Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Side-by-Side HCM Deployment Model Integration Guide

There are three cloud deployment models for the SuccessFactors HCM Suite of applications. The third deployment model is the Side-by-Side HCM deployment model. In this model, SAP ERP HCM customers who want to run human capital management software for a subsidiary, or a certain geographic region completely in the cloud can do so. For customers who are not ready to move Core HR for all their employees to the cloud, this might be a good way to test the waters for Core HR in the cloud. For certain other customers this might be a good way to keep implementation costs down for integrating a new acquisition.

For example a couple of weeks back I met a customer from the chemical industry who is planning to divest some of their divisions but continue to be the information technology provider for all those divested divisions. At the same time they did not want to start an SAP ERP HCM implementation project for those divested divisions.That would be expensive, time consuming and risky. The Side-by-Side HCM deployment model suits the needs of such customers too.

This is not something we recommend for all customers. Customer needs and current landscapes need to be carefully studied before recommending this deployment model to a customer.

The first packaged integration that supports this deployment model was released as part of the August 2014 release. The configuration document is now available in service market place.

There are a number of design boundaries that the implementation team needs to be aware of. If you a colleague recommending the Side-by-Side deployment model to a customer or a customer considering the Side-by-Side HCM deployment model, I urge you to read the document and understand the possibilities and limitations. This document is the most authentic source of information.

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