We’re living in an increasingly globalized world. With the emergence of the Internet and other technologies that allow us to communicate across languages, cultures, and geographic regions, people and markets abroad are becoming more accessible to small, medium, and large businesses alike.
With this increase in globalization, being able to take your company global and connect with international partners and audiences is getting near-mandatory for significant success. Luckily, a range of businesses – including SAP SuccessFactors – have created tools, systems, and support for companies looking to go worldwide. Here are some ways SuccessFactors can help you introduce your business to the global stage.
One challenge of taking a company global, especially if you plan on outsourcing some work, is overcoming language barriers. It’s extremely important that all of your staff – even the ones in other countries with different native languages – are on the same page regarding trainings, processes, and overall communications. This can prove difficult when working with employees whose native languages aren’t English (or the operational language of your company).
Luckily, SuccessFactors has a translation feature that presents all content, applications, and documentation in local languages for more than 149 countries. No more miscommunications based on differences in language, which means a smoother international transition process for your company.
You shouldn’t stop at just language to ensure that operations abroad are going well and your employees in different regions are being supported. Different countries have different needs, laws, and cultural mores – which means that in order to maximize the potential of your globalization effort, you will need to address these issues to help everything run smoothly.
Beginning with 10 countries and rapidly expanding, SuccessFactors has implemented a localization feature as a part of their general “glocalized” approach to help with this challenge. By accounting for local business practices, country-specific laws, and statutory reporting in its system, SuccessFactors tools can help you navigate the sometimes complicated nuances of operating in a different country.
As important as it is to ensure that employees with different needs specific to their locations are taken care of, it’s also important to make sure your global team is one, cohesive unit. This means that if the overarching rules and company culture aren’t generally in line with each other, you may run into trouble with differing expectations and results in different branches of your business.
SuccessFactors’ holistic approach to HCM allows it to deliver your business a robust global system that will make sure that all of your scattered units are working together cohesively. Along with its many collaboration tools to keep all employees on the same page regarding their training and to help them communicate with each other, SuccessFactors’ system is fine-tuned to operate globally with multi-language, currency, time-zone and date/calendar support.
Collaboration with International Companies
One of the first rules of running a successful business is not reinventing the wheel. Instead, networking with other companies who are implementing the processes you hope to use – then adapting those processes to your own needs – is a great way to take on new challenges.
To help Businesses affiliated with SuccessFactors are now able to take advantage of membership in the SAP PartnerEdge program, which grants you access to a partner program that allows you to collaborate with other businesses. The program offers joint solutions to companies, allowing you to access partner-only resources for training, marketing, sales, service, and technical support. In other words, if you’re running into a certain issue in your globalization process, it’s likely that the PartnerEdge program will be able to help you out.
For greater financial potential, expanding your company into international markets can be a significant help. By paying attention to cultural nuances and working to keep your team cohesive, you can take your business global and reap all the benefits such a move has to offer. Luckily, SuccessFactors is there to help you navigate potential obstacles and take your business to the global stage.