Top 3 ways to stay in the know with SAP SuccessFactors

May 18, 2020
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.

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As outlined in my earlier blog titled Staying in the Know with Quarterly Updates from SAP SuccessFactors, I like how easy it is to stay in the know on the latest updates for our Human Capital Management systems. SAP SuccessFactors continually makes key information available to customers and partners. Below are my top three ways to stay in the know with SAP SuccessFactors:

  1. SAP SuccessFactors Release Updates
  2. SAP SuccessFactors Road Map Updates
  3. Subscribe to Let’s Talk HCM Blog

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SAP SuccessFactors Release Updates

Over the past few years, customer sentiment has been mixed about SAP SuccessFactors quarterly release cycles. Some were fond of the continuous innovation, while others were concerned with staying up-to-date with the latest updates. In 2019, SAP SuccessFactors announced that changed from a quarterly (four times a year) cycle to a biannual (twice a year) release cycle (see the announcement here (SAP ID required).

The Important Bits:

2020 Release Dates: Targeted Production Release dates are May 15, 2020 and November 20, 2020, with Preview Releases occurring about four weeks prior.

  • Affected Products: All products previously on a quarterly cadence will follow the twice a year release schedule.
  •  Unaffected Products: SAP SuccessFactors Mobile and Recruiting Posting’s monthly release schedule will continue.

SAP has also noted that non-disruptive, business-critical or compliance-related fixes will continue to occur within regularly scheduled weekly maintenance windows.

SAP SuccessFactors does a great job of sharing the details of their Release Notes and product strategy Road Maps, and more importantly they make it easy for customers to access them. The only thing required to get started is a valid SAP ID which all customers should have.

Instructions to Access Release Information
  1. Navigate to SAP SuccessFactors Release Information Page
  2. You will be prompted to log on with your SAP ID
  3. Be sure to use the filter at the top of the screen to select the Release you wish to view (in the example 1H 2020) and the language you wish to view it in
  4. The What’s New  information will be displayed on the top left including a Release Summary
  5. The right side of the screen provides links to Product Pages and additional Help locations.

Subscribe to stay in the know here.

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SAP SuccessFactors Road Map Updates

Learn about recent and planned innovations through SAP’s industry-specific Road Maps that focus on business solutions, and the product Road Maps that describe the features and functions of the various solutions.

Instructions
  1. Navigate to the SAP Road Maps page
  2. Scroll down to the section labeled Find All Road Maps (under Road Map documents)
  3. Use the filters on the left to specify the item of interest
  4. You will be prompted to log in with your SAP ID
  5. You will have access to see the Road Maps, and any webinars that discuss them are also available for playback.

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Subscribe to Let’s Talk HCM Blog

If you have not done so already, please subscribe to our Let’s Talk HCM blog where we outline latest updates, trends and key items of interest in the Human Resources/Human Capital Management and SAP SuccessFactors space.

Instructions
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  2. Enter your email address, select your role, check I agree and select Subscribe.

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