HRchitect Tech Vendor News: New Sage ERP X3 Helps Businesses Do More, Faster, and from Anywhere

June 10, 2014

Sage North America announced the new Sage ERP X3 version 7, a global business management solution for midsized companies, designed to address businesses’ top challenges of winning new customers, reducing operating costs and growing revenue. Because companies with more accessible, usable data grow faster, Sage ERP X3 version 7 brings flexibility and an entirely redesigned Web and mobile experience, giving all employees the information they need wherever they are.

“We needed to automate our processes and increase efficiencies right across our business. Sage ERP X3 version 7 does just that,” said Stephanie McConnell, CFO, Vacuum Engineering & Materials. “It is really easy to use and we can access information on mobile devices, making our business and our people more efficient, which ultimately means we can focus on growing our business.”

How well employees can access, share and use information has a tremendous impact on a company’s ability to serve customers and grow revenue. Simplifying the management of complex business processes across the organization, Sage ERP X3 version 7 provides users with personal dashboards and intelligence tools, allowing them to monitor performance, serve customers better and be notified of events that require attention, when and where it is needed. Above all, its scalability and global management capabilities help businesses adapt to change quickly and expand into new markets, without expensive software and infrastructure costs.

Joe Langner, executive vice president and general manager of midmarket solutions for Sage North America, said: “A recent research study commissioned by Sage indicated that midmarket companies with improved data accessibility, quality, intelligence and usability can expect 35% more incremental revenue year over year than lower-performing companies. That’s roughly $980,000 incremental revenue a year for a company earning $42M annually in gross revenue, which is significant for any business.

“As companies grow, they can lose agility and profitable growth. Sage ERP X3 version 7 provides the tools to simplify and speed up the use of information to revive this growth.”

The redesigned Sage ERP X3 version 7 tackles businesses’ most pressing challenges with a host of new features, including a new intuitive Web and mobile interface based on HTML5 that supports common browsers and is highly personalizable by users. Version 7 also offers a variety of apps and comes with a mobility development kit, compatible with iOS, Windows Phone and most Android devices.

More information on the research study can be found here. For more on Sage ERP X3, please visit SageERPX3.com or follow us on Twitter @SagERPX3. Version 7 is the latest release of the Sage ERP solution for the midmarket, serving 4,500 customers and over 219,000 users globally.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 17 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Ramco announces global launch of HCM on Cloud

July 5, 2013

Bangalore, India–June 26, 2013 – Ramco Systems, an enterprise software product company focused on delivering ERP on Cloud, Tablets and Smart phones today announced the global launch of its comprehensive HR & Talent Management solution, Ramco HCM on Cloud (Human Capital Management). The launch also marked the unveiling of Ramco’s In-memory engine, Minnal which dramatically improves processing speed by up to 100 times.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, said, “The Enterprise Cloud market is growing rapidly with adoption across organizations of all sizes. Our investments in technology and our focus towards bringing Mobility, Gen-Y User interface, role-based WorkSpaces and In-memory engine into a Cloud-based offering has helped us carve a niche position, globally. After taking ERP and Aviation solutions on Cloud, we are now taking our comprehensive HR solution on Cloud. Our ability to offer a multi-country payroll that is flexible enough to integrate with any standard ERP has been a key differentiator in the global market. In order to capture the booming HR software market, we are also partnering with large ITeS players to offer our HR Platform as a Service.”

Ramco HCM on Cloud

  • IDC’s revenue forecast for worldwide HCM market is $11 billion in 2016, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1%.
  • Gartner is projecting a $10 billion HCM market by 2015, with $4 billion in talent management, 75% of that market coming from SaaS.
  • According to an Aberdeen study published, 39% of “High Growth” organizations planned to invest in cloud computing in 2012.

Market data and trends show that the HCM market is predicted to grow rapidly in the next few years. Ramco has been offering its on-premise HCM software globally, and it now runs in 300+ organizations, including customers with employee size of 100,000+.

The experience and knowledge gained over the years has been invested in re-architecting the product to bring in a Gen-Y interface, making it accessible on Smart phones (iPad, Android and Windows 8), integrating it with Social channels, besides bringing in the speed and agility of an In-memory engine and the intuitiveness of a context-aware solution.

Ramco HCM on Cloud is a comprehensive solution that covers every aspect of an employee lifecycle: Workforce Management, Recruitment, Talent Management, Employee Development, Workforce Planning and Payroll & Benefits.

Launch of Minnal:

Ramco also unveiled Minnal, a flexible, light weight, In-memory Engine which can be used for any Planning, Scheduling, Optimization and batch processing (APO) activity.

