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It’s the end of the year, time to do some reflecting as I try my best to finish off some open marketing projects and make sure I don’t miss the last shipping date with Amazon. Looking back, here are some great impressions that I have from 2013:

Customers – We are winning our customers over. I used to work for a company where we gave everything away for free. When you give things away for free, you would expect that there would be no lack of customers willing to sing your praises, doing testimonials and sharing their successes with others. Nope. Surprise! The reason: enterprise companies don’t want to admit that they are using a free product. I can understand that.

For the record, Employee Central is not free. You all know that, but I better be clear. And we have enterprise customers who are really happy and willing to share their stories, like Sun Communities, WorkForce Software and others here on our customer story page. They are singing our praises!

SuccessFactors/SAP people – Where do I begin? There’s Andrew, our facilities manager, who knows everyone by their first name and calls me “sista.” Yeah, that’s right. Our product management leaders are Thomas Otter, who introduced himself in a Webinar recently as a Mamil (middle-aged man in lycra), Joachim Foederer, who I suspect does NOT wear lycra, and Murali Mazvanchery, who can talk for hours on the Employee Central road map. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the external experts out there who provide expertise on Employee Central and SAP ERP HCM on a daily basis – folks like Luke Marson, Jyoti Sharma, and Chris Paine. All are veterans in this space, but they are kind enough to take the time out to help a newbie (like me) learn about what they are doing.

So much work was done in preparation for the HR Tech and SuccessConnect in Las Vegas. True teamwork ensued when we were tasked to develop not one but three videos with only a few weeks’ notice. I remember being on vacation in Seattle and madly typing a creative brief while waiting for my rental car. It was all worth it, because we now have this plus two other awesome videos to share.

Then there is Employee Central. I’m going to tell you why it’s superior from the perspective of a user (me):

First, there’s the personalized home page. The home page is the single point of entry for me. Gone are the days where I have to hunt down e-mails from HR or go to some server to get information. Everything is right here through Employee Central.

A day in my life with Employee Central involves the following:

  • – To-do tile – This lists compliance training that I must complete.
  • – Links organization chart tile – I use this all the time to quickly come up to speed on who’s who in the company.
  • – SAP Jam – My one-stop shop for info on any project or group. Internally we call them Jam sites. From Employee Central, I am already logged in and can quickly view updates that occur on any Jam site that I am a part of. Content such as videos and files are easily uploaded, and the polling feature is the quickest way to get an answer to a burning marketing question. Good-bye e-mail and “reply to all”!

I know folks have seen our “marketing-approved” Employee Central home page, so I thought I would show you mine. Uh yes, I better get started on my to-do list . . . it’s due 12/22.

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I can’t end the year’s wrap-up without dropping a few hints on what to expect for 2014. Let’s just say, we will continue to be the leader in globalization. We will be launching new products and innovating further on existing features. And expect more stories from our happy customers! Best wishes this holiday season!

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  1. Jyoti Sharma

    Hi Eva,

    That’s a wonderful way to wrap up 2013. Thanks for being so kind as to mention our contributions. I truly believe in the product and the excellent product management team you have, makes our jobs easier. Luke and I were just doing workshops at a customer and there were global folks who recognized us from the Employee Central panel at SuccessConnect and thanked us for everything they learnt from the panel and the Conference as a whole. Then there have been customers who decided to go the Employee Central way just by having a conversation with Thomas and the sheer commitment that they saw speaking to folks working with Employee Central. I am very confident that 2014 will be a blast for all of us. In a strange way the passion behind Employee Central actually connects all of us even though we may all be working in our respective spaces but towards the same goal of listening to and delivering to the customers.

    Wish everyone a great year ahead!

    Warm Regards,

    Jyoti

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    1. Eva Woo Post author

      The recognition is way over due. You and all the other SuccessFactors Experts and SAP Mentors are the unsung heroes. I look forward to hearing and working with everyone in 2014. Happy New Year!

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  2. Chiara Bersano

    Nice. Nice to read about success, and nicer to read about some of the actors such as Joachim and Murali (Happy New Year, guys!)… and thinking of all the others that I know well, and that have contributed to these developments.

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    1. Eva Woo Post author

      Thanks Chiara! Yes, Joachim, Murali, Thomas and even Dmitry.. they are amazing and it’s no act… their wit & wisdom comes naturally.  Happy New Year!

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  3. Luke Marson

    Hi Eva,

    Great blog and thanks for the mention! It’s been great working with SuccessFactors and SAP on various Employee Central and other SuccessFactors initiatives and also – not least – working with a variety of customers on discovery/information sessions and implementation projects. Employee Central has come on leaps and bounds this year and will continue to grow throughout 2014.

    I’m really looking forward to what should prove to be a great year!

    Best regards,

    Luke

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    1. Eva Woo Post author

      thanks Luke! We look forward to hearing about the successes you have with Employee Central and your clients in 2014.

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  4. Harris Moideen

    Eva,

    Great Blog and very good insights.

    As someone who has started working with Employee Central recently and coming from a pure On premise HCM/Payroll background, I have started appreciating the functionalities within EC and the look good feel good factor it brings to an user.

    Also the new functionalities like Time off is really exciting and I am enjoying my current journey.

    Rgds

    Harris

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    1. Eva Woo Post author

      Hello Harris,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, the user experience is very easy for anyone to get started. Nice to hear you echoing that.  I’m glad you like the time off functionality. It’s so nice to see it all in one place vs using other calendering systems out there.  I look forward to hearing more feedback from you in future!  Cheers, eva

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