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Here's a quick guide to SuccessFactors' release schedule for 2017

The SAP SuccessFactors quarterly release schedule is now available for 2017. Please make sure to mark your calendars for the dates below. SAP is continuing to provide an “early release” to any staging environment that is on the HCM Preview data center. Quarterly releases will then be rolled to the production environments a month later.

In case you missed it – SAP SuccessFactors rolled out a new HCM Preview environment that is hosted by a separate data center. This allows you to receive the quarterly updates ahead of the production updates. The roughly 30-day lead time grants customers the ability to review the available upgrades and universal features in their environment. Many customers enjoy this because they have time to test to make sure there are no impacts to the current environment, but also allows super users to prepare any training materials that may need to be communicated to employees. The early release allows for comfortability with the upgrades before the general population is impacted.

If you are not currently on an HCM Preview environment, and maintain your staging and production instances on the same data center, reach out to AltaFlux to see how we can assist you in taking advantage of the preview environment.

Here's the 2017 SuccessFactors release schedule; please note this could be subject to changes made by SAP:


Early Test (HCM Preview)

Production (All Data Centers)

Q1 2017

February 10th

March 11th

Q2 2017

May 5th

June 3rd

Q3 2017

August 4th

September 9th

Q4 2017

November 3rd

December 2nd

It is recommended that you communicate to your users that the system will be down for several hours on the above dates while the quarterly updates are installed. We also strongly advise that you refrain from any “go-lives” or rolling out major changes immediately before or after a release is scheduled.

Stay tuned to AltaFlux’s social media channels near the release dates as we will be announcing and covering the major updates  in each quarterly release.

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