by Lucy Swedberg, Group Editor, SAPinsider and insiderPROFILES
This morning I had the pleasure of listening in on much of Jeremy Masters’ HR2011 jumpstart session, “An up-to-date guide to leveraging the latest SAP functionality for employee self-service (ESS) and manager self-service (MSS).” The session room was packed with 150+ attendees -- an impressive turnout, especially for a 9am session!
An informal poll of the session’s attendees turned up the following key ESS/MSS customer trends:
- Many attendees are in planning mode for ESS and MSS, eagerly awaiting the release and availability of enhancement package 5 (EhP5). Several attendees noted that they’re interested in learning about how EhP5 will impact both Compensation Management and Talent Management, and others wondered how EhP5 would affect their existing EhP4 investment.
- I consistently heard of two scenarios: (a) attendees are developing a business case for MSS/ESS, and are looking for guidance or (b) they already have the implementation go-ahead, but are now trying to evaluate the best implementation path going forward. Masters provided excellent options and recommendations for customers in both camps.
- I saw quite a bit of interest in incorporating SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe into ESS/MSS implementations.
- Another big discussion point addressed some front-end decisions: whether to go with the SAP portal or Microsoft SharePoint. I also heard a few attendees asking about the ESS/MSS roadmap with respect to the SharePoint portal.
To HR2011 attendees, anything I missed?
All told, some great insights and ideas for those interested in ESS and MSS. Lots more on the topic to follow throughout the week…stay tuned!