SAP Fieldglass


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What is SAP Fieldglass?

SAP Fieldglass is SAP’s cloud-based vendor management system (VMS) for supporting external workforce management and procurement. SAP Fieldglass manages external labor such as contractors, contingent workers, and freelancers. It also integrates with other SAP cloud solutions — with SAP Ariba to form a Procure-to-Pay suite and with SAP SuccessFactors to form Total Workforce Management.

The importance of functionality in a VMS like SAP Fieldglass has been amplified in recent years as external labor becomes more common in the “Gig Economy.” Businesses may be more likely to fill roles through external sources, and more workers are freelance as a career.

Many companies manage external workers without centralization, often on a department-by-department basis. The lack of a central view of external work makes it hard for these companies to track total spend and know if they are spending efficiently.

Tools and functionality within the SAP Fieldglass VMS include:

  • SAP Fieldglass Contingent Workforce Management
  • SAP Fieldglass Services Procurement
  • SAP Fieldglass Worker Profile Management
  • SAP Fieldglass Assignment Management
  • Procure-to-Pay integration with SAP Ariba
  • Total Workforce Management integration with SAP SuccessFactors

Key SAP Fieldglass Considerations for SAPinsiders

What is SAP Fieldglass?

SAP Fieldglass is SAP’s cloud-based vendor management system (VMS) for supporting external workforce management and procurement. SAP Fieldglass manages external labor such as contractors, contingent workers, and freelancers. It also integrates with other SAP cloud solutions — with SAP Ariba to form a Procure-to-Pay suite and with SAP SuccessFactors to form Total Workforce Management.

The importance of functionality in a VMS like SAP Fieldglass has been amplified in recent years as external labor becomes more common in the “Gig Economy.” Businesses may be more likely to fill roles through external sources, and more workers are freelance as a career.

Many companies manage external workers without centralization, often on a department-by-department basis. The lack of a central view of external work makes it hard for these companies to track total spend and know if they are spending efficiently.

Tools and functionality within the SAP Fieldglass VMS include:

  • SAP Fieldglass Contingent Workforce Management
  • SAP Fieldglass Services Procurement
  • SAP Fieldglass Worker Profile Management
  • SAP Fieldglass Assignment Management
  • Procure-to-Pay integration with SAP Ariba
  • Total Workforce Management integration with SAP SuccessFactors

Key SAP Fieldglass Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • Identify your need for contingent or contract labor and the tools you need to provide positive experiences for those roles. In our recent HR Technology State of the Market report, adoption of contingent and contract labor management tools was more common than traditional HR tools such as compensation and onboarding. Finding good contractors may be an essential option, with labor being harder to come due to the Great Resignation. Making it easier for your employees to bring external labor aboard with a VMS system like SAP Fieldglass can help provide consistent, positive experiences for your total workforce.
  • Untracked spending on external labor impacts the bottom line. SAP has tied SAP Fieldglass to SAP Ariba as part of Total Spend Management because it identified customers’ need to track total spend on all procurement — whether it be for labor, services, or goods. Knowing what your company spends on external labor can help your company figure out if it is using external labor correctly and make it easier to plan budgets overall.
  • SAP Fieldglass is part of SAP’s focus to integrate its cloud offerings. There are many VMS options to pick from, but current SAP customers may be interested in SAP Fieldglass because of its integration with other SAP applications. SAP CEO Christian Klein noted that SAP has been working to bring the same integration experience between SAP Fieldglass and other apps that traditional SAP ERP HCM had with the on-premise SAP ERP suite of applications.

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