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Strato 1.17 is going live this August!
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Strato 1.17 – Going live this August!

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest update for Strato. Strato 1.17 includes new features around its workflow, dashboard, and storage functionality which further optimize your SAP SuccessFactors document generation.

Strato 1.17 will be deployed for UAT on August 29, 2021 and will go live on Production by mid-September. You may view the release calendar here.

New tools to extend SAP SuccessFactors document automation and compliance capabilities

Expedite your document’s routing, approval and e-signing process by setting time-based conditions in your Strato Workflow.

Trigger email reminders, automatically accept or reject changes and documents, and execute a corresponding workflow immediately after without any manual intervention.

Examples:

• Auto-approve a Job Offer Letter on behalf of the Manager before proceeding with sending it to the Candidate

• Add an automated email reminder for a Candidate if they have not yet signed their Job Offer two days after receiving the letter. 

• Auto-reject the Job Offer Letter and stop the Recruitment Workflow process if the Candidate does not Accept / Reject the Job Offer Letter five days from its issue date


Improve your Data Privacy Compliance (GDPR, etc.) by adding document archiving and deletion automations.

Strato Storage can now allow Administrators to automatically change a document’s status based on their validity, expiry, and compliance laws.

Examples:

• Automatically archive Performance Documents from two years ago

• An option to delete the digital documents of employees who are no longer in the company for 1 year

• Tag a document (Passport, ID, Visa) as “expired” once it gets past its validity date and send an automatic prompt to the Employee to renew 


Attach supporting documents into your approval workflow. HR may also attach PDF files to a document being sent for routing and e-signature.

This enables them to provide their recipients and signatories with the full information in line with the document they are reviewing and signing.

Examples:

• Include a PDF copy of the Job Description alongside the Job Offer Letter for signature

• Attach the past Performance Evaluation results of an employee when routing the new Performance Forms to the Manager and Employee

• Append a new Total Compensation Statement alongside the Merit Increase acceptance process

Improve your HXM document generation and employee experience

Generate documents using the employee’s ‘pending’ data to aid during your Employee Movements and Change of Compensation discussions. Have the ability to show the employee their new Position Title, Compensation and Benefits package during your discussion.

Empower them to decide with the right information on hand before making it official. Integrate this process seamlessly into your workflow in this release.

Here’s how this feature works at a basic level.

Likewise, once the pending data has been approved in SAP SuccessFactors even for future effectivity, employees may generate a version of their documents that show their new information- as long as it has already been approved. 

Examples:

• An employee is due for an increase on October 1, 2021. The increase has been approved as early as today, but will only reflect on the employee’s paycheck in October.

• Extend your managers’ reach. Allow people managers to generate documents both for their direct and indirect reports. 

• Integrate Strato with other 3rd party apps. Enable Strato to send and store a document in your CRM system (Salesforce, etc.), other parts of SAP SuccessFactors, or via SAP Archive Link.

Get the full release notes

Strato Release 1.16 – Strato Documents for SAP SuccessFactors
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Hi everyone!

We’re excited to let you know that Strato 1.16 will go LIVE on UAT this Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. The update will be deployed on Production a couple of weeks after on June 5th, 2021.

Meet Strato Storage – View, Store and Retrieve your SAP SuccessFactors documents

Find out more about our latest document viewing and storage solution, Strato Storage.

Save your documents in a secure, cloud-based server that you can customize to follow every step of the employee’s HR lifecycle journey.

• Enable any time!

• Save and organize documents outside of the SAP SuccessFactors modules

• Store HXM files in a fully encrypted environment that is compliant with major data security protocols

• Easy folder management based on the employee’s journey or location may be customized at will

Strato Sign has a new look! Sign your SAP SuccessFactors HXM Documents on the go.

Strato Sign is an add-on solution for Strato Documents and Strato Workflow that enables your team to route documents for electronic signature without the need for third party applications and licenses. Strato Sign now comes with a new look and a unique Signature ID tracker to help you easily report on and validate employee signatures.

• Activate anytime instead of getting a separate e-signing tool!

• Sign for yourself / sign on behalf of someone else based on smart conditions

• Use the unique Strato Signature IDs to track and validate signed documents

See Strato Sign in Action and how it integrates with SAP SuccessFactors

What is Strato Sign?

