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SAP SuccessFactors has delivered enhancements and updates across the SAP SuccessFactors® HCM Suite as part of their Q3 2019 product release. Here are a few key updates you should consider for SuccessFactors Learning (LMS).

Flash Replacement for Admin UI

All major browser providers have announced end-of-life for Flash in response to Adobe’s plans to deprecate Flash and related support after 2020. SAP SuccessFactors Learning Administration currently depends on Flash for menus, navigational elements and managing core entities. Learning product team is transitioning learning admin interface from Flash to HTML to ensure continuity with latest browser support. The new Learning Administration interface will provide an enhanced user experience consistent with the SuccessFactors suite of products.

Per product roadmap, for regular SaaS customers, by Q2 2020

  • The new HTML-based Learning Administration interface will be automatically applied to Preview environments in 1H 2020/Q2 2020 and to Production environments in a subsequent release to be announced.
  • A new tile on a platform home page will be available to access the new HTML based UI for Learning administration
  • Both flash UI and new HTML admin UI will be running concurrently for about two releases
  • The new HTML-based Learning Administration interface will become the default interface. The legacy flash-based interface will no longer be available in Preview and Production environments by Q4 2020

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For vSaaS customers, by Q2 2020

  • Validated Learning Customers will have the new Learning Administration interface automatically applied to Preview environments in 2H 2020.
  • Validated Learning Customers will have the Flash based Learning Administration interface automatically removed from Preview environments with the last patch before the Production upgrade. The new Learning Administration interface will be applied to Production with the upgrade to the 2020 VSaaS release. 

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Why is it important? Major browsers won’t support Flash by 2020 hence product team has to build product replacing all the flash content and UI would be changing to all Learning administrators

Assignment Profile Screen Design

The design of managing assignment profiles will be updated using new HTML UI. Below is the screenshot of new Assignment profile page.

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  • In the new UI, administrators now have capability to preview users in a new CSV file giving the ability to compare the existing users and the preview users
  • Propagation and Synchronization will still be available in the Actions menu.

All customers are required to be prepared for migration by accessing the transition document from the Customer Community

Configuration Type: Universal

Why is it important?Major browsers won’t support Flash by 2020 hence product team has to build product replacing all the flash content and UI would be changing to all Learning administrators.

Item – Online Item Screen Design

In the new Online Item UI, some of the known issues with old admin interface for handling online item are addressed.

  • Consolidated configurations related to settings from multiple places
  • Content ID was not easily searchable. This is now made available
  • Ability to view & navigate through the content tree structure
  • Made more intuitive by reorganizing menus and relabeling.

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Configuration Type: Universal

Why is it important? Major browsers won’t support Flash by 2020 hence product team has to build product replacing all the flash content and UI would be changing to all Learning administrators.

Mobile Enhancements - Create Achievement & Activities Based on Learning Courses

A Mobile-first feature that creates an integration between Learning and Continuous Performance Management. Learning users will be able to:

  • Create CPM Activities from the item details screen of Learning items added to My Assignments (May 2019)
  • Prompt user to create a CPM Activity when assigning an item from Learning Catalog (May 2019)
  • Delete CPM Activities created from Learning Assignments if the employee removes the learning assignment (May 2019)
  • Create CPM Achievements from the history details screen of successfully completed Learning items (June 2019)
  • From CPM Activity & Achievement screens, display that the activity and/or achievement has been created via a Learning item (June 2019)

Configuration Type: Universal

Why is it important? This feature improves the user experience for Mobile Learning & CPM users by removing the need to navigate between tabs to add CPM items based on Learning items. Additionally, auto-populating the CPM item name with the Learning item name reduces the manual data entry required by the user. 

Other Minor Enhancements and Announcements:

  • Admin can now view the warnings/errors for any connector execution in progress and take corrective actions immediately instead of waiting for the connector-run to finish
  • Retirement of “Native Users” feature in Learning in Q3 2020. No learning native login use case (admin or user, internal or external) will be supported.
  • SAP SuccessFactors will be ending maintenance of the legacy PQE functionality (exams and questions) starting with the Q4 2020 release and assessments tool will be the only supported tool for exam creation.

For the full list of updates regarding SuccessFactors Learning, visit the SAP SuccessFactors Community.

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Preeti Halapnavar

By Preeti Halapnavar

Preeti Halapnavar is a certified SAP SuccessFactors consultant at AltaFlux Corporation, specializing in Learning, Compensation & Variable Pay, Employee Central and Onboarding. With over 9 years of consulting experience, she is passionate about educating on best business practices, solving customer challenges and providing exemplary support. Preeti’s SAP SuccessFactors experience includes global implementations, upgrades and continued support of the full suite.