As organizations seek to maximize value from their valuable asset, employees, SAP SuccessFactors gives organizations the power to keep employees at the core of business success. And SAP SuccessFactors offers the advantage of raising a cloud-based HR platform at lower costs and accelerating time to value.

While organizations want to leverage SAP SuccessFactors to transform HR processes, here are 7 Keys to Unlock Success in SAP SuccessFactors Implementation.

Tie up business requirements with SAP SF

SAP SuccessFactors solutions help you solve business problems you are facing. For that to happen, an organization ought to spell out its business goals and problems in a clear fashion and map it to SAP SuccessFactors solutions to ensure that the implemented solution offers the direction to achieve business goals and requirements.

Leverage end-user insights

End-user plays a key role in the success of the implementation. Prior to the SAP SuccessFactors implementation, end user data can be used to acquire insights into the inefficiencies of the existing system and understand what stops users from adopting the existing system. Tapping into end user data is about understanding user behaviours, process adoption, application usage and engagement on the whole. In all, end-user data can be relied upon to unearth issues, determine modules of priority, and use the best-suited deployment model for an organization.

Focus on integration essentials

Data integration is critical as when a global implementation of SAP SuccessFactors solution is planned. This necessitates acquiring a standardized data solution by unearthing, harmonizing and cleaning data available across various formats, sources, locations and languages.

Another key aspect is about nailing down the functional scope from among the Core HR and Talent management functionalities and determining the right integration platform from among the middleware technologies supported by SAP. Most importantly, it is imperative to understand how data needs to be shared with other systems to maximize value from the SAP SuccessFactors solution.

Adopt the right method

The success of SAP SuccessFactors implementation hinges on the appropriate method used to achieve this. For instance, SAP Activate methodology offers great value in terms of empowering organizations with the required tools, templates and processes and it also recommends implementation via four phases cutting across preparation, exploration, realization and deployment.

Adhere to robust change control

If we call SAP SuccessFactors implementation project a success, then it conveys two things – one is the success achieved from technical perspective and another is the success achieved in terms of user adoption brought about by robust change management. In leveraging solid change management strategy augmented by end-user insights, organizations can understand areas sparking adoption issues with respect to processes, functionalities and modules and address such issues through user training, process redesigning and other required measures.

Be process focussed

SAP SuccessFactors implementation project is also a process-focused engagement. By implementing appropriate SAP SuccessFactors solutions, an organization also lays the right course to address process related problems. The success of SAP SuccessFactors implementation also depends on how an organization can identify and find a solution to enhance process adoption, unearth and address inefficiencies and overcome compliance problems.

Facilitate testing and training

That the implemented SAP SuccessFactors solution meets the desired business goal and requirement is better confirmed by way of Testing all through the implementation phases. All the stakeholders and employees are involved in this training to understand if the solution addresses pain points and also to determine if there are any shortcomings that can be addressed before the solution is pushed to the production stage.

Maximizing value from the SAP SuccessFactors implementation also means end users make the most of the capabilities and functionalities to meet business goals. In essence, training offered by the implementation partner goes a long way in training key stakeholders to understand and use the solution for achieving business objectives.

By focusing on salient features across SuccessFactors implementation cycle – prior to the implementation, during implementation and post-implementation – organizations travel the right path to ensure success in SAP SuccessFactors implementation.