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Senior Vice-President of HCM Solutions Danielle Larocca has worked in the SAP HCM space for over 20 years. An SAP Mentor and featured speaker at numerous conferences, Danielle has authored four best-selling books on SAP, is the Technical Editor for the SAP Professional Journal, and often the Voice of the Expert on SAPInsider’s Ask the Expert series for HR.

Recent Posts by Danielle Larocca:

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Integrate your SAP HCM and Payroll Data with Microsoft PowerBI

Apr 1, 2020 12:21:02 PM

Customers have several options for their strategic reporting and analysis for their organization. SAP customers are excited about SAP Analytics Cloud and People Analytics for SAP SuccessFactors. Some customers leverage other reporting solutions including Microsoft PowerBI.


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How much could I save on SAP HCM and Payroll Reporting?

Jan 24, 2020 8:11:42 AM

Reporting is still considered one of the single biggest challenges for SAP HCM & Payroll, and one reason is the reliance on custom reports written in ABAP. As I’ve mentioned before, there is a risk in doing this as you rely on the accuracy of the coder; and more importantly, a cost associated with the development and upkeep of these reports.

We’ve developed a quick little calculator that you can use to see just how much you are spending building these custom reports. It’s free, and easy to fill out via three simple steps.


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Understanding the New US W4 Tax Form in 2020

Jan 23, 2020 6:33:09 AM

Because of the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018, the new 2020 US Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate is very different from previous versions. The American Payroll Association (APA) has provided detailed information which both employees and payroll professionals will find useful. In this blog, I’ve shared highlights of this information (courtesy of the APA).

  1. Do I need to complete the new W4 Tax Form?
  2. How to complete the W4 Tax Form
  3. Find out more from the APA
  4. Easy reconciliation: check out Pay Recon

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Is People Analytics the same as SAP Analytics Cloud?

Jan 13, 2020 7:36:04 AM

SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics is NOT the same as SAP Analytics Cloud. I think this is the area that causes the most confusion in the marketplace, and appears to be a bit of a pivot from earlier SAP messaging.

For clarity, the SAP Analytics Cloud technology will be embedded into the People Analytics solution. This was explained by SAP SuccessFactors Director, Solution Management, Kim Lessley:


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Are you worried about Data Replication between SuccessFactors & SAP?

Dec 16, 2019 5:58:14 AM

We have a new term in the HCM landscape that is trending now: Data Replication. Data replication is a fancy term for making sure your correct data exists in the right systems. Essentially, it’s the process of storing data in more than one place to improve the availability of data, and it often involves copying data from one place to another.