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SAP ERP Payroll and HCM Software Review and Analysis

HCM Analytics

Additional SAP ERP system capabilities that are typically reviewed during the Payroll/HR software selection process include:

Service Delivery

Incorporating a broad range of interaction technologies, the Service Delivery module is focused on ensuring employees' maintenance of authorized information through the multiple channels of the Web browser, shared service framework, voice, mobile devices, and kiosk, for easy access to internal and external business content, applications, and services. Specific functionality includes:

  • Manager Self-Service (MSS): which provides managers with the information and application access for employee development, compensation planning (and approval), and budgeting.
  • Employee Self-Service (ESS): which provides employees (even if deployed globally) with the information, access, and tools to autonomously manage their own important life and work events.
  • Shared-Service Framework: which is a multifunctional framework that allows for the same architecture to be deployed in support of HR, finance, IT, service center operations, and other business functions.

Business Objects also leverages a single platform (aptly named SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform) that uses a common semantic layer, security, and delivery mechanism for business insight delivery. Further, with SAP BusinessObjects Integration and SAP BusinessObjects Live Office, business intelligence can be linked to other enterprise applications and integrated with MS Office applications respectively. SAP ERP HCM software clearly stands apart from most HCM software competitors in terms of business intelligence.

HCM Analytics

Not surprisingly, given the size and resources that SAP has at its disposal, few payroll and HR software vendors can match the capabilities that the SAP ERP HCM software delivers in terms of business intelligence (BI). Specifically, BI and analytics are handled through a number of processes and functions within the SAP ERP HCM suite; most notably through SAP Business Objects. BI functionality includes: SAP Crystal Reports (which allows connections among multiple data sources as well as the design/formatting of custom and interactive reports, and internal/external report communications); SAP BusinessObjects Analysis (which through the OLAP edition allows multi-dimensional data analysis via an OLAP tool specifically designed for financial and business analysts. Further, the Microsoft edition of this solution allows for business warehouse data analysis via a user interface (UI) embedded in the Microsoft Office environment. Further functionality includes SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence—which is a BI software component that allows for online and offline ad hoc queries across heterogeneous data sources.

As well, SAP BusinessObjects’ Predictive Workbench is a BI solution which allows for data mining in order to assess and predict future workforce trends; SAP BusinessObjects’ Dashboards—which is BI software that allows for the creation of dynamic and interactive dashboards for complex data visualization; and SAP BusinessObjects’ Explorer—which allows for targeted data searching and exploration for real-time analysis. Customers can also leverage the accelerated version of this business intelligence tool through SAP's in-memory analytics; a process that greatly speeds up "time to insight".

Business Objects also leverages a single platform (aptly named SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform) that uses a common semantic layer, security, and delivery mechanism for business insight delivery. Further, with SAP BusinessObjects Integration and SAP BusinessObjects Live Office, business intelligence can be linked to other enterprise applications and integrated with MS Office applications respectively. SAP ERP HCM software clearly stands apart from most HCM software competitors in terms of business intelligence.

HCM Mobility

The Sybase acquisition in 2010 all but sealed SAP’s commitment to delivering information anywhere, at any time; and as such propelled SAP to one of the first spots on the Payroll/HR software leaderboard. Giving SAP a depth of mobile functionality for the platforms of Windows mobile, Android, iPhone, RIN, and Nokia, the Sybase purchase allowed SAP to leverage SUP (Sybase Unwired Platform) for both application development and device management. SAP mobility, and Sybase Mobile Workflow, are inherent throughout the SAP Business Suite and support mobile workers to receive and manage SAP Universal Worklist notifications and alerts on their mobile device of choice; including pre-defined processes, such as requests and approvals for travel or leave. Additionally, clock-in/clock-out activities can be recorded directly into the SAP Business Suite system from the mobile device.

The SAP mobile business process solution pushes workflow items, including the associated workflow decision buttons for approval, to users on their mobile device and allows users to leverage the Universal Worklist Workflows, Alerts, and Notifications while away from the office. Normally, a user would need to be logged into SAP Business Suite to complete routine workflow items and receive notifications and alerts. This solution enables users to process decision-based workflow items and receive Universal Worklist notifications and alerts on their mobile device, increasing the accessibility of information and enabling location independence.

International Support

The SAP ERP HCM software solution currently provides support to multiple currencies, languages (e.g. Arabic, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Danish, German, English, Finnish, French, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Croatian, Bokmal Norwegian NynorksNorwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Czech., regulatory requirements, and localized processes for 48 countries. Because of this, country-specific solutions are available for organizations looking for a global HR and Payroll software solution. As it pertains to languages, SAP fully supports the following: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Danish, German, English, Finnish, French, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Croatian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Czech.

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