A Quickstart Guide To SAP Fieldglass

With so many companies downsizing and shedding redundant workers, freelancers have arisen to take up the slack. However, managing these new service providers isn’t always an easy task. SAP Fieldglass is a new way for companies to manage their independent contractors simply and holistically, allowing easy integration with other internal systems. However, if a company is relatively tiny and doesn’t have a lot of different systems for integration, SAP Fieldglass can work in a stand-alone configuration. Fieldglass has four dedicated modules that address all of its functions:

  • Contingent
  • Services
  • Assignment Management
  • Profile Worker

Many companies already have external worker management systems. These can be converted into SAP Fieldglass with a little bit of effort. Having an existing system does come with its drawbacks. Current management systems aren’t very scalable and don’t work well with sideloaded integrations. SAP Fieldglass intends to solve those problems.

Greenfield and Brownfield Installations

A “greenfield” installation of SAP Fieldglass doesn’t pay attention to existing workers, profiles, and other details. It assumes that the company doesn’t have a base of workers and offers a solution to keep track of that data. This approach means entering data into worker profiles from scratch. A migration or “brownfield” installation migrates data from an existing worker management platform. Unfortunately, the current data needs to be converted before it can be migrated onto the new platform. This migration process will take time, as data must be converted from the existing system to SAP Fieldglass. Whether it’s a migration or a brand new installation, a company needs to pay attention to a few details.

System and Process Design for a Successful SAP Fieldglass Installation

SAP Fieldglass is a modular solution. It enables businesses to modify the services and processes contained within it to suit their needs better. For example, a company may want to include modules that deal with managed service providers (MSPs) or integration to other systems such as SAP Ariba or SAP SuccessFactors. A business needs careful planning of its included modules before it starts an implementation. This planning phase is even more crucial during a brownfield installation since it could reduce the amount of downtime the system has and impact the business’s operation.

Details such as rates, company structure, and master data sheets need to be detailed within the planning phase. If the business intends to implement a continuous improvement program, it needs to also be mapped out. Since SAP Fieldglass releases regular updates, this constant improvement program could be integrated with these releases.

Using MSPs with SAP Fieldglass

MSPs are a part of all major HR company’s offerings to their clients. An MSP offers significant benefits to an SAP Fieldglass user, including:

  • Compliance, visibility, and cost savings.
  • Scalability
  • Tech skills and proven process efficiency
  • Market analysis and supplier relationships

MSPs are valuable tools, and the company rarely feels the overhead they generate since they pay themselves by withholding a small amount per invoice (the MSP fee). SAP Fieldglass has the configuration built into its operating parameters. MSPs form the central point of contact between a supplier and the enterprise. They are a crucial part of seamless functioning and give the business an edge when dealing with its suppliers to manage its costs.

Why Use SAP Fieldglass?

It might seem like an unnecessary expense for businesses that already have an external contractor management system to upgrade to SAP Fieldglass. However, if the company intends to grow, SAP Fieldglass’s scalability is unmatched. Medium to large enterprises benefit from this scalability, but their reason for switching to SAP Fieldglass should be associated with integration. The modular design of SAP Fieldglass makes it an ideal solution for both small and large enterprises. In the current freelance-heavy job market, businesses can use this critical tool coming at the right time to help them adapt.