SAP SuccessFactors H1 2021 Employee Central Release Updates

Interested in what’s new for Employee Central for H1 2021? There’s quite a few enhancements! In this quick blog we run through the major release updates that caught our attention the most.

As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released the documentation for the H1 2021 release.  The preview release will be April 16 and the move to production will be May 21st.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here. For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  New to the release process? For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

Qualtrics Integration

Increasing the integration between Qualtrics and SuccessFactors has been a priority for SAP – we’ve seen multiple integrations across modules and now there’s a few more for EC. SAP has added 4 email survey integrations based on intelligent services to trigger in the below events:

  • Employee Rehire
  • First Time Manager
  • Transition from Individual Contributor to Manager
  • Transition from Manager to Individual Contributor

These surveys can be very insightful to find out if employees are comfortable in their new roles and identify where they might need help!

BizX Talent Integration / Succession Data Model

Integration with the BizX Talent side of SuccessFactors has also been improved. In particular, SAP has made it possible to run a full HRIS sync (that pushes data from EC to BizX) based on individual user ids.

In addition, they’ve made it easier to view what the HRIS mapping looks like in the Manage Business Configuration Screen with an overview screen of all of the mappings in one location. Previously you had to dig through all of the fields individually to find this information! Check out the screenshot below:

Overview of HRIS Sync Mappings

Admins can also now export the Succession Data Model and Country/Region_specific Succession Data models from Admin Center (previously only partners could do this in provisioning). Simply give the new permission “Export Succession Data Model or Export Country-Specific Succession Data Model” permission and you’ll get access to the screen shown below:

New Export Succession Data Model Screen

These enhancements help make the integration between employee central and the talent modules more clear cut.

Business Rule Scenarios

Multiple new business rule scenarios are now available that allow you to:

  • Configure cross-entity rules triggered from a source entity with changes executed on the target entity
  • Calculate Full Time Equivalent for a user
  • Create business validations / raise alert messages for HRIS elements

These enhancements contribute to the ongoing effort to increase the flexibility and robustness of business rules.

SAP Integration

If you sync your HRIS data with SAP, you’ll be happy to know there are 10 enhancements to this integration including:

  • A comparison tool that compares configuration between EC instances
  • An enhancement considering the purging status of ERP communication data while replicating employee communication data from EC
  • The ability to select specific foundation objects by object ID ad choose log or list view when viewing the Foundation Object Transfer Report
  • In Define Employee Data Settings for EC instance, the field names have been changes to “Standard Mapping (PERNR)” and “Standard Mapping (CP)” for clarity
  • The Enhanced Work Schedule Rule Transfer Report was updated with a new BAdi to maintain the external code of work schedule rules
  • Better data replication that considers purged data
  • Replication of inactive employees that were terminated in EC before the full transmission start date
  • Sample contract elements (IT0016) content
  • Replication of OM data infotypes even when relationship data (IT1001) can’t be replicated
  • Organizational assignment data that was marked as status “Failed” will change to “Outdated” once the next replication job runs

These enhancements help to make the interface more robust and reliable for customers wishing to replicate employee data to on-premise SAP.

Global Benefits

Enhancements and automations came to the global benefits functionality as well. Let’s take a quick look at these:

  • When an employee has a job change that affects their benefits eligibility, this can now trigger an intelligent service event to create or update benefit enrollments
  • When benefit master data changes, a new automatic enrollment job now exists to handle creating and updating enrollments
  • A new pension / retirement savings plan type has been introduced called “Workplace” that offers additional contribution options

Once again, we see how the system continues to provide helpful automations and features to make this functionality more simple and robust to use.

Reporting

Custom fields are now allowed in story reports. The fields can be seen within the query designer.

Conclusion

The SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central product continues to grow and become increasingly more robust! This does not represent all of the enhancements in the H1 2021 release – only the highlights we found most compelling. Check out the What’s New Viewer here for the complete list of enhancements.

See this great article for useful information on how to prepare for a SAP SuccessFactors Regular Release.

Contact info@worklogix.com for any assistance supporting and implementing your SAP SuccessFactors Modules, or download our support services brochure.

What’s New for Recruiting in 1H 2021

As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released the documentation for the H1 2021 release.  The preview release will be April 16 and the move to production will be May 21st.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here. For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  New to the release process? For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

For your convenience, we’ve summarized the highlights of 2 legacy items that will require your attention if there are still used in your current SAP SuccessFactors implementation and 6 features for 2021 Recruiting.

Migration of Legacy Quickcard to Latest Quickcard

If you are using this feature for recruiting. You will need to move to the latest quickcard, the legacy Quickcard will be retired/deleted as of May 21st. Transition to the latest quick card will help to maintain consistency with the SAP SuccessFactors Quickcard. Additionally, the latest Quickcard improves user experience with the updated user experience.

