SAP Japan Fosters HR Digital Transformation


According to Gartner, a humanized HR technology strategy along with the adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP), virtual assistants (VAs), and virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are essential for a robust HR digital transformation.

In today’s new world of hybrid work environments, Japanese companies from diverse industries have recently partnered with SAP to keep pace with the rapidly evolving HR operations and employee expectations. Manufacturer of ethical pharmaceuticals and functional foods Nippon Shinyaku Co., Ltd., supplier of electronics and medical devices Yokowo Co., Ltd., and multinational car maker Toyota Motor Corporation selected SAP SuccessFactors to deliver enhanced employee experiences, support HR core operations, and transform corporate culture under one platform.

SAP SuccessFactors is the German tech giant’s cloud-based human resource management solution that helps organizations deliver exceptional employee experiences. The SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite offers intelligent solutions that connect core HR operations such as HR and payroll, talent management, sales performance management, and people analytics. The solution has received several recognitions from renowned research and consulting firms including the most recent one from Gartner which named SAP as a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Cloud HCM Suites for 1,000+ Employee Enterprises for the seventh consecutive year.

Nippon Shinyaku’s HR Digital Transformation

Back in 2019, Research and development-oriented drug manufacturer Nippon Shinyaku announced its Medium-Term Management Plan with business sustainability at the core of the strategy.  (InsideSAP Asia often references articles from websites in other languages to bring you as much information as possible.) Aside from shifting to a more flexible personnel policy, the company ultimately aims to create an organizational culture wherein each individual takes an active role in the transformation. 

In partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Japan, Nippon Shinyaku rolled out the SAP SuccessFactors implementation project in 2021 to fulfill the company’s needs to integrate and utilize personnel and payroll processes and talent management functions under a single platform to deliver a standardized HR system. Within a year, the pharmaceutical manufacturer was able to introduce solutions for core HR and talent management operations and has developed a hybrid system that allows coordination between Japanese and global employees.

In addition to SAP SuccessFactors, the Japanese company also implemented the SAP Business Technology Platform, a unified, business-centric, and open platform for the entire SAP ecosystem. Harnessing the capabilities of SAP BTP, TCS Japan developed a transfer simulation function–now being implemented at full-scale– for optimal employee placement.

Nippon Shinyaku intends to further utilize SAP SuccessFactors to support succeeding global HR strategies.

Yokowo’s Corporate Culture Transformation

Recognizing the drastic decline in the birthrate and progressing aging population, the electronics devices specialist Yokowo needed a system that can drive employee engagement while delving into the strengths and competencies of its employees to be able to remain agile and competitive in the international market.  (InsideSAP Asia often references articles from websites in other languages to bring you as much information as possible.) In collaboration with Deloitte Tohmatsu, one of the largest professional services groups in Japan with expertise in HR digital transformation, Yokowo implemented SAP SuccessFactors to deliver a global talent management system.

The Japanese company’s HR transformation project revolved around strengthening employee engagement, building a world-class job-based personnel system, and implementing a system that supports education and learning for employees’ carer advancement. Implemented in two phases, the pilot of the new personnel system began in May 2022 followed by a full-scale operation in October.

Toyota’s HRD Advancement

SAP Japan also announced early this month the adoption of SAP SuccessFactors by global car manufacturer Toyota in a bid to advance talent management and promotion.  (InsideSAP Asia often references articles from websites in other languages to bring you as much information as possible.) Acknowledging the HXM suite’s flexibility and compatibility with the company’s HRD operations, Toyota intends to utilize the core functions of the HXM suite harnessing human resource data in driving diversity while enhancing business operations .

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