SAP Reveals Integration Plans for Success Factors

SAP’s $3.4 billion acquisition of cloud-based HR software provider Success Factors was just finalized a few days ago, and we now have additional details on how the two plan to integrate  moving forward.  In a joint statement today we have a summary of how the latter’s portfolio will be integrated into the BI giant’s cloud, and more notably analytics, rounding out the two major elements in the overall vision.

The first thing in the pipeline is fusing SuccessFactors Business Execution with SAP solutions, followed by the development of what can be aptly referred to as a hybrid mixture of the two companies’ offerings. Based on what SAP says, SuccessFactors Employee Central, a cloud service, will be plugged into the on-premise ERP Human Capital Management software and will be “boldly” invested in moving forward.

There’s also a big emphasis on keeping the ecosystem rather open. The integrated SAP-Success Factors solutions will also be fleshed out for partners and joint customers.

“SuccessFactors will continue to support an open approach to connecting with third-party solution providers. Approximately fourteen percent of SuccessFactors customers currently run their systems side-by-side with SAP. In addition to providing enhanced value for joint customers, SAP and SuccessFactors will accelerate the development of integration solutions with third-party solution providers.”

Lastly, there’s analytics. In a recent interview an SAP exec talked for the first time of their vision to move the company’s core products closer to HANA over the next few years, all in an effort to achieve consolidation and simplicity powered by big data. Evidently, this also applies to the Success Factors lineup. Workforce Analytics and Workforce Planning will both be hooked up to HANA somehow, and to Business Objects as well.

This acquisition was a big move for SAP, and was noted across the industry. Competitor Oracle recently bought Taleo for nearly $2 billion – a firm that directly competes with Success Factors.