Halogen Feedback Central Transforms How Organizations Leverage Social Feedback in their Talent Programs…from Halogen Software

July 1, 2012

 

New feature changes the way organizations collect and use employee feedback to drive performance

 

HRchitect featured Halogen Software 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. 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!

 

Halogen Software recently announced Halogen Feedback Central, a new product enhancement in the Halogen Talent Management Suite™ that makes it easy for organizations to use feedback to drive higher performance. Unlike social platforms that are disconnected from the organization’s talent management strategy, Halogen Feedback Central integrates with all talent functions to make it a dynamic resource that helps drive business strategy.

Giving constructive performance-based feedback is a challenge for many managers. Research shows that managers giving little or no feedback to their workers fail to engage 98% of them. And in most organizations feedback is delivered in various formats and is often lost, with no easy way to securely store or use it to support performance.

A Better Way to Use Crowdsourced Feedback

Halogen Feedback Central uniquely marries the best of traditional and new, more social methods for gathering employee feedback, and aggregates it for strategic use across all talent functions.

Organizations can easily deliver and aggregate feedback from managers, peers, HR teams — even customers and suppliers — in a practical and secure way. Halogen Feedback Central goes beyond social recognition and rewards by addressing all types of feedback including journal notes, coaching, observations, kudos and more.

Recent Gartner research notes the changing nature of performance reviews and the importance of social recognition. “Formal performance reviews are not likely to go away anytime soon. They provide a needed checkpoint for making compensation and staffing decisions. However, leading organizations will start to move toward more bottom-up feedback, recognition and rewards,” said James Holincheck, Managing Vice President, Gartner.

Halogen Feedback Central makes it easy to link appropriate feedback to all other talent processes, including performance reviews, succession, goals, training and development, etc. More importantly, it enables organizations to crowdsource employee feedback using customized icons and feedback types to ensure they are reinforcing corporate culture, values and business strategy.

One-Click Away from Fostering a More Feedback-Rich Culture

With Halogen Feedback Central, users can deliver feedback directly from within Halogen eAppraisal™.  And since email is the most common way for employees to communicate, the Microsoft Office® Outlook® Plug-in for Halogen Feedback Central enables users to create original feedback and journal notes and even save email as feedback directly into the system.

With the click of a button, employees can select the recipient and type of feedback they want to give all without having to log into the Halogen suite. By providing multiple ways for employees to deliver feedback, Halogen Feedback Central helps organizations break down the barriers to fostering a feedback-rich culture.

“Our organization places strong emphasis on employee feedback and recognition as part of our culture,” said Chris Cowan, Director HR Service Delivery, Christiana Care Health Services. “That Feedback Central integrates email with journal notes will help our organization easily collect, keep track of and use the recognition items gathered throughout the year.”

Flexible, Customizable and Secure

Permissions can be set to control who can send, view and delete each feedback type. Organizations can also monitor the feedback types and frequency to see how it all maps back to the competencies important to the organization’s success.

Halogen Feedback Central is now shipping as a standard feature in the Halogen eAppraisal solution.

For more information on Halogen Software, please visit www.halogensoftware.com

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) and Talent Management 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 15 years in business working on over 1800 successful engagements for more than 800 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


Globoforce Redefines Performance Management with Launch of Talent Maps…from Globoforce

May 19, 2012

 

New visual tools leverage crowdsourced recognition for actionable insight on employee performance and culture

 

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!

 

Globoforce® (www.globoforce.com), the world’s leading provider of employee recognition solutions, today announced Talent Maps™, the industry’s first and only solution that connects employee recognition data with employee performance data. The new tool helps HR and business leaders more effectively manage their talent and culture by leveraging crowdsourced recognition and feedback. With this new level of insight, managers finally have the ongoing data to fill the void in traditional performance reviews.

Annual performance reviews have long come under criticism for their infrequency and single viewpoint about employee performance. With Talent Maps, business and HR leaders now have an easier, more effective way to evaluate their global talent. Through data populated by peer-to-peer recognition across the company, HR and business leaders can see firsthand who the top performers and influencers are within teams, departments, and the company.

This knowledge and data can be used to identify high potential, high performance individuals for succession planning, flight risk assessment, and leadership development. In addition, managers gain actionable data for more effective day-to-day team management and individual performance assessment.

“Social recognition is the next big disruptor within HR,” said Grant Beckett, vice president of product for Globoforce. “Its high levels of adoption across an entire workforce make it the ideal way to evaluate employee performance and influence. With Talent Maps, we take this crowdsourced feedback data and plot it against performance appraisal ratings. Combining these two data points delivers a level of insight about a company’s talent that has never been available in an HR system before.”

According to Gartner’s recent report, 2012 Strategic Road Map for Employee Performance Management, social recognition programs can help improve performance while decreasing reliance solely on manager and executive feedback. In the report, Gartner Managing Vice President Jim Holincheck writes that “leading organizations will start to move toward more bottom-up feedback, recognition and rewards.” Managers can see the level of frequency of recognition and performance feedback for individual employees. As a result, “senior executives can use this data to see if manager performance decisions align with what coworkers indicate through their actions.”

“Our recognition program with Globoforce is one of the critical programs we use to drive employee engagement and elevate business performance,” said Amy Montefinese, vice president, global total rewards and human resources operations at Premier Farnell. “Now, we will have a way to translate our recognition awards into actionable data to ensure our top performers and high potential employees are being recognized. By aligning recognition awards against performance review ratings, we will also be able to ensure our pay for performance philosophy is consistently executed across our global business.”

With Globoforce’s Talent Maps, HR and business leaders can also:

Assess company and individual department alignment to company values, showing how “everyday” behaviors impact business and cultural goals

Provide managers with an easy-to-use tool that visually maps out individual and team performance while highlighting hidden talent

Leverage the data from  ongoing social recognition programs to show which employees are driving the business forward

Talent Maps is already gaining recognition for its impact on the industry. Last week, Talent Maps was named a Finalist in the Best New Product or Service – Software – Human Capital Management Solution category in The 2012 American Business Awards.

Below is a sample of commentary from the HR analyst community about this launch:

“Performance management is only as good as its data. With this release, Globoforce uses recognition as the central data component for performance and potential indicators. The result is a useful, compelling data set of organizational relationships and performance assessments that are created in the context of getting work done. By further leveraging this data into performance reviews, business and HR leaders will be able to align ratings with the performance and behaviors that everyone across the organization recognizes on a daily basis.”

-     Yvette Cameron, vice president and principal analyst, Constellation Research

“Social recognition is offering a new vantage point on employee engagement and workforce performance.  As companies strive to identify high-potential, high-performance individuals, recognition data offers one of the most compelling use cases I’ve seen in HR. This is a burgeoning new technology development that will reshape performance management over the next three to five years, giving HR leaders the insight about their talent they have long sought.”

Jim Holincheck, managing vice president, Gartner Inc.

“Organizations are hungry for the data that will help them make better decisions about every aspect of their business, and employee performance management is mission critical. Globoforce’s Talent Maps not only provides multiple streams of actionable data to manage individual performance, it also provides the organization with a cultural diagnostic that gives visibility into engagement, goal alignment, and the informal networks that drive organizational change and results.”

