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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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.

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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


Aquire Adds Versatility to OrgPublisher with Launch of Version 10.1…from Aquire

June 8, 2011

 

Additional browser options and Silverlight-powered User Interface among additions to world’s most popular organizational charting and workforce reporting software

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!

Aquire, a worldwide leader in workforce planning and analytics solutions, today announced the release of OrgPublisher™ 10.1, the newest version of the company’s intelligent organizational charting and workforce reporting software used by human resources professionals at thousands of enterprise companies around the globe. Multi-language publishing features and additional browser capabilities add versatility to the substantial upgrades launched in version 10.0 last December.

Version 10.1 benefits from the interactivity of the Microsoft® Silverlight™ application framework. Users now have the ability to view charts and reports on additional operating systems (Macintosh and Linux) and through more browser options, including Safari and Mozilla Firefox, than ever before. These additional options allow increased accessibility to view and distribute charts and graphs to increased users across more systems. The built-in Silverlight technology also updates the look and usability of the OrgPublisher user interface.

“Customers who attended our recent User Conference got a sneak peak of the new, more visually attractive interface and gave us very positive feedback,” said Lois Melbourne, CEO and co-founder of Aquire. “They are excited about the more interactive look and feel of the animated org chart boxes that give quick access to employee profiles. And now users have some control to personalize their color schemes and other settings, as well as search results views. It’s quite an elegant interface that’s very easy to use.”

A benefit to multinational customers is the ability to efficiently produce comprehensive organizational charts in multiple languages. After administrators convert a chart to localized languages, they simply supply URLs for each new chart to users. Localized languages covered are Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

When OrgPublisher 10 launched in December, it delivered improved daily workforce reporting and organizational charting with an enhanced user interface, more focused search options, new chart formatting options, improved security and robust tools for succession planning and organizational modeling.

Version 10.1 of OrgPublisher is just one example of how Aquire continues to address the most strategic workforce management and planning issues organizations face. Last month Aquire launched Aquire Compensation, a compensation planning solution designed to allow line managers to more easily engage with the compensation planning process. Also in their portfolio of solutions: Aquire InSight™ for workforce analytics and talent management, and point solutions for succession planning, workforce modeling, and data integrity.

For more information on Aquire, please visit www.aquire.com

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Peopleclick Authoria Buys Global Workforce Planning and Analytics Leader Aquire Solutions.…from Peopleclick Authoria

April 4, 2011

 

Combination Delivers the Most Collaborative Integrated Talent Management Suite in the Market with Deep Visual Analytics and Modeling Capabilities

HRchitect includes Peopleclick Authoria 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!

Propelled by a shared vision to accelerate business outcomes and success through the strategic optimization of the workforce, Peopleclick Authoria today announced the acquisition of Aquire Solutions, Inc., a global leader in workforce planning and analytics solutions.  This transaction unites the broadest integrated talent management suite with one of the fastest-growing and innovative workforce planning and analytics solutions available in the market (Inc . magazine’s “5000 Fastest Growing Companies” and Human Resource Executive magazine’s “2010 Top Product of the Year” for Aquire InSightTM).  This combination brings the Talent Management marketplace a first-of-its-kind collaboration solution driven by unmatched visualization, analytics and modeling capabilities that align the planning initiatives and strategic objectives of the executive team, line management and workforce.

With this acquisition, Peopleclick Authoria demonstrates its continued commitment to build out its best-of-suite strategy for Talent Management, one that is already uniquely differentiated by the inclusion of Vendor Management and Workforce Compliance and Diversity.  With the addition of Aquire, which will continue under its existing strong brand, Peopleclick Authoria changes the paradigm of what true Talent Management visual analytics capabilities will need to be as customers identify and execute their Social, Analytics and Collaboration strategies.

“Quite frankly, there is no other vendor in this category that is doing workforce planning and analytics in the exceptional and compelling way that Aquire is today.  With this acquisition, we are functionally  linking business intelligence and total workforce Intelligence to deliver — for the first time ever in the Talent Management arena — the seamless integration of strategic, financial and human capital data and true collaboration across many disciplines and any and all management layers of an organization,” said Charles S. Jones, Chairman and CEO of Peopleclick Authoria.  “We are incredibly proud and excited to have these solutions and the creative people behind them – directed by the leadership of Lois Melbourne and the extraordinary technical innovation and vision of Ross Melbourne – on the Peopleclick Authoria team.  We are enthusiastic about the additional value this combination will bring to customers worldwide.”

