions are determined to be Key Positions
Key Position A position that is critical to the operation or long-term success of an organization
Mobility The ability for an employee to relocate to another geographic location
Ranking The value of a successor to the position if they became the holder of the position
Readiness How ready a successor is to assume a position
STVN SuccessionPlanning The graphical user interface offered by SAP to support succession planning processes
STVN TalentHub A new name for STVN SuccessionPlanning from STVN4.0
Succession Plan The successors of a position
Succession planning Process of identifying and developing successors for key positions and high potentials for Talent Groups and Successor Pools
Successor Someone who is adjudged to be capable of taking a position in the future
Successor Pool A collection of employees who have potential to fill one or more jobs or positions within a specific job family
a Talent An employee that is assigned to a Talent Group
Talent Assessment Application used to assess the talent-related characteristics of employees by their manager
Talent Profile for Employees A self-service profile of talent-related information maintained by employees, such as education, work experience, career aspirations and mobility preferences
Talent Profile for Managers and Talent Management Specialists An extended display version of the Talent Profile for Employees that is available to managers and Talent Management Specialists, containing additional talent-related information
Talent Review Meeting Application used to support the review of employees both during and/or after the appraisal and talent assessment processes

Object Types

Object Type Definition
BP Business Partner
CP Central Person
TB Talent Group
RM Talent Review Meeting
FN Functional Area
JF Job Family
C Job
S Position
P Person
VA Appraisal Template
VB Criteria Group
VC Criterion
Q Qualification / Competency
QK Qualification Group
QB Qualification Block
US User
T Task

SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa (STVN)-specific terminology can be found in the blog Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN) Terminology.

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