Mollie Lombardi, research director, HCM, Aberdeen Group

For more information on Globoforce, please visit www.globoforce.com

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) and Talent Management 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 15 years in business working on over 1800 successful engagements for more than 800 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


Saba Unveils Breakthrough Video Collaboration Platform

March 21, 2012

 

Saba Meeting Delivers a Rich and Scalable Collaborative Environment Designed for New Generation of Social and Mobile Workers

HRchitect featured Saba in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems and top Learning Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Saba appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on August 14, 2009. Matt Lafata with HRchitect attended the 2010 Saba Global Summit and Analyst Day in Boston, MA. Matt Lafata & Tiffany Appleby attended the Saba Global Sales Rally FY12 in June 2011 in Redwood City, CA and the Saba Global Summit 2012 in Miami, FL.

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!

 

Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), the premier provider of people-centric enterprise solutions, today unveiled Saba Meeting, the industry’s first unified social, mobile and video unified collaboration platform. Saba Meeting (formerly Saba Centra) is the first unified collaboration platform that enables users to view video in high definition (HD) across webinars, virtual meetings or classrooms on mobile devices, including the iPad and iPhone. Additionally, when combined with the social capabilities and an embedded people profile within Saba’s new Social Enterprise Platform – Saba People Cloud – users can collaborate and share knowledge and documents in real-time with other employees, customers and partners. By empowering an organization’s most critical assets- its people- Saba helps organizations be more agile, collaborative, competitive and responsive to market demands.

“In today’s age of collaboration, people want more than to simply share a video screen. The future of Web conferencing needs to support both synchronous and asynchronous interactions and enable a rich environment that integrates with other people processes,” said Shawn Farshchi, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Saba. “Saba Meeting is game changing for the Web conferencing industry. No other platform has such robust integrated collaboration capabilities, HD video, and anytime access on mobile devices, while being highly extensible.”

In a recent Gartner report, “Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing,” analyst David Mario Smith noted, “The worlds of social media, collaboration and enterprise applications are starting to merge, bringing real-time capabilities to business processes and personal productivity applications. Web conferencing vendors that fail to adapt and cannot ensure integration with adjacent markets will find it a challenge to compete in the long term amid this convergence.” Saba is addressing this need by introducing the only truly unified collaboration platform that combines video, real-time collaboration and mobile to increase levels of engagement and support the new way of work.

“Increasingly we are being required to look for more effective ways to share knowledge across the organization, yet often times people are working from home or on the road,” said John Kozyra, network support specialist, Contact North. “The ability to access HD quality video remotely is a huge benefit for our organization and the real-time collaboration features creates a more engaging environment that optimizes knowledge sharing.”

Key Highlights of Saba Meeting

  • Video in High Definition: The only real-time collaboration platform offering highly scalable integrated HD video, voice-over-IP (VOIP) and content sharing for instant real-time meetings, webinars and virtual classes. Saba Meeting allows for richer interaction and collaboration in vivid detail using just a webcam and internet connection, with support for eight simultaneous live video feeds.
  • Scalable without Limiting Bandwidth: Saba Meeting’s satellite architecture enables Web conferencing traffic to be routed efficiently across a company’s WAN, quelling bandwidth concerns tied to increased use of the platform and adoption of HD video.
  • Optimized for Mobile: Viewing on mobile devices, including the iPad and iPhone, through a native application, enables users to access training or learning materials on the go. The new intuitive interface enables high interactivity and engagement, allowing users to not only attend the session but present and collaborate unwired.
  • Powerful Social Collaborative Workspaces: Combines Social networking capabilities, groups and activity streams with unified      communication and real-time collaboration capabilities such as HD Video, IM Chat and VoIP – to any online meeting, webinar or virtual classes. Users can also effectively collaborate before, during and after virtual meetings.
  • Sharable Real-time Content: Simplifies the process of capturing, sharing and accessing valuable knowledge. To increase the ROI of live sessions, video recordings can be easily stored and published in YouTube-like video channels in the Saba’s Social Enterprise Platform, the Saba people Cloud, for future access from any device.
  • Comprehensive set of Open APIs (application programming interfaces): Equipped with the industry’s most extensive set of Web services for embedding real-time collaboration capabilities into business processes, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM),      Learning Management and Sales Force Automation software.
  • Intuitive User Interface: Intuitive new browser-based interface, requires no software download, allows users to conduct meetings, webinars and classrooms across any platform including Mac, Linux, and Windows. Easy-to-use features including emoticons and in-session presence indicators allow for increased engagement and interactivity for meeting attendees.

Availability and Pricing

Saba Meeting is currently in beta and is expected to be generally available starting in April 2012. To join the beta program for Saba Meeting, visit www.sabameeting.com.

Current Saba Centra customers will be able to seamlessly migrate to the new software when it becomes available.

For more information on Saba, please visit www.saba.com

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

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Halogen Closes 2011 Fiscal Year with Significant Market Momentum…from Halogen Software

February 18, 2012

Growth in annual recurring revenue, international expansion and winning partnerships mark the best fourth quarter on record for talent management leader

HRchitect featured Halogen Software 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. 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!

Halogen Software, a leading provider of talent management software closed its fourth quarter and 2011 fiscal year with significant market momentum and strong year-over-year growth. Marked by a 37% year over year increase in annual recurring revenue (ARR), including 86% growth in ARR from international deals, and strong customer retention and satisfaction, Q4 of 2011 is the company’s best fourth quarter on record.

Just a few of the new customers that joined Halogen in the fourth quarter include: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Fisher Communications, The University of Ottawa, RigNet, Genesis Health System, Agriculture Federal Credit Union, Bruker Nano Services Division and Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Coffee, Artificial Solutions Iberia, Interra International, EC English Holdings and Addex Petroleum Services.

David Barbee, Director of HR for RigNet, explains why his company selected the Halogen eAppraisal™ and the Halogen eRecruitment™ modules for his organization’s talent management needs. “I’ve had previous experience using Halogen and brought it to RigNet because the end-user interface is intuitive and the overall functionality is better than any other product I’ve seen on the market,” said Barbee. “We like everything about Halogen – the organized process, the centralized access to employee and candidate data, the reminder system and the ability to easily track and manage appraisals, recruiting activities and more.”

Halogen’s recognition as an industry leader in talent management systems customer satisfaction is also a factor in the talent management leader’s business momentum. Customers see Halogen as a long term partner with both the best solutions and a brilliant customer experience that can help them build a world class workforce.

The human resources leader at Spain’s Artificial Solutions explains why they selected Halogen. “When we started researching a talent management solution, we were looking for a tool that would streamline the process, while being cost effective and simple to use,” said Óliver García Alemán, Head of HR and Organization, Artificial Solutions. “We have a number of offices across Europe, so being able to identify our people’s talents as well as making our appraisal, training and recruiting processes more structured and efficient benefits everyone. With Halogen our talent data is centralized in one system. This makes it easier to ensure consistency and accountability across groups, and to clearly link individual goals to our corporate objectives.”

