HRchitect Tech Vendor News: SAP to Acquire Fieldglass, the Global Cloud Technology Leader in Contingent Workforce Management

April 21, 2014

With Fieldglass, SAP to Enable Consistent, Total Workforce Management

WALLDORF, Germany — March 26, 2014 — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans to acquire Fieldglass, the leading technology provider for procuring and managing contingent labor and services. The addition of Fieldglass’ cloud-based Vendor Management System (VMS) solution meets the growing demand among employers to manage flexible workforces that can be quickly engaged and on-boarded to support rapidly changing business and customer needs. Combined with the collaborative, network-based procurement capabilities of Ariba and the human resources expertise of SuccessFactors, the acquisition uniquely positions SAP to deliver a platform for businesses to manage their entire workforce — both temporary and permanent staff — from initial recruiting and on-boarding to ongoing development, performance management, retention and retirement.

Contingent labor and statement-of-work services is a US$3.3 trillion, high-growth market according to industry analyst estimates. Companies are rapidly moving to more variable operating models that enable them to quickly dial up and down infrastructure, talent and expertise to accommodate changes in market dynamics, business needs and special projects. Contingent workforces are expected to grow by nearly 30 percent over the next three years, according to research by Ardent Partners.

The combination of Fieldglass’ market-leading VMS solution with SAP promises to transform workforce management by enabling a flexible and comprehensive approach to managing the entire workforce and life cycle, going beyond the traditional focus on the employee record that characterizes many systems today. Together, SAP and Fieldglass will provide companies with the software, collaboration tools and networks needed to engage permanent and temporary staff out of the gate — and on the fly — in new and innovative ways to ensure they have the right people in the right roles at the right times.

“The acquisition of Fieldglass creates a compelling advantage for SAP customers as they access, attract and manage talent via the networked economy,” said Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEOs and members of the Executive Board of SAP AG. “This move reaffirms SAP as the undisputed leader of integrated human resources and procurement in the cloud for businesses of all sizes and industries. Combining Fieldglass with SAP is a significant milestone in our strategy to help businesses simplify everything.”

“With the acquisition of Fieldglass we are taking an incredible step forward to further expand SAP’s leadership in a public cloud offering for the enterprise,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Products & Innovation. “With the power of SAP HANA, SAP Fiori and the Ariba Business Network combined, we can quickly extend the value to our joint customers.”

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with approximately 350 employees, Fieldglass’ cloud-based solution is used in more than 100 countries and 16 languages. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, Fieldglass is the current VMS market leader in total spend and global footprint. Fieldglass was also recognized by Forrester Research, Inc. in The Forrester Wave™: VMS, Q1 2014 as the highest-scoring VMS provider in Contingent Workforce Management/Vendor Management System (CWM/VMS) functionality and market presence. In 2013, Fieldglass marked its eighth consecutive year of profitability, adding 2 million new users in markets worldwide. The company’s majority investor is Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago.

“Joining with SAP will allow us to dramatically accelerate our global growth plans and pace of innovation at the unique intersection of the human capital and procurement sectors,” said Jai Shekhawat, CEO and co-founder, Fieldglass. “SAP’s innovations in cloud, in-memory and mobile technology are transforming workforce management. We look forward to extending our leadership position, increasing our sales and delivery capacity and introducing our winning strategy to new markets.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory and other closing conditions. SAP expects to complete the transaction in the second quarter of 2014.

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Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: NASCO Makes Organizational Alignment a Reality with Halogen Software

February 4, 2014

Leading IT healthcare insurance solutions provider uses Halogen to improve workforce planning and to support three-year strategic talent management roadmap

Ottawa, ON – January 6, 2014 – A leading provider of healthcare insurance IT solutions,  NASCO, has selected Halogen’s performance management, succession planning and learning management solutions to support its three-year talent management vision. Using Halogen’s talent management solutions, NASCO aims to gain efficiency, improve workforce planning and create a highly optimized workforce by 2015.

