An Overview of UX Renewal for SAP ERP HCM

  • by Jean-Bernard Rolland, Vice President, HR Solutions, SAP
  • April 17, 2013
Increasingly, new software is being delivered via the cloud and mobility. As a result, many users want to leverage their existing on-premise systems with hybrid systems. Learn how SAP’s User Experience Renewal gives users the flexibility to enhance their on-premise foundations with hybrid solutions.
Key Concept

User Experience (UX) Renewal is an SAP program that offers SAP ERP HCM users a global platform that optimizes navigation features and adds social-media concepts for a more modern look and feel.

According to a Blue Paper produced by Morgan Stanley, public-cloud environments are on track to grow by 60 percent through 2013. In a report by the IDC, it is forecast that employees using mobility solutions will increase to 1.3 billion by 2015, from about 1 billion in 2010. In the world of mobility and cloud, why is there even a need for development in legacy systems on premise? The question is not if companies are going to make the move to mobility and the cloud, but it is how are they are planning to make the move, and when. Then the issue becomes the strategy and pace and how best to achieve this transition.

Big-Bang or Hybrid Approach?

One option for companies is to go full-cloud immediately. This big-bang approach has advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that it allows faster innovation and is easier to upgrade. On the downside, however, this approach requires a total replacement of existing HR system foundations, which can be extremely disruptive and costly. This plan is mostly linked to a deliberate cloud strategy on the part of the company to accelerate growth through more modern and systematic IT systems. As a result of the increased effort and costs incurred by going big bang, many companies choose to use a hybrid strategy instead. They do not want to jeopardize their on-premise core HR foundations in which they have invested a lot of time and money, and their goal is to try to leverage these existing foundations to deliver strategic analytics and talent management on the cloud. One disadvantage of this hybrid solution is that employees often balk at the mismatch between features in new applications and legacy ones. One answer is to use on-premise innovation to enhance the foundations to improve hybrid and mobile solutions.

Jean-Bernard Rolland

Jean-Bernard “JB” Rolland is vice-president for HR Solutions at SAP, and is responsible for the portfolio of Core solutions as well as Workforce Planning & Analytics. JB has been with SAP for seven years, focusing on advanced analytics and industry solutions. Prior to his role in LoB HR, he was in charge of Accounting for Financial Instruments and Price Optimization in LoB Banking, and he was a product manager for SAP Risk Management in GRC. Before moving to SAP, he worked at the Underwriter Laboratories in Brazil, and at Accenture in France and Luxembourg. You can follow him on Twitter at

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