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Top 3 Benefits of Current State Analysis for Employee Central

19 October, 2015 Lori Marra 0 Comments

Fotolia_90931660_XSEmployee Central is a global HR information system (HRIS) offered by SuccessFactors that includes functionality like complete workforce data, social collaboration, powerful analytics, seamless integrations, and add-on modules.

When implementing a system like this, we believe it is vital to conduct a current state analysis to identify and document the present set of circumstances in order to help envision the future state of your business. It is very important to review current state with respect to  your systems, processes, procedures, and organizational structure. Ideally, the people who should be involved in your current state analysis are HR practitioners, SMEs, the project team, system administrators, and decision makers. In this post, we offer three benefits of doing a current state analysis.

1. Discover the “why”

Why are things done the way they are today? The detailed answers around this question will help your organization uncover the reasons behind systems and processes and the rationale for how things are done today. It will help you discover the root cause of problems and proceed to solve them. A good implementation should always start with recognizing what has been in order to recognize what could be.

2. Establish a common foundation

Throughout the implementation, all parties are a team. Working together towards the same goal will create a concrete foundation for the life of the project. A good implementation considers industry and organizational needs and requirements. Laying a foundation early on will help drive consistency and expectations across teams. This foundation will give everyone the necessary tools to provide the best future state recommendations.  

3. Align with your stakeholders

Not aligning with stakeholders is a common mistake and is often done too late in the process. Providing a “this is where we are now” and “this is where we are headed” picture will align stakeholders with the implementation team’s focus. Stakeholders can review and provide feedback and recommendations to help shape the future state direction.


These are just a few benefits of doing a current state analysis. Additional recommendations are to have a current state checklist, manage risks, manage time, take notes, and include the right participants. A current state analysis typically takes 1-2 weeks--  and typically begins with speaking with SMEs, HR practitioners, and business partners.  If you’re interested in getting the full scope of benefits around what a current state analysis entails, check out our recent webinar or contact us to speak with one of our consultants.

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Lori Marra

Lori Marra is Service Director, Employee Central at 3D Results. Lori oversees all aspects of the Employee Central practice area. She has over 15 years of experience as an HR systems professional focused on project management, process improvement, and software implementations.

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