SAP SuccessFactors President Mike Ettling Tells 'Firing Line with Bill Kutik' Finance & HCM are Key Together

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Nov 16, 2016) - SAP SuccessFactors President Mike Ettling tells Bill Kutik that the enduring connection between HCM and financial software systems is the key to running any business.

Ettling's comments come on the current edition of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®" which begins on YouTube today. Watch the new episode at

Ettling tells Kutik: "If you think of business, forget all the MBA textbooks, forget all the books which have been written on business and management. There are really only two levers or two stick shifts you can pull. One is people; the other is money."

"[Coordinating them is] like driving a stick shift car," Ettling says. "Any CEO, any leader, has to be very cognizant of how to pull those levers to get the results."

Ettling also takes a strong stance on the controversial topic of performance management, saying that it needs to be a high-quality, continuous conversation, rather than a once-a-year appraisal.

Finally he comes down firmly on the side of work/life blend, after Kutik points out that Ettling himself took chunks of time for paternity leave after the recent birth of his daughter.

Commenting on the interview, Bill Kutik, host and managing editor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®" says: "Management and personal insights from top executives like Mike Ettling are just two aspects of the value 'Firing Line' delivers to its audience with each program as we explore HR and the technology enabling it."

The monthly "Firing Line" series has received nearly 58,000 views on YouTube since its debut last year. SAP (NYSE: SAP) is the inaugural sponsor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®." Other sponsors of the program, now finishing its second season, include ADP and Infor.

About Bill Kutik

As the HR industry's leading independent analyst, Bill Kutik is considered one of the top four influencers in the HR technology marketplace. For 27 years, he has been Technology Columnist for "Human Resource Executive®" and served as founding co-chair of the magazine's famous annual HR Technology® Conference & Expo, since it began in 1998 through 2013.

In 2012, Human Resource Executive named him one of the 10 "Most Powerful HR Technology Experts" and The Huffington Post in 2013 listed him in "Top 100 Social HR Experts on Twitter."

Previously, he reported for "The New York Times" and "The New York Daily News." He has a BA degree from Harvard University. He can be reached at

Bill Kutik, HR industry analyst and host of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik" Mike Ettling, president, SAP SuccessFactors