The newly launched HCM on Cloud was test launched in a few markets and is currently being implemented at leading organizations such as RedTag, Khimji Ramdas, (retail brands from Middle East); and Podar Group of Institutions in India, among others.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 16 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: SilkRoad Announces Life Suite SuiteApp for NetSuite’s SuiteCloud Platform

May 23, 2013

New SuiteApp Provides Innovative Social Talent Management

If you are looking for a new Human Capital Management (HCM) System, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 16 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HCM vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

SilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based social talent management software, today announced the Life Suite® SuiteApp, built using NetSuite’s SuiteCloud Computing Platform. The new SuiteApp extends NetSuite’s (NYSE: N) capabilities with a talent management system that powers businesses of every size with an end-to-end cloud ERP and social talent management software solution that manages employee and workplace information while driving employee engagement, including talent acquisition, talent development, and HRMS.

NetSuite’s SuiteCloud is a comprehensive offering of cloud-based products, development tools, and services designed to help customers and commercial software developers take advantage of the significant economic benefits of cloud computing. SuiteCloud Developer Tools provide a comprehensive cloud customization environment, whether you’re extending NetSuite to fit your business needs or developing completely new applications. SuiteCloud Developer Tools include workflow management, scripting, analytics, web services and more.

‘SilkRoad and NetSuite have a shared philosophy of building accessible configure-and-go technologies to address a serious mid-market need for cohesive and affordable cloud-based solutions,’ said Flip Filipowski, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer at SilkRoad. ‘We’ve integrated two industry-leading solutions into a seamless, innovative platform to foster employee engagement and drive business agility.’

Working with NetSuite Customers using NetSuite’s ERP and payroll systems can now easily access a complete talent management solution that includes talent acquisition, talent development, and core HR, which serves as a self-service system of record for employees, making the entire human capital management process more efficient and seamless. The two systems integrate with minimal IT configuration, bringing to market a solution for maintaining secure, up-to-date employee data within NetSuite.

The Life Suite® SuiteApp for NetSuite allows companies of all sizes to benefit from this innovative, cloud-based solution by:

  • Supporting virtually all employee and business needs from a single, integrated suite
  • Connecting, engaging, and growing employees’ skills in surprising ways to unleash innovation and drive competitive advantage
  • Empowering people and rapidly boosting sustainable business performance

‘With this new integration between SilkRoad and NetSuite, our customers can easily access talent management and HR capabilities from within the core ERP solution, to efficiently manage and recruit employees and drive global growth,’ said Zach Nelson, NetSuite CEO.

For more information about the integrated solution, please visit http://www.suiteapp.com.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 16 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SAP and SuccessFactors Accelerate Unified Product Direction…from SuccessFactors

February 22, 2012

 

Companies Deliver Immediate Clarity on HCM Product Road Map

HRchitect featured SuccessFactors in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Matt Lafata and Tiffany Appleby from HRchitect attended and sponsored the SuccessConnect event in San Francisco in May 2011 and the Insights event in San Diego in Oct 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

 

SAP and SuccessFactors, an SAP company, today announced their unified product direction for human capital management (HCM) solutions. The combined portfolio will provide end-to-end integrated solutions to help with some of the biggest challenges that business leaders around the world are facing across all lines of business: managing their talent to top performance and turning their strategies into actions and results.

Product Direction Across Core HR, Talent Management, HCM Analytics

HCM is gaining focus in the market as companies realize that nurturing top talent and fostering a united community of employees is critical to being a best-run business. The two companies are now combining SuccessFactors Business Execution (BizX) Suite with SAP solutions to provide the most comprehensive, innovative HCM offerings to benefit existing and prospective customers.

  • SuccessFactors Employee Central solution is the go-forward core human resources (HR) offering in the cloud. Backed by more than 25 years of experience from SAP in core HR, the solution is poised to grow exponentially as SAP will boldly invest in it. SAP will continue to offer the SAP® ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) solution on premise for core HR, now with regulatory support for 51 countries around the globe and an innovation road map of significant investments in functionality, user-experience, mobile and in-memory technology capabilities in the future.
  • For talent management, SuccessFactors Performance Management, SuccessFactors Compensation Management, SuccessFactors Recruiting and SuccessFactors Learning Management with social learning from SuccessFactors Jam will be the go-forward solutions. Talent management components from SAP ERP HCM will be continued with selected innovations for the next decade.
  • Analytics will continue as an important focus area within both SAP ERP HCM and the SuccessFactors product portfolios, leveraging significant assets such as SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics, SuccessFactors Workforce Planning, the SAP HANA™ platform and solutions from the SAP® BusinessObjects™ portfolio. People analytics will be revolutionized by putting SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics on SAP HANA. Together SAP and SuccessFactors can make unparalleled aggregate HR benchmark insights available in the cloud to hundreds of thousands of customers. The combination of SuccessFactors software and SAP HANA is one of the key priority areas for development of the BizX Suite, as it will help increase customer value by dramatically speeding existing processes, enabling access to large amounts of data in shorter periods of time and providing real-time access to information tailored to individual requirements.