NASCO’s new talent management process with Halogen’s solution makes organizational alignment a priority. Individual employees are now creating goals that tie directly into larger corporate goals, and associates are engaged in managing their own performance and development.

“Thanks to Halogen’s talent management solutions, we’ve been able to make organizational alignment a reality. By ensuring associate goals are linked to organizational imperatives, we’re in a much better place to achieve our vision as an organization,” says Barbara Bell-Dees, Vice President, Human Resources & People Services at NASCO.

Using Halogen’s solutions NASCO is able to centralize its talent management functions and data in one location. This ability coupled with the system’s ease of use, are among several reasons NASCO selected Halogen as its talent management partner.

According to Bell-Dees, NASCO also chose Halogen because of the talent management vendor’s reputation for delivering world class customer service: “It was comforting to know that we were choosing a company who is number one in customer service. As an organization, we are committed to delivering world class customer service and we selected Halogen because they share our values.”

A cross-functional team selected and helped implement the Halogen eAppraisal™ Financial Services and Halogen eSuccession™ modules to ensure buy-in at all levels of the organization and drive associate accountability in the process. The team plans to roll out the Halogen eLearning Manager™ module to the organization as the next phase of the implementation.

“We’ve been seeing a lot of ‘ah ha’ moments with our staff coming to us and saying how easy and intuitive the system is to use,” says Kim Ziprik, Manager, Organizational Development at NASCO. “Halogen has been more than a vendor to us; they’ve been a real business partner in our talent management journey. We always feel heard and well served.”

The Halogen Talent Management Suite™ is built from the ground up to drive higher employee performance across all talent programs – whether that is recruiting, performance management, learning and development, succession planning or compensation. All the modules in the suite integrate fully and seamlessly, providing a consistent and intuitive experience for all users, while supporting organizations in developing their human capital as a strategic, sustained competitive advantage.

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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


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: New Mercer Analytics Workforce Planning application launched at 16th Annual HR Technology Conference

October 14, 2013

Las Vegas, October 7, 2013 – Mercer announced today at the 16th Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition the launch of its new Workforce Planning application, the latest enhancement to its Mercer Analytics offerings. The Workforce Planning application combines decades of strategic workforce planning experience and methodology with the flexible and proven technology platform from OrcaEyes to help clients better identify and act upon critical gaps in current workforce resources and future needs for a lasting competitive advantage (see Figure 1).

“Particularly for those organizations that rely on highly-skilled employees and those expanding into high-growth markets, getting the right talent in the right place at the right time and right cost has never been a more important, yet more challenging, competitive and strategic imperative,” said Brian J. Kelly, Global Leader for Mercer’s Analytics and Planning Practice. “We feel our Workforce Planning application can provide a sustainable, repeatable process that not only explains a client’s workforce of today but predicts the needs of tomorrow.”

Key client benefits of the Mercer Analytics Workforce Planning application include:

  • Client ownership of workforce information, including the ability to support “what if” scenario planning and analysis
  • Mercer’s intellectual capital on key workforce planning metrics and algorithms to ensure the right elements and segments are measured and forecast
  • “Fact-based” decisions on the best way the workforce can support business strategy
  • Data collection, management and visualization for accelerated decision making

“We are very excited and proud to be part of the technology platform supporting the Mercer Analytics Workforce Planning application,” said Dan Hilbert, Founder and CEO of OrcaEyes. “Having interacted with Mercer consultants for years, we are very familiar with their workforce planning methodologies and thought leadership. We look forward to an even stronger relationship as the Workforce Planning application gains further marketplace traction.”

The Workforce Planning application is fully integrated into the Mercer Analytics suite but can also be utilized on a standalone basis.

 

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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


OrcaEyes Introduces SonarVision Enterprise 3.0 Workforce Planning and Analytics…from OrcaEyes

April 22, 2012

 

Users gain a new perspective on their workforce and benefit from enhanced forecasting and planning capabilities

 

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!

