A Guide to SuccessFactors HCM Reporting Options (Part 1)

  • by Danielle Larocca, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management, EPI-USE Labs
  • March 13, 2015
Learn more details about the available SuccessFactors reporting options and get some technical and practical examples for how these reporting options can be used to solve the challenges facing your business.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will:

  • Gain an overview of the different families of reporting solutions available as part of the SuccessFactors solution portfolio
  • Understand which reporting solutions are available for the four different deployment models
  • Learn the purposes and design for each of the three families of reporting solutions: Reporting & Dashboards, Workforce Analytics, and Workforce Planning
  • Review the individual solutions that are available within each of the families including Dashboards, Ad Hoc, and the Online Report Designer (ORD), and receive some practical examples of how these reporting options can be used to solve business challenges
Key Concept

SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics provides concrete and actionable insights on workforce data to drive your business strategy today and help you plan for the future. It increases the effectiveness of HR with a comprehensive library of more than 2,000 standard metrics, industry benchmarks, and HR best practices that help measure the things that matter. In addition, SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics offers more than 30 years of field experience and research to help you do your job.

The SAP ERP HCM module is known for its complexity, specifically its challenge with regards to reporting. Unlike other SAP modules, SAP ERP HCM has a large number of sub-modules including Payroll, Personnel Administration, Benefits, Organizational Management, and Time Management. Each of those solutions has its own unique reporting requirements and considerations. Familiarity with the different reporting solutions and understanding which application areas for which they are designed has often been a challenge.

What’s interesting is that the same challenge exists in SuccessFactors. SuccessFactors actually has even more reporting options, each with its own limitations and considerations. In SuccessFactors, like SAP on-premise reporting, certain tools can only be used for specific modules. For example, in an SAP on-premise environment you would use the Wage Type Reporter to report on payroll results, but it would not be used to report on master data. Similarly in SuccessFactors you would use the Dashboards solution to report goals, competencies, performance, recruiting, compensation, and succession, but not for payroll results.

My earlier HR Expert article, “Understanding the SAP ERP HCM Reporting Landscape Today and in the Future,” served as a primer for introducing the landscape options (on premise, talent hybrid, full cloud, and side by side) and detailed the reporting options available in SAP. In this next step, I introduce and delineate the reporting options available in SuccessFactors and offer some technical and practical examples of how these reporting options can be used to solve business challenges.

A Summary of the HCM Landscape Options

Before I talk about the specific solutions available, I want to remind you that each of these solutions exists within the various deployment environments.

Danielle Larocca

Danielle Larocca is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management for EPI-USE Labs. Previously she was the Executive Vice President of Operations/Chief Knowledge Officer at a technology start-up. She has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national business, business process re-engineering, and project and people management. Danielle is an expert on SAP Human Resources (HR) and reporting and has authored four best-selling books on SAP. She is a regular speaker at numerous conferences around the world on topics such as HR, technology, change management, and leadership. She is an official SAP Mentor, a global designation assigned to less than 160 professionals worldwide, who serve as influential community participants in the SAP ecosystem. This group is nominated by the community and selected by the SAP Mentors’ Advisory Board to keep SAP relevant. Danielle also serves as an expert advisor for SAP Professional Journal.

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