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SAP Solution Brief SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce PlanningALIGN YOUR WORKFORCE WITH The best-run companies understand how strategicBUSINESS NEEDS AND OBJECTIVES workforce decisions impactSECURING THE RIGHT TALENT FOR their readiness to executeFUTURE SUCCESS and drive business success. The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Strategic Workforce Plan- ning application helps en-Identifying, competing for, and retaining Enabling Proactive, Strategickey talent is a top priority for any HR Resource Planning and Execution sure you have the rightexecutive. But too often, business strat- resources for each job, ategy isn’t translated by HR into a holistic SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Work-workforce plan for execution. Rather, force Planning helps you establish a the right time and price, toplanning is done in a fragmented way clearly defined, integrated workforce achieve business goals.using data dumps, spreadsheets, and planning process, which is essential tomultiple systems from multiple coun- successful strategic workforce planning.tries. Relevant information gets pulled It delivers tools and processes to helptogether manually with considerable ensure you always have the right peo-effort and time – and the lack of consis- ple, with the right skills, in the right job,tency and automation can create chaos at the right moment and price, and inwithin the workforce sourcing process. the right quantity and location. As a re-In the end, you may end up overpaying sult, your HR department will be ablein an effort to fill key vacancies quickly to help your organization successfullyor run the risk that key positions cannot execute on its business strategy.be filled at all. First, the software gives you a clearTo unify business objectives and work- understanding of your current talent,force planning activities, many compa- future needs, and how best to alignnies are deploying strategic workforce resources with your company’s overallplanning solutions that integrate pro- business strategy. It does this by en-cesses for assessing workforce supply abling you to model resource demand,and demand and identifying critical simulate various resource supply sce-resource and skill gaps. The most effec- narios, identify and analyze gaps, andtive strategic workforce planning solu- answer “why” and “what if” questionstions give HR executives the ability such as:to look outward and forward, not just • What kinds of activities can we per-inward and backward, so they can make form today to achieve our businessbetter decisions about future workforce goals in three to five years?requirements. • Do we have the right mix of talent to meet the organization’s businessEffective workforce planning can plan?dramatically improve your company’s • Will we have enough resources withability to execute on corporate strategy. the right skills – and in the right loca-It can also directly improve costs and tions – to grow into new markets?bottom-line revenues. The SAP®BusinessObjects™ Strategic Workforce Armed with a solid understanding ofPlanning application delivers these ben- your workforce and future work de-efits by providing visibility into your cur- mand, you can then proceed with devel-rent and future workforce requirements oping specific action plans, monitoringand enabling proactive management of progress toward your defined organiza-workforce sourcing. tional and functional targets, and making
headcount across time by line of busi- ness, location, existing critical jobs, Monitor progress and key jobs that would be considered and adjust process strategic and critical for the future of Analyze internal and Execute action plans external supply the business. Develop work- Workforce As you evaluate and model new growth force action plans Planning Strategic input opportunities, divestitures, acquisi- and handover Process tions, and other business conditions, Derive strategic workforce demand the software identifies gaps and sur- pluses within key jobs and lines of businesses. SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce Planning then Analyze gaps enables you to generate action plans designed to address the impacted jobsFigure: Overview of the Workforce Planning Process systematically over multiple years. Action plans can then be communicat-adjustments to plans as required. • What areas of your organization will ed to the operational HR teams respon-See the figure for an overview of the be impacted by an aging workforce sible for recruiting and hiring, training,workforce planning process. and retirement schedules, as well as and succession planning. Throughout when this will occur the execution process, you can monitorGain Insight • How well staffed your company is in the execution of the plans, as well asEffective, strategic workforce planning key areas and jobs considered es- evaluate the need for updates to thebegins with gaining insight into the sential to supporting future business plan in response to changing strategiccomposition and dynamics of your ex- initiatives objectives and business environments.isting workforce across the business. • How balanced your business func-For example, you need to understand tions are in terms of seniority and Harness the Power of In-Memorythe critical areas of your organization, management layers Technologywhat key jobs and functions are sup- SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Work-porting these areas, and how they The software also gives you the flexibil- force Planning exploits the power ofhave been staffed to date. SAP ity to analyze workforce data according groundbreaking new technology fromBusinessObjects Strategic Workforce to different variables and model the SAP: SAP In-Memory Appliance (SAPPlanning delivers prepackaged dash- scenarios that are most meaningful to HANA™) software. With SAP HANA,boards and tools that give HR manage- your business and desired outcomes. all company data resides in-memory,ment a consolidated corporate view of enabling you to immediately accessthis information, as well as views Understand Workforce Supply and and analyze massive amounts of dataacross lines of business and country Demand in fractions of a second. Processingborders. The software guides you SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Work- speeds are beyond the boundaries ofthrough analytical processes for force Planning lets you hypothesize the imagination and dwarf all performanceunderstanding: demand for people by refining complex records of the best conventional• Internal and external supply of work- workforce models driven by criteria software. force resources such as full-time equivalent, hiring and• Current gaps in human resources or turnover rates, cost, and retirement skills and where they are age. You can define target revenue and
You can use SAP HANA to perform insight, efficiency, and flexibility tosimulations and modeling activities that respond to changes in the businessrequire complex calculations on large environment with more agility andvolumes of HR data almost instanta- effectiveness and capture the full bene-neously. This allows you to see the fits of business networks. By leverag-real impact on employee costs due to ing innovative technologies to helpchanges in hiring, overhead, and train- companies become best-run business-ing. As a result, you can make more es, we help customers around theinformed decisions to resolve discon- globe perform at a significantly highernects between workforce plans and level of effectiveness and efficiency.business strategies and keep person- In reaching for this goal, we are also Helping Companies Run Betternel costs in check. contributing to global economic devel- Today, customers in more than 120 opment on a grand scale. countries run SAP applications – fromFind Out More distinct solutions addressing the needsTo learn more about the SAP of small businesses and midsize com-BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce To unify business panies to suite offerings for global or-Planning application, call your SAP objectives and workforce ganizations. Our solutions, which coverrepresentative or visit us online at standard business applications andwww.sap.com. planning activities, many technologies, as well as specific indus- companies are deploying try applications, are designed to helpAbout SAP companies run better. They can make strategic workforce plan- an organization’s business processesAs market leader in enterprise applica- ning solutions that integrate more efficient and agile, enable real-tion software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps time decision making, and createcompanies of all sizes and industries processes for assessing sustainable new value, no matter therun better. From back office to board- workforce supply and operating environment. Incorporatingroom, warehouse to storefront, desk- in-memory computing technologytop to mobile device – SAP empowers demand. across our data management offeringspeople and organizations to work to- allows customers to instantaneouslygether more efficiently and use busi- access any data, anywhere, any place,ness insight more effectively to stay The SAP product portfolio comprises in real time.ahead of the competition. SAP applica- enterprise resource planning and relat-tions and services enable more than ed applications such as supply chain109,000 customers to operate profit- management, customer relationshipably, adapt continuously, and grow management, product lifecycle man-sustainably. For more information, visit agement, and supplier relationshipwww.sap.com. management, along with business intel- ligence and analytic applications. AndOptimizing Business Performance our software is available on demand,Through Innovative Solutions on premise, and on device. EssentialOur mission is to make every customer to the SAP product portfolio is the en-a best-run business. Our software and ablement of complete data and processservices help customers optimize their consistency for our customers, nobusiness processes. SAP customers matter which environment they arecan use business analytics to attain operating in.