 

OrcaEyes, the leader in workforce planning and analytics solutions, announces the release of SonarVision Enterprise 3.0. Designed around the sophisticated needs of our users, SonarVision Enterprise 3.0 delivers comprehensive tools for analyzing historic and future talent trends, understanding the driving factors behind those trends and then helping leaders optimize their talent strategies.

This new system—built from the ground up using the most innovative technology and sophisticated analytics—is providing clients a view into their workforce in ways they’ve never before been able to see. From basic headcount breakdowns to sophisticated workforce gap modeling and financial impact, the system helps HR and business leaders gain awareness around dynamics affecting their workforce, diagnose problem areas, and then easily plan, monitor and report on improvements.

SonarVision Enterprise 3.0 features:
• Best-of-breed, integrated workforce planning, analytics and reporting making it the industry’s first comprehensive Strategic Human Capital Management system;
• Robust analytic capability for determining exactly where, when and why factors like turnover, retirement and workforce gaps are affecting the company;
• Enhanced dashboards and reports to streamline the way important data points are shared throughout the organization;
• Greater diagnostic tools revealing potential problem areas quickly and effectively; and
• Sophisticated demand forecasting and scenario planning functions to help business leaders ensure the workforce is prepared for the changing demands of the business.

Predictive analytics has become the foundation of effective workforce management and is a key component of workforce planning. OrcaEyes has taken a giant leap forward in the way its SonarVision Enterprise software delivers these analytics to businesses and professionals both inside and outside of the human resources discipline. By delivering a system that pairs the ability to slice and dice data in many different ways with built in analytics, algorithms, and sophisticated reporting, organizations have the tools they need to know what programs, when implemented, will have the biggest impact on the company’s bottom line.

“For 25 years in emerging markets, the defining standard for delivering mature, enterprise technology that drives mass adoption is the release of a third-generation product. Based on client and market feedback, we made the difficult and costly decision a year ago to completely rewrite the product suite from the database level up for the third time, while nearly all competing offerings remain on their first generation technology platform,” said Dan Hilbert, CEO of OrcaEyes. “For customers and the market, this release is the first strategic planning and analytics offering to deliver the true scalability, user configuration, security and functionality to meet the rigorous requirements of forward-thinking Human Resources, business and IT leadership in major enterprises.”

The introduction of advanced analytics and reporting paired with the ability to display benchmarks in a single solution uniquely positions OrcaEyes to offer customers a total Strategic Human Capital Management (“HCM”) solution.

“Since the release of SVE3, OrcaEyes has achieved unprecedented success in competitive trials,” added Hilbert. “And as CEO I have to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the OrcaEyes team in their professionalism and dedication to meeting the needs of our clients.”

OrcaEyes has been delivering software solutions for workforce planning and analytics since 2007, providing clients in Human Resources and Operational leadership with best practices for optimizing the use, engagement and productivity of the workforce throughout the organization. The company’s latest software release contains the tools businesses need to prepare for pending talent shortages, retirements and business changes, so organizational productivity and performance is not hindered by changes in the workforce.

For more information on OrcaEyes, please visit www.orcaeyes.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 Drives Business Agility through Unified Talent Management Suite…from Saba

March 21, 2012

 

Newest Release Addresses Top-of-Mind Executive Talent Issues with Industry-Leading Organizational, Workforce and Succession Planning Capabilities

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, recently announced significant enhancements to its Talent Management Suite. The latest release addresses market demand for executive talent visibility that gives insights into organizational health, builds strong leadership pipelines, creates bench strength in critical positions, and enables business agility by being able to quickly find the right talent to seize new market opportunities.  With the most advanced organization, workforce and succession planning capabilities available on the market today, the new capabilities in the Saba Talent Management Suite allows organizations to focus on gaining strategic visibility into their talent in order to adapt quickly to changing market conditions.