According to Jim Holincheck, Research Vice President at Gartner, “the depth and breadth of talent management suite offerings is improving, and that customers increasingly want to work with fewer providers to ease integration and analytics, and simplify vendor management requirements.” Moreover, “the biggest technology trend is around reporting and analysis. This is a good thing, as our customer references surveyed showed again that reporting was still relatively challenging for many of them (it had a mean score of 4.65 on a seven point scale, ranging from completely dissatisfied to completely satisfied).”

Commenting on the transaction, Lois Melbourne, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Aquire, said, “We have built this business over 16 years on the foundation of innovation and customer satisfaction.  This acquisition accelerates and fuels the innovation that is at our philosophical and technical core.  It also increases the reach and footprint of our market landscape, enabling us to deliver unmatched collaborative analytics and workforce planning within the Talent Management continuum, while still providing the distinctive solution that we bring to ERP environments every day.  We are thrilled at this opportunity to expand the Aquire market reach and to grow.”

A pioneer in the market with their flagship OrgPublisher product line, Aquire (visit http://www.aquire.com/solutions has created powerful visualization capabilities within a data-intense technical environment.  With highly graphical and flexible analytics and planning applications – from organizational charting to workforce planning, succession planning and data integrity – the company delivers the ability to collaboratively model current and desired states of an organizational structure.  These solutions, either alone or in conjunction with the full Peopleclick Authoria Talent Management  suite, give customers a strategic differentiator in understanding and assessing the most critical and complex elements of their organizations, so they can make precise and informed decisions about the business to affect real-time, proactive, impactful change.

“Workforce analytics and planning is a core component of talent management processes and should be used to optimize existing activities. Aquire is addressing this need with a workforce and employee centric approach that enables the ability to understand and optimize human capital,” said Mark Smith, CEO and EVP of Research for Ventana Research, the leading benchmark research and advisory services firm.  “Integrating Aquire’s exceptional product suite into the broad Talent Management solutions provided by Peopleclick Authoria offers a comprehensive level of workforce analytics and planning to support Talent Management processes.  This acquisition provides organizations a more holistic and actionable approach to utilizing workforce information for improving business performance.”

Aquire Solutions, Inc. will operate as a wholly owned operating subsidiary of Peopleclick Authoria Holdings, Corporation.  Under committed arrangements, this organically fast-growing enterprise will remain independently run by Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder Lois Melbourne and Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder Ross Melbourne.   There will be no changes to the executive team or to the size of the organization.  Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

To learn more about Peopleclick Authoria, please visit www.peopleclickauthoria.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SuccessFactors to Acquire Inform…from SuccessFactors

February 4, 2010

 

Becomes First Company to Offer Business Analytics and Workforce Planning in Comprehensive Business Execution Software

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

SuccessFactors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFSF), the global leader in business execution software, and Inform Business Impact, the global leader in analytics and workforce planning, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which SuccessFactors will acquire Inform.

With this strategic acquisition, SuccessFactors will be the first company to offer business analytics and workforce planning as part of a comprehensive business execution software suite. With their unmatched applications and strategic consulting, Inform serves more than 130 enterprise customers, most with more than 100,000 employees, including 24 of the Fortune 500, such as Comcast, BHP Billiton, Starbucks, Nike and ANZ Bank, which represent approximately 2.5 million employees.

Inform has a rich 28-year history and 600 person-years of field and academic research, proprietary content and technology development in business analytics and workforce planning.

The addition of Inform’s powerful, 100 percent cloud-based software and unique expertise dramatically boosts SuccessFactors’ market-leading Business Execution Software (BizX) solution. The combined product will provide customers with a much more strategic use of workforce information, while expediting business execution, allowing SuccessFactors to deliver: 

  • Predictive analytics
  • Strategic workforce planning
  • Strategic reporting
  • Workforce analytics
  • Workforce reporting
  • Over 2000 key performance metrics, and
  • Peer benchmarking content for over 20 industries.

