Jeremy Masters

Author, speaker, and HR technology expert

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Refreshing the UI: HR Renewal, HR Desktop and Mobility

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During the HR2013 Conference in Las Vegas this year, I was honored to be the moderator of a panel “SAPexperts LIVE! Panel Discussion: Recent Enhancements to Employee Self-Service/Manager Self-Service”. You can also check out the video posted on Youtube video here.

During the session, there were several key themes resonating, but one of which was the new program from SAP called HR Renewal.

HR Renewal

HR Renewal is a program started a few years back from SAP that was meant to refresh the user experience for HR. It’s now also being extended to include ESS and MSS start screens, with shipments scheduled later in 2013.  The basic idea was to refresh the user experience for the HR functionalities within XSS (think self service for HR Professionals), as well as ESS and MSS. This is a response to some of SAP’s competitors (e.g. Workday) and the overall direction needed from SAP to provide functionality outside of the SAP GUI.

Some other useful blogs on the subject include those from Jarret Pazahanick (SCN | Twitter)  in SCN:

New SAP HCM Functionality – HR Renewal 1.0 – Initial primer (dated June 1, 2012)

SAP New HR Renewal Functionality and Roadmap – Additional information (dated Oct 10, 2012) from Jarret on HR Renewal.

SAP HCM Enhancement Package 6 and HR Renewal – Overview (from Dec 19, 2012)  of a key points of an HR Renewal Podcast

HR Renewal, ESS, MSS

Landing Page for HR for HR Renewal

Jarret also did a nice podcast not too long ago with the folks from Insider Learning Network. You can listen to that here.

For those of you who have a license to SAPExperts, you can read here about the HR Renewal program from Jean-Bernard Rolland, Vice President, HR Solutions, SAP.  (SAPExperts Login Required)

The standard SAP Documentation is here for HR renewal 1.0 Support Package (SP) 10, which is also referred to as “HR renewal 1.0 Feature Pack 3”.

For additional information on the HR Renewal, you can check out the SAP Note 1701634 (HR renewal 1.0: Release Information Note). (SAP Marketplace Login Required). You’ll also want to check out SAP Note 1691232 (Installing SAP HR renewal 1.0 on ERP 6.0 EHP6). (SAP Marketplace Login Required).

If you are on Twitter, you can follow the Solution Owner, Robert Moeller. His handle is @Robert_SAP. In fact, he sat down with the SAP HCM Insights Podcast team to record a session which you can listen to here.

Below is the latest Product availability matrix from SAP, where you can clearly see:

  • HR Renewal is the successor to the MSS Add-On 1.0
  • SAP enhancement package 6 for SAP ERP 6.0 is a prerequisite
  • No current successor products/releases for this at this time
HR Renewal

Product availability matrix/version for HR Renewal

HR Desktop

For those companies not on ECC 6.0 Enhancement Package 6, or for those looking for alternatives to SAP’s HR Renewal functionality, Worklogix’s HR Desktop offers another compelling UI for SAP HCM. The HR Desktop offers a full suite HCM visualization, including quick access to employee information and organizational data. HR Desktop forms an important backbone for Worklogix’s eForms (HCM Processes & Forms). For more information about the HR Desktop, click here, or you can contact me directly.

HR Desktop Employee Profile

Employee Profile HR Desktop by Worklogix


HR Desktop Form Wizard

HR Desktop Form Wizard by Worklogix

Mobile Desktop

In addition to this, the HR Desktop has a mobile framework for customers. The mobile framework – call the Mobile Desktop – offers customers with a cost-attractive solution to manage HR processes end-to-end from a mobile device.

Mobile Desktop

Menu screen for the Mobile Desktop by Worklogix

Mobile Desktop

Approval screen for the Mobile Desktop by Worklogix

Regardless of technology choice above (or other options), it is clear that SAP customers are gaining more options on how to deploy their applications, and moreover – how to deploy applications using a user interface that will provide a consumer-grade experience to the end user.

Usability predicts user adoption. In today’s world, this is necessity and not a luxury.

Until next time,



Author: Jeremy Masters

Jeremy Masters is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Worklogix, a management and technology services firm specializing in enterprise application development and implementation support for HCM solutions. For 18 years, he has worked with the latest Talent Management and Self Service functionality within the SAP HCM suite and SuccessFactors, including Performance Management, Enterprise Compensation Management, ESS/MSS, Succession Planning, and E-Recruiting. He regularly presents at SAP Insider events and is the co-author of the following SAP PRESS books: Implementing Employee and Manager Self Services in SAP ERP HCM, SAP ERP HCM Performance Management, Enterprise Compensation Management in SAP ERP HCM, E-Recruiting with SAP ERP HCM, SAP ERP HCM Infotypes and SAP ERP Self-Service: Employee, Manager, and HR Renewal.

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  1. Jeremy, with every upgrade or improvement effort comes the request for proof of improvement or measurable results to be shared with key management. So as we progress through our HR Renewal 1.0 implementation what would you recommend for analysis/metrics for successful improvement of User Experience, user engagement, etc.

    Thank you!

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