A lot has happened at HR 2014 since my first update on Tuesday morning.
Of everything I’ve seen thus far, one of my favorite events was the panel discussion in Bay Lake between Sharon Newton (@sharonnewton) and Steve Bogner (@stevebogner), moderated by Brandon Toombs (@brandontoombs).
One of the best quotes–made in jest, of course–was that “you’ll have to fire everyone,” in response to an attendee asking what moving to the cloud would mean for their staff. It was obvious from the questions and answers that cloud and on-premises each have their pros and cons, and I took away that a hybrid model will provide companies with new functionality from the cloud, while continuing the stability from the many years that SAP ECC has been around.
Talking with others at the conference, confusion is still high about what route companies should being taking, and how quickly they should take it. The SAP Roadmap does not provide the guidance most people feel comfortable with in the short or long-term. Ripping out an on-premises investment is not likely to happen quickly (or soon) by companies. The cloud has a purpose, and SuccessFactors provides some great functionality that may be right for a company to incorporate, but I don’t see it as a foregone conclusion that it is the only way to go.
All-in-all, the conference continues to be educational, and I look forward to seeing what the rest of HR 2014 will hold.
Check out some more pictures from HR 2014 below: