While via SuccessFactors Employee Central and Employee Central Payroll the entire HR management environment can be represented as its own system in the cloud, many companies have already invested a lot of money in existing OnPremise solutions by SAP or other providers and want to keep using them. For you to protect these investments and use them with SuccessFactors, SAP offers numerous options to integrate them with SAP systems and also solutions from other providers.
The easiest way to do this involves the exchange of XML or CSV files between the systems, using the SuccessFactors Integration Center. A more in-depth integration with SuccessFactors is possible with special middleware (like a data hub), such as SAP Cloud Platform Integration (SAP CPI, formerly SAP Hana Cloud Integration, SAP HCI), SAP Process Integration (SAP PI) or Dell Boomi. Using middleware enables integration in real time, while with an integration via data transfer, data needs to be synchronized cyclically. For both options SAP offers numerous prefabricated solutions as well as Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS), which can be easily integrated into already existing systems. Using modern web standards and open file formats for both integration variants allows for integrating both SAP systems and systems from other providers with SAP cloud solutions.
In a hybrid environment where one system is responsible for central data storage and management (usually your OnPremise system) reliable integration and data synchronizing are crucial. We at HCM ADVICE are happy to support you with the implementation of your integration project, assisting you at any stage of your project.
You are already using SAP HR/HCM?
For SAP customers, we recommend a hybrid solution, keeping HR Master Data Management, HR Time Management and Organization Management in the existing SAP OnPremise system and performing Talent Management activities (Recruiting, Onboarding, Career & Development, Learning, Performance & Goals, Compensation, Succession) in SuccessFactors. For analyzing HR data we recommend using Workforce Analytics.
When using different systems, it is important to make the experience user-friendly and as smooth as possible. Therefore SAP has been gradually adapting all interfaces to the standardized SAP FIORI design guidelines. Single-Sign-On and Deep Linking integrates SuccessFactors and the SAP HCM OnPremise ESS/MSS and HR Renewal interfaces to such an extent that your employees won’t realize that different systems are operating in the background.