Deprecation of Legacy Picklists Management

The legacy Picklist Management tool reached end of maintenance on December 31, 2018 and will be retired/deleted on November 18, 2021.

Support for Posting Jobs to Twitter and Jobvite from Job Postings is Deleted

The ability for posting jobs to Twitter and Jobvite from Job Postings is deleted as of May 21, 2021.

SSL Certificate Renewal Reminders for Career Sites

After a nice long and relaxing weekend. You come back to the office Monday morning and your career site is down because the SSL certificate has expired and now as you struggle to get the career site back up and running again your stress level is at it’s peak again. Well hopefully you will never experience these feelings again with this new feature.

SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting now proactively reminds organizations when their career site’s SSL certificate needs to be renewed.

To avoid career sites from becoming unreachable due to an expired SSL certificate, Career Site Builder offers two reminder methods: A pop-up dialog that appears when logging in to Career Site Builder, as well as the ability to enable email reminders for admin users.

Content Security Policy for Career Sites

Career Site Builder has introduced the Content Security Policy setting, which enables an HTTP header to automatically disallow external domains and only allow the browser to render resources from your domain. This will protect your career site against cross-site scripting attacks.

The content security policy is designed to guard against cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks through the use of a Content-Security-Policy HTTP response header that lets you control the resources allowed to load for a web page. The headers are used in career site pages owned by the organization.

Enhanced External Password Policy Configuration

The enhancement includes increasing the minimum password length and limiting the lock-out threshold. The enhanced external password policy impacts:

  • External candidates creating an account for the first time. 
  • Existing external candidates trying to change their passwords. For example, password reset and forgot password. 
  • Agency users trying to change their passwords.

Ability to Edit Existing Category Page Names in Career Site Builder

Career Site Builder administrators can now edit category names directly, without having to contact Professional Services, an implementation partner, or SAP Support.

In the previous version, the Name field became readonly after the category page was created and saved. Changing a category name was performed in the backend Command Center tool by Professional Services, an implementation partner, or SAP Support.

New Job Status Available in Job Postings Table

You can now see a new job status, Invalid Fields, in the job postings table when the job board’s system sends back error messages because of one or more incorrectly populated fields while posting a job.

See this great article for useful information on how to prepare for a SAP SuccessFactors Regular Release.

Contact info@worklogix.com for any assistance supporting and implementing your SAP SuccessFactors Modules, or download our support services brochure.

H1 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Features

SAP SuccessFactors has some exciting new features for your Compensation Solution. They can be found in detail here (S-User ID required).  Filter on Solutions for Compensation to review all of the latest changes. Under the Description for each, you can click on ‘See More’ to see screenshots and detailed information.

As a reminder, preview release was April 16th and production will be released May 21st.  

After reviewing all the changes, I narrowed the list down to the Highlights for H1 2021 Compensation:

1. Ability to Configure Force Comments on Compensation Worksheets

  • Previously configuring forcing comments had to occur within the XML, now it can be done within Comp Admin Tools.
  • You can navigate to Design Worksheet – Define Standard Validation Rules to configure this functionality. The Force Comments feature is optional. When configured, you control whether users must enter comments under the following conditions:
    • An employee doesn’t receive a raise. Managers didn’t enter a value in a field configured to force comments.
    • An employee receives a raise. Managers entered a value in a field configured to force comment.
    • An employee receives a raise that is outside guidelines. Managers entered a value that doesn’t comply with guidelines in a field configured with force comments
Force Comments rules can now be configured via Admin Tools

2. Salary Validation Rules Added to Compensation Worksheets

  • Previously configuring Salary Validation Rules had to occur within the XML, now it can be done within Comp Admin Tools.
    • You define rules to compare amounts using either compa-ratio or range penetration benchmarks. Configure what action the system takes when amounts exceed threshold percentages for lump sum amounts or fall below or exceed threshold percentages for merit amounts.
Salary rules can now be configured via Admin Tools

3. Compensation Worksheets Support Five Custom Validations

  • With this release, you can define up to five custom validations for fields in Compensation templates and configure how the system responds when validations fail, with either a warning or an error. The system processes the worksheet only after the error is corrected.
    • Previously, the maximum number of validations per template was three. This is especially helpful if you have complex calculations or are using 1 form for multiple plans.
Example of custom validation. Now users can define up to 5 custom validations.

