Keen to become an SAP SuccessFactors Consultant? Here are your options
Apr 11, 2022 Singapore
Lars Dalgaard came up with the idea for SuccessFactors in 2001.
It started as SaaS software for managing performance, but over time, it added business execution software to its list of services.
SAP bought SuccessFactors in February 2012 and changed the name to SAP SuccessFactors.
Most people saw the acquisition as a chance to add cloud expertise to SAP’s growing list of services.
It also lets SAP offer a full cloud-based HCM suite.
Over time it became one of the de facto Enterprise-grade HRMS, competing head-on with the likes of Workday and Oracle.
As of January 2022, SAP claimed SuccessFactors had 12,000 customers, with 191 million users in more than 200 countries.
Lastly, it is paramount that the Consultants are familiar with HR domain knowledge to help them better understand the HR terminology and processes to marry with the most ideal mix of SAP SuccessFactors solutions.
The rise of SAP SuccessFactors Consultant
The exponential growth for SAP SuccessFactors means a spike in demand for SAP SuccessFactors Consultants.
An SAP SuccessFactors Consultant works closely with senior business and IT stakeholders to understand their business requirements and contribute to the design and implementation of their HCM solution.
The consulting bit comes into play as they are required to advise, lead and work on high-impact activities within the systems development life cycle and provide advisory work for the HR IT function of organisations.
They also support the deconstructing of critical business problems to identify value areas and structure and implement complex technology solutions around SAP solutions
And in support of technology-enabled business change, SAP SuccessFactors Consultants also play a part in delivering advisory services and leading practices on integrator selection, vendor selection, application studies, solution architecture, or program diagnostics and recovery.
How does one become an SAP SuccessFactors consultant?
There are four ways one can do to make the first step into an SAP SuccessFactors career.
1. Pursue an SAP Certification
Given that SAP is the company that owns SuccessFactors, it is obvious to start looking at SAP to gather more information.
SAP has its training arm, and it awards SAP certification that anyone can apply to learn and take an exam to secure the certificate.
Although a good starting point, the “experience” you get is purely academic with no real-world experience to validate.
2. Attend SAP SuccessFactors training by non-accredited providers
You can also consider learning from unofficial learning providers who may carry similar curricula to help you pick up SAP SuccessFactors.
You can even find such courses on Udemy, although they do not come with any certification.
3. Join a Consulting company as an SAP SuccessFactors trainee Consultant
Many consulting companies are open to hiring trainees and providing real-life project exposure for one to learn on the job.
Given these are actual projects and time is money, learning usually takes a backseat vis-a-vis the necessity to ensure work for the client is on track.
That might lead to unstructured learning, which impedes your capability to develop well as an SAP SuccessFactors Consultant.
4.Enroll for Rolling Arrays HR Tech Academy
Established in 2016, Rolling Arrays’ HR Tech Academy is a culmination of the best-structured learning, certification, and subsequently converting that newly-gained knowledge into a practical experience with real case studies.
Selected aspiring SAP SuccessFactors Consultants will go through a 3-months program to become ready for the forefront of SAP SuccessFactors.
And as one of the top SAP SuccessFactors Implementation partners in Asia, Rolling Arrays also hires graduates and mid-career professionals in perm roles.
So it is a through-train program from an academy to a well-paying job in SAP SuccessFactors.
About Rolling Arrays
Rolling Arrays has been driving SAP SuccessFactors-led HR Transformation since 2009. The company specialises in SF consulting, implementation, and support and also builds applications to enhance the utility of the SuccessFactors platform. It is committed to designing systems that help its customers to attract, develop and retain talented individuals. In 2021, Rolling Arrays was recognized as one of the top 75 fastest-growing companies in Singapore by The Straits Times & Statista.