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New Android app

For this release, we’re most excited about the release of our redesigned Android app. Considering that, according to IDC[1], Android runs on more than 80% of smartphones worldwide, it has been long overdue to show Android users some more love. The redesigned app looks and feels exactly the same as our acclaimed iPhone app. This is especially important for customers who provide their employees the choice between an iOS or Android smartphone, and those allowing BYOD (bring-your-own-device). See for yourself:

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Self-services for managers and employees

We’ve added more employee self-services and manager self-services to our Mobile app. As an avid SAP SuccessFactors Mobile user myself, I am really excited about this. We’re not trying to squeeze the full breadth and depth of our suite of products into our native mobile app. Instead, we’re delivering those areas and specific tasks to the Mobile app that make the most sense on smart phones or tablets, thereby making the lives of employees and managers a little easier and helping them become more productive at work.

In this release, Mobile approvals for managers have been greatly expanded – we’ve added several new workflows such as position approval and time sheet approval.

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Requesting time off is something everyone has to do at some point. It shouldn’t take a lot of time to do so, we’ve continued to develop and round out this area of our Mobile app as well. Employees can now edit the duration of their leave in various ways from hours and minutes to fractions of days.


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Mobile Learning enhancements

Here’s something our SAP SuccessFactors Learning customers will enjoy. Instead of spending their time completing paper lists to note who’s actually attending a training course, learning instructors can now use their iPads to check students in electronically. The way it works is super simple: just like an electronic boarding pass on your smart phone to board an airplane, students can now get a unique QR code on their smart phones. The learning instructor then scans that QR code with their iPad to check the student in to the class.

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App security remains top of mind

Passwords come in all different shapes and sizes – and now this applies to SAP SuccessFactors Mobile as well. Depending on your company’s password policy you can either KISS (keep it short and simple) or require a whole variety of more complex permutations such as minimum length, requiring digits / uppercase / lowercase / symbol, expiration in days, and many more.

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For more information and details on the Q4 2015 release please check out our Q4 2015 Release Highlights document and listen to David Ludlow in our release video on YouTube. Be sure to go to the SuccessFactors Mobile customer community for the latest news.

Follow SuccessFactors on Twitter: @successfactors


[1] http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

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