“We’ve delivered this unified product direction for our BizX Suite within days of our tender offer close, demonstrating our agility and the power of our combined people, know-how and technologies,” said Lars Dalgaard, founder and CEO, SuccessFactors. “We are providing immediate clarity on our BizX road map to ensure we deliver the best possible suite of solutions for our customers. The customer must always win. We cannot wait to share more of what we’ll offer our customers in the next few months.”

 

Open Integration for All Customers

SuccessFactors will continue to support an open approach to connecting with third-party solution providers. Approximately fourteen percent of SuccessFactors customers currently run their systems side-by-side with SAP. In addition to providing enhanced value for joint customers, SAP and SuccessFactors will accelerate the development of integration solutions with third-party solution providers. For SAP customers, the two companies intend to deliver integration packages between the two offerings:

  • Cloud-based talent, core HR, recruiting, learning and social solutions, and workforce planning and analytics solutions from SuccessFactors; and
  • On-premise core HR from SAP

“We now have fantastic opportunities in combining SAP innovations with SuccessFactors’ expertise and assets in the cloud. We are already seeing amazing results by improving SuccessFactors Employee Central performance 1000x — from nine minutes to 200 milliseconds with SAP HANA, enabling HR executives to do real-time workforce analytics and planning,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board, Technology & Innovation. “Together with SuccessFactors, we are now able to offer our customers the most comprehensive, end-to-end HCM portfolio both on premise and in the cloud — from core HR and employee administration to talent management, strategic planning and workforce analytics.”

For more information on SuccessFactors, please visit www.successfactors.com

To learn more about HRchitect’s expertise in HR technology strategy, selection and implementation services, please visit www.HRchitect.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Apax Partners to Acquire Epicor Software Corporation and Activant Solutions, Inc…by Apax Partners

April 4, 2011

 

Combination of Epicor and Activant to create a global leader in business software solutions

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. Simply put, do not invest in any kind of HR technology without consulting with the experts first. HRchitect is always available to help!

Funds advised by Apax Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity firms, with a strong heritage of technology investment, today announced that they have entered into definitive agreements to acquire Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ:EPICNews), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, and Activant Solutions, Inc., a leading technology provider of business management software solutions for mid-market retail and wholesale distribution businesses. The combined transaction is valued at approximately $2 billion.

Apax intends to combine Activant and Epicor to create one of the largest global providers of enterprise applications focused on the manufacturing, distribution, services and retail sectors.  Following completion of the merger, the combined company will be named Epicor Software Corporation and will no longer be a publicly traded company.  It will have over 30,000 customers and $825 million in annual revenues.

“We are extremely excited to be bringing together two premier enterprise software companies through this innovative transaction to create a global market leader,” said Jason Wright, a Partner at Apax Partners.  “Epicor is a true innovator, offering deep industry-specific functionality globally across its targeted verticals.  Activant is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive ERP and Point-of-Sale software to the distribution and retail markets predominately in North America.

“In addition to the immediate product and service portfolio enhancements that will result from the combination, both companies’ customers will benefit from the strong financial backing of Apax Partners and our commitment to building the new Epicor into the global leader for enterprise business applications,” continued Wright.  “We look forward to partnering with both management teams and to providing the resources and support that can accelerate the growth and expansion of the business and the value it creates globally.”

Technology & Telecom is one of Apax Partners’ five core industry sectors.  Notable current technology investments include TIVIT, a provider of integrated IT and BPO services in Latin America; Sophos, an IT security and data protection software firm; iGate/Patni, a global IT services provider; TriZetto, a provider of enterprise applications to the healthcare payor market; SMART Technologies, a provider of interactive collaboration products; and RealPage, a property management software solutions provider.

Jefferies & Company Inc. and RBC Capital Markets are acting as financial advisors to Apax Partners.  Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal advisor to Apax Partners.  It is expected that the acquisitions will close by the end of the second calendar quarter of this year.

For more information visit: www.apax.com.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


City of St. Paul Signs Multi-Suite ERP Software Contract with Lawson Software

August 7, 2009

 

HRchitect includes Lawson in our list of top HRIS vendors that businesses should consider. If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, talk to HRchitect first. We have unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation.

The city of St. Paul, Minnesota, has signed a multi-suite contract with Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) that includes the Lawson Enterprise Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Asset Management suites. It also includes Lawson Human Resource Management and Workforce Management suites along with Lawson Smart Office. These applications will help the city improve service levels and reduce costs by helping to simplify and automate many business processes and giving employees greater flexibility with self-service options for many typical HR functions. The contract was signed during Lawson’s first quarter of fiscal 2010, which ends Aug. 31, 2009.

