Partners in Americas experience a #Hack2Build on SAP SuccessFactors Extensions on SAP BTP
From October 25th to 29th a new successful #Hack2Build event took place, this time in a joint operation between North America (NA) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Themed on SAP SuccessFactors Extensions built on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). Using Low-code or No-code apps to build the prototypes, powered by SAP AppGyver, partners had the opportunity to show great applications built in only a few days, making the innovative solutions tangible in a week’s time.
Partners from the NA and LAC region were invited and selected for this event.
#Hack2Build is an event series that takes the creativity and speed of a hackathon to the next level by creating a minimal viable solution offering in terms of an application, accelerator, or a solution package. The event series has been successfully running all over the world and this time it was hosted in Americas, both NA and LAC, to cater to the innovative partner ecosystem.
All participants brought dedication, enthusiasm, creativity and delivered compelling solutions in just 5 days.
The Participating Companies
We were happy to welcome nine SAP partner companies with over 50 experts participated in this edition of the #Hack2Build: Axento, Blueprint Technologies, CSTI Corp, Dextera HR, Ernst & Young, HRizons, Intelligenza, iXerv/TSP and TCS.
Every #Hack2Build event demonstrates the innate innovation potential of SAP’s ecosystem, driven by their close association with SAP products and technologies and servicing customer needs over many years. Enabled by the no-code platform SAP AppGyver and the numerous APIs available on SAP SuccessFactors, each partner demonstrated a clear value proposition with their ideas arising from the challenges they observe with our joint customers planning needs and aspirations.
It was an amazing collaboration across SAP teams and the partners to discuss the concepts, evaluate their architecture, product and roadmap questions and analyze their business plans as part of the prototype phase. Within 5 days, the partners were able to prototype and showcase their innovations to an esteemed panel of judges. Although all participating teams had the potential to win, the jury had to determine the winners based on key criteria.
Demo Jam and the Panel of Judges
All participants made it to the final Demo Jam and showcased their inspiring innovative solutions to the audience. With only 10 minutes to present the Business Case and the functioning Prototype running on SAP BTP and integrating to SAP SuccessFactors, they had an intense morning aiming to impress the Jury.
The Panel of Judges came from a diverse perspective and consisted of four SAP Senior Leaders:
After the demonstration morning, they were all amazed with the high quality of the partner prototypes and provided their insights and shared their feedback to the partner use cases.
Winner: Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) created the winning solution Employee Transfer Plan Simulation. The solution provides organizations with policy-oriented solutions which takes in account organization rules, employee preferences and handles the complexity in bulk periodic transfers. This complex management is done by an application running on SAP BTP and integrates to SAP SuccessFactors by the standard APIs.
First Runner-up: Dextera HR
Dextera HR showcased an application which monitors and controls all positions budgets and integrates it with any third-party controlling system. Whenever there’s an update to a budget the application synchronizes them.
Second Runner-up: iXerv/TSP
iXerv/TSP developed a Document Tracking Bot. By tackling the recruitment and onboarding areas, the solution automatically tracks, requests and, after the user submits through the app, uploads the candidate’s documents to SAP SuccessFactors. This is a very cumbersome task that although simple requires a lot of time of the company’s HR.
The Voice from the Winners
Beyond a Hackathon
As the intent of #Hack2Build event is to help our partners to build their solution, the move to the next BUILD phase is critical for the partners to drive successful outcome with their innovations. Most of the partners are continuing with their development and aim to bring their solutions to customers as soon as possible.
We would like to thank all finalist teams, in no order, and the use cases they prototyped during this #Hack2Build:
- Axento: expenSAP: Record small expenses from inside SuccessFactors and integrate to a third system.
- Blueprint: B-Next Performer: Self-service solution to simplify promotion, transfer, increments with custom validations.
- CSTI Corp: Game Factors: Manage, improve, and monitor a healthy working environment powered by gamification task-rewards system.
- EY: Learning-Instructor Self-service: Tool that finds best time slots for instructors and attendees.
- HRizons: Introducing…: Tool to organize quick MS Teams meetings between employees that don’t usually meet (new employees, interest, regional, etc.)
- Intelligenza: myDay: Task manager to prioritize and monitor daily work.
To award the results, all the participant partner teams received digital badges by cred.ly from SAP.
We also would like to thank all the SAP teams and colleagues for their passionate and tireless commitment and the tremendous support they offered, which made this event possible! Kudos and special thanks to:
- Tsvetan Stoyanov, Peter Stock, Mohammed Fadili, Peter Von Linstow, Pradeep Kumar, Gerald Reinhard, Martin Grasshoff and Lucas Rigo for presenting great content on SAP SuccessFactors and SAP AppGyver.
- All colleagues from SAP SuccessFactors, SAP AppGyver, SAP Ecosystem Success and SAP Co-Innovation Lab for helping and supporting this event.
- Carolina Bastos, Louenas Hamdi, Pablo Yustiz and Rudolf Held for acting as judges and contributing with live feedback to the partners.
Thank you for your excellent support during all phases of the event. We couldn’t have it done without your leadership, domain expertise, and dedication to the success of SAP and our Ecosystem.
SAP #Hack2Build Americas Team
Authors: Lucas Rigo, Ronildo Santos and Jiayi Wang