The combined solution extends value and builds on the investment customers have already made in SuccessFactors by enabling them to assess their readiness to execute their strategies, forecast the impact of their business decisions, mitigate risk and take action accordingly.

“All companies establish strategic plans. The critical challenge today is to execute on those strategies and improve overall business performance,” said Lars Dalgaard, founder and CEO of SuccessFactors. “With this acquisition, SuccessFactors is arming CEOs, CFOs and human resource professionals with actionable, high-value insights to perform better, gain competitive advantage, and lower costs. Our acquisition of Inform turbo-charges our focus and commitment to BizX and will dramatically drive further adoption within the $36 billion business execution market.

“Our customers convinced us that this was the right move, and they were asking for this combination of products,” Dalgaard continued. “When we did the due diligence on 30 Inform customers, several of them blind references, we realized how big this could become combined.Despite the size of their sales force, Inform has been able to achieve a lot, and with our global distribution and the most paying unique users in the cloud, we think this is a great opportunity for them. I believe no one in the industry, even with other business intelligence or homegrown solutions, can come close to replicating Inform’s deep, proprietary intellectual capital and their set of robust and proven solutions. When you talk to Inform’s customers, they are just playing a different game. They are answering different questions. They are driving more impact. They are changing the way their companies make decisions.

“When SuccessFactors went public more than two years ago, we outlined three separate criteria for companies we’d look at for acquisition,” Dalgaard added. “As SuccessFactors continues to aggressively grow, very selective M&A will continue be a part of that strategy as it relates to the three criteria we announced in 2007: furthering our technology; resellable high margin content; or geographic presence to improve business execution world-wide for any size company. Just one of these criteria would be enough for us to do an acquisition if the customers were referenceable and renewing at strong rates, but Inform had a check in all three boxes. This acquisition allows us to provide something none of our competitors can – software specialized for business execution decisions based on people information that has a direct impact on how a company performs.”

“Inform’s mission has always been to give businesses the best information and insights possible in order to create a clear path to success. SuccessFactors is aiming to do the same thing, so this is a natural fit,” said Peter Howes, founder and CEO of Inform. “Acquisition wasn’t our goal. We have had many offers from American and European companies, but I was never interested until I saw the strategic fit with SuccessFactors. We’re incredibly excited about integrating Inform’s analytics tools with SuccessFactors’ Business Execution Software. We’re creating an even more powerful solution to help our customers better understand how their employees are impacting business performance – how the business as a whole is running so that they can make more strategic workforce decisions that directly affect the bottom line. No other company in the world can offer this.”

SuccessFactors’ and Inform’s combined solutions are immediately available to customers through an OEM agreement between the parties, enabling SuccessFactors to maximize cross-selling and up-selling opportunities and develop future versions of the integrated software quickly.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, SuccessFactors will pay $25.5 million in cash and approximately $15 million in SuccessFactors common stock for Inform, with additional contingent consideration payable based on the fulfillment of continuing employment and the achievement of specified growth targets.

The acquisition on a pro forma basis and excluding the write-down of the deferred revenue balance and any contingent consideration expense is expected to be neutral to SuccessFactors’ net income.

The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 2010, subject to customary closing conditions.

For more information please visit http://www.successfactors.com/inform/.
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Industry Acclaimed Momentum Drives iCIMS into 2010…from iCIMS

January 11, 2010

 

Talent Management Solution Provider Powers into New Decade with Record-breaking Sales, International Expansion, Platform Upgrades and New Employee Data Management Offerings

HRchitect featured iCIMS in our May 2008 release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. iCIMS participated in the Talent Acquisition Systems panel on June 10, 2009 as part of theHRshow. iCIMS competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Talent Acquisition Systems in November 2008 and mid-market Talent Acquisition Systems in January 2009, where they were crowned the winner of each. iCIMS will be competing in the upcoming HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Talent Acquisition Systems on August 21, 2009.  Adam Feigenbaum and Susan Vitale from iCIMS appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on December 12, 2008.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, talk to HRchitect first. We have unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation.

iCIMS, the second-largest provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions, today released the company’s record-breaking 2009 year-end summary and 2010 forecasts. Increased sales, international expansion, platform upgrades and most importantly, a recently unveiled employee data management software suite have already laid the foundation for iCIMS’ continued success throughout 2010.  Finishing off the year with this kind of momentum marks a decade of success for iCIMS, whose 963% organic growth over the past five years was recently recognized by Deloitte Technology Fast 500.