Discover how Strato Sign can help you strengthen your security and compliance strategy

Check out the rest of our Strato 1.16 updates here.
Save the dates! View our full release calendar here.


SpinifexIT’s Easy Suite achieves SAP Certified Integration with SAP NetWeaver
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SpinifexIT Global Pty Ltd recently completed SAP ICC Certification for its Easy Suite solutions.

The SpinifexIT Easy Suite solutions have been proven to integrate with SAP® solutions and are compliant with the technical requirements under the SAP certification procedures.

“I am extremely pleased to announce the certification of our SpinifexIT Easy Suite,” says Darren Souter, SpinifexIT Co-Founder and Global Solutions Architect.

“While already an established and trusted industry solutions provider of choice, having our Easy Suite SAP Certified brings an additional layer of assurance to the thousands of companies using the SAP technology that we are committed to support their SAP HCM infrastructure by delivering value-add solutions that take their organization to the next level.”


List of SAP Certified Solutions under Easy Suite 2020.R2

SAP Certified Country-Specific Payroll Solutions:

SAP Certified Employee Central Payroll Implementation Solutions:


Certification Information

Certified Functions
  • Assign Software Component and Namespace
  • Package Add-On using SAP Add-On Assembly Kit
  • Deploy using SAP Add-On Installation Tool (SAINT)
  • Integrate with SAP NetWeaver 7.50
  • Technical Uninstallation Test
  • SAP Solution Manager Ready functionality
Certification Scenario

ABAP 7.0 ‒ ABAP ADD-ON FOR SAP NETWEAVER APPLICATION SERVER

You may view our listing and Certificate in the SAP Certified Solutions directory here

View SpinifexIT’s SAP Certified solutions in the SAP Store

SpinifexIT is one of the accredited SAP app developers with SAP Certified solutions listed in the SAP Store.

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In the next few days, the entire SpinifexIT Suite will be available in the SAP Store, but for now, here’s a catalog of our currently available solutions in the marketplace. 

In addition, SpinifexIT continues to participate in the SAP PartnerEdge® program. This enables SpinifexIT to closely work with SAP to develop and publish its SAP Certified solutions across the SAP and SAP SuccessFactors ecosystem.


About SpinifexIT

SpinifexIT, an SAP Partner, is a leader in producing SAP-certified business process improvement software that helps companies optimize their HR and payroll processes. This includes solutions for on-demand HR and payroll reporting and reconciliation, document generation, payroll processing and employee help desk applications.

SpinifexIT is a global company with headquarters in Australia, and offices in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and the Philippines.

Learn more about SpinifexIT’s solutions at www.spinifexit.com

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Are you ready for SAP’s STP Deployment?
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In my previous blog, I’ve shared some of my views about SAP’s Single Touch Payroll (STP) solution and some considerations to keep in mind whilst implementing it to your existing payroll process.

For today’s entry, I will share some technical details for SAP’s STP solution which includes its minimum system requirements, configuration and implementation.

Easy STP

SAP have been talking about the upcoming STP solution and its system requirements in the past 12 months, and now that it’s almost here, it is confirmed that customers are indeed required to be on a minimum SAP HR Support Pack Level in order to load up this new solution.

For customers who are a long way behind on their SAP version, now is the time to start planning for this work. The table below gives you a guide on the minimum level you need to be in based on your existing SAP release. In all cases, the May 10th sync point is the minimum HR level requirement.

Additional Requirements

SAP is delivering the STP solution to their customers as part of their normal upgrade process. However, this is not the complete solution as does not include the ability to physically transmit the file to the ATO via a secure encrypted process.

In order to meet this requirement, additional functionality will be required. SAP’s recommended approach is to use their SAP Cloud Platform Integration (SCPI) solution. You may learn more about SCPI and check out their standard pricing here.  However SAP have agreed on special pricing to enable customers to quickly migrate to STP.  You should speak to your sales representative or partner to discuss this further.

While the ATO does not require the use of SCPI, organisations are expected to comply with its requirement: transmissions and communication should be secure and encrypted following the EbMS3/AS4 protocol. Should you decide to take up SCPI, you will likely need a Test and Production SCPI system as the minimum requirement.

Easy STP

As you can see, the few steps listed above can quickly start to be a larger project. For most customers, this will involve preparing for the following requirements:

Development Environment

The development environment is where you will initially install the system upgrades and configure the new STP solution. The following gives you some high-level guidelines of what will need to be done here.

