People Analytics: SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning is sundown

March 09, 2021
Written by Danielle Larocca

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.


SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning is sundown

In a blog published on January 25, 2021, titled ‘SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning Entering Maintenance Mode - Effective 1H 2021’ (SAP login required), it was announced that the People Analytics Planning Edition, previously referred to as Workforce Planning, would be sunset. This blog outlines how the product has been moved to maintenance mode and that no additional product enhancement will be made. It advises customers who have already purchased SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning, regardless of their adoption status, that they would be able to continue to use it in ‘maintenance mode’ until their next renewal.


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If you have been following the intelligent enterprise strategy from SAP over the past few years, then you will be familiar with the rapid pace of change in this space.  I'm very happy with the speed, but still adjusting to the transition as old-school HCM and Payroll reporting stayed mostly the same for the first half of my SAP career (dating back to the 90s!) as I described back in this blog from 2017.    

Where will the critical planning segment come from in People Analytics if Workforce Planning is sunset?

Customers will be encouraged to leverage the robust capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud for planning. As per the announcement, “SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning connects multiple data sources and helps deliver on the promise of the Intelligent Enterprise. Accordingly, it can be configured to use SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics, other business data and financial data.”


The new Workforce Analytics Connector will allow for aggregated data from Workforce Analytics to be sent through  to SAP Analytics Cloud to serve as a base for Planning in SAP Analytics Cloud. 


The overlap and confusion in the marketplace around the distinctions between People Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud still exists, as covered in my earlier blog, ‘Is People Analytics the same as SAP Analytics Cloud’? Probably the most common question I get is, “Is there a different reporting solution for customers based on where they are in their journey?"


All options for SAP & SuccessFactors Reporting 2021

I'm working on an ebook to be published soon, called '2021 HCM and Payroll reporting options for SAP and SuccessFactors'. This will serve as an easy single source of truth for your reporting options making it easy for you to understand what the options are today and what you need to know to move forward with your HCM and Payroll reporting analytics and intelligence strategy.  A quick reference can be found below:


  • Customers running SuccessFactors should leverage Report Stories in People Analytics

  • Customers running Hybrid SAP On Premise & SuccessFactors should leverage Query Manager for integrated reporting across systems 

  • Customers with Payroll (either SAP or SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll) should leverage Query Manager.

The future of Workforce Planning in SAP Analytics Cloud

Here is a snapshot of the latest on Workforce Planning in SAP Analytics Cloud:



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Anyone who wishes to have a historical lesson of how we got here is welcome to review these previous blogs and stories, as below.


Published Story topic
2017 Build visually appealing charts in minutes using Fiori
2017 SAP HCM Reporting: Are Query tools ancient history?
2017 Trying to Compare Query Manager and SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics...
2017 What is Fiori - and what does it mean to me?
2018 The difference between an SAP Certified Partner and an SAP Certified Solution?
2018 My SuccessConnect 2018 Summary with a focus on ERP, SAP Analytics Cloud and all things Payroll
2018 A Test Drive of SAP Analytics Cloud
2018 My Top 3 Favorite Advancements in SAP SuccessFactors Reporting
2018 SAP SuccessFactors launches People Analytics powered by SAP Analytics Cloud
2018 What’s new in SAP SuccessFactors HCM reporting?
2018 6 Secret Solutions for SAP HCM reporting
2019 The Reporting Options for SAP & SAP SuccessFactors
2019 What is SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics 3 Part eBook Series
2019 Solve the Top 3 Challenges for SAP HCM/Payroll Customers
2019 Can you report on data from SAP and SuccessFactors at the same time?
2019 Payroll Reporting in SAP SuccessFactors
2019 The Road to People Analytics
2019 What’s New with SuccessFactors Report Center?
2019 No. 1 HCM Challenge Tackled: Reporting
2020 Reporting from SAP SuccessFactors and SAP HCM with Query Manager (EU)
2020 New Year’s Resolution: Solve your SAP HCM Reporting Challenges
2020 Solving your on-premise and SuccessFactors reporting challenges
2020 Are you worried about Data Replication between SuccessFactors & SAP?
2020 Is People Analytics the same as SAP Analytics Cloud?
2020 Why struggle with the SAP Wage Type Reporter when you can use Query Manager?


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