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I am currently preparing for a SuccessFactors Seminar series to cover the following three topics.

1. SuccessFactors product strategy and roadmap

2. A Guided Tour of SuccessFactors Solutions

3. SAP SuccessFactors Integration Strategy and Roadmap

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SuccessFactors product strategy and road map
In the first session I want to talk about the trends we see affecting human capital management in the next decade and how SuccessFactors products are responding to these trends. We want to assure you and provide proof that our product teams are monitoring these trends closely and tailoring the overall suite as well as individual products to help you meet the challenges these changes will pose.

We are seeing significant changes in workforce demographics. Employees are expecting consumer grade experiences and convenience from enterprise technology and knowledge work is becoming the foundation for economic growth. SuccessFactors product strategy and product management teams are working to create software solutions to help you address the above challenges. I am working with my colleagues in product management to highlight the recent features we have released, to share some plans we have in place for the next year and show some early design concepts.

I plan to high light the fact that customers can start with any application in SuccessFactors and expand their cloud foot print based on their current business challenges. I will talk about the mobile innovations that SuccessFactors is investing. I also plan to showcase some of the user experience innovations that we have done in the SuccessFactors home page.

A guided tour of SuccessFactors Solutions
This is a two hour session where I plan to talk about the top features in SuccessFactors solutions from the point of view of an employee, a manager and, to some extent, an administrator.

When an employee is solicited by a recruiter, the recruiter does so using recruitment marketing tools. The employee then collaborates with the recruiter and the hiring team via the applicant tracking software and SAP Jam. Once the employee is hired, the employee is on-boarded using SuccessFactors Onboarding. New on the job, the employee then receives her goals in the goals management system and continues work related collaboration via SAP Jam. She goes through mandatory training delivered via SuccessFactors Learning and seeks out experts and mentors using SAP Jam. 

The employee’s manager then conducts the mid year performance review via SuccessFactors Performance Management and gives her a promised raise using SuccessFactors Compensation. The employee gets to see the updated pay information in her employee profile in SuccessFactors Employee Central.

I plan to invite one of my experienced colleagues from Solution Consulting to demo some of the features and share some of their experiences and knowledge about customer challenges. Solution consulting colleagues work with several customers every month and can bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.

SAP SuccessFactors Integration Strategy and Road Map

In the integration session, I want to do something interesting and useful for those who want to understand how to go about implementing the various solutions from SuccessFactors, while keeping their current on-premise or 3rd party applications running in the interim. I plan to tell the story from the point of view of Janet Lee, an IT executive who starts her cloud journey by moving one talent management application to the cloud, deriving value out of it and them moving all her people management applications to the cloud step by step, culminating in the movement of employee administration and payroll to the cloud.

That is my grand plan. Many smart and talented colleagues such as Will Doolittle and Mark Brandau are contributing to this effort. If there are change in design plans, I will update this post.  Colleagues such as Kellie Fitzpatrick, Venki Krishnamoorthy and Jeremy Masters from SAP and SuccessFactors partner organizations will be there as well. I think it is going to be a useful and exciting session.

My fellow SAP Mentors Luke Marson and Jarret Pazahanick have already given me some valuable inputs on what I should cover. What specifically would you like me to cover? Any pressing challenges that I need to attempt to address? Please let me know. I would appreciate your thoughts and inputs.

This SuccessFactors Seminar series  is scheduled to be delivered from three locations in November and December 2013.

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  1. Howard Marshall

    i ask the question again. why are these folks considered “experts” when they used to be legacy consulting in sap hcm? why are you not including any legacy sfsf consulting companies that have much more experience?

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  2. Ravindra M.K

    Hi Prashanth

    * Showcase some Success Stories for Hybrid Implementations

    * Share some learnings & improvements made w.r.t SAP & SF Integration

    * Plans on an unified self service experience in Hybrid Implementations

    * Integration of new developments & new acquisitions by SAP into SF

    * Deployment options for SuccessFactors customers

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