Along with enhanced capabilities for talent reviews, workforce planning and succession planning, Saba also announced the acquisition of HumanConcepts. The addition of HumanConcepts will not only greatly increase Saba’s presence in the Talent Management market with its over 500 customers, but also provide powerful new organizational planning capabilities that will be seamlessly integrated into the Saba Talent Management Suite. These include intuitive visual analytics to assess organizational health, organizational planning and modeling to create “what if” organizational scenarios and the ability to streamline company transitions.

“One of the biggest risks to the success of any organization is not having the right leadership and talent in place to maintain your competitive advantage,” said Bobby Yazdani, founder and CEO of Saba. “The pace of business is so fast, that it is extremely crucial for organizations to understand the overall health of their organization, such as who their future leaders will be and what their bench strength is. We are making it easy to address these strategic initiatives by streamlining organizational workforce and succession planning in one powerful platform.”

Executives from around the world have identified talent shortages as the second largest risk to their businesses, behind losing customers; therefore, further illustrating the need for the Saba Talent Management Suite. Companies including IBM, InterContinental Hotels Group, Cisco and Pioneer Natural Resources are just a few of the companies using the Saba Talent Management Suite to gain strategic talent visibility.

Key Highlights of Saba Talent Management Suite:

  • Comprehensive Dynamic People Profile: Contains all key data on people, including background, experience, education, performance review scores, compensation data and key talent indicators that drive strategic talent insights.
  • Intuitive Visual Analytics: Delivers access to accurate and comprehensive organizational structure and workforce information that helps monitor organizational health and expose any workforce related risks.
  • Organizational Planning and Modeling: Models and compares different people planning options, evaluates the impact of each and improves decision making.
  • State-of-the-Art Talent Reviews and Calibration:  Supports annual talent reviews to identify top performers, high potentials, solid contributors and areas for development within the organization.
  • Advanced Talent Pooling and Slating: Creates talent pools for executive succession plans, open positions or critical roles that support new organizational structures or business initiatives.
  • Transition Management: Streamlines and automates best practices and processes for organizational change, such as redeployment,      reduction in workforce or realignment.
  • Unification with Industry-Leading Enterprise Learning Suite:Ensures that skill gaps and areas for development identified in workforce or succession planning process are effectively addressed.

Supporting Customer Quotes:

InterContinental Hotels Group vice president of global talent development, Renee Stevens says: “Saba is an instrumental part of supporting IHG’s business and brand strategy. Saba Enterprise Talent Management Suite provides us with the ability to identify our next generation of leaders and develop them into effective executives who will help us build great hotels that guests love.”

Pioneer Natural Resources organizational development manager, Ron Vega says: “We have been experiencing explosive growth at Pioneer Natural Resources and we needed a strategic talent management platform that would help us minimize the gap between retiring workers and younger generations of leaders to ensure we could sustain our growth. Saba provides that strategic talent management platform.”

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


HumanConcepts Expands Global Management Team, Appoints HCM Industry Veteran Nick Kemp as EMEA General Manager…from HumanConcepts

September 9, 2011

 

Brings 25+ Years Executive Management Experience in Leadership Roles for McKinsey & Company, SAP, Oracle

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!

HumanConcepts, developer of HumanConcepts Organizational Planning Suite, has announced the appointment of Human Capital Management (HCM) industry veteran Nick Kemp as EMEA General Manager, leading all sales, marketing, finance, customer success and partner marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Working out of HumanConcepts’ UK-based EMEA headquarters, Kemp will report directly to HumanConcepts President Luis Rivera.

“Nick is a key addition to our executive team and an HCM heavy hitter,” said Rivera. “His track record as a results-driven managing director, deep e-business strategist and builder of high-performing direct and indirect sales teams speaks for itself. Nick’s leadership will allow us to accelerate our EMEA business, broaden our global reach and deepen our partnerships with leading industry players.”