  • Upgrade system to minimum HR Support levels
  • Install STP solution.  NOTE: If you upgrade the system to the latest HRSP level, then you will not need to install a separate STP update
  • Modify your Schemas, Wagetypes, ABN Details and Setup connections to the SAP Cloud Platform Integration solution
  • Development Unit Testing of the above
  • Test Migration of Clusters to create new STP data
  • Testing of the Payroll runs
  • Testing of the STP Data Creation Reports
  • Once happy with the solution, plan to migrate these changes to Test

Test Environment

The Test environment is where you can test the STP solution with more up to date employee data. It would be a good idea to factor in a copy of your production environment prior to commencing this project so that you can test the entire process including the payroll results conversion on your recent (2019) data. Otherwise, you may be needing to create test data to simulate what will occur in production.

  • Copy the production system or Clone data from production (If you have a tool to do this)
  • Upgrade the environment to the latest support packs (As per development)
  • Import configuration transports
  • Conversion of the payroll clusters
  • Test the STP file creation process
  • Setup of the SAP Cloud Platform Integration solution and liking this to test
  • Test the encrypted transmission to the ATO
  • Test the execution of Payroll runs
  • Retest the STP file creation
  • Retest the transmission to the ATO

Production – Go Live

Once everything is completely tested, you will then have the option to go live with STP.  This will often be done across a weekend as there is the need to upgrade the SAP environment, convert the payroll clusters and perform some additional testing. During go live, you will have steps such as the following:

  • Upgrade the environment to the latest support packs
  • Import Configuration Transports
  • Convert the Payroll Clusters to be ready for STP
  • Perform Additional Testing

The remaining steps then will be part of your normal payroll process.  For example: Next payroll run, you will create the first STP file for transmission to the ATO and transmit it.  

Easy STP

Upgrading your HR Support packs as well as configuring and testing STP may not be a huge change but it will involve some time and effort to complete. Planning ahead is vital to streamline this process. As part of this preparation, we recommend that you also look into the following key activities:

  • Review and modify your payroll business process
  • Plan for your STP project’s resource with consideration to variables such as configuration, data validation, testing reporting, and finalisation
  • Check your SAP HR support pack level and planning for the upgrade if required
  • Explore and finalise your file transmission options:
  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration (SCPI) is the easiest option
  • You can also explore the services provided by your clearing house such as Click Super and Plum
  • Find out more about ATO compliant gateways

Upgrading the HR Support Packs can also bring in a lot of new functionality on top of the STP solution. This may also require more extensive testing to ensure that there will be no impact on your production payroll.

So, here’s Part 2 of my 3-part blog series. Once again, if you’d like to view Part 1, click hereWe’re publishing Part 3 next week, where I’ll talk about the importance of STP reconciliation and how SpinifexIT’s Easy STP solution can make this process faster, better & easier.

Are you a current Easy Payment Summaries user?

We’ve got great news for you! You can avail of our Easy STP upgrade for absolutely NO COST! Our Easy STP solution will be available after October 11, 2018 once SAP releases their STP solution. E-mail us at [email protected] or message our support team through our Customer Care Portal to learn more about the update.

Easy STP
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Webinar: A Taste Of The Cloud Featuring Strato by SpinifexIT | November 29, 2018
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Discover how SpinifexIT solutions can help On-Premise SAP Customers prepare to move to SuccessFactors and improve their day to day communications and overall employee satisfaction while enabling an easier transition to the cloud.

This webinar will be hosted by Stephen Gallo, our Product Architect from SpinifexIT North America. Stephen will give a brief description and demonstration of our cloud-based on-demand document generation solution, Strato. Strato is built for both on-premise and cloud environments and offers a seamless user experience for users who are using both or either environment.

This webinar is highly recommended for: 

  • Organizations who are using SAP HCM on-premise and are looking for ways to improve their document distribution and employee communication processes
  • Organizations using both SuccessFactors Employee Central but still with On-Premise Payroll (hybrid) who are looking for ways to easily bridge the gap between their cloud and on-premise solutions by being able to generate data from both sources without the need for external downloads, manual efforts, third-party software, or interface files.
  • Organizations who are looking for solutions to help them create and automate the distribution of key employee documents like Letters of Employment, Claims, and Total Compensation Statements
  • SuccessFactors customers who are looking for a robust document generation solution that can easily combine data from across multiple SF modules, including ECP (Payroll)

This webinar is FREE for everyone.

