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What HCM topics will SAP cover at Sapphire Now 2014?

Sapphire Now 2014, the latest installment of SAP's huge annual user conference arrives next month and will give users a chance to hear more about SAP's evolving HCM roadmap, according to one expert.

In the mix will be talk about how companies can extend SuccessFactors Employee Central using the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, according to Luke Marson, a human capital management (HCM) consultant.

"I think there's going to be maybe one, two, three new solutions on display from some partners and from SAP," Marson said in this Ask the Expert video.

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One of those companies, Enterprise Jungle, which is also a member of SAP's Startup Focus program, will debut a SuccessFactors social collaboration extension, for example.

Marson said he will also be looking to learn more about SAP's HCM-related Fiori applications and about SAP's recent purchase of Fieldglass Inc., a maker of cloud-based HR software used to manage contingent workforces.

But don't expect SAP to get too much into questions about how Fieldglass will be integrated with the rest of SAP's HCM software, Marson said. "I think it's a little bit early to get any idea of the details behind things like integration and strategy. I would expect some overall information on Fieldglass, maybe some demonstrations."

Marson said that he looked forward to learning more about SAP's commitment to running the entire SuccessFactors suite on HANA, its in-memory database platform.

About the expert:
Luke Marson is a principal consultant and director of cloud HCM and related technologies at HRIZONS LLC, an IT consulting firm, where he focuses on SuccessFactors Employee Central and extensibility and integration technologies. He speaks and writes about SAP HCM and SuccessFactors extensively and co-authored the SAP Press title SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM and authored the SAPexperts Special Report SAP and SuccessFactors -- An Overview. Marson is also an SAP Mentor.

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