Immediately prior to HumanConcepts, Kemp was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company (2008-2011), a global management consulting firm, and the SME EMEA general manager at SAP (2006-2008), where he helped build an entirely new organization to market the company’s SaaS ERP solutions—including go-to market strategies, marketplace branding, lead generation, and sales cycle processes.

“With his impressive credits rolling out SaaS solutions across EMEA,” Rivera said, “I expect Nick to supercharge our own marketing and sales efforts for HumanConcepts Organizational Planning Suite, our new SaaS platform for managing organizational change, and to leverage the rapid growth opportunities in the region.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining HumanConcepts,” said Kemp. “HumanConcepts is recognized around the world as the leading provider of high-value organizational planning solutions that help enterprises visualize, plan, model and transition their workforces to an optimal state. The industry is in a dynamic phase of growth and innovation right now—especially in EMEA, where continual workforce reorganizations and transitions are becoming the norm.”

For more information on HumanConcepts, please visit www.humanconcepts.com

 

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Peoplefluent Delivers Latest Version Of Widely Deployed Recruiting Management System…from Peoplefluent

August 17, 2011

 

New Look and Feel Advances User Experience; Enhancements Improve Workflows and Add Platform-Agnostic Framework for Mobile Applications

HRchitect includes Peoplefluent in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors 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!

Peoplefluent, offering a unique combination of best-of-breed mobile and SaaS suite solutions for Talent Management, Vendor Management and Workforce Compliance and Diversity, today unveiled details of Version 5.0 of its Recruitment Management System (RMS).  With this version, the single sign-on user interface to Peoplefluent’s global RMS has been updated to align with the UI of its award-winning talent management system. This significant user interface change will also be reflected in the company’s Vendor Management System (VMS) offering later this year.

Intelligently driving decisions in an actionable manner, RMS 5.0 eliminates the “hunt and search” approach to finding important information that is a challenge for other recruiting systems, by placing data and analysis at the forefront of the solution. Proactively harnessing the power of corporate data is part of Peoplefluent’s vision, exemplified with their launch of the Decision Views platform in 2009 and validated by the company’s 2011 acquisition of Aquire, a global leader in workforce planning and analytics solutions.

In response to the increase of the number of enterprise smartphone and tablet app users – forecast to be as high as 830 million by 2016 according to ABI Research – Release 5.0 has a platform-agnostic framework that better positions the application to take advantage of mobile devices such as the iPad (see Peoplefluent’s Fluency on the Move mobile applications launched earlier this month). This change also increases the number of browsers supported by RMS such as Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

“As more organizations seek to enable their workforces with applications that traverse a wide range of devices – desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets – it’s crucial that we be platform-agnostic and deliver the industry’s leading user interface. Our clients are telling us that having relevant data presented to them in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate manner enables them to gain efficiencies and make better business decisions more quickly. Peoplefluent is committed to listening closely to our customers and turning their requirements into reality,” said Tom Tisdale, SVP of Sales for Peoplefluent.

Recognizing how busy HR professionals and corporate recruiters interact with applications, colleagues and candidates, Version 5.0 of RMS incorporates a number of significant Recruiting Portal user interface updates that add value without changing the respective task such as: 

  • Workflow improvements that increase hiring workflow navigation and visibility
  • Dashboards using drag-and-drop widgets that provide easy access
  • A redesigned contemporary user interface featuring interactive icons and intuitive navigation

To lend further support, substantive application changes include the ability to view full lists of candidates and improved candidate search functionality; visual indicators highlighting where candidates are in the workflow; “export on-the-fly” capability; and email spell check and calendar tools. RMS 5.0 adds to the self-service administration capabilities of career site management, putting greater control in the hands of customers.  For example, customers may choose to deployment options that let candidates complete a full job application on their mobile devices. With RMS 5.0, organizations can readily edit the text at their career sites, ensuring convenience, cost savings and the flexibility needed to support employment branding initiatives.

Version 5.0 of Peoplefluent’s RMS is available now. 

For more information, please visit www.peoplefluent.com.

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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