4. Current and Final Pay Ranges Configurable Through the Compensation Column Designer

  • You can now configure minimum, midpoint, and maximum values for current and final pay ranges through Compensation template’s column designer.
    • Previously, these fields weren’t available in the template configuration. There were two fields (Current Pay Range and Final Pay Range) in the min-mid-max format.
    • With this release, minimum, midpoint, and maximum are available as independent fields.
Separate columns exist now for Salary Range fields

5. Update Lookup Table Formulas and References When Cloning Compensation Templates

  • Now when cloning Compensation templates, you can update lookup tables and references at the same time. A new section has been added to the Copy Plan Templates page, enabling you to view and edit the custom formulas and references from lookup tables on the original template.
    • Previously, you had to manually search through the original template’s XML file, looking for all lookup tables associated with it.
Cloning compensation templates allows for updating lookup tables and references

6. Administrative Permissions for Individual Compensation Templates

  • A new Role-based Permission has been added to assign administrative permissions on a template level.
    • Previously, access had to be granted to all or no templates.
Template access can be granted per individual template

7. Filter Enhancements Added to Compensation Executive Reviews

  • Enhanced filtering was added to Executive Review, new filters include:
    • Filter based on standard or custom reportable columns
    • Filter on compa-ratio and range penetration
    • Filter on Compensation planners
    • Filter based on entry in Comments fields
    • Filter based on promotions
  • To enable enhanced filtering, you must select the Enable Advanced Executive Review Filters option on the Actions for all Plans – Company Settings page.
Enhanced Filter capabilities now exist in Executive Review

8. Compensation and Variable Pay Reports are now available for download in Report Center

  • You can now download the reports from the My Jobs page within View Schedules in Report Center.
    • Previously, report outputs (i.e. Executive Review exports) were available for download on the Scheduled Reports page in classic view. This caused confusion for users on how to get to their reports by having to direct them to Switch to Classic View.
    • You can review my other blog post for more changes to Reporting for this release.
Executive Review export can now be accessed via My Jobs

9. Application of Eligibility Rules for Individual Compensation Worksheets After Launching

  • You can now reapply eligibility rules to a specific Compensation worksheet that you have already launched.
    • In previous releases, you could only reapply eligibility rules to all worksheets.
Eligibility can now be applied to individual worksheet updates

10. Publish Compensation Employees to Employee Central by Import Using CSV File

  • The Publish Selected Employees in Employee Central page has a new option, Import Employees. This allows publishing by importing them from a CSV file
    • Previously, you could publish multiple employees, but you needed to search and select them individually.
Publishing can now be done based on an imported file

Do you need help implementing or supporting your SAP SuccessFactors system?  Contact info@worklogix.com for assistance, download our support services brochure, or visit https://www.worklogix.com/implementation.html for additional information.

H1 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Analytics/Reporting Features

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SAP SuccessFactors has some exciting new features for your Analytics & Reporting Solutions. They can be found in detail here (S-User ID required).  Filter on Solutions for Analytics to review all of the latest changes. Under the Description for each, you can click on ‘See More’ to see screenshots and detailed information.

As a reminder, preview release will be April 16th and production will be released May 21st.  For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  New to the release process? For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

After reviewing all the changes, we narrowed the list down to the Highlights for H1 202SAP SuccessFactors Analytics/Reporting Features:

  1. Calibration, Succession, and Compensation and Variable Pay Reports Now Available for Download in Report Center
    • Previously, the reports were available for download on the Scheduled Reports page in classic view. This caused confusion for users on how to get to their reports by having to direct them to Switch to Classic View.
    • You can now download the reports from the My Jobs page within View Schedules in Report Center.
Reports can now be accessed via My Jobs

2. All User Info Fields Are Now Available in Story Reports

  • You no longer need to set a User Info field as Reportable to make it available in Story reports.
  • All the User Info fields are now automatically available for reporting using Stories in People Analytics.

3. Stories in People Analytics for SAP SuccessFactors Learning

  • You can now create, access, and share Learning stories in People Analytics for generating custom Learning reports.
  • You can also have the data of SAP SuccessFactors Learning and other modules side-by-side in the same story and link them to apply common filters on them.
Stories in People Analytics for SAP SuccessFactors Learning

4. Increase in Number of Columns Supported in Queries of Story Reports

  • The number of columns that you can select while creating a query has been increased from 30 to 120.
  • You can now create complex or detailed queries that involve more than 30 columns.

5. UI Enhancements for Stories in People Analytics

  • The UI enhancements on the viewer mode include:
    • An updated Display menu, which now has the Tab Bar, and the Comment Mode options. By default, the page dropdown view appears. The multiple pages in tab view now appear when you select the Tab Bar option.
    • Separate File and Edit menus.
    • Removal of the Data menu. The refresh option has moved into the Edit menu and the edit prompt option has moved into the Tools menu.
Enhancements to UI to improve usability

Do you need help implementing or supporting your SAP SuccessFactors system?  Contact info@worklogix.com for assistance, download our support services brochure, or visit https://www.worklogix.com/implementation.html for additional information.

