Learn Education (c) Pixabay/GeraltSAP has announced that NAF (formerly National Academy Foundation) has selected SAP Successfactors to help fulfil its mission. NAF will implement SuccessFactors Recruiting, SAP SuccessFactors Learning solutions and SAP Jam Collaboration.

It will use the modules to strengthen the functionality and benefits of MyNAFTrack. MyNAFTrack is a portal that brings together graduates from NAF academies and corporates. It matches NAFTrack certified high school graduates with job opportunities and resources provided by NAFTrack corporate partners.

The relationship between SAP and NAF goes back several years. In 2016 at SuccessFactors Connect in Las Vegas, SAP pledged to donate $1 for every tweet containing both #sconnect16 and #BeFutureReady. The initiative raised over $10,000 in total. In total, SAP North America has provided more than $2,500,000 of resources to the non-profit organisation. SAP recently become a hiring partners at NAF as well. Jennifer Morgan, Executive Board Member Global Customer Operations at SAP sits on the board member at NAF.

Greg Tomb, President, SAP SuccessFactors (Image credit Linkedin)
Greg Tomb, President, SAP SuccessFactors

Founded in 1982, NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the United States. In 2017/18 more than 100,000 students attended 644 NAF academies studying a range of subjects, including STEM. It aims to provide students with practical education that prepares them for a working environment and through MyNAFTrack matches up students with job opportunities at hiring partner organisations.

SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb commented:“NAF knows that its success as an organization is predicated on giving students the tools, resources and connections they need to succeed. We are proud to partner with NAF to create the ultimate student experience, which will positively impact their lives and, in the future, the businesses those students will one day join.

Not traditional HCM implementation

This is not the normal win for SAP SuccesFactors. NAF will use the modules selected to strengthen MyNAFTrack certified hiring. Its aims to increase the impact on students its serves tenfold. This is a lofty ambition. The intent is to increase the functionality within MyNAFTrack, though the release falls short of exactly what it will offer. The inference is that MyNAFTrack will offer additional learning resources using the SAP SuccessFactors LMS. It will also assist companies through the recruiting process with the recruitment module.

NAF President JD Hoye commented: “To close the skills gap and increase academic achievement, especially in underserved communities, it is critical for education and business to work together. Just last year, SAP North America joined our growing list of corporate partners supporting NAFTrack Certified Hiring. With the recent selection of SAP SuccessFactors solutions, we’ll be better equipped to support an even larger group of students. Together with SAP, we can truly transform the high school experience and with it, prime our future leaders to compete in a competitive, global marketplace.”

What does this mean

As non-profits grow they often find that the software supporting their administrative and operational processes does not scale with them. This announcement will see NAF adopt a solution that should enable them to scale beyond what they have previously achieved.

For SAP this provides several opportunities. It strengthens the relationship between NAF and SAP. This already provides SAP with a diverse range of talent from across economical divides. It also provides a reference site in the US with a large number of users. This might open up other non-profits or organisations with similar requirements.


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