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Author's profile photo Faizullah Mohammed Shaik

Intelligent Technology Packages (ITP’s) for SuccessFactors – Virtual Hackathon 2020

Intelligent Technology Packages (ITP’s) is a bundle of Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (iRPA), SAP Conversational AI and Machine Learning foundation services. These packages are available for SAP S/4HANA, SAP C/4HANA, Digital Supply Chain (DSC), Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors, as of now.

The main intension of conducting this hackathon is to drive early stage inspiration and to discover technology possibilities. Intelligent Enterprise Solution Ecosystem team headed by “Mike Friday” hosted this virtual ITP’s for SAP SuccessFactors hackathon across APJ region, EMEA region & North America region.

We announced this Hackathon in one of the ITP webinars presented by Mike. We have received huge response for this event. SAP SuccessFactors product management team helped us in identifying and selecting the right use cases. Finally, we have selected 16 partners and asked them to start building the use cases. During this journey couple of partners got dropped out due to their business priorities and current COVID-19 pandemic impact and finally left with 11 partners as final participants.

This event altogether provided a different experience as we have executed virtually and in different time zones. It was a unique opportunity for all the hackathon participants to get support and guidance from the SAP experts during their use case development.  All the participants were provided with trial versions of Software’s with the links required for self-learning. We had checkpoint call every week to know about their development progress and clarifying any topics where they need some support.  Below are the Partners region wise participated and their use case.

All the partners were waiting for the final day of Hackathon which was on 20th  April 2020.

We have started the day with the APJ region at 9.30 am IST, next went on with EMEA region and finally ended up North America region at 10:30 pm IST.

APJ region:

  • Birlasoft: SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting – Requisition Automation
  • Blueprint Technologies: Blu-bot an Automation BOT for mass offer approvals by comparing the salary component
  • E&Y: Refer a candidate; 2. Automate Referral bonus
  • SAVIC technologies: Employee Profile Update – Connecting through Resource Management Tool

EMEA region:

  • Deloitte: Managing New Hires – Using Intelligent RPA
  • Everis: Onboarding management process
  • Infosys: SF Compensation End to End Regression Testing Automation using SAP iRPA and CAI
  • Keytree: Employee Onboarding EXPERIENCE

And finally coming on to North American region…

North America region:

  • Mouritech: Resume Screening Automation
  • Cognitus Consulting LLC: Simplify the onboarding process of a new employee
  • PwC: HR Digital Assistant

On the final day of event, use cases were evaluated by our experienced SAP judges, all these uses cases presented were very impressive and interesting to all the judges and for the attendees, the judges who are from the core SAP SuccessFactors team with vast experience in their field have witness all the use cases and were impressed.  It was not an easy task for Judges to declare winner and runner-up for the event.

All the use case were evaluated based on the below criteria:

  • Perceived customer value
  • Use Case Impact to existing customer operations
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Potential for new Business Opportunity
  • Partners professional preparation & presentation

As it is a virtual event all the teams were very punctual in joining the calls and completing the presentation and demo within their allocated time. A very big thank you to all the partner participants of this hackathon as they have taken up serious and really worked hard putting efforts to complete their use cases.

Let’s meet the winners for the APJ region….

Ernst & Young (EY) is the winner for this Hackathon in APJ region with their use case built on

  1. Refer a candidate;
  2. Automate Referral bonus


EY first use case (Refer a friend): Chat Bot can refer an employee on the go with the basic information asked via chat messenger and triggering an email to the potential candidate to apply to the job selected by the Referrer.


EY second use case (Automate Referral bonus): Process Automation of entering the Employee Referral Amount for Pay-outs to the eligible employees. Send the communication to HR Administrators for Job Completion Status and intimation to Employees (Referrer) on creating the Payment Record

2nd place goes to birlasoft they have showed the use case on multiple steps involved while creating requisition for vacant position and auto- creation of Requisition.

From the EMEA region: Keytree is the winner for this Hackathon and their use case was built on

Employee Onboarding EXPERIENCE

Keytree tried to overcome the challenges facing when a new Joinee get on-boarded including user access issues they face.

2nd place goes to Everis (itelligence) they have showed the use case on-boarding management process, the main aim is to reduce the HRBP administrative tasks. The technologies used are SAP CAI,SAP iRPA and Jira.

From the NA region we had only three partners participated, no option to choose one out of three.

and the Winner of this hackathon was Cognitus Consulting LLC and their use case was Simplify the onboarding process of a new employee

This use case uses chatbot with SAP iRPA which simplifies the onboarding process of new employee. HR will fill the form in teams (chatbot) which will in-turn add a new employee in SAP SuccessFactor EC, which takes care of laptop assignment to employee, initiates background check with sending NDA for signing.

Overall, the hackathon was very successful and also the participants were well prepared and completed their presentation with the demos in their given time. Finally, we have concluded the virtual hackathon with all the 11 partner presentations on 20th April covering all the three regions, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each one who has participated.

Unlike other hackathons this one was a unique of its kind as many people got involved like sales, product management and SAP account teams who have witness your use case capabilities. Now, we need to see how best partners can leverage and convert this event into their opportunities.

Special thanks to our technical team who consist of Raghuraman Ramakrishnan Mazen ARAWI Mithun Sandeep Korlepara Poornima Venkatanarayanan  who supported till last minute to our partners with their demo and answering their queries. Also, thanks to Andrew Ewing  Shammy Sohal,Bob Vass,Flat Chen and Sumit Priyadarshi who were aligned with the partner participants and pushing them and motivating them to reach their final goals within given time.

Last but not least special thanks to all our judges: Michael Ciocia Peter Solowy Chris McLellan Siddhartha Bhattacharya Anand Athanur Andrew Ewing  Mike Friday Flat Chen and Bob Vass, who had tough time to decide on the Winners and Runner-up. Thank you all for spending your valuable time in judging this hackathon event, this would not have been possible without your support. At the end thanks to Mike Friday for his sponsorship, support if not this event wouldn’t been taken.



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      Author's profile photo Pierre COL
      Pierre COL

      Congratulations to all of our partners involved in this Hackathon and special thanks to the organisers!

      Author's profile photo Vijay Vegesana
      Vijay Vegesana

      Thanks Faiz for great co-ordination and support, Congrats to all the partners.

      @raghuraman.ramakrishnan, special thanks for all your support here.


      - Vijay Vegesana


      Author's profile photo Shammy Sohal
      Shammy Sohal

      Well captured and great work by the whole team!

      Author's profile photo Antonio Ferreira Vicente
      Antonio Ferreira Vicente

      Thank for sharing!!

      Author's profile photo Paul PINARD
      Paul PINARD

      Congrats to all the partners, well done!