What’s New in Onboarding H1 2021

It’s that time of year! As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released the documentation for the H1 2021 release.  The preview release will be April 16 and the move to production will be May 21st.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here. For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  New to the release process? For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

In the SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding H1 2021 release, we’ve mainly seen updates to compliance forms and processes as well as some user experience enhancements and security Features. Let’s take a look at what’s new in the Onboarding module below!

Compliance Forms & Processes

As expected, SAP continues to expand the number of compliance forms supported. In this release SAP has included these forms:

In addition, reporting information is also now available for I-9 and E-Verify data so that you can create Stories in in People Analytics using the information.

Also important on the compliance front: Russian Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data will also now be stored in the Russian data center from Day 1. For more details, take a look at the help guide here: https://help.sap.com/viewer/c94ed5fcb5fe4e0281f396556743812c/2105/en-US/d9e6b7923a9049a6a742f13d05b28d5a.html

User Experience

In addition to compliance features, there’s some nice enhancements to user experience. Of all the modules, I think onboarding is one of the more confusing to navigate as an admin user and these enhancements help address this issue. Let’s take a look!

First, users can now navigate directly to the onboarding dashboard from the global navigation (early adoption feature). I personally liked this one because when I first started with Onboarding, I was used to the main page of every module being accessible through the navigation menu – onboarding was the only one where you had to click on a home page tile instead. I think this will provide some nice consistency for users.

In addition to easier navigation to the dashboard, its features have also been enhanced. Here’s a list of the new feaures:

  • New Hire Search – allows onboarding users to type a name to search through new hires
  • Checklist Task – can now be viewed under “New Hire Tasks”, items can be added for a specific user using the “Delegated” drop down (delegates can also be notified via email when the task is assigned to them), and under “View Details” users can edit the checklist tasks,
  • I-9 – corrections to section 1 can now be initiated from the “New Hire Details” action menu
  • E-Verify – view details from the “E-Verify Case Details” link on the “New Hire Details” screen
User Search
Correct I-9 from the Action Menu

Its great to see the dashboard getting some new features to make transitioning between screens easier!

Next, the locale for external users of Onboarding will now be updated automatically based on their recruiting settings. This is a common sense win. Locale can also be set when manually adding users via the “Add New Hire to Onboarding” screen. If no value is specified in either scenario, the locale will default to the default language set in provisioning.

Security Features

In addition to compliance enhancements and improvements to usability, there’s a few cool security features worth mentioning.

First, the target population for the external user target population can now be based on the division, department, and location of the user. This allows organizations to have multiple admins specific to division, department, and/or location rather than just admins who can see the whole new user population.

Next, on the new hire side, the external user visibility tool lets you make objects visible to new hires. This gives a level of flexibility to administrators they previously had to contact SAP to modify. For a full list of objects and how to configure, check out this link: https://help.sap.com/viewer/c94ed5fcb5fe4e0281f396556743812c/2105/en-US/5df8a72caabf4848a145b74f0516cff8.html

Last, read access audit logs for onboarding have been enhanced to show context and reason why sensitive fields were accessed (e.g. through the UI, or APIs, or a downloaded document). This is designed to give auditors better understanding of why data was accessed.

Wrap up

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick review of the latest Onboarding features available in the H1 2021 release! Do you need help managing your SuccessFactors Release cycles?  Download our support services brochure or email info@worklogix.com to see how we can help!

SAP SuccessFactors H1 2021 Release Updates for Succession

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It’s finally here! As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released the documentation for the H1 2021 release.  The preview release will be April 16 and the move to production will be May 21st.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here. For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  New to the release process? For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

In this release, we saw a wide range of enhancements across the Talent modules – some specific to Succession and others that lay across the modules but help out succession planners. Let’s take a look at what’s new in the Succession module below!

Succession Management Specific Changes

Let’s start with what’s new just for Succession Management before we take a look at some general talent improvements that are relevant to Succession.

Nomination History

The main new feature exclusive to Succession Management is the ability to view nomination history in the talent card and in the people profile. Users will with Succession Planning permission can click a history icon on these screens to see a list of positions for which the employee has been nominated and information about the nomination history for each including the date, nominator, readiness level, status, change type, and notes. The information includes deleted nominations as well.

Nomination History View

Hide Pending Nominations for Talent Pools

Succession configurators have had the ability to hide pending nominations from succession planners for some time now, but the ability was only extended to position nominations. Now, this feature works for talent pool nominations as well. This configuration setting remains in the same in Admin Center -> Nomination Setup.

Form-Based Nomination Deleted

Another update specific to succession with this release is that form-based succession nomination will be completely deleted as of May 21,2021. This was a legacy method of approving nominations – if you never used it, then don’t worry because no action is required. If you are still using forms to approve nominations, you have little time left to switch to the newer permission-based method!

