Understanding the SAP ERP HCM Reporting Landscape Today and in the Future

  • by Danielle Larocca, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management, EPI-USE Labs
  • May 26, 2014
Gain an understanding of what the SAP ERP HCM landscape looks like today in simple, clear terms. Learn, from the author’s experience, where SAP ERP HCM is headed in the future, and how you should be planning to meet these new challenges.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • About the cloud
  • Where each of the SAP modules exist (e.g., on-premise or in the cloud)
  • What reporting options are available for all platforms
  • A list of recommended reporting solutions for on-premise and cloud platforms
  • About the future of SAP’s cloud-based technologies
Key Concept

Cloud-based technology is software that is not locally installed on a computer, but accessed via the Internet (for example, Gmail). You do not need to be at your computer to access it but can access data remotely via mobile devices, such as iPhones or iPads, or on public computers (such as library PCs).

With the introduction of cloud-based technologies and SuccessFactors it’s a confusing time in the SAP ERP HCM world today, so much so that even long-time SAP professionals are finding it hard to keep up. This article is an attempt to simplify the key terms you need to know and to provide you with an understanding of what SAP ERP HCM looks like now and where it’s headed in the future, and, most importantly, how you as the user should be planning accordingly.

On-Premise, Hybrid, and Cloud Infrastructures

Let’s start with the basics, which is where the technology resides, either on-premise or in the cloud. On-premise refers to any technology that is locally installed on hardware that resides in your physical location. Real-world examples of on-premise technology include Microsoft Windows, which may be installed on your PC or laptop. Cloud-based technologies do not require a local installation and are run via the Internet and can be connected to any PC that has access to the Internet. A real-world example of cloud technology would be Gmail, which may be accessed via the Internet from anywhere.

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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