In August 2016 SAP announced a new offering for customers who wished to keep their SAP Payroll ‘as is’ without a reimplementation via a new offering called SAP SuccessFactors Managed Payroll, see more here: Keep your payroll whilst you journey to the cloud.
The most challenging concept for customers making the journey from SAP to SuccessFactors is that it is not a ‘like for like comparison’ between solutions in SAP and SuccessFactors. The best way to describe this is to say that SAP HCM systems are often designed based on elaborate implementations with detailed blueprints including customisations and modifications as opposed to SuccessFactors systems that do not require blueprints and do not permit modifications or customizations, rather they are designed based on best practices. Listen to the Mike Ettling, President for SAP SuccessFactors describe how it is not simply a swap of modules using the link http://sapinsider.wispubs.com/Assets/Videos/2015/March/Mike-Ettling-HR-2015-Keynote.
The first option, SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll, allows customers to reimplement a simplified version of the SAP solution based on best practice standardisations hosted “Cloud” environment by SuccessFactors. To move to this model customers are required to do 5 things:
The second option, SAP SuccessFactors Managed Payroll, allows customers to ‘lift and shift’ their current SAP solution (warts and all!) into a cloud hosted environment by a selected SAP Partner. To move to this model customers are required to do 3 things:
This offering has been well received by SAP customers who were wedded to keeping their SAP systems and leverage the large investments that they made in them. Prior to this offering SAP customers were told that as part of their migration strategy to the cloud they would be required to re-implement and simplify (remove the customisations) within their SAP solution. This new model allows for a “lift & shift” of their SAP solution from on-premise to the cloud without requiring a reimplementation and/or simplification. This is by far one of the most innovative ways of managing systems through a cost-effective pathway to the Cloud, whilst retaining the functional richness of the client’s existing systems.
To learn more about Managed Payroll and understand why it may be a good next step for your organisation and your journey to the cloud, please contact us.
Neil ran his first SAP transformation programme in his early twenties. He spent the next 16 years working both client side and for various consultancies running numerous SAP programmes. After successfully completing over 15 full lifecycles he took a senior leadership/board position and his work moved onto creating the same success for others.