A Quick Guide Comparing Employee Central Time Off and SAP ESS/MSS Leave Requests in Core Hybrid Deployments

  • by Vinod Ray, Senior HCM Consultant, Capgemini US
  • October 28, 2015
See a high-level comparison of common features of SuccessFactors Employee Central Time Off and SAP ERP HCM employee self-service leave request applications.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you will:

  • Know about the different features of SuccessFactors Employee Central Time Off and SAP ERP HCM employee self-service leave request functionalities
  • Know some of the factors that can help to determine the appropriate applications to use for time off/leave request in a hybrid
  • Be able to analyze the technical/customization requirements of the Time Off or leave request functionalities in different scenarios
Key Concept
The leave request/time off process helps companies manage their employees’ time away from work. This process includes employee and manager self-services (ESS and MSS), such as an employee’s ability to request, view, or cancel leave/time-off requests, and a manager’s ability to view, approve, or reject requests. Both the SAP ERP HCM ESS leave request and SuccessFactors Employee Central Time Off applications support these functionalities. The ESS leave request functionality is based on SAP ERP HCM Time Management, and SuccessFactors Time Off is a cloud-based offering.

Although SuccessFactors has emerged as the preferred system for core HR and talent management solutions, many companies still want to retain or deploy SAP ERP HCM on-premise payroll. In this kind of environment, in which core HR and talent are in the cloud while payroll processing and time management remain on premise, companies are presented with a variety of deployment options. One of these options is related to leave and absence management, as companies can select to use either SAP’s employee self-service/manager self-service (ESS/MSS) leave request functionality or SuccessFactors Employee Central’s Time Off functionality. In this article, I provide a high-level comparison of both options.

However, before getting into the meat of this discussion, and comparing the common and contrasting features of the two applications, take a look at Figure 1 to review the basics of the overall process as it relates to time management for any employee.


Figure 1
The time management process in SAP

Vinod Ray

Vinod K. Ray has over 17 years of SAP experience focused on the HCM process, with specialization in U.S. Payroll. He is experienced in global roll-out, solution design, and deployment of HR business processes across various industries. For the past few years, Vinod has been involved in delivery of SuccessFactors/SAP ERP HCM core hybrid solutions. Vinod is a Senior HCM Consultant at Capgemini US.

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