Halogen’s success in the fourth quarter of 2011 capped off a year that featured product leadership and operational excellence:

  • The company released Version 11 of its Talent Management Suite and launched Halogen eRecruitment™, the first applicant tracking system (ATS) to fully integrate the recruiting process with all other talent management programs; making Halogen the first and only talent management vendor to provide a complete end-to-end solution organically built to drive performance.
  • Halogen’s suite allows HR and their organizations to experience talent management from a new perspective that aligns their workforce with their business strategy – something Halogen calls Big Picture Talent Management™. The suite is designed to ensure each talent management touch point – from recruitment to retirement – reinforces the organization’s culture and values and drives top level goals and objectives.
  • In response to the global demand for its talent management solution, the company announced the opening of a UK office that will allow it to more easily market and sell its solutions internationally.
  • The company was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management Software”, which examined 20 vendors offering employee performance management software and positioned them in quadrants based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.
  • Former Blackbaud Inc. CFO Timothy V. Williams joined Halogen’s Board of Directors.
  • Halogen announced strategic  partnerships with:  video learning provider ej4 via its seamless integration with Halogen eLearning Manager™; industry-leading sourcing technology vendor SmartPost, via its integration with Halogen eRecruitment; PDS, a leading developer of human resource, benefits, recruiting and payroll systems; and Logica Finland, a recognized leader in delivering Human Capital Services in the Finnish region.
  • Hundreds of Halogen customers from around the world participated in Halogen’s Sixth Annual User Conference in Atlanta, Georgia – the company’s largest user conference to-date.

For more information on Halogen Software, please visit www.halogensoftware.com

To learn more about HRchitect’s expertise in HR technology strategy, selection and implementation services, and how HRchitect can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Saba Recognized as a Leader in Leading Analyst Firm’s Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing…from Saba

December 14, 2011

 

Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration Leverages the Advent of Social Media and Mobile to Enable Organizations to Meet the Challenges of a New World of Work

HRchitect featured Saba in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems and top Learning Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. A.G. Lambert, the VP of Marketing with Saba appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on August 14, 2009. Matt Lafata with HRchitect attended the 2010 Saba Global Summit and Analyst Day in Boston, MA. Matt Lafata & Tiffany Appleby attended the Saba Global Sales Rally FY12 in June 2011 in Redwood City, CA.

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!

 

Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Saba as a “Leader” in the 2011 “Magic Quadrant for  Web Conferencing” report. The report provides guidance for organizations that are looking to implement Web conferencing solutions for benefits such as increased collaboration, cost savings and reduced business travel. It positions vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Gartner Comments:
“The growth of Web conferencing has continued, driven by  cost-saving initiatives and improvements in the technology’s ease of use and  performance.”

“The worlds of social media, collaboration and enterprise applications are starting to merge, bringing real-time capabilities to business process and personal productivity applications.”

“Real-time and conferencing functions are appearing as components of larger collaboration platforms and portfolios. The market is shifting so that real-time and conferencing functions are becoming embeddable capabilities.”

“Bandwidth concerns are increasing as companies look to add video and expand the scale of conferencing sessions.”

Supporting Quotes
“With Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration, we can connect visually with our students to reap the benefits of face-to-face communications. Additionally, with a highly dispersed and mobile student body, it is critical for us to have the most forward-looking technology that works on mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad,” said Becky Vasquez, chief technology officer, Embry-Riddle. “Since our launch of EagleVision, our virtual classroom using Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration, the reviews from both faculty and students have been very positive and student participation has increased nearly 100 percent in the past year alone.”

“Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration allows us to easily connect with a large, dispersed audience of sales, management and technical training professionals. We conduct meetings, training sessions, virtual trade shows, sales events, and coaching for new hires, all of which are stored in a content library of recordings that employees can access anytime, anywhere from any device,” said Rick Vlahos, executive director, Hearth Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation. “We have employees scattered all over the US and Canada, including in rural areas with marginal Internet connections.

Accessibility to content and the ability to collaborate are key requirements for our organization; employees have found Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration to be the most convenient and user-friendly solution.”

“With an increasingly global and dispersed workforce, real-time collaboration in a visual format is becoming key for enhanced engagement, collaboration and innovation,” said Emily He, vice president of product marketing, Saba. “Additionally, as the market evolves, we continue to leverage integration with Saba’s award-winning learning management, talent management and enterprise social networking solutions to provide customers with a unified platform that enables organizations to be better prepared for the new world of work.”

Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration Highlights
Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration is an industry-leading Web conferencing, online meeting, virtual classroom, and webinar solution that enables an organizations extended enterprise, including employees, customers, and partners, to interact, communicate, share, and exchange knowledge in real-time. By making it easy to capture and share knowledge as it happens, Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration increases the value of session content and improves collaboration among globally dispersed workforces and ecosystems.

Combining real-time collaboration capabilities (like video conferencing, VoIP audio conferencing, text chat, and application sharing) with enterprise social networking capabilities (including the ability to create collaborative groups, publish content to YouTube-like video channels, and access information through interactive mobile Apps on iPhone or iPad), Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration is transforming how work gets done beyond meetings in a next-generation collaboration platform. In addition, Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration provides seamless integration with Saba Learning Management, Talent Management,  and Enterprise Social Networking.

Its dynamic, interactive environment provides the experience of in-person sessions without incurring the costs of travel. Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration provides options to use VoIP, teleconference, or a mix of both in any session. Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration is available in the Cloud and on-premise. The solution is also available on PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone and iPad.

About the Saba People Cloud

Saba People Cloud Applications, including Saba Centra Real-Time Collaboration, help organizations transform their business by enabling them to:

  • Accelerate innovation by tapping into social and mobile capabilities to engage and connect employees to the right people, information, and ideas throughout the people network to drive new innovation and faster time to market.
  • Mobilize their people network for speed and agility to seize new opportunities through complete talent visibility and mobility. The Saba People Cloud provides organizations with visibility into all of the skills, experience, competencies, and connections of the people in their people network, as well as the ability to quickly align them to new business initiatives.
  • Cultivate a development culture inside and outside their organization to arm their people network with the knowledge they need, when they need it, to excel at their jobs, develop in their careers, and drive higher performance.
  • Leverage the Cloud with a completely unified, multi-tenant SaaS solution architecture and infrastructure that reduces costs, speeds time to benefit, and provides the flexibility to scale globally and adapt locally to fit your operational and financial needs.

For more information on Saba, please visit www.saba.com

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

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Saba Social Learning Wins Top Product of the Year…from Saba

October 5, 2011

 

Saba’s Innovative Solution Transforms the Way People Learn, Collaborate and Share Knowledge across the Extended Enterprise

HRchitect featured Saba in our May 2008 release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems and top Learning Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. A.G. Lambert, the VP of Marketing with Saba appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on August 14, 2009. Matt Lafata with HRchitect attended the 2010 Saba Global Summit and Analyst Day in Boston, MA. Matt Lafata & Tiffany Appleby attended the Saba Global Sales Rally FY12 in June 2011 in Redwood City, CA.

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!

