SAP SuccessFactors 2021 Release Schedule

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SAP SuccessFactors will have two releases in 2021, continuing the schedule first adopted in 2020. As usual, each release will come with a preview period that allows customers to test new features and functionality before it goes live, as well as the live production release date.

Related: SAP SuccessFactors H2 2020 Employee Central Release Analysis 

The biannual releases proved to be larger than the previous quarterly releases, so SAP SuccessFactors built an extra week into those preview periods last year and will do the same for the 2021 release schedule. Customers will have five weeks to check out the latest updates before they hit their systems.

The SAP SuccessFactors 2021 release schedule is expected to be in the spring and fall, with dates as follows:

  • First Half 2021 Release
    • Preview – April 16, 2021
    • Production – May 21, 2021
  • Second Half 2020 Release
    • Preview – October 15, 2021 (tentative)
    • Production – Not yet announced

Adapting to the SAP SuccessFactors 2021 Release Schedule

SAP SuccessFactors didn’t just change the number of releases last year. The schedule for how and when the information on the release came out was also condensed.

This meant information came in different forms and not as early as before. Gone were the webinars going over each module, replaced with Q&A sessions and the What’s New Tool.

Building a strategy to adapt to the 2021 release schedule is important. Watch our on-demand webinar “Setting Your Release Management Strategy for the New SAP SuccessFactors Release Schedule,” which features lessons learned from the H1 2020 release, and find leading practices on how to manage the 2021 release.

Staying Up-to-Date with SAP SuccessFactors Releases

Each release is full of updates in nearly every module of the SAP SuccessFactors suite. There are a number of ways to stay in the know with the newest innovations, fixes, and enhancements. One of which is to follow the Rizing HCM blog, where our experienced consultants dig into the release notes to find the most important updates. For the total picture, it’s important to follow the SAP SuccessFactors Community release page.