With COVID still hanging over our everyday lives, many people (& organisations) are now affected by the war in Ukraine. With an ever more interconnected global economy, whether it be people, supplies or services, many of us will be directly impacted by these events. Many organisations have either had to, or have decided to, take unusual or innovative steps in their business operations. As an investor in people, Zalaris were delighted to become a partner for a great initiative supported by SAP to give opportunities to help refugees from Ukraine find a job in the SAP Partner Ecosystem – you can find out more at SAP Fresh Faces from Ukraine.
But what this yet again reminds us, is that there is little “usual” in “business as-usual”! With the 1H 2022 SuccessFactors release, we’ve seen some positive steps forward across the suite. It was only a year ago that Time Tracking was being released and already there have been huge gains in its capability, with this release brings concurrent absence handling and GPS location tracking when clocking. At Zalaris we are also particularly keeping an eye on all the developments in Opportunity Marketplace as we are keen to utilise the underlying skills and competency capabilities to underpin our own talent management ambitions.
Many end customers/users upskill through a project deployment in conjunction with a partner. But did you know that SAP also have a wealth of “free” learning that you, as a customer, can utilise to learn about each of their solution areas via the SAP SuccessFactors Administrator Learning Centre (SFALC)? There are on-demand courses, and you can obtain a product-specific SAP SuccessFactors eXpert Accreditation (SFX). Since the SFX programme launched six years ago, SAP have had over 26,000 accreditations, with 6,500 in 2021 and over 1,500 already this year! While these accreditations aren’t designed to turn you into a configuration consultant, they will give you a good understanding of the product specific terminology and capability. Check them out!
Before I go, a reminder that there is a Universal update happening to the “new” Home Page changes coming in June (customers can view the timeline here). If you want to learn more about it, then I suggest reading my colleague’s article “SuccessFactors New ‘Reimagined’ Home Page”. Taking no action will probably result in a few unwanted outcomes; it will be better to resolve these ahead of the enforced update and manage the change seamlessly into your organisation.
With much uncertainty still around us all, please stay safe. We’ll be back later in the year, in November, for the 2H 2022 update with more analysis and insights.
Until Next Time
I hope you have enjoyed our series of posts on the 1H 2022 release of SAP SuccessFactors. If you haven’t read the other posts yet, I encourage you to go back and see which areas spark your interest. Furthermore, please keep an eye on our website and our social media accounts on LinkedIn or Twitter for this release’s eBook covering all the articles – it will be free to download, and you are welcome to share it with your colleagues.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank my #teamZalaris colleagues across the world, for their hard work in bringing you their insights. I also hope that the broader SAP SuccessFactors community has also found them useful. We would love to hear your feedback! (by email or via our social channels on LinkedIn or Twitter).
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Preview instances of SuccessFactors were updated on 15th April 2022 and the production instances are due to be updated on 20th May 2022.