 

Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced that Saba Social Learning has been selected as one of Human Resource Executive® Magazine’s Top Products of 2011. Awards were announced during the opening day of the HR Technology® Conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Saba Social Learning, powered by Saba Social, award-winning enterprise social networking, was selected for its innovative informal, collaborative and community-based approach to learning that enhances user adoption and increases learning retention. By combining the best of today’s social networking features, coupled with world-class learning management capabilities, Saba Social Learning provides immediate and context-relevant learning methods. Social learning also allows learners to sustain knowhow gained from formal training programs by connecting and collaborating with the communities, experts, coaches and getting critical questions answered in real-time.

“As the pressure to accelerate product time-to-market and grow the best talent increases, organizations are increasingly looking for more innovative and interactive ways to inspire people and accelerate the sharing of knowledge across their enterprise, including employees, partners and suppliers,” said Emily He, vice president, product marketing, Saba. “Receiving this latest industry award for Saba Social Learning validates the power of the Saba People Cloud to enable organizations around the world to transform their businesses by cultivating a culture of knowledge sharing that enhances productivity and mobilizes teams for innovation.”

Critical business problems that can be solved using Saba Social Learning include:

 

  • Improved sales force effectiveness and knowledge retention
  • Optimized channel engagement and extended enterprise effectiveness
  • Accelerated time-to-productivity of new hires with strategic on-boarding
  • Customer service excellence with rapid sharing of best practices
  • Ability to unlock tacit knowledge from retiring workforce and engage multiple generations of employees

 

Recent Industry Accolades

In addition to being named as a HR Executive Magazine Top Product of 2011, Saba has received a number of industry accolades this year for its social solutions, including:

 

 

For more information on Saba, please visit www.saba.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


WorkForce Software Achieves Inc 5000 ranking in Fifth-Straight Year…from WorkForce Software

September 8, 2011

 

Achievement recognizes pace-setting growth in workforce management

Marc Moschetto, Vice President of Marketing, from WorkForce Software appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on August 12, 2010. HRchitect’s Matt Lafata, one of the industry’s leading Talent Management Systems analysts, attended WorkForce Software’s Vision 2010 conference.

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!

WorkForce Software, the leading provider of workforce management solutions for organizations with complex labor policies and stringent compliance demands, announces that it has earned a spot on Inc.’s prestigious 500|5000 list for the fifth consecutive year.

An exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, the Inc. 500|5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. WorkForce Software joins Spirit Airlines, Vizio, Honest Tea, and Dunkin Donuts, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

Propelled by 98% growth over the last three years, WorkForce Software achieved rankings of #173 in the software industry and #2426 overall in the 2011 list. The company’s consistent growth has accelerated in 2011, as well, rising 61% over 2010 results through the first two quarters. Strong sales of its EmpCenter® workforce management suite, boosted by the release of an industry-leading absence management solution and record levels of client renewals and re-investments, contributed to the company’s recent success.

“There are few distinctions as widely read and regarded as Inc’s 500|5000 list, and it is quite an honor to be ranked among the fastest growing private businesses for a fifth year in a row,” noted Kevin Choksi, WorkForce Software’s President & CEO. “That we’ve been able to sustain rapid growth throughout our 12-year history is a testament to our employees’ investment in making our clients successful, to our clients’ extraordinary spirit of partnership, and to our strategy of delivering the most flexible and complete workforce management solutions on the market.”

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year.

“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward.  Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson.

WorkForce Software’s span of multi-year growth also coincides with a dramatic transformation of the HR function. Historically a tactical department, HR is increasingly asked to deliver measurable results and competitive advantage for the organization. To perform this more strategic role, HR needs greater insight into the activities and effectiveness of their global workforce – a level of visibility only possible through best-in-class solutions such as WorkForce Software’s EmpCenter.

Gartner Research analysts Jim Holincheck and Thomas Otter observed this shift in a July 2011 report, noting that, “Since 2004, the focus for most HR organizations has shifted away from system of record applications (as embodied by core HR management system [HRMS] solutions) to systems of differentiation (embodied by talent management or workforce management applications).”

For more information on WorkForce Software, please visit www.workforcesoftware.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


WorkForce Software Announces Accelerating Growth, Record-Breaking Second Quarter…from WorkForce Software

August 13, 2011

 

EmpCenter suite enjoys significant gains as ‘solution of choice’ for large employers

Howard Tarnoff, Senior Vice President, and Marc Moschetto, Vice President of Marketing, from WorkForce Software appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on August 12, 2010. HRchitect’s Matt Lafata, one of the industry’s leading Talent Management Systems analysts, attended WorkForce Software’s Vision 2010 conference.

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!

WorkForce Software, the leading provider of workforce management solutions for organizations with complex labor policies and stringent compliance demands, announces record-breaking revenues and net income for the second quarter and first half of 2011. Accelerating momentum in several verticals, continued growth in deployments to professional environments, multi-application purchases by new clients, and the acquisition of numerous large, global clients all contributed to the company’s exceptional growth. In the first half of 2011, WorkForce Software recorded a record net income, bolstered by a 61% increase in revenue, the company’s highest in its 12-year history. The company continues to maintain a strong balance sheet and its committed backlog and recurring revenue also reached record levels.

Adoption Accelerates Among Enterprise Clients
Numerous clients selected the EmpCenter® workforce management suite in the first half of 2011, representing a broad range of industries including manufacturing, higher education, energy, utilities, and the public sector. With an average size of more than 7,700 employees, these clients were predominantly large employers with complex workforce management needs. Included in WorkForce’s latest clientele are one of the “Big Five” Canadian banks, a Global 500 electronics manufacturer, and a commercial and consumer products manufacturer with 19,000 employees and more than a dozen household brands.

Mid-market organizations are also selecting EmpCenter in record numbers, with many taking advantage of the same configurability of their larger peers while also benefiting from the solution’s ease of use and rapid deployment capabilities. WorkForce’s momentum is also driven by its unique ability to deliver licensed solutions behind the customer’s firewall and on a SaaS model, which is more common in mid-sized clients. Demonstrating its industry-leading scalability, organizations ranging in size from 1,000 to 45,000 employees selected WorkForce Software for workforce management in the 2nd quarter. One commonality across the spectrum of industries and company sizes is a more sophisticated set of goals driving workforce management initiatives.

EmpCenter Buyers have Strategic Aims
WorkForce Software’s tremendous first half signaled a shift among mid-sized and large enterprises towards solutions that deliver far more than ‘punch in, punch out’ automation. As evidence of this shift, all of WorkForce’s recent clients will be deploying EmpCenter to their professional staff, in environments such as banks, high tech firms, and educational institutions in order to understand and manage their labor activities. The majority of clients that selected WorkForce Software in the first half of 2011 will also be leveraging multiple EmpCenter products in the initial rollout, recognizing the tremendous business value of advanced scheduling, absence management, and labor analytics capabilities tied into the corporate time & attendance platform.

“We’re seeing a strong push for more strategic approaches to workforce management,” commented Kevin Choksi, WorkForce Software’s CEO. “Increasingly, HR departments are looking to gain greater insight through labor analytics and take a proactive approach to managing compliance with leave regulations, while streamlining their workforce processes. This shift has greatly benefited WorkForce Software because we uniquely combine an uncompromising solution with a team of workforce management experts that bring years of compliance and workforce management experience to our clients.”

