HR Indaba Africa 2018: SAP can be a key factor towards achieving organisational success


SAP is helping every customer become a best-run business because now, more than ever, being the best means having a purpose and making a difference.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the HR Indaba partners, asking them why they are excited about the event and what they believe are the most important issues facing the profession. In this article, we speak to Akesh Lalla, the Africa Director for SAP SuccessFactors 

What is SAP SuccessFactors?

SAP as a whole has a long-time commitment to helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.   This is our purpose and we have collectively committed our people and our products to address the world’s biggest economic, environmental, and societal issues. That’s why we engineer solutions that fuel innovation, foster equality, and enable opportunities across borders and cultures, and provide services that connect people and information to address the world’s biggest challenges. 

SAP SuccessFactors is a core part of delivering on this vision and purpose within SAP itself and for our customers. SAP SuccessFactors is a market-defining human capital management solution (HCM) dedicated to innovating HR processes with deployment flexibility to start fast and realize value quickly. We offer a comprehensive HCM suite that encompasses all pillars of talent management and core HR capabilities.

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There are many software applications for HR. What does SAP do differently from its competitors?

SAP SuccessFactors focuses on transforming the total workforce experience. SAP SuccessFactors is uniquely positioned to help you deliver on the connection of people to purpose because we look at employee experience through the lens of your total workforce – full-time employees, part-time employees, contractors, all experiences, in every country.  We help you expand the transformation of employee experience beyond the walls of traditional HR transformation to include a broader scope of people, experiences and geographies.

We have more HR experts on staff than any other solution providers, including 4200+ employees around the globe who are focused almost exclusively on HR.

What would you say is the most pressing issue facing the HR profession at the moment?

There is pressure on businesses of all sizes today to rely on their people and the agility of the organisation to thrive and transform digitally. Organisations must be able to attract, develop, and retain the best people - tapping into their full potential and meaningfully connect them to the company’s purpose and mission. At the same time, people expect a different experience at work, especially when it comes to technology. They expect to work like they live intuitively - in the moment and in real time.

Further to that, I think the key trends and predictions that will impact HR in 2018 and beyond will relate to workforce agility, staffing complexity, the experience of work, and employee well-being.

What are you looking forward to most at the HR Indaba and what do you think attendees would be interested in seeing?

Helping our customers to navigate transforming the workforce experience for the future, inspire leaders and employees to perform at their best, and develop the workforce needed for the future. 

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