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Canvas Reports Out, Insightful Analytics In SAP SuccessFactors’ New Era

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Canvas Reports Out, Insightful Analytics In SAP SuccessFactors’ New Era

Rolling Arrays
Published on April 17, 2024

If you are a SAP SuccessFactors customer, you might have heard that Canvas reports are being phased out by the end of 2023. What does this mean for your HR reporting? How will you access and analyse your HR data? How will you communicate and share your insights with your stakeholders?

Don’t worry; we have good news for you: SAP SuccessFactors has introduced a powerful reporting framework called People Stories. People Stories is designed to help you create and deliver insightful, impactful, and engaging HR analytics. People Stories will enable you to make better decisions, drive better outcomes, and achieve better results for your organisation.

In this article, we will explain why HR analytics is crucial for your success, how People Stories can help you elevate your HR reporting, and how you can smoothly transition from Canvas to People Stories with the help of Rolling Arrays.

The Shifting Landscape of HR Reporting

HR reporting has come a long way from the days of static, spreadsheet-based reports. Today, HR reporting is not just about collecting and presenting data but about generating and delivering insights. Insights that can help you understand your workforce, identify opportunities and challenges, and plan and execute effective strategies.

Canvas reports were a great tool for creating simple, ad-hoc reports in SAP SuccessFactors. However, they had some limitations that prevented them from meeting the growing and changing needs of HR reporting.

For example, Canvas reports:

  • Could only access limited data sources, such as master data and some transactional data
  • It had a complex and cumbersome interface that required technical skills and knowledge
  • Lacked advanced visualisation and storytelling capabilities that could make the reports more appealing and persuasive

That’s why SAP SuccessFactors replaced Canvas reports with a more comprehensive and modern solution: People Stories.

The Power of People Stories

People Stories is a new reporting framework that leverages the power of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), a cloud-based analytics platform that integrates with SAP SuccessFactors. People Stories allows you to create and deliver insightful, impactful, and engaging HR analytics. With People Stories, you can:

  • Access rich data sets from SAP SuccessFactors, such as master data, transactional data, and calculated data
  • Use a user-friendly interface that guides you through the steps of building insightful reports
  • Choose from various visualisation options, such as charts, tables, maps, and gauges, to present your data most effectively.
  • Add annotations, comments, and narratives to your reports to tell compelling stories with your data.
  • Share and collaborate on your reports with your colleagues and stakeholders via email, PDF, or online links.

People Stories empowers you to make better HR decisions with data-driven insights. With People Stories, you can:

  • Gain real-time insights into workforce trends and performance, such as turnover, retention, engagement, diversity, and productivity.
  • Proactively identify potential issues and opportunities, such as skill gaps, talent shortages, flight risks, and high-potential.
  • Develop and implement data-driven talent management strategies, such as hiring, development, succession, and compensation.
  • Enhance communication and collaboration across your HR teams, as well as with your business leaders and managers.

People Stories also supports your strategic planning and organisational growth. With People Stories, you can:

  • Align your HR initiatives with your business goals and objectives, such as revenue, profitability, customer satisfaction, and innovation
  • Improve your resource allocation and talent management, such as optimising your headcount, budget, and workforce mix
  • Provide data-backed justification for your HR investments, such as training, technology, and benefits
  • Make evidence-based decisions that give you a competitive edge in the market and the industry

Your Path Forward

If you are ready to embrace the evolution of HR reporting with People Stories, you might be wondering: how do you get started? How do you migrate your existing Canvas reports to People Stories? How do you learn and master the new reporting framework?

Don’t worry; we are here to help. Rolling Arrays is a leading SAP SuccessFactors partner specialising in HR analytics and reporting. We have the expertise and experience to help you transition from Canvas to People Stories. We can help you with:

  • Understanding your data migration options and potential challenges, such as data quality, data security, and data governance
  • Providing training and support resources for your users of all levels, from beginners to experts
  • Sharing best practices and tips for building impactful reports with People Stories, such as choosing the right data sources, visualisations, and stories

You can future-proof your HR reporting with People Stories by partnering with us. You can benefit from:

  • Continuous innovation and feature updates from SAP, such as new data sources, visualisations, and stories
  • Scalability to meet your future needs and evolving data landscapes, such as adding new modules, integrations, and dimensions
  • Staying ahead of the curve in the HR analytics space, as People Stories is the leading reporting framework for SAP SuccessFactors


HR analytics is not just a nice-to-have but a must-have for your success. HR analytics can help you make better decisions, drive better outcomes, and achieve better organisational results.

People Stories is the new, powerful reporting framework that can help you elevate your HR analytics in SAP SuccessFactors. People Stories can help you access and analyse rich data sets, create and deliver insightful and impactful reports, and support your strategic planning and organisational growth.

If you are a SAP SuccessFactors customer, don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the power of data-driven insights with People Stories. Contact Rolling Arrays today and let us help you navigate the transition to People Stories and unlock the full potential of your HR analytics in SAP SuccessFactors.

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