How to Enable, Create, and Manage the New SuccessFactors Metadata Framework-Based Talent Pools

  • by Luke Marson, Co-Founder, CEO Americas, and Principal Architect for Employee Central, iXerv
  • April 8, 2014
Learn how to create and manage the new Metadata Framework-based Talent Pools introduced in the November 2013 release of SuccessFactors. Learn how the Talent Pools work and how they can be leveraged for succession, development, and other business processes. In addition, find out how to enable and configure Talent Pools in your system.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to enable, create, and manage the new Metadata Framework-based Talent Pools in SuccessFactors
  • Learn how to create Talent Pools and assign candidates, including measuring the readiness of candidates in each Talent Pool
  • Learn how to manage and delete existing Talent Pools
Key Concept

In the November 2013 (1311) release of SuccessFactors, new Talent Pool functionality was introduced that leverages the Metadata Framework (MDF) functionality. Talent Pools are used to manage groups of talented employees that can be used as a pipeline of talent for succession planning or for development activities.

Talent Pools offer organizations a way to manage groups of talented individuals. Talent Pools can cover many different topics, disciplines, employee types, and job functions, but, ultimately, they enable organizations to manage the different types of talents for their different talent needs.

Concepts of Talent Pools and the New Metadata Framework (MDF)–Based Talent Pools

Until the November 2013 (1311) release of SuccessFactors, Talent Pools were generic and inflexible labels given to employees. Previously, Talent Pools could be created only against a Position, but now they are independent groups that can be used for any talent-related purpose. From the November 2013 release, SuccessFactors introduced the Talent Pools functionality that is based on the new MDF. This introduced a flexible, configurable, effective-dated, object-based Talent Pool concept with an easy-to-use and manageable user interface (UI).

Role-based permissions must be enabled and used in SuccessFactors to use the new MDF-based Talent Pools. I go into this in more detail later in this article.

Luke Marson

Luke Marson is co-founder, CEO Americas, and Principal Architect for Employee Central at iXerv, a global SAP SuccessFactors consulting partner. In addition to his duties as CEO, he is an active architect and subject-matter expert on SAP SuccessFactors. Luke is a Certified Professional in SuccessFactors Employee Central who has worked with over 15 customers, and is the co-author of the following books: SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central. He is also an author, blogger, speaker, strategist, and widely recognized expert in SAP SuccessFactors and SAP ERP HCM. Luke can be found on Twitter at @lukemarson.

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