SAP SuccessFactors Q2 2019 Release Analysis: Calibration and Succession

The second SAP® SuccessFactors® release of 2019 went into preview on May 10. We have already provided an overview of major highlights in the update, as well as a look at how upcoming updates integrate SAP SuccessFactors with the Intelligent Enterprise. Now we are going to take some time to examine more detailed information on updates in Calibration and Succession.

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The preview release allows customers the chance to test out new features before they officially go live in the system on the production date. Each preview of SAP SuccessFactors quarterly updates comes about one month before the production, which is June 7 for this quarter.

Let’s look at the enhancements in SAP SuccessFactors Calibration and Succession.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: Calibration version V11’s end of life is Q2 2019 (within two weeks after the release is applied to instances in Preview and Production). The new V12 version will be automatically activated.

Calibration sessions, Part 1: When you click the unrated icon to display the Unrated Panel, subjects are now displayed under the Unrated Panel by default. The number of unrated subjects for each category also showsBy default, 20 subjects will be displayed. Click “more” to expand the list

How to turn it on: This is a universal update.

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Calibration sessions, Part 2: You can now enter or exit full screen mode in the matrix view of a calibration session. 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update (customer idea).


IMPORTANT REMINDER: End of life for Succession Org Chart (SOC), Talent Search V11, Matrix Grids V11, and Legacy Talent Pools was Q1 2019 (within two weeks after the release is applied to instances in Preview and Production). The new V12 version is automatically activated.  

Data Import and Export: When using the MDF position-based nomination method, you must use the “Import and Export Data” tool to manage positions. To avoid confusion, two enhancements were made. First, the legacy position management tools are not visible to you in Admin Center. Accordingly, the legacy position related permission in RBP, “Position import & export” permission, is also removed. Second, via Provisioning, if you use the legacy job type, “Export Positions”, to export MDF positions, you will receive an email informing you that the job failed because the job type is for exporting legacy positions only. 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update. 


Succession Org Chart, Part 1: To improve loading performance, when you add nominations via the Talent Card, or through the Nomination Portlet in People Profile, you can see all families and roles in the Browse tab of the adding nomination dialog. The “Admin Center > Succession > Nomination Setup > Show all the families and roles in browse nomination tab” option is removed, and the function is now applied by default. 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update. 

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Succession Org Chart, Part 2: Configuration settings under “Admin Center > Succession > Org Chart Configuration > Succession org chart” have been adjusted to list only the options that are supported for Succession Org Chart V12. 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update. 

Talent Cards: If there is an incumbent for a position, you can now see the incumbent’s name under the position in the nomination portlet of a Succession Talent Card. However, if there are multiple incumbents for the same position, the additional incumbent names do not display (to be enhanced). 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update. 

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Talent Search: A new Role-Based Permission (RBP) “Talent Search Export Permission” has been added to control whether users can export Talent Search results. You can find the new permission via “Admin Center > Manage Permission Roles > [select a role] > Permission settings > Succession Planners > Talent Search Export Permission”. 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update. 

Presentations: When creating custom presentations/slides, you can now preview your work with real employee data and make adjustments right away, before going live with it. 

How to turn it on: This is a universal update. 

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Getting the Most out of SAP SuccessFactors

To optimize your SAP SuccessFactors investment, it’s best to have a consistent plan for implementing quarterly updates. You can stay in the know by following the SAP SuccessFactors Quarterly Release Customer Community and checking the Release Information page. Both resources require customer log-in credentials.

For help in enabling new features, and the change management side that comes along with that, contact Rizing HCM, and talk to our Managed Services team about building your update strategy.