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Excitement over SAP ERP HCM Revamp: HR 2011 keynote highlights

by Andrea Haynes, Senior Editor

June 8, 2011

Andrea Haynes, SAPexperts

A new look and expanded functionality for SAP ERP HCM are coming. Sanjay Poonen, president of Solutions Go-to-Market for SAP AG, summed up future changes during his keynote address at the Financials 2011, GRC 2011, HR 2011, and BI2011 SAPinsider conferences in Amsterdam.

One change: query optimization and planning are going to be in the same container. Giving a demo on an iPad (he predicts the desktop will go away in the new age of mobility), he showed what he called “a different SAP.”

For example, he demoed how you can query your data on managers for a combination of high attrition rate and low employee satisfaction, and see which ones are performing most poorly, or vice versa.

Dawn Crew, vice president HR Line of Business Solutions at SAP, expanded on the new SAP ERP HCM in a general assembly on Wednesday. Accompanied by SAP staff who were clearly excited about the changes, she said so much has happened, and quickly, since improvements were promised in Barcelona. They fall into three categories: user experience, analytics, and mobility.

New employee self service functions available in enhancement pack 5 are in use at Tyson Foods and went into general availability in May. She said manager self services are completely renovated, with a Ramp-Up planned for June. They are now working on the core HR functionality to provide enhanced collaboration opportunities and analytics that are available right on the user’s page. She expects that the changes will also allow companies to tailor their pages with their own branding.

The announcements were met with a reaction that mirrored t he excitement of the SAP staff. One attendee said, “I am delighted,” adding “It’s about time.” An independent HR consultant said it is going to be a year of great change for SAP ERP HCM, an area that has been relatively the same for quite a while.

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