St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and the state’s second-largest city with more than 270,000 residents, 2,700 employees and a $500 million annual budget. St. Paul and neighboring Minneapolis make up the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. St. Paul is also the county seat of Ramsey County. The Lawson applications will replace the city’s decades-old accounting, budgeting, payroll, procurement and human resources systems.

The Lawson solution is a key component of St. Paul’s major new initiative — dubbed COMET (City Operations Modernization and Enterprise Transformation Program) — to modernize its technology infrastructure and thereby improve its business operations and constituent services. Currently, the city uses 35 different computing programs on a 1985 platform.

In his 2009 budget address, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman explained the need for COMET, citing several examples of administrative inefficiencies, including:

The city processes more than 100,000 invoices each year. In one department, invoices are handled by seven to 10 different people before they get paid. The new Lawson Procurement application will help streamline that process, eliminating redundancies and paper waste along the way.

Currently, 95 percent of city employees still turn in a paper payroll form that needs to be data-entered by payroll clerks. This results in at least 100 phone calls weekly to clarify time sheets in the police department alone. The Lawson Payroll application will help automate formerly manual processes, which can ultimately help eliminate inaccuracies and save staff hours.

“We need a consolidated system with one database shared across all city departments. It will help save staff time, provide the information necessary for effective management, and help improve the quality of service to St. Paul residents,” said Andrea Casselton, CIO for the city of St. Paul. “The Lawson solution will help facilitate our commitment to financial accountability. It will also help reduce the amount of paper we use, which will support the city’s efforts towards sustainability.”

Specifically, the Lawson applications will implement standard core processes and one integrated database shared across city departments wherever feasible and allowable under law to eliminate redundant data handling and increase the accuracy of information. The solution will replace multiple existing systems and offline, department-specific processes with an integrated, modular system. The solution will give a cohesive view of the city and all of its parts as opposed to small silos of activity across the areas of budgeting, finance, grant management, asset management, procurement, treasury, HR and payroll.

The Lawson solution will also foster self-service. It will provide city departments, employees, vendors and other stakeholders with convenient options to access the system and pertinent data 24/7 through user-friendly self-service interfaces that do not require administrative intervention.

“Tight budgets and constituent demands for greater accountability pose significant challenges for local governments,” said Brian Murphy, general manager, Public Sector for Lawson. “Lawson helps government organizations simplify administration, mitigate risk and meet their imperatives for greater efficiency and accountability.”

“We chose Lawson over other vendors because they not only have a proven government-specific functionality, but they worked with us throughout the process and listened to our core needs,” said Paul Strong, COMET project director for the city of St. Paul. “The fact that Lawson is our hometown company means we’ll be able to work with people right down the block from us throughout the implementation.”

For more information on Lawson, please visit www.lawson.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Lawson Partners With Talent Technology to Help Simplify Recruiting Process for Strategic Human Capital Management Customers…from Talent Technology

October 22, 2008

Industry-leading functionality helps improve recruiter productivity and enhances candidate application experience

 

HRchitect discusses Lawson in our May 2008 release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management. We talked about them as an ERP vendor who has substantially increased their overall HCM development efforts over the past two years, including significant improvements in recruiting, performance management, and compensation capabilities.

 

Talent Technology Corporation recently announced it has partnered with Lawson Software to help simplify the recruitment process for human resource professionals and job candidates. Talent Technology is a provider of recruiting software and related technology. In addition to the recent partnership with Lawson, Talent Technology has already partnered with other leading ERP vendors such as Oracle and SAP. Under this partnership, Lawson will incorporate Talent Technology’s Resume Mirror Extraction Enterprise (RMX Enterprise) solution into Lawson Talent Management, which is part of the Lawson Strategic Human Capital Management System.

 

RMX Enterprise automatically captures and extracts candidate resume information from any document format or origin – whether the resume comes through a job board, company website or email – and converts it into structured, usable data that is sent to the centralized Lawson Talent Management system. This helps recruiters save time, increase productivity, improve information accuracy, and more strategically manage talent across the organization through a one-time capture of candidate information.

 

The RMX Enterprise solution also provides a potential platform for recruiters to simply funnel resumes to Lawson Talent Management in the space they prefer to work. For example, with a single click, resume information viewed in Microsoft Office applications such as Outlook, Word or Internet Explorer can be processed by RMX Enterprise and sent to Lawson Talent Management. This helps eliminate manual data entry of candidate information and enables recruiters to focus on more strategic tasks and to efficiently manage workflow and take action, no matter what application they may be using to view a candidate’s resume.

 

Learn more about Talent Technology at www.talenttech.com and learn more about Lawson software at www.lawson.com

 


Matt Lafata, HRchitect

 

 

 


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