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Author's profile photo Danielle Larocca

The Future of SAP HCM On-Premise

This week I had the opportunity to attend the SAPinsider event, HR Innovations 2019. This event had a familiar look and feel to past SAPinsider HR events like HR2012 – HR2017, albeit on a much smaller scale.

Held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, this event was co-located with the annual events for Financials 2019, GRC 2019, Basis & SAP Administration 2019 and BI, Analytics & HANA 2019. There were approximately 2,000 attendees overall, with around 64 of those attending the HR conference (probably representing about 20 different companies).

SAP’s 2 areas of focus for Human Capital Management

SAP’s Ralf Wagner gave a session titled “The Future of SAP HCM On Premise Solutions” where he shared roadmap updates. My impressions from that session include that SAP is investing in two key areas within their HCM portfolio: SAP ERP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors.

Source: SAP © 2019

In other words, innovation continues on both fronts. The focus of innovation through calendar year-end 2025 for on-premise has to do with user experience leveraging Fiori, and localization across core HR and payroll. SAP does not plan to launch any new technology or features as part of HR Renewal whose development is considered complete.

There was talk about the 2025 guaranteed support date for on-premise SAP HCM and Payroll customers. As you may know, the date of guaranteed support has changed a couple of times, most recently from calendar year-end 2020 to calendar year-end 2025.

Extending the guaranteed support date to (at least) 2030

Ralf spent a bit of time talking about the Sidecar option, launched in 2018 as a bridge for those customers needing more time to start their journey to SuccessFactors. What I found interesting was the inclusion of the phrase “at least” 2025 as shown in the picture above and the phrase “at least” 2030 as shown on the slide below. I think that may be the first time I saw that type of language in print, leading some to speculate that the date may continue to be extended.

Source: SAP © 2019

4 things of note for the side-car option include:

  1. It is designed for continuity of a customer’s investment in SAP
  2. This solution will only run on an SAP HANA database
  3. The solution will be based on SAP ERP HCM, with some optimizations and new capabilities leveraging HANA
  4. This solution will not become available until 2023

Later, Ralf shared the slide below, showing the 2030 date with an arrow extending beyond it with a ‘plus’ sign. This slide raised some debate during his presentation, not about any possible beyond 2030 extension, but rather the scheduled end-of-rights for the compatibility packs in 2025.

Source: SAP © 2019

A couple of attendees expressed frustration that the messaging around the use rights end of 2025 was a bit inconsistent with SAP’s earlier messaging about how quickly a customer should move to the cloud. For example, you can use SAP HCM in S/4HANA until 2025 with Compatibility packs, however, you must use the Sidecar in a separate instance after 2025.

Will SAP HCM be merged back into S/4?

In response to customer inquiries, Ralf stated that there is no plan for SAP HCM to be merged back into S/4.

The summary for this session included encouragement for all of SAP’s approximately 15,000 ERP HCM customers to move to SuccessFactors to accelerate their digital HR transformation, while also acknowledging that there is a subset of existing on-premise customers who wish to continue to stay with their on-premise solutions for the foreseeable future.

2021 Updates

My updated blog on this can be found here What is SAP HCM for S/4HANA On-Premise (H4S4)?

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      Author's profile photo Ramesh Prabu
      Ramesh Prabu

      Good one!

      Author's profile photo Damiàn Collado Rodriguez
      Damiàn Collado Rodriguez

      Good post, hope we continue receiving news about the side-car functionality in the near future. It was more than a year without any news.

      Author's profile photo Brandon Toombs
      Brandon Toombs

      Great job on this Danielle!

      I can't emphasize this enough: if development budgets are starting to tighten across SAP, EVERY dollar possible needs to be invested in the future (SuccessFactors).  SAP HR should only get the money necessary to keep the lights on.  I believe the whole sidecar discussion is just a distraction from the real focus that SAP has to have and that is making SuccessFactors so compelling that it's simply malpractice to stay on premise.  I don't think we're there now but we can be with the right investment.

