5 Questions with SAP Mentor Danielle Larocca

By Posted May 4th, 2015

5 Questions with SAP Mentor Danielle Larocca

Last week, SAP AG named the newest additions to the SAP Mentor program. We’re pleased to announce that SpinifexIT’s very own Danielle Larocca was on that list and has been named as an SAP Mentor for the coming year.

You might be wondering just what an SAP Mentor is and what their responsibilities are. An SAP Mentor is a big influencer in the SAP world and an expert in a specific area related to SAP products or services.

“SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most of the 130 mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions of community-driven projects,” said Mark Finnern, SAP’s Chief Community Evangelist.

So how did Danielle Larocca earn this tremendous honor? Danielle has been working in the SAP sphere for the past 20 years. She has written several books on SAP HCM and HCM reporting and has been a featured speaker at numerous SAP conferences around the world.

5 Questions with SAP Mentor Danielle Larocca

  1. Tell us a little bit about the SAP Mentor program. What do you hope to achieve as a Mentor?

DL: The SAP Mentor program helps customers stay in the know and drives community projects. As an SAP Mentor, I hope to forge new relationships, communicate product knowledge, stay current with the latest advancements and raise awareness of the Mentor program internationally.

I am really excited to bring my expertise to the program and to become more connected with customers and partners. 

  1. The HCM software market is going through rapid changes. How has the SAP HCM market changed in the past ten years in ways that were different from what you expected?

DL: The introduction of cloud-based technologies has added a level of complexity far beyond anything we have seen in the past ten years. The introduction of new concepts, acronyms, platforms, architecture is different from what I expected, and almost requires a new training for a lot of users. Additionally a lot of these new technologies are outside the comfort zone for most SAP HCM users.

  1. What are the biggest reporting challenges customers will face after going to the cloud?

DL: I think that one of the biggest challenges is to become familiar with all the different reporting solutions offered in the cloud. SuccessFactors has even more reporting options than on-premise, each with its own limitations and considerations. In SuccessFactors, like SAP On-Premise reporting, certain tools can only be used for specific modules. For example, in an SAP on-premise environment, you would use the Wage Type Reporter to report on payroll results, but it would not be used to report on master data. Similarly, in SuccessFactors, you would use the Dashboards solution to report goals, competencies, performance, recruiting, compensation, and succession, but not for payroll results. 

  1. There are varying opinions on how quickly customers should move to the cloud. What do you recommend?

DL: I would follow Mike Ettling’s advice: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Each customer will move at their own pace. I would recommend each customer create a plan and strategy for where they want to go. There is no reason for customers to follow a “rip and replace” method.

  1. What are your goals for 2015?

DL: My main goal for 2015 is to learn more about HANA, Fiori, and Fieldglass. These technologies offer a new level of complexity that I am excited to master.

In my new role as SAP Mentor, I am excited to build relationships with customers and partners.