Closing the loop: Insight to Action for xP&A Workforce Planning

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A very important part of planning is the ability to close the loop by turning insights into actions. You can now do just that with the write-back feature of the xP&A HXM Workforce Planning content. The new feature allows planners to use the new positions they planned in SAP Analytics Cloud to automatically create new positions in SAP SuccessFactors. 

The business process 

In the original content, a hiring manager or HR business partner could create new positions to fill the gaps between available resources and required resources (aka supply and demand). This was great to quickly view the financial impact these new positions would have on the operational plan! But these new positions then needed to be manually created in SAP SuccessFactors to kick off the recruitment process, which meant manual rework. 

The latest content release provides a new write-back feature that leverages the power of SAP to avoid this rework by bringing the plan and the execution closer together. With a few simple clicks, new positions that are planned in SAP Analytics Cloud can be automatically created in SAP SuccessFactors. The newly created positions include key data like Job Function, Pay Grade, Location and others to avoid rework and ensure the recruitment process can start as quickly as possible. 

Watch this video to see the new write-back feature in action: 

The technical side 

We leverage the SAP Analytics Cloud export API, and use the power of SAP Cloud Integration service for data services to connect the SAP Analytics Cloud plan to SAP SuccessFactors. 

If you are interested in getting a more detailed technical understanding of this new feature, click on the link below to access the tutorial: 

xP&A HXM Workforce Planning – Write back plan positions to SAP SuccessFactors | Tutorials for SAP Developers 

 

Do you have any questions or feedback? We want to hear it all! Please ask your questions here!, and if you want more details on the overall xP&A HXM Workforce Planning content take a look at the following blog post: News Flash! Workforce Planning Content in SAP Analytics Cloud | SAP Blogs 

 


For more information about Extended Planning and Analysis

A few words about the SAP Business Content Suite for Extended Planning and Analysis: 

In order to keep up with the disruptions to a globalized economy, we recognize that companies need to be more agile than ever and prepare for the unexpected.  To support such a monumental challenge, we provide the SAP Business Content Suite for Extended Planning and Analysis (xP&A) within SAP Analytics Cloud. This content suite is free of charge for SAP Analytics Cloud customers and is designed to help you accelerate your time to value by providing a pre-defined framework for connecting various planning processes across the enterprise.  Recognizing that every business is different, the planning content, reporting stories, and data models within the SAP Business Content Suite for xP&A are built in a modular fashion and fully intended for you to configure and customize to meet your specific needs.