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Technical Data

Technical Name of Business Function


Type of Business Function

Enterprise business function

Available As Of

SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0

Technical Usage

HCM Self-Services

Application Component

Talent Management (PA-TM)

Directly Dependent Business Function You Need to Activate


You can use this business function to perform the core processes for Talent Management such as Succession Planning or talent development for your enterprise.

Caution Caution

Important legal information

We recommend that you use this business function together with SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa since this product gives the users a graphical and organization-oriented view of Succession Planning and the job architecture. Note, however, that in this case you need to purchase your own license for using the product SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa. For more information about SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa, see SAP Notes 1501039, 1223936, and 1223938.

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The business function has the following advantages:

  • It provides the employees and managers, as well as talent management specialists in the personnel department of your enterprise with user-friendly user interfaces for entering and editing all relevant information. The user interfaces are specifically designed for occasional users and offer them services that can be used intuitively.

  • It gets current talent data from various processes, saves it consistently to one place, and provides it where it is required for Talent Management.

  • It supports the decision-making processes in your enterprise with regard to identifying the most valuable talents or possible successors for the positions that must not remain vacant.

  • It offers close integration with Performance Management. This ensures a consistent appraisal process that enables transparency of the performance and potential of employees throughout your enterprise.

  • If you purchase a license for SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa, integration with this product provides the users with a simple, graphical, and organizational-structures-oriented option for displaying and editing information for Succession Planning and the job architecture.

Caution Caution

Note that the functions of this business function are not initially available in all languages. For more information, see SAP Note 1223937.

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  • You have installed the following components as of the version mentioned:

    Type of Component


    Only Required for the Following Functions

    Software Component

    EA-HR 604

    SAP NetWeaver

    SAP NetWeaver – Enterprise Portal 7.01

    SAP NetWeaver

    SAP NetWeaver – Adobe Document Services 7.01

    Creation of handouts for the talent review meeting

    SAP NetWeaver

    SAP NetWeaver – Internet Graphics Service 7.01

    SAP NetWeaver

    SAP NetWeaver – Knowledge Provider 7.01

    Storage of attachments and notes (for the talent profile, talent review meeting, and talent groups)

    External product

    SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa

    Graphical user interface for Succession Planning and job architecture

    External product

    Adobe Flash Player*

    Talent review meeting

    Talent profile for managers and talent management specialists

    Talent development

    Talent assessment by manager

    Portal content

    Business Package for Talent Management Specialist 1.40

    Business Package for Manager Self-Service 1.41

    Business Package for Employee Self-Service 1.41

    * The most recent version of Adobe Flash Player must be installed on the PC of a talent management specialist or manager if he or she wants to use one of the following functions:

    • Call talent review meeting in presentation mode

    • Display an employee's resume in the talent profile

    • Edit development plan

    • Perform talent assessment

  • You have activated the Embedded Search in SAP ERP (ERP_ENTERPRISESEARCH) business function.

    For more information about the required Embedded Search version, see SAP Note 1273780. For more information on the Embedded Search, see Embedded Search.

  • In your system, a Business Partner object (object type BP) exists for each of the central persons (object type CP).

    For more information, see Integration with SAP Business Partner.

  • You are using the Organizational Management application component and have configured it accordingly.


Roles in Talent Management

Employees, managers, and talent management specialists are involved in the Talent Management processes.

For more information, see Roles in Talent Management.

Talent Profile

The talent profile provides employees, managers, and talent management specialists with services for entering all information relevant for Talent Management about an employee. The employee enters some of the data (for example, work experience or mobility) his or herself. The manager and/or talent management specialist adds further information (for example, an assessment of the performance or potential of the employee in question).

The talent profile thus groups the information that you need for critical processes (such as conducting talent review meetings) in one location. You no longer need to manually merge and consolidate the talent data from different sources of information.

For more information, see Talent Profile.

Talent Group

The talent management specialist can use this function to assign employees to talent groups and thereby structure the pool of talents in your enterprise in larger logical units. For example, you can use talent groups to group talents based on their suitability, or to map their assignment to a program.

For more information, see Talent Group.

Talent Review Meeting

The talent management specialist can use this function to prepare and conduct talent review meetings. For example, during the preparation phase, the talent management specialist can specify the participants for the talent review meeting, compose an agenda, and create a handout that contains information about all talents to be discussed.

During the talent review meeting, participants can see the talent data for all nominated talents and use this data to discuss and compare the talents, and, for example, calibrate the talents in a grid. Instead of discussions based on static presentations or fixed information on paper, the participants always have an up-to-date view of the talent information. The minute taker can store changes and agreements that are instantly visible to everyone.

For more information, see Talent Review Meeting.

Side-By-Side Comparison

A talent management specialist or manager can use this function to compare the talent profiles of two or more employees. The side-by-side comparison is available during the talent review meeting. For example, managers can use the side-by-side comparison to decide which employees they want to nominate for which talent group.

For more information, see Side-By-Side Comparison.

Succession Planning

The talent management specialist can use this function to ensure that the important positions in your enterprise are identified and if these positions are to become vacant that they can be filled quickly and adequately. For example, he or she can indicate positions as relevant for Succession Planning and assign suitable employees as possible successors. He or she can specify a ranking sequence for the assigned successors and their readiness.

For more information, see Succession Planning.

Note Note

If you purchase a license for SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa, the talent management specialists can perform this function with a graphical user interface and also compare possible successors with each other and with the requirements of the key position. Managers can also use SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa to nominate positions as key positions.

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Talent Development

You can use this function to set up longer-term development plans for your talents and monitor their progress. For example, these development plans can be a result of follow-up from a talent review meeting, or the identification of an employee as a successor for a key position.

For more information, see Talent Development.

Job Architecture and Organizational Basics

This function enables the talent management specialist to group and then jointly edit jobs and positions using flexible criteria and views. The job architecture that previously comprised jobs and positions is enhanced by functional areas and job families. For example, the talent management specialist can assign qualifications to the functional areas, job families, jobs, and positions. The qualifications are passed on to the entire substructure.

For more information, see Organizational Basics of Talent Management.

Note Note

If you purchase a license for SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa, talent management specialists can use a graphical user interface to edit the job architecture.

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