General Talent Management Updates Relevant to Succession

There are also numerous updates across the talent modules in general that affect not only Succession, but also Performance, Goals, Development, and/or Calibration. Let’s take a look at these briefly below.

Editing Talent Info Directly on a Talent Card

It seems like every customer for whom I’ve implemented Succession has asked why they need to switch between the employee profile view and other views to edit talent information. Why can’t customers just change the information right on the talent card that shows up across the different views that contain the talent card? This way data like impact of loss or risk of loss can be updated when the user has the contextual information they need to make the decision. Well now, customers can!

Users can now click the icon shown below to open a popup that allows these fields to be changed.

Editing Information on a Talent Card

My Jobs Downloads

Previously Succession (and other talent reports) could be downloaded from the Scheduled Reports page in Classic View. Reports may now be downloaded from My Jobs page within Report Center. This eliminates the need to switch to Classic View prior to downloading.

A report with multiple files can be downloaded in a compressed .zip file or downloaded individually.

Numerous Calibration Session Improvements

There are a variety of calibration session feature that have been added/updated as well. For example specifying default facilitators or allowing managers to more easily create calibration sessions for their teams. For more information on these improvements, check out our blog on What’s in in H1 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Calibration Release.

That’s a Wrap!

That’s all of the updates for H1 2021! We hope you found this blog informative!

Do you need help managing your SuccessFactors Release cycles?  Download our support services brochure or email info@worklogix.com to see how we can help!

What’s New in the 1H 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Performance Management Release

As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released their documentation for the H1 2021 release. 

Preview release will be April 16 and production will be released May 21st.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here. For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here

For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

For your convenience, we’ve summarized the highlights of what’s new for 2021 Performance Management below.

The updates for Performance Management are primarily targeted for 360 Reviews so we will start with those. The PM form updates will be discussed after these features have been reviewed. Calibration updates can be found in our separate blog here.

What’s New for 360 Forms – Fiori Version

Here are the 10 universal updates made for the Fiori version of 360 forms to provide the same features that are available 360 Reviews v11.

Add Approvers in 360 Reviews

Approvers may now be added in the Modify stage.

Development Goal Section Available in 360 Reviews

A development goal section may be added to a 360 Review form template. These enables employees the opportunity to add and edit development goals.

Display a Data Table for a Chart

Within a 360 Executive Review and Detailed 360 Report, a user may select the table icon on a chart to see a data table. This provides text equivalents for non-text content.

Display External Users in Search Results When Adding Participants

It is now possible to add external users as participants without having to disable the system setting Hide External Users from search results.

EZ Rater Available in 360 Reviews

When enabled, the EZ Rater option provides a more condensed list view for rating goal and competencies.

Form History Available in 360 Reviews

Prior performance and 360 forms are now available within a 360 Review. The History button will display options to view either form type if available.

More Form Actions Available in 360 Reviews

Additional action options are now available for 360 forms. Information about the form may be viewed and the form may be deleted.

Print Preview Available in 360 Reviews

When the user clicks the Print button, a popup displays a preview of the form. This provides the user the opportunity to select the entire form or selected sections to print.

Stack Ranker Available in 360 Reviews

Stack Ranker can be enabled which allows side by side ranking of employee competencies. Ratings may be modified and comments added.

Section Descriptions Fully Displayed by Default

Now section descriptions are fully displayed by default and can be collapsed. Clicking Show Less to hide content. Previously sections were collapsed and the user had to click Show More to see the content.

What’s New for PM Forms

There are 5 universal updates for PM forms.

Customized Weighted Rating Supported in Import Overall Scores

Previously it was only possible to import overall scores into the Objective Competency Summary, and Performance Potential Summary, and Summary sections. The new release enables you to update overall scores for the Customized Weighted Rating section.

On the import file, use <PERFORMANCE> rating in the CSV file. The rating field is also used to update the Summary and Performance Potential section overall rating. If there is more than one PERFORMANCE rating, there is a priority for updating. The section order for uploading from high to low is:

  • Customized Weighted Rating
  • Performance Potential Summary
  • Summary

Deep Link to Performance Management Forms

There is now a deeplink available to access a performance form: /sf/openFormByDocId

New OData V2 API Entity FormCustomizedWeightedRatingSection

There is a new OData V2 API Entity: FormCustomizedWeightedRatingSection. It can be used to get the Customized Weighted Rating section details of a performance form in order to update the manual ratings section of the performance form.

Target Population in Role-Based Permissions for Import Overall Scores

This update pertains to the Customized Weighting Rating import that we just covered. Role based permissions may now be used to restrict users to importing scores for only their target population.