EmpCenter’s broad suite and enterprise-grade capabilities are emerging as the best fit for the new, strategic buyer of workforce management solutions. In late 2010*, Gartner analyst Jim Holincheck reported that, “Customers have implemented niche workforce management solutions for many years.  Often, those implementations were site-specific, resulting in a hodgepodge of different solutions from different vendors. Increasingly, we see organizations looking at consolidating these systems and standardizing their labor management practices.”

Industry Leadership through Unmatched Configurability
WorkForce Software also saw a surge of interest in several industries characterized by unique requirements that few other vendors can address. In higher education, for example, EmpCenter’s multiple assignments capability manages student employee schedules with multiple positions with ease, a process that is heavily manual and error-prone with systems from other vendors. WorkForce Software added seven large higher education clients in the first half of 2011, representing approximately 20,000 employees and operating nearly a dozen campuses across the country.

Similarly, energy and utilities firms have extensive and overlapping pay rules that apply in different scenarios, scores of which come into play for remote and field workers. These rules are often union-negotiated and can change over time to comply with new union agreements or state and provincial requirements. EmpCenter manages all of these pay and regulatory rules entirely through configuration, which delivers full automation for even the most complex environments and reduces the cost of ownership as needs change.

“We’re excited about the potential associated with our new partnership with WorkForce Software,” said Thomas P. Jansen, Chief Information Officer at Central Hudson Gas & Electric. “Our field employees have dozens of unique labor contract rules that require manual validation with other time and labor systems. We evaluated a lot of options before selecting EmpCenter as the solution that we anticipate will best meet our needs without the need for custom code.”

“EmpCenter offers unparalleled flexibility through the most robust rules engine in the industry,” noted Kathy Cannon, WorkForce Software’s co-founder and VP of Product Management. “This distinction has earned a groundswell of attention and interest in industries that had historically struggled to manage time and labor automation, not to mention compliance demands. The first two quarters of 2011 saw WorkForce Software further consolidate leadership positions in higher education and energy, as it becomes clear that EmpCenter can truly deliver the advantages of automation.”

For more information on WorkForce Software, please visit www.workforcesoftware.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Most Users in the Cloud, SuccessFactors Completes Acquisition of Plateau…from SuccessFactors

June 30, 2011

 

Combining two clear market leaders to create the broadest SaaS HCM suite, with the largest R&D budget and go-to-market force in our market

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.

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!

SuccessFactors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFSF), the global leader in business execution software, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Plateau Systems, the leading learning management system (LMS) and Content-as-a-Service (CaaS) provider. Watch this video to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFS_vFedfjA

“We have seen tremendous, four times bigger than expected, immediate deal interest from existing and new customers since we announced the acquisition, reinforcing our belief that this combination is an important tipping point for the industry, and will drive great growth for SuccessFactors. Since the announcement, large Plateau customers have invited us to meet with them from the West Coast of the US to Northern Europe because they were impressed with our combined scale, exclusive cloud-offering, and passionate, experienced team,” said Lars Dalgaard, founder and CEO, SuccessFactors.

“Now that Plateau and SuccessFactors are officially one, and what we believe to be the strongest cloud-HCM company, with what we believe is the largest R&D investment, the biggest cloud-operations, infrastructure, support, service and go-to-market force, our whole combined organization is ecstatic to accelerate delivery of products to our customers. Plateau’s people are such pros, we are grateful to be together, leading this combined once-in-a-lifetime platform, into one of the biggest remaining application markets, to accelerate the thrust to love work again, and to execute better on business strategies, through people,” Dalgaard continued.

Through its acquisitions and speed of innovation over the past 12 months, SuccessFactors has continued to build on its core Business Execution (BizX) solutions to revolutionize the market. Combining Plateau with SuccessFactors makes the company the only SaaS provider to offer a robust suite of recruiting, on-boarding, performance management, compensation, variable pay, 360 review, content-as-a-service, core HR as the employee system of record and foundation, workforce analytics and reporting, collaboration, and now with Jambok, and Plateau, formal, informal and social learning. This is a merger of two companies that are experts in serving large enterprise customers. From initial estimates, SuccessFactors and Plateau have combined subscription seats of approximately 15 million in the cloud, the most in our industry.

SuccessFactors Sets a New Standard in Learning

SuccessFactors Learning (formerly Plateau’s LMS) is a core part of SuccessFactors’ Business Execution (BizX) Suite, and it provides comprehensive learning solutions that uniquely combine formal and informal practices. SuccessFactors now delivers an unmatched set of formal, informal, social, collaboration, mobile, content management and analytics capabilities in the cloud to help business leaders advance the workforce by improving employee skills, ensuring compliance and aligning organizational objectives.

SuccessFactors Learning combines best-in-class LMS with: 

  • Social Learning and Collaboration – SuccessFactors Social Learning brings a Facebook- and YouTube-like experience to corporate learning, making it easy for anyone in the organization to share their expertise, connect with communities, and quickly find the information they need to get things done.
  • Content-as-a-Service – SuccessFactors iContent uniquely provides content distribution and management in the cloud as a service, taking the headache and hassle out of managing digital learning assets, from online courseware to on-demand presentations and video, and provide learners with reliable, high-quality on-demand access to both off-the-shelf and custom content.
  • Authoritative Insight – Comprehensive reporting and analytics gives HR and learning leaders authoritative insight about the state of their talent and talent development initiatives.

“I truly believe that we’re witnessing one of the most important changes in the HCM industry right now as Plateau is joining SuccessFactors,” said Paul Sparta, founder and CEO of Plateau Systems. “Never before have customers had the opportunity to completely integrate learning with talent management, recruiting and core HR, all in the cloud. I’m excited to be a part of this movement.”

SuccessFactors is a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management, while Plateau is a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems. Plateau is also the clear Learning Leader in the recent Forrester Wave for Integrated Talent Management.

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

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Saba Announces General Availability of Saba Social Learning…from Saba

June 25, 2011

 

Successful Beta Program Drives Active Engagement and Feedback From More Than 50 Organizations

HRchitect featured Saba in our May 2008 release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems and top Learning Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. A.G. Lambert, the VP of Marketing with Saba appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on August 14, 2009. Matt Lafata with HRchitect attended the 2010 Saba Global Summit and Analyst Day in Boston, MA. Matt Lafata & Tiffany Appleby attended the Saba Global Sales Rally FY12 in June 2011 in Redwood City, CA.

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!

Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced the general availability of Saba Social Learning. Saba Social Learning helps employees, partners and customers better connect, collaborate and learn in a versatile and social environment, often referred to as ‘informal learning.’ In addition to the general availability of Saba Social Learning, the company is also providing a free 30-day trial, starting June 27th, to enable organizations to transform knowledge sharing in the workplace.