In 2009 alone, more than 225 leading organizations around the world signed onto iCIMS’ Talent Platform, bringing the company’s total customer base to over 800. Notable client additions include H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), GNC, Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY), Trump Entertainment Resorts, Tribune Company and many more. With more than 70% of client additions coming from the mid-market, this past year further strengthened iCIMS’ position as the leading talent acquisition solution provider for mid-market companies.  Industry leading mid-market additions include Treasure Island Las Vegas, NATCO (NYSE: NTG), Alexian Brothers Health System, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, The Visiting Nurse Association, and more. iCIMS’ ongoing pursuit of 100% customer satisfaction through its four-tiered support team directly contributed to the company’s mid-market dominance. The dedicated support teams coupled with user forums, weekly virtual training, and an interactive Knowledge Center continue to serve as one of iCIMS’ core differentiators.

iCIMS’ continued success in the mid-market is also greatly attributed to the Talent Platform’s single-source code architecture and inherent flexibility. This high degree of flexibility is greatly valued by mid-market organizations that are looking to invest in a Talent Platform that is capable of expanding to meet their evolving corporate vision. In addition to offering customers such superior candidate management offerings as applicant tracking, CRM, workforce planning and onboarding, the Talent Platform provides mid-market organizations with such robust employee management tools as performance management, talent & competency profiles, employee referral programs and more. 

Aside from the record breaking sales momentum powering the SaaS provider into 2010, iCIMS’ recently unveiled suite of employee data management software is taking the marketplace by storm. To more fully support the evolving HR needs of its growing mid-market client base, iCIMS now offers customers a complete suite of employee data management tools built right into the award winning talent platform. Beyond the management of demographic information and position history, iCIMS’ employee data management software enables human resource professionals to automate a myriad of once cumbersome, paper-intensive tasks.  These enhanced features coupled with iCIMS’ already advanced talent management offerings, enable the Talent Platform to support the end-to-end talent lifecycle of mid-market organizations around the world.

2009 also marked a year of international growth as iCIMS emerged as the solution of choice for mid-market organizations across the globe, including such notable organizations as Optical Express, BroadReach Healthcare, Cision and Ma’aden. In response to the mounting number of international organizations implementing the Talent Platform, iCIMS expanded its Beijing, China location and opened up the doors to its London, UK office. Looking ahead to 2010, forecasts predict that iCIMS will continue to remain a strong international player as more and more mid-market organizations recognize the value of end-to-end talent management.
 

“As an organization, iCIMS takes great pride in the many accomplishments we have achieved this past year,” said Colin Day, iCIMS’ President and CEO. ”During a time of increased industry consolidation, iCIMS’ record breaking organic growth throughout 2009 is a testament to the long-term value the Talent Platform offers organizations across the globe. With this current mid-market momentum and newly released employee data management suite, 2010 promises to be an extraordinary year for iCIMS.”

For more information on iCIMS, please visit www.icims.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


TEDS Releases New Version of Talent Management Suite with Workforce Planning and Management Module…from TEDS

November 12, 2009

 

Workforce management dashboard highlights newly-upgraded TEDS suite, which now delivers more power and ease of use  

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

TEDS, Inc., originator of the organic, fully integrated Talent Management solution, today released version 9.1 of its Talent Management Suite. The suite’s newest module, TEDS Workforce Management, provides companies with another key competitive advantage.

“Intelligent workforce planning and management are critical to gaining and preserving a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Joe Ellis, chief executive of TEDS. “That is why we have always had strategic workforce planning capabilities built into the TEDS Talent Management Suite. In this new module however, we have made all these functions and capabilities easily accessible via our new workforce manager dashboard. This puts unprecedented power, effectiveness and ease at the fingertips of workforce planners.”

