Exciting news from the SAP Successfactor camp. In a nutshell this is start of the app store concept with all of the apps linking to a central SuccessFactors instance. From a user perspective this means that employees could be completing appraisals using different apps. The employee can chose the app they prefer using.
With plans to feature over 100 partners at launch — including ADP Added Value Services, Benefitfocus, Castlight, Dell Boomi, DocuSign, First Advantage, Limeade and WorkForce Software — the SAP SuccessFactors app center will offer clients insight into the solutions and applications that can be connected to help better manage their human resources (HR) operations. By taking advantage of the SAP PartnerEdge program, partners will be able to help drive further value for customers by leveraging open APIs, intelligent services and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to extend SAP SuccessFactors solutions.
“With the SAP SuccessFactors app center, partners will be able to help drive further value for customers”
Roger Murff, vice president of Business Development at Box, said: “The SAP SuccessFactors app center will be a great resource for businesses seeking tools that improve the way people work, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. With our deep new integration into SAP SuccessFactors,* we’re helping HR departments across the globe work securely in the cloud and become more collaborative and productive.”
Dev Ghoshal, senior vice president of Global Alliances & Customer Success at CipherCloud, said: “CipherCloud has worked closely with SAP to provide enhanced security and encryption key management for its customers. We are pleased that we will be featured on the SuccessFactors app center so customers and prospects can learn more about CipherCloud and our enhanced encryption capabilities.”
Chuck Fontana, vice president of Corporate & Business Development at Okta, said: “We are excited to introduce our HR-Driven IT Provisioning integration with SAP SuccessFactors. This integrates Okta directly into core HR systems so that SAP customers can help manage IT tasks throughout an employee’s lifecycle seamlessly, based on user identity. As people management software and services evolve and become more cloud-based, it’s more important than ever for both HR and IT to make sure identity comes first when implementing a variety of vendors, which is what the SAP SuccessFactors app center will help enterprises to do.”
The app center is intended to give customers easy access to partner software applications that are integrated with SAP SuccessFactors solutions. The app center will also serve to encourage developers to think about add-on offerings in the HR space, knowing there is now a marketplace for these applications.
“In my view, with the pace of digitalization today, no one company will ever own all the innovation possible in the world around us,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors. “The app center will give our clients access to innovative apps we and our partners create, and it also provides a compelling reason for millions of developers out there to innovate and build HR apps that talk to our platform and support our clients.”
The app center will be demo'ed at SuccessConnect, the premier HR event, taking place August 29–31 in Las Vegas. A preview is available at www.successfactors.com/appcenter. The app center will be released in Q4 2016.
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.