“Many organizations are struggling with how to address multiple learning styles and optimize informal learning that is the preferred by the “Millennial Generation,” such as video, podcasts, real-time feeds and other social networking tools. Saba Social Learning addresses this challenge, and customers are already telling us it will enable them to accelerate development and transform the way their people learn and grow,” said Laurent Pacalin, SVP and GM of People Cloud Applications. “In order to give other companies interested in adopting this approach a risk-free opportunity to apply the power of the platform and reap the benefits, we decided to make the product available for a free 30-day trial.”

Key Highlights:

By combining the best of today’s social networking features, coupled with world-class learning management capabilities, Saba Social Learning provides more collaborative, immediate and context-relevant learning methods. The seamless integration of formal and informal learning creates an environment that encourages and accelerates the real-time exchange of organizational knowledge among employees, partners, and customers to improve business results.

Following are some key features/benefits of Saba Social Learning solution:

User profile – Similar to popular consumer social networks, it enables users to highlight interests and expertise, share and tag content such as blogs and video, and connect with employees and community groups.

Search – Finds the most relevant and popular content, topic expert or training.

User feedback – With ‘Amazon-like’ ratings, reviews, comments, enables real-time feedback and recommendations for content, training or advice

Video and audio – gives people easy access to best practices, coaching and mentoring via short videos and podcasts. Additionally, subject-matter experts can contribute and share video, which reduces content-development costs and enables new learning experiences.

Mobile – Provides the industry’s only social learning solution “on-the-go”, via iPad or iPhone, giving employees more flexibility to gain real-time insight and save precious billable hours.

Web training – Enables instructors to host instructional webinars at scale, either live or on-demand, for a more flexible and efficient learning environment.

The powerful combination of innovative social learning and mobile delivery, with more traditional learning, enables a transformative workplace that accelerates employee development and engagement, increases performance and reduces content development cost, all while creating a more interactive environment. Saba Social Learning enables organizations to more quickly and efficiently develop their direct sales force, resellers and partner channels thereby accelerating sales readiness and increasing revenue productivity.

Supporting Quotes:

Approximately 85 percent of Saba beta customers noted they would recommend Saba’s easy-to-use Social Learning software.

“Traditional HR and learning processes don’t always capture the community aspect that creates an environment where we learn best—in an informal setting. Saba Social Learning is enabling us to build a stronger culture and gain unprecedented visibility into our workforce expertise and organization’s collective know-how.”
- Wayne Williams, Manager of Learning Systems at SMART Technologies

“With Saba Social Learning we have the ability to transform how our organization grows and shares knowledge. Tools like star ratings, tagging resources and recommendations are useful, intuitive and have become a part of everyday life. The platform’s networking capabilities allow for a more personal and engaging experience for each individual that will likely trigger higher levels of adoption.”
- Brandon Williams, New Business Development at The Educe Group

Recent Company Accolades

Saba Social Learning won Enterprise 2.0‘s prestigious Launch Pad competition, which recognizes the most innovative software that targets the enterprise 2.0 market.

The America Business Awards (STEVIES) recently named Saba Social People’s Choice for Favorite New Software as a Service.

Ranked as a visionary in Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management Software.

Received recognition by Forrester as a leader in Talent Management Software in the recent Forrester Wave, Talent Management, Q2, 2011 report.

Saba’s Social Learning is now generally available for purchase. A free 30-day trial will be available starting on June 27th, 2011 at http://www.saba.com/social-learning

For more information on Saba, please visit www.saba.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Cornerstone OnDemand CEO Adam Miller Wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Award…from Cornerstone OnDemand

June 24, 2011

 

HRchitect featured Cornerstone OnDemand in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems and top Learning Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Charles Coy participated in the HRchitect WebMingle on January 16, 2009. Cornerstone OnDemand participated in the Talent Management Systems Beauty Pageant in December 2008, where they were crowned the winner.

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!

Learning and talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) today announced that the company’s president and CEO, Adam Miller, has been honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Greater Los Angeles Award winner in the technology category. 

Miller was selected among other leading entrepreneurs by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders.  Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Winners were revealed at a gala event Tuesday evening, June 21, at The Beverly Hilton. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner,” said Miller.  “Over the years, I’ve found there are four keys to successful entrepreneurship: persuasiveness, persistence, perseverance and a great team. The support of friends, family and team members has been essential over the years in building Cornerstone OnDemand into one of the world’s fastest growing publicly-traded SaaS companies.”

Since Miller founded Cornerstone OnDemand in 1999, the company has enjoyed rapid business growth, an expanded global presence and industry-leading product innovation, resulting in an initial public offering in March of this year.  Cornerstone is recognized among the leading SaaS-based talent management solution vendors by top industry analyst firms such as Gartner, IDC, Forrester and Bersin & Associates.  The company also has been ranked among the fastest growing companies in North America by organizations such as the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and the Inc. 5000.

Miller also is the chairman of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, which leverages Cornerstone’s expertise, solutions and partner ecosystem to help empower communities.  With a focus on education, workforce development and disaster relief, the Foundation has developed strategic partnerships with Teach for America, the New Teacher Project, Feeding America, Oxfam, Save the Children, the Taproot Foundation and many other leading non-profits.

“Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past 25 years,” said Brian Ring, program director for Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Los Angeles.  “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.  They give us hope for what the next 25 years of entrepreneurs will bring.”

As a Greater Los Angeles Award winner, Miller is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 National Award.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala November 12, 2011 in Palm Springs, Calif.  

For more information about Cornerstone OnDemand, visit www.cornerstoneondemand.com.

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Cornerstone OnDemand Ranked as a Talent Management Software Leader in New Industry Analyst Report…from Cornerstone OnDemand

May 27, 2011

 

According to report, Cornerstone edges out the competition to become the strongest performance management software vendor; also receives high customer ratings

HRchitect featured Cornerstone OnDemand in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Management Systems and top Learning Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. Charles Coy participated in the HRchitect WebMingle on January 16, 2009. Cornerstone OnDemand participated in the Talent Management Systems Beauty Pageant in December 2008, where they were crowned the winner.

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!

Learning and talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) today announced that the company has been ranked as a “Leader” in the May 2011 report, “The Forrester Wave™: Talent Management, Q2 2011” by Forrester Research Inc.   

“As a true multitenant, SaaS-only offering, Cornerstone edged out the competition to become the strongest performance vendor,” stated the report.  “Customers give Cornerstone high ratings for delivering a product that meets their needs.  Cornerstone is the only company we evaluated that has nearly equal numbers of customers deploying learning and performance.” 

Forrester’s vendor assessments covered three categories, including learning, performance, and combined learning and performance.  Assessments included evaluation of each vendor’s current offering, strategy and market presence. 

In recent months, Cornerstone has been recognized as a leader in three other vendor and market studies, including IDC’s 2011 Integrated Talent Management MarketScape report1, the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems report2 and the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management Software report.3  Strengths called out in the reports include customer experience, product capabilities and innovation, and the scalability of Cornerstone’s SaaS architecture. 

“Cornerstone is the only pure play, organically developed SaaS solution to be recognized in these recent analyst reports as a leader in both the learning and performance management categories,” said Adam Miller, president and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand.  “Other vendors may be rushing to fill out their talent management functionality or make the switch to SaaS, but we’ve been there with an integrated SaaS solution from the beginning.”