      Author's profile photo Jeremy Masters
      Jeremy Masters

      Hi Danielle, It was great being at the HR Innovations 2019 conference with you. Great job on this post - it nicely summarizes some of the key points regarding on premise HCM from the show. I have also posted my own reflections of the conference here.

      Author's profile photo Shane Peter
      Shane Peter

      Great post,hoping to receive more such updates about car functionality.It has been a long time since we got any updates,but now i hope that we get regular updates


      Author's profile photo Bineesh Sebastian
      Bineesh Sebastian

      What about Time Management. So far what I could gather about SAP strategy of Time Management is to third party solutions such as Work Force or Chronos. What will happen to all the PCRs and operations written to support various collective agreements in TM space? Can Work Force support so many of SAP's client without impacting the performance? I am asking this because we are already using Work Force as it was certified by SAP. We are using for time swipes collection and we have been facing lots of issue on Work Force, mostly load based. With this we can't think moving time evaluation functionalities to Work Force. Someone on top got the wrong idea about how complex time evaluation is. I think SAP will have lot of disgruntled clients.

      Author's profile photo Pampa Ray
      Pampa Ray

      Thank you for sharing the information.. This is really useful for many HCM-Payroll consultants.

      Author's profile photo elan juli
      elan juli

      Informative article keep posting good stuff..

      Author's profile photo Juan Andrés Bellucci
      Juan Andrés Bellucci

      Thank you very much. I hope this information  help my department and organization to understand a bit more about what is happening on the HCM world and take better steps obout furture of the platform.

      Author's profile photo Michael Fruechtl
      Michael Fruechtl

      Dear Juan,

      don't forget the latest update given on 17th September 2019 at the DSAG congress in Nürnberg.

      In short: HCM will be co-deployed in S/4 HANA on-premise from 2022 on and the maintenance will follow the S/4 HANA license. No carve-out enforced anymore.

      The old announcement was adjusted accordingly:

      Author's profile photo Danielle Larocca
      Danielle Larocca
      Blog Post Author

      New blog scheduled for tomorrow…. ?You can find it here:

      Author's profile photo Rohit Vijay
      Rohit Vijay

      Thanks, Danielle for the detailed information. Really appreciate your efforts of sharing your insights and experience with the payroll community.

      After reading the latest updates shared by Michael, it seems that SAP will be offering HCM solution as part of S4 HANA enterprise management and it will be more or less like maintaining a mini master for HCM data in S4 HANA with a scope limited to Core HR, OM and time recording. It will also have options to integrate with external HR system like SF EC, but if a customer wants to use payroll beyond 2025 then the only option available is to use HCM sidecar option using Compatability packs for HCM in S4 HANA.

      In some blogs, its mentioned as that sidecar option will be available by 2023 and SAP will also provide migration tool for a seamless transition from ECC HCM to S4 HANA sidecar option. It will be really helpful if SAP can provide more information regarding these migration tools and confirm the release date "2022 or 2023 ?"

      Author's profile photo Danielle Larocca
      Danielle Larocca
      Blog Post Author

      I think you will find the answers you are looking for in these 2 blogs:



      Author's profile photo Anette Meijer
      Anette Meijer

      Lovely post Danielle. Love it. Extending the guaranteed support date to (at least) 2030 🙂

      Author's profile photo Deepak Gadekar
      Deepak Gadekar

      Nice Blog . But I need to know what are the structural changes that will come .

      What about current custom reports in SAP HCM ? will they work ?

      Author's profile photo Danielle Larocca
      Danielle Larocca
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Deepak.  As with any time change is introduced in to your SAP system you need to do proper testing to ensure any custom reports continue to function.  If you were to leverage an SAP certified third party solution for reporting that worry would go away.  Should you want to learn more about getting away from building custom reports you can check out the Query Manager on the SAP Store.

      Author's profile photo Michael Ostertag
      Michael Ostertag

      Hello, is the hr mini master a part of the compatibility pack? (we use it on our S4HANA System for finance and logistic)


      Thank you for your feedback.