The annual HR conference is coming up next week and I'm interested to see what's new from SAP and what customers are doing with the latest batch of tools and releases that have come out this year. In particular, I'm excited to see what developments have come out of HR Renewal and who has started to adopt the new technology.
As you probably know, HR Renewal 1.0 marked a huge step forward in process tools and UI for SAP by opening up the framework for HCM Processes and Forms so that Web Dynpro ABAP could be used as the UI technology instead of being available exclusively in Adobe forms. Aside from the obvious licensing savings, this offers advantages to IT organizations by bringing the forms technology into alignment with the rest of SAP's self-service offerings and reducing the variety of skills needed to support a forms solution. It will be interesting to see who is moving forward with the new forms and what creative solutions have been realized using the new options available.
SuccessFactors is sure to be a hot topic, as usual, but I'm interested in the integration aspects. There seems to still be some uncertainty in the market when it comes to establishing boundaries between what is run from ECC and what is run in SuccessFactors. The evolution of integration technologies in this space will be a key factor in how things move forward and in helping customers develop their HR delivery strategy with SAP.
If you're in Las Vegas for HR2013 stop by the Ask the Experts session Wednesday evening or I'll be presenting a session and configuration demo of the ESS user interfaces and a session on the evolution of HR service delivery and tools earlier in the day. I'll also be at the panel discussion over lunch Tuesday or around the EPI-USE booth. Come stop by!