For more information about Cornerstone OnDemand, visit www.cornerstoneondemand.com.
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Lumesse – formerly StepStone Solutions – launches global talent survey…from Lumesse

May 10, 2011

 

  • Survey shows age is a major factor in workplace happiness – mid-career workers least happy
  • Gender differences in pay rises, training, work satisfaction still common in some countries
  • Training, performance reviews, recognition and workplace trust remain major employee issues

HRchitect includes StepStone in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems and Top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. 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!

Lumesse – the new name from today for StepStone Solutions – has revealed the first findings of ‘Inspiring Talent’ – a detailed, independent survey* of employee attitudes to their jobs and employers. Sourced from almost 4000 employees in larger companies in 14 countries worldwide, including the US, UK, Germany and China, the survey reveals the different attitudes to work and employers among older and younger workers, men and women, and different regions. The survey found, for example, that the oldest and youngest workers were the happiest, with employees starting work and nearing retirement consistently reporting higher levels of workplace satisfaction than their stressed-out, mid-career colleagues. Differences in pay rises, training opportunities and job satisfaction between men and women were still common, suggesting that not all employers have made good progress in equalising the workplace experience between the sexes in recent years. Other key findings include:

US employees are most likely to describe their companies as very successful; Swedish the least.

  • French employees are the most loyal, while Scandinavians are the happiest. UK employees rank second last for job satisfaction.
  • Chinese staff are almost three times as likely to report large pay rises as the global average.
  • Less than a quarter of employees always feel trusted to make important decisions.
  • More men (10%) than women (8%) report a large pay increase (over 20%) since 2008
  • Almost 40% of older workers (56 – 60) believe they will be recognised and rewarded if they work harder or take extra responsibility; only 19% of Gen Y (18 – 25) agree. 

StepStone Solutions, one of the world’s leading talent management companies, also today announces the rebranding of the company as ‘Lumesse.’ With rapid growth in its ‘Software-as-Service’ solutions over recent periods, and an active user base well in excess of a million people in 70 countries, the new brand is the first step in making Lumesse an increasingly high-profile, global player in the fast-growth talent management sector.

Lumesse is positioned in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant in Gartner, Inc’s 2011 “Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management Software. Leaders have strong product functionality and, often, provide superior customer experience. In addition, these vendors have strong direct sales and/or channel sales capabilities. Leading vendors also have strong or emerging multinational solutions (with corresponding service and support).

“As Lumesse we are building a new kind of company, a high technology talent management business that doesn’t talk about technology, but about people and their potential,” said Lumesse CEO, Matthew Parker. “Our rebrand is a watershed in our company development, but it’s much more than a change of name. We’re building a global talent management business that acts like a local company – a company that can help both employers and employees have better jobs and better results.  And our ‘Inspiring Talent’ survey shows that many companies have a long way to go in getting the best from their people and in giving them careers that really inspire them.”

The Lumesse ‘Inspiring Talent’ survey shows that issues remain in the way many employers use the talents of their staff. Training, performance reviews and workplace trust remain an issue with only half of employees reporting that they have an effective appraisal process and only one third saying that good training is regularly available. Less than one in five employees said they would always be rewarded for taking extra responsibility or working harder.

Regionally, the survey found wide variations in attitudes across the 14 surveyed countries. US staff were most upbeat about their companies’ success. The happiest employees were in the Nordic countries, with over 80% saying they enjoyed going to work; the least happy in Hong Kong, with only half claiming to be happy. However, the UK also did not fare well, being second last in the happiness stakes. When it comes to loyalty 57% of French employees planned to stay with their employers ‘forever’ – at the other end of the loyalty scale the UK and Netherlands (24%) were beaten only by Singapore, in last place for long-term loyalty at just 17%.

The full report, Inspiring Talent 2011, will be available from Lumesse later in June 2011.

Formed in 2003, StepStone Solutions separated from its parent company in a management buyout backed by HgCapital in April 2010. With over 1,700 customers, including major brands such as Bank of China International, Deutsche Telekom, Heineken, Merck, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Virgin Atlantic, and employees in 17 countries, Lumesse is a high-growth global success story in the talent management market. Lumesse provides ‘Software-as-a-Service’ solutions in both talent acquisition and talent management, with well over a million active users of its technology, served from global data centres.

“Many companies seem to be doing a great job in providing inspiring, supportive workplaces for their people,” adds Matthew Parker, Lumesse CEO. “But the report card for many others has to be ‘could do better,’ especially in areas like training, career development, performance appraisals and job recognition. As Lumesse we’ve set out a clear statement of our company values, based on what our people said they wanted the company to be, with a strong emphasis on our ability to provide a working environment and culture that inspires people – in Lumesse and in our customers – to do better and have more fun.”

“The talent management software market continues to grow in size and importance, yet it appears crowded, noisy and undifferentiated to buyers,” said Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates, a leading analyst firm in human resources and talent management.  “Lumesse’s focus on creating a global brand which focuses on the ‘people benefits’ of talent management gives the company a clear and differentiated vision which goes far beyond the features and capabilities of software itself.”

“Our rebrand to Lumesse is the end of a long project and the start of a new chapter in our history,” said Michelle Martin, Global Head of Marketing. “The brand reflects the kind of company our people said they want to work for – vibrant, human, fun but focused, global in scale but local in execution and, above all, a business that generates fantastic outcomes for its customers and inspiring careers for their people.”

For more information on Lumesse, please visit www.lumesse.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


StepStone Solutions Continues Strong Growth in First Quarter of 2011…from StepStone

April 29, 2011

 

Talent Management Firm Registers Almost 40% Increase in Revenue Over Q1 2010; Signs 79 New Customers

HRchitect includes StepStone in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems and Top Talent Management Systems vendors that businesses should consider. 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!

StepStone Solutions, a global leader in talent management, today announced continuing strong revenue growth and particularly high levels of new customer acquisition during the first three months of 2011.

StepStone Solutions signed 79 new customers in the period January 2011 through March 2011 and also contracted with 134 existing customers for increased commitments to the company’s products. StepStone Solutions now serves almost 1,700 businesses in about 70 countries, with well over a million active users of its Software-as-as-Service (SaaS) products.

The company signed new customers in the first quarter in Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

Matthew Parker, CEO, StepStone Solutions, said: “Our growth and global success in so many regions is a great start to the year. Including acquisitions, our business grew almost 40% over the equivalent period in 2010 as a result of both substantial enterprise wins worldwide, increasing use of our solutions by many existing customers and a continuing low level of customer churn.”

Among the highlights of the first three months of the year were the release of the latest version of StepStone Solutions’ MrTedTalentLink talent acquisition product, with major enhancements to the user experience and the web services API; the winning of a prestigious award — Best Talent Management Software Provider in Greater China 2010-2011; being again named as ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management; and major successes with global customers such as Banque de France, RKW-Group, Knauf, and Peugeot Citroën.

For more information please visit www.stepstonesolutions.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SuccessFactors to Acquire Enterprise Learning Leader Solidifies Position as the HCM cloud-based SaaS Market Leader…from SuccessFactors

April 26, 2011

 

Acquisition fills an urgent need requested by SuccessFactors customers

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. HRchitect is proud to sponsor the 2011 SuccessConnect event in San Francisco.

