The purpose of this page is to provide an overview of the Talent Pool features and point to helpful documentation with more information.
Talent Pools offer an alternative approach to succession planning by allowing you to group successors. They can also be used to group your talent for non succession related needs like development plans, rotation programs, or high-potential pools.
This is mainly intended for managing mid-tier (non-critical) positions, where you don't need specific successors for a position, but you can have groups of successors shared across positions.
For complete information on MDF Talent Pools, please refer to the Administration Guide - Talent Pools (MDF).
How are Talent Pools associated to positions?
To better understand how this works for Succession Planning, let's look at the diagram below.
- Users are added to a Talent Pool, where they can have an associated Readiness rating and Notes for the nomination;
- For a Talent Pool to be used for Succession Planning, it needs to be associated to a Job Role;
- Incumbents and Positions are also associated to Job Roles, via the Job Code attribute (users) or via the Job Classification object (positions).
- Once you have a Job Role that has positions and a Talent Pool associated to it, we consider that the Talent Pool is acting as a group of successors to those associated positions. And then, the Talent Pool starts appearing in the Succession Org Chart as the group of successors to that position.
Are there different versions of Talent Pools?
There are two versions of pool-based succession planning: Legacy Talent Pools and MDF Talent Pools. The Legacy Talent Pools feature is being retired, so all customers should migrate to the new MDF Talent Pools. See the planned retirement dates below:
- End of development: Starting from Q1 2017, functional enhancements will only be made to the MDF Talent Pools version.
- End of maintenance: The last release in which maintenance activities, such as code fixes, will be applied to Legacy Talent Pools is Q1 2018. As of Q2 2018, no more maintenance activities will be performed for older versions.
- End of life: The last release in which customers can productively use Legacy Talent Pools is Q1 2019. As of Q2 2019, we will automatically activate the new MDF Talent Pools version for all those customers who have not yet enabled it themselves.
How to migrate to MDF Talent Pools?
Note: All instances with Non-MDF Talent Pools has been migrated to MDF Talent Pools as of Q2 2019.
In case of any reverted cases, customers who have Legacy Talent Pools can migrate to the new MDF Talent Pools without having to engage an Implementation Partner. The key steps are:
- Export your legacy talent pools to a CSV file.
- Submit a ticket to SAP Cloud Support to enable MDF talent pools in your system.
- Import your legacy talent pool data using the MDF import tool.
- Use ad-hoc reports to download your legacy talent pool nominations.
- Import successors to your newly created MDF talent pools.
- Assign necessary permissions for administrators and succession planners using role-based permissions (RBP).
For complete information on how to migrate to MDF Talent Pools, refer to the Administration Guide - Migrating from Legacy to MDF Talent Pools.
MDF Talent Pools UI
As part of the b1705 SuccessFactors release, the MDF Talent Pools UI was redesigned and now it is aligned with Fiori standards. The new UI also introduces filtering and sorting options for Talent Pools and Nominations, also allowing the customer to configure their own specific criteria. In addition, it also includes Performance enhancements, like lazy loading of Talent Pools, which removes the previously recommended maximum number of Talent Pools. For more information on the MDF Talent Pools UI and on what's possible to configure, please refer to the Wiki Page MDF Talent Pools - UI overview and configuration options.
Features and configuration options
For more information on the Talent Pool features and its configuration options, refer to the Wiki Page MDF Talent Pools - Features and configuration options.