Select a role in Manage Permission Roles. Go to Permission>Administrator Permissions>Manage Document and select “Import Overall Scores Only for Target Population” and “Include All Employees” which allows granted users to update manual overall scores for all employees.

Live Profile Section Deleted

A Live Profile section can no longer be added to PM forms. Information in the existing section is no longer available. A link to People Profile can be used on the form instead.

What’s New in Continuous Performance Management (CPM)

There are some new early adapter features for the latest version of Continuous Performance Management (CPM). They are admin opt-in or opt-out features. We won’t cover these here since the latest version is not widely enabled. When the latest version of CPM is enabled, these email reminder notifications will become obsolete: Conduct 1:1 Meeting, Update Status, along with Activity and Achievement reminder notifications.

The latest version will handle notifications differently since multiple roles can be used and meeting channels can be created. Requests and meeting notifications can be created for anyone in the user’s meeting channel.

We have now covered the highlights of the PM related updates for H1 2021. See our blog for Calibration release features.

Do you need help managing your SuccessFactors Release cycles?  Download our support services brochure or email info@worklogix.com to see how we can help!

What’s New in the 1H 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Career Development Release

Want to learn what is coming soon in SAP SuccessFactors Career Development? The latest updates for H1 2021 have been announced.

As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released their documentation for the H1 2021 release.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here.  As a reminder, preview release will be April 16 and production will be released May 21st.  For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here.  For your convenience, we’ve summarized the highlights of what’s new for 2021 Career Development below.

There are five universal updates related to Mentoring and one for Development Goals. Let’s take a look!

Mentoring

The mentoring features are related to the mentor program sign up process and are designed to improve the user experience.

Key Questions Indicated

In the sign up sheet, required entries are noted by a red asterisk. This ensures the mentees complete these fields prior to looking at the recommended mentors. Answering the key questions will improve the recommended mentors match.

Answers to questions will be saved but preferred mentors are not saved.

Save Sign Up Program to Complete Later

There may be times when an employee starts to enroll in a mentoring program but is not ready to commit. Maybe they need to consider their mentoring preferences further or need to check in with their manager first. The employee may start to fill out the sign up form, save it and come back to it later to make any updates prior to signing up.

There will be a “Save for Later” button that will display within the program sign up page.

Once saved, the program will appear on either the Invitations or Open Enrollment tab, whichever is applicable.

The program visible on the tab and can be easily be identified with an icon and “Saved for later” text.

Identify Mentor Requests

While filling out the sign up form, mentors that are selected from the recommended list will display a green check mark on the mentor cards.

Confirm Sign up

A mentee will see a confirmation popup when they are completing a program sign up. This gives the mentee the opportunity to confirm signing up for a mentor program. By clicking the “Complete Signup” button, the mentee is enrolled and mentor requests are submitted.

Your Mentor Requests

The Mentoring Page will contain a new section that tracks any mentor requests that a mentee has made. The “Your Mentor Requests” section allows a mentee to see the status of their mentor requests. Pending requests will appear as well as any declined requests and reasons. This feature is only applicable to open enrollment and unsupervised programs. Supervised programs rely on a matching program instead.

Mentees may also cancel any pending mentor requests.

Admin Opt-Ins for Mentoring

There is one admin opt-in available to for Mentoring.

Qualtrics Surveys for End of Mentoring Relationships

Qualtrics Surveys may now be used with Mentoring. The survey can be used when a mentor program participant opts to end the mentoring relationship. Based on how the program was configured, either the mentor or the mentee may cancel the mentoring relationship. A survey will pop up after a participant ends the mentoring relationship.

An email survey is sent to the other participant in the mentor relationship.

The feedback provided in the survey results are seen by the program owner and may be helpful when designing new mentoring programs.

In order to take advantage of this feature, Manage Qualtrics Integrations from the SAP SuccessFactors Admin Center needs to be set up.

Development Goals

Learning OData V4 Service

There is a new Learning OData V4 service. When using transcript or legacy learning activities, learning activities may be created and updated in mass to be associated with development goals and competencies.

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What’s New in the 1H 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Calibration Release

What’s New in Calibration?

As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released their documentation for the H1 2021 release.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here.  As a reminder, preview release will be April 16 and production will be released May 21st.  For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

For your convenience, we’ve summarized the highlights of the 7 new universal features for 2021 Calibration along with the an admin opt-in. Let’s start with the universal features.

Universal

Distribution Range and Group of Ratings in Guidelines

When defining your Calibration template and Performance was selected as the data source on the Data tab, previously an individual percentage could be set for each rating with one rating in a guideline.

It is now possible to create a distribution range for ratings including a group of ratings in a guideline.

In addition to an individual rating, a group of ratings can be used when creating a guideline. As an added bonus, more operators besides “=” can be used:

  • <
  • <=
  • >
  • >=
  • is between

This allows you to set a distribution range for ratings and also include a group of ratings in a guideline with different operators.

Group Ratings and Distribution Ranges in Bin View

Here is a feature that works with the new distribution ranges and groups of ratings in guidelines. When a guideline includes an individual rating with a distribution range, in Bin View, you can see the number of subjects in a range that can be added or removed from the bin to meet the guidelines. A warning message will display above the bins if a guideline includes a group of ratings.

You may modify the total number of subjects for groups of ratings to meet the guidelines. You may also adjust the number of subjects displayed as a range within a bin.

Dashboard and Executive Review Bar Charts

Working in tandem with the new distribution range and groups of ratings that can be configured in guidelines, there is a new UI for bar charts for the Dashboard view and the Executive Review view. The bar charts identify actual distribution for each rating from the rating scale. Blue and orange bars are used to identify the distribution that matches or does not match the guideline.

Hover over the chart to see target vs. actual distribution if any of these conditions are met:

  • A rating appears more than once in multiple guidelines.
  • Not all ratings are configured in all guidelines.
  • There is more than one rating in a guideline.
  • There is more than “equal” configured in a guideline.

When none of these conditions are met, the bar charts will still display the actual distribution and the guideline.

Filters in Manage Calibration Settings

Within Manage Calibration Settings, the “Search Results Fields” tab has been relabeled as “Search and Filter Fields”.

On this tab, the existing columns has been relabeled:

  • “Include Field” is now “Include Search Results Fields”
  • “Make Default” is now “Default Search Results Fields”

There is a new column, “Filter Fields”, applies to all views of a calibration session and allows you to identify the default filters.

There are also new filter fields: Name, First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Title, Username, Email, Gender, Level, and Status.

Manager Created Calibration Sessions

It is now easier for a manager to create his team calibration session. Previously a manager could identify the template, session name and number of reporting levels when creating the session. Now the manager has more options. Session co-facilitators may be chosen, the default co-facilitators changed and the direct reports may also be participants rather than just subjects. The default co-facilitators option will only appear if the admin opt-in on Manage Calibration Settings is used. It will be explained in the admin opt-in section at the end of this blog.

Deep Links to Performance Management

Within a calibration session view, it is now possible to use a deep link to view a performance form:

/sf/viewPMFormFromCAL

Also to use a deep link to edit a performance form:

/sf/editPMFormFromCAL

Appending the deep link to the application server address will go to a Performance Management form in calibration views as well.

My Jobs Downloads

Previously Calibration reports could be downloaded from the Scheduled Reports page in Classic View. Reports may now be downloaded from My Jobs page within Report Center. This eliminates the need to switch to Classic View prior to downloading.

A report with multiple files can be downloaded in a compressed .zip file or downloaded individually.

Admin Opt-In

There is one admin opt-in for Calibration which we touched upon when looking at manager created calibration sessions.

Specify Default Facilitators for Manager-Initiated Calibration Sessions

A manager initiated calibration session can now have default facilitators. To set this up, a user who has access to Manage Calibration Settings would go to the Global tab and use the setting: Choose one or more users as default facilitators for a new manager calibration session to identify active users to default as facilitators.

This can be useful to specify an HR manager to act as a co-facilitator in order to access a manager initiated session.

When creating a session, the New Session dialog window will display the default facilitators but can be edited by the manager.

We have now reviewed what is coming soon for Calibration.

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H2 2020 SAP SuccessFactors Release Latest Goal Management Features and Integration

SAP SuccessFactors H2 2020 release updates finds us with several admin-opt “latest” versions including Home page, Goal Management and Continuous Performance Management (CPM). Here we will focus on the latest version of Goal Management and discuss how it fits into the new home page and how it integrates with CPM. See my earlier blog post for more information on performance management updates and my blog post for what’s new in CPM.

There is a new admin opt-in for the latest version of Goal Management. The latest version of Goal Management provides users with a streamlined view of goals to make it easier to access and manage. Performance Goals and Development Goals are now housed within Goal Management and have improved integration with CPM. Access to Goal Management contains both plans with a tab for each as seen in the example below.

New Goal Management View with Both Goal Plans

For managers, the new look is especially helpful. It is easy to navigate to direct report’s plans or any other users in their target population. They can swap between between their reports and within the two plans. An example the manager’s goal plan view is seen below.

Manager View of Goal Plans

Latest Goal Plan Features

The latest version of Goal Management still allows for the following existing functionality:

  • Creation of personal goals.
  • Development goals can have competencies and learning activities added.
  • Receipt of goal notifications.
  • Edit, view, and delete all goals except group goals v1.
  • Access to other’s goal plans with proper role-based permission.
  • Existing integration with other modules.

