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Wow, we are halfway through Spring and approaching Summer. Not sure about you, but as I look forward to the warm days of Summer, I start to look at more efficient ways to accomplish tasks – leaving me more time to play ultimate and hang out with my friends. To that end, there are some amazing tools offered by SuccessFactors in the May 2014 release that folks should definitely take advantage of.  To start, I ask myself 3 key questions:

#1:  Which experts can help me? 

Beyond our active network, it’s often hard to find the right experts. Usually employee skills are more up-to-date and reliable on professional network sites such as LinkedIn, than in the internal system. With our new extension “Who can help me,” finding expert help – whenever you need them – has never been easier. “Who can help me” allows you to search for skills and talent data wherever that data resides in the SuccessFactors solution and incorporates data from social professional network sites such as LinkedIn. The beauty is that the results are ranked and visualized in this cool graph.

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[ Me, surrounded by experts – woot!]

#2  How can I collaborate with my peers anytime and anywhere?

SAP Jam offers  an add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook capabilities to simplify collaboration while on the go, for both online and offline scenarios. You can post feed updates to groups or create a blog, a wiki, and forum and post them directly from Outlook messages. It’s so easy to use, there is no time lost thinking about how to structure content for a group.

#3 What are the latest features or enhancements that brings efficiency to my role as a hiring manager?

Presentations, which launched last quarter, delivers more time saving features.  With people search capability, users can pull up any employee talent card immediately. Also, a new manager dashboard provides a summary view of the employee career worksheets for the manager’s team by graphically displaying the team’s targeted roles and their readiness. To learn more, check out this video.

Hiring managers or recruiters can now present offer letters to their candidates in a secure online portal. Candidates can accept or decline an offer, and the activities are time-stamped. Candidates can also contact the recruiter, print the offer letter, or view previous offers they received.

Succession planning made easier.

The new position tile view gives succession planners the ability to assess and adjust successor readiness and nominate new successors. View candidates side by side for quick & easy reference. Update or delete nominations easily all within one place making succession planning easier to manage than ever before.

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The May 2014 release went live May 23rd for Enterprise Edition customers. This posting only represents a sample. Don’t miss out on all the great innovations and enhancements. You can learn more on the SuccessFactors Customer Community (login required).


 

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