What are your 2023 SAP SuccessFactors Payroll Options?

August 10, 2023
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.

There is no one-size-fits-all transformation path for all SAP SuccessFactors customers, but at EPI-USE Labs we can assist you in determining which your best path forward is.

PRISM_BLOG_Top Banner-1SAP and SAP SuccessFactors customers have several options for world-class SAP SuccessFactors Payroll, as detailed in the reference table shown below. These are listed in the following order: from no change required, through to the latest innovations.


There is no one-size-fits-all transformation path for all SAP SuccessFactors customers, but at EPI-USE Labs we can assist you in determining which your best path forward is. Based on your requirements and goals, you should start by reviewing the complexity and configuration of your current system, which will impact your decision-making process.


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Your options for SAP SuccessFactors Payroll

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SAP ERP HCM Payroll On-Premise Business as usual SAP SuccessFactors has given a commitment to their approximately 9,000 on-premise SAP Payroll customers that they will not experience an interruption in their continuous world-class support, guaranteed until calendar year-end 2025.

What do I have to do? Nothing
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Solutions available to assist


SAP ERP HCM Payroll On-Premise EXTENDED Support Extended The current SAP HCM on-premise ECC solution used by approximately 9,500 customers on-premise. Guaranteed until calendar year-end 2027, with extended support available until 2030 (subject to a maintenance increase).

What do I have to do? Request a support extension
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SAP HCM for S/4HANA On-Premise (H4S4) Business as usual with an extended guaranteed support date +19 years for on-premise core and talent solutions. Offering for customers who wish to extend their current investment in SAP ERP including continued usage of the on-premise SAP® talent solutions, including learning and recruiting (subject to licensing). It can be deployed either within the SAP S/4HANA environment or run standalone. Guaranteed until calendar year-end 2040

What do I have to do? Perform a technical upgrade to S/4HANA and undergo a license review and change
What is SAP HCM for S/4HANA On-Premise (H4S4)?

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SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition (PCE) Non-disruptive pathway to digital transformation This offering, aligned with the HXM Move program, is part of SAP’s continued commitment to helping customers continue to get ROI from their on-premise SAP investment while creating a bridge to the cloud and the future. Guaranteed until calendar year-end 2040.

What do I have to do? Migrate to a cloud environment (SAP’s own data center or a hyperscaler) and convert your existing license to a subscription license
Migrate your HCM on-premise to S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition (PCE)



SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll Innovation & Agility The current focus is on user experience and global compliance in the cloud. With 1,400+ customers and 49+ local versions, SAP allows partners to build their own localizations and create their own extensions.  There is no published end date for support for this option.

What do I have to do? Deploy SuccessFactors Employee Central (or commitment to do so in the next 12 months), Migrate On-Premise SAP Payroll to SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll and make a plan and decision for your Time tracking and management news.
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PRISM for Employee Central Payroll


What about SAP’s Next Gen Payroll?

We have been hearing a buzz about SAP SuccessFactors’s next-generation cloud payroll for a while now, and it was mentioned at the 2022 annual SuccessConnect conference. Each time it was mentioned, it was noted that it was not a formal announcement in any sense, but rather a reminder that there is ongoing development that continues in this area. Here are the highlights of what you need to know.


The world-class SAP Payroll that we know and love is currently based on SAP ERP technology, and that same technology powers the cloud version of SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll. The next evolution of Payroll will not be tied to that SAP baseline; it is being developed natively for the cloud. This is a re-imagining of Payroll, based on the best practices learned from SAP’s thirty-plus years in this space, coupled with leading technologies and leveraging the latest in human experience management.


SAP has a team that has been working extensively on this solution. They have shared the core guiding principles as noted below, and a commitment to ensure it is developed from a global standpoint, with far-reaching capabilities into other technologies.


The Value Proposition for next-generation Payroll:

  • Low TCO
  • Low Compliance Risk
  • HXM
  • Global Intelligence cross-suite
  • Flexibility

They do have early adopters participating in trials of the early iterations of the solution, and in my humble opinion, it will not be widely available anytime soon. SAP has emphasized that they are taking their time to try to do it the right way, and not rush a solution out to market. This is their opportunity to reimagine Payroll all over again.

How do you decide which way to go?

If you are not sure which path is right for you, and you are still deciding on how best to move to the cloud, and at what pace, you should start by reviewing the complexity and configuration of your current system which will impact your decision-making. Request your free assessment here.


We have a free assessment tool that will give you information about your SAP system to help you understand what your migration path might look like. This free assessment is simply a download which includes an SAP transport that will run on your SAP environment.


It’s essentially a transport that collects key structural data from your system including things like:

  • Number of countries configured for payroll
  • How many custom tables are in use
  • Which Wage Types are configured versus which are in use
  • Custom programs
  • Custom infotypes

The transport applied does all of this without exposing any of your Employee or Confidential system data. The data from the assessment is then available via an interactive, user-friendly web dashboard.


During the assessment, our expert services team will help determine if your company is a good fit for our PRISM Migration Service. PRISM combines powerful software and SAP domain experts to accelerate your move. If required, we can also undertake an automated assessment of your current SAP landscape via a lightweight ABAP program that is provided as an SAP transport that should be run on the production server, or a recent copy of production. Having a definitive analysis of your system’s complexity is the first step in determining your next step in your SAP SuccessFactors migration.


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