SAP Innovation Partner of the Year - that's us!

SAP innovation partner of the year

Talk about starting 2024 in a really good way! During this year's SAP Partner kick off, Sariba was crowned with the prestigious title 'SAP Innovation Partner of the Year' for Norway.

"For us, this award is an important recognition of all the effort we have put into innovation and product development. At Sariba, we have been working for a number of years to take SAP SuccessFactors ` excellent HR solution and adapt it to the Nordic market. The award is a confirmation that we have the right and important focus, which will give us both drive and direction in the time to come. This award means that all the hours and work we put into product development and innovation are recognized, which is fun, motivating and inspiring.

So why is Sariba so dedicated to innovation? According to our CEO, Lionel Layerle, it's about shaping the future and meeting our customers' needs in an ever-changing HR arena:

"Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We live in a time where change is the only constant, especially in technology. By being at the forefront of these changes, we can offer our customers cutting-edge solutions that not only meet, but exceed their expectations. We want to give our customers the tools they need to thrive in an ever-changing business environment."

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Lionel Layerle


"Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We live in a time where change is the only constant, especially in technology" - Lionel Layerle, CEO of Sariba

Why is innovation so central to Sariba? Here are some of the key moments that Lionel shares:

  • Reducing complexity for our customers: Innovation is our lever to develop solutions that simplify and reduce the complexity of new functionality. We want to make it easy for our customers to adopt the latest in HR and technology.
  • Opening doors to new opportunities: By working with innovation, we give our customers, and the ecosystem around us, access to new and more opportunities for digitizing HR processes. It's simply about being at the forefront.
  • Relevance to existing customers: By being innovative, we ensure that we are always relevant to our existing customers. We want to be a reliable partner that grows and develops together with our customers.
  • Attractive for new customers: Innovation gives new customers the opportunity to adopt one of the most complete and innovative HR solutions available on the market, quickly and easily

When we take a closer look at Sariba's dedication to innovation, Lionel gives us a clear picture of the company's vision. But how have we moved from words to action? The right man to answer this is Halvard Løchen, Sariba's CDO and Product Manager.

Can you tell us what specifically Sariba has done on the innovation front, Halvard?

"Yes, of course! For several years, we have invested considerable resources in building a modeling company. As many people know, it is SAP SuccessFactors is a modular system, consisting of one module per HR process. In Sariba's model company, we have created one template per module. These templates are based on best practices, both procedurally, technically and methodologically. The goal is to reduce 'Time to Value' for our customers, while reducing the complexity of the projects we run".

"We have also developed add-ons that digitize areas that are not covered by SAP SuccessFactors . SAP SuccessFactors supports the vast majority of HR processes, but there are local processes that are not covered well enough. In these cases, we have developed our own solutions, such as Sariba Care, our proprietary solution for sick leave follow-up. We do this to be able to offer a solution that covers everything within HR".

"Finally, I would like to emphasize that we have invested a lot of time in having a close and good dialogue with SAP to further develop existing solutions and adapt them to local market needs."

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Halvard Løchen


"The goal is to reduce 'Time to Value' for our customers, while reducing the complexity of the projects we run" - Halvard Løchen CDO

Why was Sariba SAP innovation partner of the year?

We thought it was appropriate to include the three-part explanation from SAP Norway as to why Sariba received this award.

  1. Sariba stands out by embracing new SAP products designed to reduce implementation time on SuccessFactors. They also actively participate in pilot groups, which gives them a competitive advantage in the face of local SME players. At the same time, this contributes to a reduction in complexity for customers.
  2. By creating a dedicated product development department, Sariba has created a culture that fosters both innovation and new technology. This approach allows them to stay on top of ever-changing trends.
  3. Sariba is actively engaged and spends time and resources in both meetings and documentation work together with us at SAP. The goal is to influence how our products will work in the future and at the same time ensure that they are adapted to Norwegian laws and regulations in the best possible way.

With the prestigious award in the bag, we're taking a big and exciting leap into 2024! Want to know what we at Sariba are currently working on? Or what we can help you with? Then you're more than welcome to get in touch.