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SAP SuccessFactors Terminology and Abbreviations

This document provides a number of acronyms and other terms that are commonly used in relation to the SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite.


Term Definition
HXM Human Experience Management
EX Employee Experience
360 360 / Multi Rater
CDP Career and Development Planning
CMP Compensation
Comp Compensation
EP Employee Profile
GM Goal Management
JPB Job Profile Builder
LMS Learning Management Solution
MDF Metadata Framework
ONB Onboarding
PM Performance Management
PMGM Performance & Goal Management
REC Recruiting
RCM Recruiting Management
RMK Recruiting Marketing
S&D Succession & Development
SP Succession Planning
VAR Variable Pay
Var Pay Variable Pay
WFA Workforce Analytics
WFP Workforce Planning
ATS Applicant Tracking System
JRDM Job Requisition Data Model

Architectural, Technical, and Integration

Term Definition
API Application Programming Interface
FO Foundation Object
GO Generic Object
CPI SAP Cloud Platform Integration
IaaS Integration-as-a-Service
iFlow Integration Flow (an integration add-on)
OData Open Data Protocol (see
PaaS Platform-as-a-Service
PI SAP Process Integration
SaaS Software-as-a-Service
SFAPI SuccessFactors API
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
SSO Single Sign-On
UDF User Data File


Term Definition
AD Administrative Domains [deprecated in Q2 2019 release]
OAuth Open standard for authorization
RBP Role-Based Permissions
SAML2 Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0
SSL Secure Sockets Layer
SSO Single Sign-On


Term Definition
CS Customer Support
CSV Comma Separated Values
IRR Internal Release Readiness
UI User Interface
UX User Experience
V12 V12 Revolution UI
WACA Writing Assistant and Coaching Advisor
XML eXtensible Markup Language

Abbreviations and Terms not used or no longer used

Term Definition
EC Employee Central
ECP Employee Central Payroll
EC Payroll Employee Central Payroll
J2W Jobs2Web (not Recruiting Marketing)
JDM Job Description Manager
SAP Cloud Payroll Old name for Employee Central Payroll
SFSF SuccessFactors New York Stock Market listing name
BizX Business Execution Suite
NWPI SAP NetWeaver Process Integration
RX Recruiting Execution
PEPS Product Expert Professional Services
HCI SAP HANA Cloud Integration
HCP SAP HANA Cloud Platform
ODS Operational Data Store
SAIL Social Media ABAP Integration Library
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