Click here to register and reserve your slot.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Hosts: Kris Burke & Stephen Gallo

Spinifexit 2018.r3 release
Limited Release Coming Soon: 2018.R3!
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2018.R3 packs over 50 new updates and enhancements especially made to continuously improve and your SAP HCM and SuccessFactors experience and maximise your solution investments.

Improve your on-premise to cloud transition processes with SpinifexIT’s 2018.R3

Our third solutions update for this year goes live on November 19, 2018. This release will be available for a few pre-identified customers first before its full public release. 
Below are the most requested updates we’ve made available for you:

Easy Reporter Updates

IMPROVING SUCCESSFACTORS INTEGRATION

Connect to SuccessFactors systems via SAP Cloud Integration.

Include new Time Off Reporting Fields within Employee Central to include Time Off Absences, Leave Balances, Attendance records and more

NEW FEATURES TO ENSURE GDPR COMPLIANCE

Report on SAP system logs (most requested!) to read access logs and transactions run by users

WEB REPORTING ENHANCEMENTS

Reporting performance with regards to loading reports using the Web Reporter has been improved with more features added to the Additional Selection tab.

A new capability to add Data Input Fields to a report or document selection screen under the tab “Report Parameters” has also been added. *** Performance improvements, additional parameters (2nd paragraph) details can follow

Payroll Control Center Integrated Solution

ENHANCED USABILITY

A new option to call SuccessFactors Employee Central when investigating errors has been added. This can be accessed within the Payroll Error Solution screen.

The new enhancements to be delivered will also enable Easy Reporter reports to be linked into the payroll processing functionality. The results of these reports can also be stored for future references

Strato

NEW FEATURES TO COVER MORE SUCCESSFACTORS MODULES

A new option to call SuccessFactors Employee Central when investigating errors has been added. This can be accessed within the Payroll Error Solution screen.

The new enhancements to be delivered will also enable Easy Reporter reports to be linked into the payroll processing functionality. The results of these reports can also be stored for future references

ADDITIONAL CUSTOM DATA SOURCE

You can now upload CSV files to be used as a catalogue while creating new documents or new fields.

Introducing: Easy Single Touch

ADDITIONAL CUSTOM DATA SOURCE

Along with the new STP Solution from SAP, we’re releasing Easy STP at NO COST to all existing Easy Payment Summaries customers. Learn more about Easy STP here.

Easy Clone

MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS FOR CLONING SUCCESSFACTORS DATA

7 shiny new updates are in place to make Employee Central data cloning and scrambling a breeze. This includes new scramble rules and customisation options, the option to include data retrieval for non-key fields, and some additional Admin options to keep this process fool-proof.

Additional Resources

Visit our Customer Care Portal

View the complete set of release notes and updates by signing up, if you haven’t yet.

Join our webinars

We will be hosting two webinars for 2018.R2 on the following schedules:
ANZ/APAC: TBD
US/EU: December 6, 2018.

FAQ

NOTE: 2018.R3 will be released incrementally, first to a select group of customers, prior to a full public release.

How can I update?

Two ways. You can e-mail us at [email protected] and ask for an upgrade, or file a ticket using our Customer Care Portal. If you’re using one of our on-premise products, the update will be in the form of a transport. If you’re using Strato, the update will be included the next time you log in.

I’m using an old version. should i update to the latest one?

Of course. You can do a one time big time update rather than updating to the next version after yours. It’s easier and more practical that way.

How many versions do you support?

SpinifexIT supports three active solution versions. If you’re still on 2017.R2, an upgrade is in order.

What benefits do i enjoy when i upgrade to 2018.r3

We’ve enumerated the top requested enhancements only, but we’re really delivering over 50 new features and enhancements.  You can also view our public release notes by visiting our customer care portal. 

I want to learn more about your solutions

Great! We highly recommend that you browse our solutions section, and if you have any questions about these, don’t hesitate to send us the note using the form on the page’s footer. We can arrange for a quick call and demo. You can also e-mail us straight at [email protected]

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SAP Insider HR Payroll Seminar | November 7-8, 2018
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SpinifexIT is proud to announce that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming SAPinsider HR Payroll Seminar to offer proven advice to attendees.

