Develop and Retain Talent by Incorporating Careers in Your R/3 Succession Planning

  • by A.J. Whalen, SAP Marketing Director, Velocity Technology Solutions
  • December 15, 2003
Succession planning allows companies to build plans for developing and retaining talent. The SAP R/3 Human Resources module offers standard functionality for succession planning, career planning, and employee development. The author focuses on how to build and use the career object in R/3 as part of your overall succession plan.

Human capital is an important and sometimes neglected organizational asset in today’s competitive business world. The effective management and development of human capital is frequently a leading factor that separates the top companies from those that are less successful. Too often, companies focus on hiring and compensation but then overlook succession planning. Succession planning, in its many forms, allows companies to build plans for developing and retaining talent and for responding quickly and efficiently to changing climates by being in a position to meet and exceed strategic goals.

Many companies turn to their human resources management system’s databases when designing their succession plans. The SAP R/3 HR module offers standard functionality for succession planning, career planning, and employee development. I’m going to focus on how to build and use the career object in R/3 as part of your overall succession plan.

A.J. Whalen

A.J. Whalen has successfully combined more than two decades of global business expertise with in-depth experience in the strategic development, management, and delivery of large-scale projects and education for SAP ERP HCM. Prior to his current role as SAP Marketing Director at Velocity Technology Solutions, he served as lead consultant for several global SAP implementations and engagements as well as an SAP Conference Producer for Wellesley Information Services. A.J. has been invited to speak at nine annual SAP educational events and holds an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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