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SAP SuccessFactors Q1 2017 Release: Workforce Data in the Hands of Company Decision Makers with the New Connector between SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom

As you probably know, we currently have packaged integration content that brings together SAP SuccessFactors with many of the SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA and SAP Fieldglass. With the Q1 2017 release of SAP SuccessFactors, we’ve extended our integrations to include the pairing of our SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics solution aligned* with wave 07 2017 of  SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom. With this connector your organization can rapidly provide access to hundreds of predefined, time-trended HR and talent metrics (without having to reinvent the wheel) to your business analysts and data scientists so they can blend and analyze workforce data with business, finance and operations data and deliver stories that matter via the SAP Digital Boardroom to fuel executive and board meetings and discussions.

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Let’s break this down…

Analytics for HR Business Partners and HR Analysts

Transforming HR transactional data from tables and fields into metrics that matter is hard work. Analysts spend as much as 80 percent or more of their time in manipulating and preparing data and validating its quality. Repeating this exercise every time a request comes or on a regular basis consumes a lot of valuable (and expensive) time and resources that could otherwise be spent on more strategic, value-added activities. SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics does this work for you, all in the cloud (see overview video):

SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics can help you by taking on and accelerating the process to consistently collect people data from various HR systems of record (SAP SuccessFactors, SAP ECC HR or any other HRIS) and your talent management system, and transform and curate the data into hundreds of predefined, ready to consume metrics that can be filtered and visualized according to a variety of dimensions and hierarchical structures while ensuring data quality.

When your HR business partners and analysts get questions about your workforce, they can analyze data and trends, and provide answers quickly and confidently with SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics.  You can also embed the workforce data and metrics within the HR and talent management processes across the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite to minimize the number of routine inquiries – see video on Insights.

Analytics for Business Analysts, BI Specialists and Data Scientists

But what if you want to do more? Most do. Business analysts and data scientists regularly need to bring together and analyze data from across the enterprise, from various SAP and non-SAP systems, business warehouses, finance and operational systems, internal or external sources, and even spreadsheets. And they want to blend this data with their HR data from SAP SuccessFactors or a third party HRIS.

SAP Analytics Cloud can help you. SAP Analytics Cloud (see overview video) combines all analytics capabilities – including planning, predictive analytics and business intelligence (BI) – in a single SaaS solution. It provides a range of capabilities like hybrid data access, cloud-based authoring to access, prepare and blend data from different sources directly from your Web browser, and helps you with data exploration, visualization and storytelling. SAP Digital Boardroom, built on SAP Analytics Cloud, is the next-generation board portal that leverages Lines of Business data to provide 360-degree view of your business (see overview video).

Our standard APIs enable SAP Analytics Cloud customers to access raw transactional data stored in SAP SuccessFactors. But a significant amount of work can go into creating metrics from the raw transactional data.

The new connector allows customers to directly access and extend their view of the time-trended HR metrics and dimensions from SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics via SAP Analytics Cloud for business intelligence – simply choose SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics from among list of available sources of data:

In the hands of business analysts and data scientists, the library of metrics and filters in SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics can be readily accessed via SAP Analytics Cloud – choose from the wide selection of predefined workforce metrics and filtering dimensions instead of raw tables and fields:

Bring in the data and create your own models:

And further blend the workforce data with data from the business, finance and operations to develop into stories and project onto SAP Digital Boardroom:

 

The combination of SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom provides you with flexibility to work with your own data, increases your choice of advanced analytics, data discovery and visualization tools, and accelerates your ability to put workforce data in the context of business issues for executive and leadership teams.

 

* Note that SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Analytics Cloud have different release schedules.


 

Check out the blog by Beate Baumbeck for a summary of all SAP SuccessFactors Q1 2017 Release Highlights, or view the release video here. You can also visit the Product Updates page in the SAP SuccessFactors Customer Community (registration required), where you will find detailed information about this release.

To learn more about recent and planned innovations as well as future direction of the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite refer to SAP road maps: http://www.sap.com/roadmaps.
Don’t miss the new resources now available here to learn more about how SAP SuccessFactors solutions are better for HR and your digital transformation journey. Plus, take advantage of the webinars in the HR Live Demo series. These expert-led demos run weekly through April and cover the full suite – talent management, core HR, analytics, etc. – and more, including diversity and inclusion. Register here.

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