The event takes place November 7-8 in Chicago. This year’s must-attend event is packed with lectures, demonstrations, and interactive discussions all led by top HR experts.

HR Payroll Seminar is produced by SAPinsider and is the premier event for organizations running SAP payroll who are looking to achieve greater control over payroll-related costs and resources while evaluating or preparing their organization to transition payroll to the cloud.

View the full agenda as well as receive a special discount by visiting www.hrpayrollseminar.com/SpinifexIT.

About SAPinsider

SAPinsider, published by Wellesley Information Services, is the premier source of information on products, services, and strategic initiatives coming from SAP and its partners. More than 225,000 customers in 70 countries rely annually on education and training materials from Wellesley Information Services to optimize their investments in SAP solutions. Wellesley Information Services is the publisher of SAPinsider, and is the producer of SAPinsider conferences and seminars. For more information, visit www.SAPinsiderOnline.com.

SAP is a registered trademark of SAP SE in Germany and several other countries. Wellesley Information Services is not affiliated with SAP SE or any of the SAP SE group of companies.

SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries.

All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

SpinifexIT is at Australia customer days
SpinifexIT Australia Customer Days | October – November 2018
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We’re hosting our annual SpinifexIT Customer Day and User Group Meeting across Australia from October – November 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Our annual Customer Days and User Group Meetings are great opportunities for you to get the latest updates about our solutions, talk about how we can support your organisation better, and build your network by connecting with peers, SAP HCM/Payroll and SAP SuccessFactors users, fellow SpinifexIT customers and the SpinifexIT experts within your State.

You will also be able to meet with key SpinifexIT staff members during the User Group Meeting. This is the venue for you to help influence the features and capabilities of our solutions’ development which can benefit your organisation moving forward.

SpinifexIT is covering the cost of the event so it is free for a number of your company’s team members to attend. More information about the upcoming Customer Days will be posted on this page soon. 

Save the date!

We’ve listed the dates and locations of our upcoming Customer Days below. We will be sending the first set of invitations in the next few days. The registration is currently limited to two people per organisation but if you have a larger team, please call or e-mail the organisers listed below so we can see if we can accommodate your request for a stand-by space or additional registration.

Schedule & Location

Click each location to view it on Google maps and to get driving / commuting directions

Adelaide

October 18, 2018
The Playford
120 North Terrace

Melbourne

November 15, 2018
RACV Club
501 Bourke St

Canberra

October 25, 2018
QT Hotel
1 London Circuit

Brisbane

November 22, 2018
Christie Conference Centre
320 Adelaide St

Sydney

October 26, 2018
Cliftons Venues
60 Margaret Street

Customer Day Topics

Time Agenda
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Morning Tea / Coffee
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Conference Welcome
9:10 AM – 10:45 AM SpinifexIT Presentations
Introducing the new Easy STP solution
Generating Employee Documents from SuccessFactors
Web Reporting and Documents
Tips & Tricks
Latest Product features (2018.R3)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM User Group Meeting
Customer Presentation on STP (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
Product roadmap update
Open Forum
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Networking

Key SpinifexIT Contacts

ADELAIDE, CANBERRA & SYDNEY

MELBOURNE

BRISBANE

Neil Young
[email protected]
+61 417 847 283

Kim Rawlings
[email protected]
+ 61 427 077 457

Blair Ross
[email protected]
+61 417 908 276

MEET WITH SPINIFEXIT, SAP & SUCCESSFACTORS  EXPERTS FACE TO FACE

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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SpinifexIT at DSAG Jahreskongress| October 16 – 18, 2018
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SpinifexIT joins this year’s DSAG Jahreskongress, the 19th annual gathering of the German-speaking SAP User Group. The three-day event will be held at the Leipzig Congress Center from October 16 – 18, 2018. More information about DSAG can be found here. 

DSAG Theme – Business Without Borders, Architecture of the Future

This year’s theme talks about business digitisation and automation, cloud migration strategies, and finding the right solutions for the most common issues organisations using SAP On-premise deal with. The event will highlight how organisations can choose the best platforms to use for their continuous growth.

