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SAP SuccessFactors has delivered enhancements and updates across the SAP SuccessFactors® HCM Suite as part of their Q1 2018 product release. Here are a few key updates you should consider for SuccessFactors Succession and Development.

End of Maintenance/End of Life Reminders

Feature/Page User Interface End of Maintenance End of Life
Succession org chart (SOC) v11 Q1 2018 Q1 2019
Talent Search v1 Q1 2018 Q1 2019
Matrix grids (performance/potential, how/what) v11 Q1 2018 Q1 2019
Legacy talent pools (non-MDF talent pools) v11 Q1 2018 Q1 2019


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU Regulation 2016/679), effective 25 May 2018, gives individuals control and projection of their personal data. Data controllers, who determine the purpose and means of processing personal data, and processors, who process for controllers, are affected.

Who must comply? Organizations that offer goods and services to, or monitor the behavior of, EU data subjects and those that process or hold the personal data of EU residents.

Applies to: Natural persons, whatever their nationality or place of residence is in the EU, in relation to the processing of their personal data.


Feature Summary

Change Logging

Enables customers to Manage, Record and Report on Personal Data changes across the suite

Read Access Logging

Enables customers to:
- Configure fields as Sensitive Personal Data (SPD)
- Manage, Record and Report on SPD across certain applications

Data Subject Info

Enables customers to generate a Data Subject (employee, candidate, etc.) Report containing all the data subject’s personal data available in the application

Data Purge

Enables customers to configure Data Retention Rules, and permanently purge data from SAP SuccessFactors products

Data Blocking

Enables customers to limit access to historic data within an application

Consent Provides ability to obtain consent when a candidate applies, agrees to receive future job postings (recruiting marketing/management), etc.


Support of Multiple Incumbents on EC MDF Positions

Employee Central Position Management offers the handling of “mass positions“, i.e. positions can have more than one incumbent. With this enhancement, all Succession Planning UIs have adopted this feature as well. If a position has more than one incumbent, this will show in the Succession OrgChart and Position Tile View, and all dialog steps where position details are shown (nomination dialogs).

Configuration Type: Universal

Why is it important? Customers can now leverage the EC mass positions across the Suite, providing transparency into core data also for Succession Planners.

Succession OrgChart v12 – Enhancements

 The following features were added in SOCv12 Legacy position nomination method:

  • Add a peer position
  • Add a direct report position
  • Edit a position

The following features was added for both legacy position and MDF position nomination method:

  • Key position / critical position – separate setting in Position Card

The following features were added, regardless of the nomination method:

  • “View Options“ as “always on top“ panel to remind user of selected options and legend for icons
  • ”Condensed view” (smart layout) only for teams larger than 32 direct reports (previously as of 16 direct reports)

Configuration Type: Universal

Why is it important? These features were requested to be re-enabled in SOCv12 to support all our customers in their upgrade from SOCv11 to SOCv12 this year, which is necessary due to the End of Maintenance announcement.

Mentoring & Career Development

Custom Pick Lists for Mentoring

A set of functionality that allows customers to configure and use custom pick lists as matching criteria in mentoring programs.

  • Custom pick lists can be created in either the legacy Pick List Management tool, or the MDF Configure Object Definitions tool
    1. Pick lists created in either tool can be configured for use in Mentoring
  • A new configuration page in Mentoring allows Admins to choose pick lists for use with mentoring programs
  • Any configured pick list can be used as a matching criterion in the Create New Program wizard
  • Pick lists look the same to mentors and mentees, whether custom or standard
  • The mentoring matching algorithm will include custom lists in calculations

Configuration Type: Opt-in

Why is it important? Customers wish to use more data than are stored in the 9 supported fields as matching criteria for mentoring programs. Some programs benefit from a more focused set of values in some fields, such as Competencies, as matching criteria.

For the full list of updates regarding SuccessFactors Succession and Development, visit the SAP SuccessFactors Community.

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