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SuccessFactors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFSF), the global leader in business execution cloud-based SaaS software, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Plateau, the leading learning management system (LMS), a Next Generation Portal technology, and CaaS- Content as a Service. This acquisition forms a symbiotic combination with SuccessFactors’ acquisition of social video mobile learning provider Jambok.

Customers will now have the ability to further increase employee development and business execution by implementing a comprehensive social and traditional learning strategy that includes evangelizing internal experts, utilizing easy-to-use video creation and sharing tools, as well as managing, developing, and deploying online, instructor-led and self-study training. 

“I first met Paul Sparta, CEO of Plateau, 8 years ago, and what struck me, and has stayed with me, more so than any founder or CEO whom I have met in our industry, was how seriously and incredibly committed he was to two key drivers: 1) his customers’ success through superior product and domain expertise; and 2) building a financially strong and profitable business,” said Lars Dalgaard, founder and CEO of SuccessFactors. “With more than 15 million combined users, and the biggest R&D budget and largest domain expertise, in the HCM cloud-based SaaS industry, we can compete more effectively with some of the incumbent HCM vendors’ total suite, and continue to surprise and excite customers with the next decade of innovations.”

“Plateau will accelerate SuccessFactors’ strategy markedly. SuccessFactors’ game-plan’s four key drivers will all be strengthened substantially: 1) customers achieving better results through the SuccessFactors suite, expertise and commitment; 2) building for great cash profitability; 3) continuing to build towards one of the SaaS cloud-based HCM industry’s strongest global customer and sales field force; and 4) offering a leading comprehensive suite of relevant and proven Business Execution applications. Like SuccessFactors, Plateau has had success with the biggest and most complex customers, including Plateau’s long time customer General Electric, and this makes Plateau the best choice for SuccessFactors, and we believe an excellent choice for customers, and prospects,” Dalgaard continued.

“SuccessFactors approaches integrated talent management in an innovative way that really impacts our business,” said Carol Anderson Chief Learning Officer at Marriott International, Inc.   “With the additions of Plateau’s LMS and Jambok’s social learning technology, SuccessFactors is clearly changing the market and offering a unique advantage to its customers.”

“Plateau has a long history of delivering innovation and has consistently been recognized in the top 1 or 2 position as a leader in LMS from analysts during the last couple of years, including Forrester, Gartner, IDC and Bersin & Associates.  Plateau is also recognized for its industry-leading levels of customer satisfaction, and what made an acquisition of this size possible is that Plateau’s renewal rates are at approximately 99 percent. We have been overwhelmed by the number of customers globally who have requested LMS, specifically on SuccessFactors’ enterprise platform. We estimate 80 percent of our sales force has active opportunities, and customers have specifically identified having Plateau’s industry-leading LMS on SuccessFactors’ platform as particularly desirable, which has helped to reduce the financial risk,” Dalgaard continued.

“Plateau has been recognized for its traction in SaaS, and technologically.  SuccessFactors and Plateau are more alike than any other platforms. We think the fact that Plateau, like SuccessFactors, is built using Enterprise Java, J2EE, also reduces the execution risk and thus, helped make the case for this acquisition a lot more compelling. Since J2EE is delivered with a focus on interoperability, portability and true enterprise class scalability, both teams anticipate a cleaner and smoother code assimilation. SuccessFactors has set achievable, yet aggressive, timeframes to fully integrate Plateau’s LMS solution,” said Aaron Au, co-founder and CTO of SuccessFactors.

“Plateau has many great team-members who are excited to join forces with us to deliver a robust HCM SaaS offering to companies everywhere,” Dalgaard continued. “Their track record, customers, team members, recognition, recurring revenue stream, existing demand and real pipeline, and extraordinary smorgasbord of innovation were enough to do the acquisition. Add Plateau’s strong presence in the Federal business, and the pharmaceutical industry, the excitement and strength of the Plateau team and its new “Flex” UI that both companies see as innovative to the industry, and the acquisition became a lot more valuable.”

“Plateau’s solutions are designed to help companies improve organizations’ operations across the board by providing employees, executives, and the extended enterprise clear visibility and access to the information and learning needed to perform effectively.  In practice this includes managing learning, compliance, goals, positions, compensation and many other aspects of an organization,” said Paul Sparta, chairman and CEO, Plateau.  “Plateau’s strategy fits hand-in-glove with the broad strategy of SuccessFactors’ Business Execution.  Where SuccessFactors and Plateau have common approaches to many parts of the HCM lifecycle historically, we are now positioned exceptionally well to quickly unify what is common and more heavily invest in the kinds of innovation the market has yet to see in HCM.”

“In short, I am personally relishing the opportunity to work with some of the great minds that SuccessFactors has now assembled.  I very much look forward to sharing it with the world in the coming months,” Sparta continued.

Through its acquisitions over the past year, SuccessFactors has continued to build on its core BizX solution and revolutionize the market. This acquisition extends the company’s leadership by enhancing its current career and development planning offerings, integrating the entire employee lifecycle experience, as well as positioning the company as the leader in the HCM cloud-based SaaS market. Based on initial estimates, the combined companies will have more than 15 million users.

“Learning and development is an integral part of the entire employee lifecycle starting with the on-boarding process and how quickly new employees can be productive,” said Karie Willyerd, vice president of learning and social adoption, SuccessFactors, and founder and CEO of Jambok. “Historically the primary role of a learning management system was to reduce the cost of training and training administration, improve compliance, provide a platform to improve employee skills and time to competency, and to standardize processes and content.  At SuccessFactors, we are moving beyond these ‘core’ drivers of learning to now address business performance and aligning business goals and skill requirements with learning and development, using cutting-edge SaaS technologies.”

Plateau brings more than 350 customers to SuccessFactors. After the deal closes, Plateau’s SaaS based LMS will be integrated directly into SuccessFactors’ BizX suite providing deeper opportunities for companies to bridge the execution gap by more effectively on-boarding, training, certifying, and linking learning to overall performance, goals, and employee engagement.

“This is, in my opinion, a merger of true leaders. SuccessFactors and Plateau are both thought leaders, product leaders and service leaders,” says Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, Talent, and Learning Strategies for IDC. “Plateau emerged as a leader this year in IDC’s annual MarketScape on Integrated Talent Management joining SuccessFactors there. A big part of Plateau’s ascension is the satisfaction of the Plateau client base. “

“In today’s fast-paced business environment, organizations need to rapidly integrate their systems for employee hiring, management, and development into a strategic process,” said Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates, a leading analyst firm in corporate learning and human resources.  “SuccessFactors’ acquisition of Plateau brings together the market share leader in talent management with one of the market leaders in learning management to create a global powerhouse in end-to-end talent management software.”

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, SuccessFactors will pay $145 million in cash plus $145 million in stock, approximately $15 million is for employee stock options and RSUs, for Plateau. The acquisition is subject to various closing conditions, including filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and the issuance of a permit from the California Department of Corporations, and is currently expected to close during summer 2011.

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


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