SpinifexIT’s Brendon Andrews-Warmuth and Henning Bachmayer will be joining the event, and will be glad to help you solve your top HR & Payroll puzzles in line with SAP and Successfactors. More information about SpinifexIT’s presence in DSAG will be posted in this page. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Let’s Jump in the SAC But Keep One Foot Out of the Covers
Let’s Jump in the SAC But Keep One Foot Out of the Covers
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Stephen Gallo shares his thoughts about the benefits of using SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and how it can unleash the power of your data through its sophisticated reporting capabilities

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) Status

SAP has done it again.  It’s made us all rethink what we are currently doing as we wait patiently until they have a fully integrated product.  I’m of course talking about SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) which is part of their Unified Reporting strategy that will allow customers to combine data from all SAP systems including Success Factors.  I’ve written at my website recently about reporting in 2018 and this is kind of a follow-up to it.  I’ll start with the cynical approach to this with the “it’s about time” dig, but in truth, I’ve been doing HCM reporting with SAP tools for over 10 years.  It’s hard.  For SAP to finally take on this initiative with its daunting requirements I’m sure took years of planning and I’d probably shed a few tears of dread if I were sitting in their conference rooms designing how this is all going to work.  I say years of planning, because none of this works without HANA.  When they decided to build HANA, I have to imagine this was one of the use cases for building it.

What I’m finding in the market though is a polarizing effect everytime SAP announces something with the roadmap in its infancy.  To SAP’s credit, I’ve seen more innovation in this product since it launched than many of their prior endeavors. They are constantly trying to make it better, or in their case, the best – and it will get there.  The effect that it has on customers, however, is the old wait and see mentality. “Should we purchase now, no wait, on the roadmap 6 months from now is the feature we might need.  Let’s wait until they launch it and then see how the feedback is on it”.  Wash rinse and repeat.  What I’m going to try to implore upon you is not to wait – start piloting the application as it does have its merits.  

Let’s start this journey by talking about what SAP currently offers.  I won’t go in deep into the current Success Factors reporting, others have already done so.  In fact, read this article by our friends at iXerv.  It covers pretty much what you get with Success Factors.  You can also read mine if you want a shorter version .

If we look back at the ECC side of the house we still have our good old Ad-hoc Query, SQ01 – Abap Query for HR, and then point solution tools to get data out of your module of choice, Wage Type Reporter (Payroll), PT_QTA10 (Absence quotas) etc…etc.  Again, there are novels of information on these.

These tools provide you the data to do your own analysis.  You can download whatever you like, shove it in a warehouse, excel, access, your choice, and created your own analytics.  The problem of course is every time you want to produce an up to date version, your downloading the data all over again. Not super-efficient.

Let’s All Get in the SAC Together

When I look at a reporting maturity model, I see the SAC as the highest level of reporting.  If you go from reactive reporting, to proactive reporting, to metrics, to planning and finally to predictive analytics, SAC is at the top of the game.  SAC is going to bring us out of the Excel analytics that every HR department is doing on a monthly/quarterly/annual basis. It’s providing on-demand analytics that allow you to monitor your key business metrics to see if your business is performing to the levels that you desire.  SAP has other analytics products out there: BI, Lumira, but what I can see the benefit of SAC is this: It’s going to link up to your systems with ease.  Figure 1 shows all the systems SAC can speak to currently.  

Figure 1

To clarify on the slide, live data lives in the source system.  SAC reads it on the fly to get your data. Imported data will be brought out of your system into the cloud.  Currently, one of the pros of using Imported data is, it’s easier to create your own datasets of data mashed up against other imported data.  Apparently, there are still some limitations of mashing up live data with imported data, but SAP has said it is resolving that soon.

Now we must understand the types of questions planning and predictive analytics helps us solve to understand what value SAC brings to our organization.  I’ll use some examples that were shown at SAPPHIRE.

  • Are we attracting hires by Ethnicity? (Recruiting)
  • Are we hiring a diverse workforce? (Onboarding)
  • Are we promoting across Ethnicities? (Employee Central/ECC)

SAP Sapphire Demonstration

Figure 2

With these metrics, as Chief of Diversity, I can get instant insight as to how my plans are performing, which areas of the company need my involvement, and get an overall health of workforce sliced by any dimension I see fit.  SAC can also, based on prior data, predict where your trends for these metrics will go in the future. So right now, it might look like region X is not performing, but looking at a predictive trend line into the future (not shown in the image) we can see that they are on the upside, hence I should focus my time on regions where my metrics are trending downward.  This is invaluable information for leaders and managers but also invaluable to analysts.  Analysts spend countless hours putting these types of charts and predictions together, only to have to do them all over again next month.  With SAC you have the build it once, use forever type deployment.

