Make the Most of Your Organizational Structure and Data with Nakisa SAP Talent Visualization

  • by Greg Newman, HCM Consultant, Newhit Ltd.
  • April 8, 2009
In this general overview, learn about the various tools offered in SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa.
Key Concept

In 2007, SAP signed a global reseller arrangement with Nakisa to provide enhancement tools for the Organizational Management function. The product was released in 2008 as SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa.

Graphically representing your company’s structure has always been a big challenge. Companies used to creating and maintaining organizational structures through Microsoft PowerPoint and Visio often hope that the implementation of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) will solve all of their organizational structure maintenance and reporting problems. The SAP ERP HCM Organizational Management component allows companies to quickly create and maintain complex global organizational structures, enabling them to link employees to their positions, responsibilities, organizational units, cost centers, standard working hours, locations, and many other pieces of key data.

However, Organizational Management only solves 50% of the problem. Most people still have a problem producing graphical representations of all this important information. To counteract this, companies have traditionally purchased third-party software to create their organizational structures and publish them on the intranet. Now they can use SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa.

Nakisa is a separate license. However, since SAP has taken over the branding (hence the name SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa), it is integrating Nakisa functionality into SAP ERP HCM. That means you have to purchase this SAP-approved add-on separately. Nakisa works with SAP R/3 Enterprise, 4.7, and later, but some newer functionality requires SAP ERP 6.0. These new features include deeper insight into talent, improved tracking of critical roles, new job architecture visualization, and systematic competency management.

Greg Newman

Greg Newman is originally from New Zealand, and has been implementing and supporting HR and Payroll systems since 1999. He has worked on numerous SAP HR and Payroll implementations for Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and several other international rollouts. Currently Greg is a managing consultant working for Newhit HR and Payroll Solutions in England.

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