New functionality includes:

  • Personal goals not yet at the completed stage and approaching or past due date can appear on the latest home page.
  • Linked achievements for the latest version of CPM may be created and viewed here rather than having to go out of the goal plan and navigating to CPM.
  • Activities can be added directly to goals and linked activities may also display. An example of activities tied to a goal is shown below.
Add Activity to Goal

However, only the latest version of Goal Management may be used with the latest version of CPM.

Latest Goal Management Limitations

Since this is a new version for Goal Management, there is some goal plan functionality not yet available including:

  • Mass import of goals.
  • Ability to cascade and assign goals.
  • Use of Group and Team Goals.
  • Changing goal plan states within goal plan.
  • Use of metric lookup tables.
  • Use of Coaching Advisor for development goals.
  • Assigning custom learning activities to development goals.
  • OData APIs.
  • Some mobile features which will be identified shortly.

Attributes that may be Configured

Listed below are the the goal plan XML attributes that may be configured in the latest Goal Management:

  • max-goals
  • max-weight
  • max-weight-per-obj
  • min-goals
  • min-weight
  • min-weight-per-obj
  • new-obj-share-status-public
  • show-total-goalscore

Unsupported Goal Plan Field Types

Additionally, there are some goal plan field types that are not supported:

  • Bool
  • Checkbox
  • Comment
  • Link
  • Table
  • Text when used for achievement text, actual achievement text, object plan field 1, go to url

Changes to Goal Plan Fields with Latest Version of Goal Management

  • Name field is required with a maximum length of 500 characters.
  • Description and metric fields have a maximum 1000 character limit.
  • State. For use on the latest version of the home page, set the final enum value of the state field to “complete” in order to trigger the change of the goal state which enables incomplete goals to appear on the latest home page.
  • When using weight, if min-weight-per-obj and max-weight-per-obj attribute values are not met, goal creation is not possible.
  • For development goals, competencies can only be used in conjunction with Job Profile Builder.
  • Cannot select a single competency to link to a development goal in the UI.

You may convert existing goal plan templates but the goal plan field types that are not supported will not appear in converted goal plans.

After the upgrade, goal plan templates will need to be converted. Convert a template only once and and one at a time. Only convert the goal plans in use. Goal plans not converted will be read-only. Once converted, the goal plan templates may be used in the latest version of Goal Management.

Mobile Apps Limitations

There are some limitations using the latest version of Goal Management in mobile apps. For Performance and Development goals:

  • Cannot delete a goal from the goal card.
  • Cannot enter a negative number in the number field type.
  • Cannot revert back to the legacy view to see unsupported fields.

For Development goals:

  • Unable to search for a specific competency.
  • Unable to display the number of competencies on the goal card.
  • Unable to add competencies by library or category.
  • No integration with Learning.

Latest Goal Plan on latest Home Page

The latest Goal Management may be used in the latest version of the home page. There is a new admin opt-in for the redesigned home page. It is available for early adopters in both Preview and Production. Any existing legacy home page custom tiles or permissions are not impacted by the new page. An example of the new Home page is shown below.

Latest Home Page

The view is less cluttered with customized user and organization content. Tiles are replaced with cards and are system generated and more interactive. The page is divided into three sections:

  1. Quick Actions. For frequent or quick actions.
  2. For You Today. Dynamically generated user content. Displays any recently added goals and CPM activities.
  3. Organization Updates. Contains custom organization content.

The new Home page shows content from Goal Management, Continuous Performance Management, and Continuous Feedback. On the latest home page, you can view personal goals when the state of these goals is not yet complete and these goals are approaching their due dates or already overdue.

The latest version of the home page handles only personal goals in the following manner:

  • Updates of goals on the home page appear on for those manually created, modified or deleted.
  • Goals from an import are not reflected on the home page.
  • Performance goals appear based on status, if not yet complete and 15 days before due date.
  • Development goals appear based on status, if not yet complete and 30 days before due date.
  • Overdue Performance and Development goals will display.
Goals in “For You Today” section

Performance and development goals disappear from the new home page when:

  • Goals are completed.
  • Goals are deleted.
  • Goal due dates are past the due dates configured on the goal plan template.

To-do items list can be opened and acted upon in a side panel on any page. You can take action on each to-do directly from the side panel.Overdue to-do items are indicated in red.

Is the upgrade right for you?

After upgrading to the latest version of Goal Management, you cannot reverse the update, so be sure to fully understand what features you will be gaining and losing. It is wise to fully test in a preview instance before committing to an upgrade to production.

Because there are some substantial limitations to the latest version, it may be premature to upgrade but it is at least worthwhile to anticipate how Goal Management is changing and to gain an better understanding of how modules continue to be more tightly integrated with each release.

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