SAP Asia’s HR team acts as a stabilising influence on the company, which is undergoing rapid change along with the rest of the technology-driven world. Responsible for managing the strategic aspects of HR related to organisational design, HR also has a strong emphasis on growing talent, simplifying the organisation and building leadership capabiltiies. For example, the team has successfully increased efficiency with a talent plan that has actively attracted and pipelined candidates for particular skills and job functions, and has put in place an integrated leadership framework that manages the complete leadership life cycle. The Asia-Pacific and Japan team recently won plaudits with the radical simplification of a learning project, which led to the highest adoption rates for the business anywhere in the world. With 10 companies acquired over the last five years, workforce integration will continue to be a critical function for this team.