The SAC is Nice and Toasty, But Keep a Foot Out of the Covers

For the executives and managers of the world, I see SAC as a no-brainer.  Even if you sit and tell yourself “we’ve invested so much time in WorkForce Analytics, or Lumira or BI”, know that the SAC is going to have all of this available in the platform.  Some of it is already here and some of it is coming.  Always check the roadmaps at https://www.sap.com/products/roadmaps.html and watch the webinars. This is the future of SAP reporting and it’s something you should get on board with.  Coming from a guy who works for an SAP software Partner that does reporting, take this advice with more than a grain of salt.  If you’re a leader, get a subscription, grab an analyst, layout a one-month plan of analytics you want and point them in right direction.  You might be surprised with what they can accomplish in a short period of time.

However, if this is the greatest thing since sliced bread for managers, it still lacks some functionality and some of these use cases may never be included in the software or can be arduous to build.  SAP is great at always showing us it’s prize pony when it talks about innovation, but there is always the dark underbelly of HCM that only us on-the-ground analysts understand:  Data consistency and auditing.  This term is so broad in scope, I will just provide a few examples below of what I’ve come across in the past.  These are of course problems that every customer has and some a customer created for themselves, but remember customers of course buy SAP because of all the standards it provides, but you also buy it because you can customize it to your business processes.  The below examples are ECC based, however I’m sure those of you on Employee Central/ECC Hybrid can relate.

For example:

  1. Do I have Rehire Dates that are before my Hire Date on infotype 0041?

    1. Human Error

  2. We have a Z-table in ECC based on payroll area that stores my annual merit effective dates and I need to ensure that the base pay infotype was loaded correctly based on those dates.
    1. Customization problem.
  3. Who is reaching there 401K limits as I need to start their deferred comp plans?
    1. Seen everywhere in US as config is not always correct.
  4. I work in Wisconsin and I have this work schedule, so I’m only allowed to be in Payscale groups 12345 and 12346.
    1. Business rule localized to a customer process.
  5. I need to submit to a union by region all the hours and types of hours their employees worked?
    1. The dreaded union reconciliation.

The examples I listed above are actual examples of things I’ve worked on for customers recently.  Looking at the list I’m sure you can imagine some fun things you’ve had to reconcile in the past. And what do we use to get this data if you just have standard SAP tools?

SAP Ad-Hoc Query

SuccessFactors Ad-Hoc Query and ORD

SAP Wage Type Reporter

You look at some the use case examples and think, well actually most of these we could put into Payroll Control Center (PCC).  And you’re right. It all boils down to budget and priority. If I have an analyst who can put this together, why spend the time and the money to put some of this in PCC.  The answer is, you should always be improving your processes, but I digress and that’s a philosophical discussion for another day. (Also, PCC adoption is low. Another philosophical discussion.) The first four items I listed could be done in PCC, however the 5th is kind of an ad-hoc request that we are all too familiar with.  Someone, somewhere either in our company or outside our company requests a bit of data that we do not have readily available. So, we use the standard SAP tools to mash this data together and provide them there report.

As long as I’ve been doing this, there is no way around ad-hoc requests.  They will always be the fly in the ointment to any reporting strategy. This is where the SAC falls down.

When I go to customers and we define what they are looking for 20% of it is metrics, 40% is operational reporting like payroll, 20% is data consistency and the last 20% of the work is ad-hoc requests.  It’s typically 20% of what they are producing, but in some cases, it can be 40% of the effort.  Keep this in mind when you decide to move to the SAC.  

To end this post, move to the SAC.  It’s actually really neat, fairly intuitive and for things like basic Gender or Hiring metrics you can have those up and running quickly.  I built a gender dashboard in a day. Don’t think however that SAC solves all your reporting. It doesn’t. You will still need tools whether they are standard SAP delivered or 3rd party to assist with your ad-hoc questions, data remittance type reports and master data consistency audits.

Happy Reporting!

About the Author:

Stephen Gallo is an Employee Central Certified Consultant employed by SpinifexIT. Over the past 11 years, he has been an SAP customer, an SAP HCM implementation consultant and the Product Architect of North America for the SpinifexIT Suite of products.