The world has been heavily using SAP HCM as its HRIS (Human Resource Information Systems) for decades, and it has worked well. We know, however, that technology rapidly evolves. And over time, business challenges change as well, which is why smart people find ways to create new, better solutions.
In 2012, SAP acquired SuccessFactors. At the time, it was a cloud talent management solution only. SuccessFactors was really known for its Performance Management modules. Not surprisingly, ever since the acquisition, SAP HCM has put almost all its efforts into growing and improving SuccessFactors. SuccessFactors has quickly become the standard for talent management solutions, enjoying the majority of market share globally. However, users have often wondered could it do more? What about the HRIS component of HR Systems? What about payroll, time management, organizational management, and master data?
I’m happy to share with you that SuccessFactors now can do more! Let me introduce you to Employee Central, the HRIS solution in SuccessFactors. It replaces SAP HCM on premise, and it can essentially do everything the on premise system does, but do it better. Additionally, SuccessFactors fully integrates with all other talent management modules such as performance, compensation, succession, recruiting, development, and onboarding, among others.
Admittedly, adoption of Employee Central in the market started slowly. There were many reasons for this slow take-off, including perceived security concerns (being a completely cloud-based system), system capabilities, costs, and the fact that it replaces SAP HCM on premise. (Hey, no one likes change!) Employee Central, however, has proven to the world that it can take on the daunting quest of replacing SAP HCM on premise, while keeping all stakeholders happy.
Employee Central is a platform that offers one global system of record, including cost centers, legal entities, employee types, organizational structure, and personal information from locations all over the world. Also as mentioned above, it combines HR and talent data that can be analyzed with powerful tools to help leaders make informed decisions and shape their organizations. Other benefits include the ability to seamlessly integrate with other on-premise solutions like ERP, time and attendance, and cross module in SuccessFactors, and to socially collaborate to optimize productivity and drive innovation. Employee Central users also take advantage of continuous innovation provided by the quarterly released updates with no cost or disruption of the system.
A few weeks ago, SuccessFactors reached a huge milestone, celebrating more than 1,000 successful implementations of Employee Central. There is no doubt that Employee Central is here to stay, and together with SAP, it will help revolutionize HRIS across all types of organizations and environments. I invite you to learn more about SuccessFactors Employee Central and to determine if this system is the right solution for your organization.
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