TEDS Workforce Planning & Management enables organizations to define corporate business initiatives, measure workforce readiness to accomplish business goals, manage the progress toward initiative completion and track hiring for these initiatives. This new module leverages existing talent data and interacts with all other modules of the TEDS Talent Management suite to deliver a new dimension in workforce management.

“TEDS Workforce Planning & Management enables workforce planners to create strategies and initiate actions that ensure workers gain the necessary knowledge and skills to meet organizational goals,” said Lynda Helton, TEDS’ vice president for research and development. “Workforce planners and managers can monitor the progress of employees toward competency achievement, skill gap closure and organizational readiness for individual projects and for overarching business initiatives across the enterprise.”

The new module minimizes the negative effects of external forces on enterprise performance including fluctuations in the economy, new regulations, increased competition, and market demands for new or improved products or services, while pre-empting reactionary responses to these market influences.

Organizations can use TEDS to ensure that their workforce planning and management strategy aligns with and supports their overall talent management strategy. Company-wide workforce planning easily replaces fractionalized planning by different departments or business units.

TEDS Workforce Planning & Management ensures an organization’s talent is ready when needed.

A component of the TEDS suite of integrated, single-platform software solutions, TEDS Workforce Planning and Management provides its own powerful capabilities while also wrapping around all other TEDS Talent Management Modules to access and leverage employee data residing in those modules.

TEDS’ latest release provides enhancements to other software modules, including TEDS’ RTC Power (roles, tasks and competency management) and TEDS Job Vision, which manages staffing and talent acquisition.

For more information about TEDS, please visit www.teds.com

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Aruspex and Human Capital Institute Announce New Certification…from Aruspex and HCI

August 10, 2009

 

Aruspex and Human Capital Institute Announce New Certification in Strategic Workforce Planning

Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton, co-founders of Aruspex, appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on February 20, 2009. If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, talk to HRchitect first. We have unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation.

Aruspex, the leading Software as a Service (“SaaS”) company solely focused on Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP), and the Human Capital Institute (HCI), the global association for talent management, today jointly announced the first-ever curriculum to certify Strategic Workforce Planning professionals. The program includes pre-work, classroom instruction, practical application, and a rigorous examination built on the foundation of Aruspex subject matter expertise, and HCI research.

“There is a deep and growing need for Strategic Workforce Planning certification. Organizations worldwide must be able to rely on intensively trained and well qualified professionals who understand the complexities of this new and rapidly developing field,” said Howard Koenig, Aruspex CEO.

“Aruspex’s market and thought leadership in Strategic Workforce Planning and talent management solutions made our partnership a natural fit for HCI,” said Michael Foster, CEO of HCI. “The new course incorporates a number of insightful best practices gained on the ground, working with Aruspex clients in real-world situations.”

The new Strategic Workforce Planning course joins HCI’s Human Capital Strategist (HCS) as the foundational offerings in a new generation of certification programs for critical talent management skills and competencies. Graduates will earn the SWP Certification, and renewal credits towards the HCS, PHR and SPHR certifications.

For more information on Aruspex, please visit www.aruspex.com. For more information on the Human Capital Institute, please visit www.hci.org

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HumanConcepts Announces OrgPlus Premium…from HumanConcepts

July 30, 2009

 

A First-in-Class Solution for Planning, Measuring and Implementing Workforce Change 

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, talk to HRchitect first. We have unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation.

HumanConcepts, the leading provider of workforce decision support solutions, today launched OrgPlus Premium, a new software upgrade that manages all human resource activities around workforce change – from planning through documentation and reporting. OrgPlus enables executives and HR professionals to automatically create org charts to view, analyze and model workforce information. Now OrgPlus Premium adds the ability to track all changes made during a workforce planning activity, measure their impact, and easily update them in the HR system of record.

OrgPlus Premium streamlines and manages multiple aspects of workforce planning and reorganization, giving HR and line managers the ability to:

·         Manually or automatically create the current organizational chart

·         Modify the organizational chart and create scenarios to illustrate proposed changes

·         Monitor the financial, headcount and other effects of planned changes

·         Create a boardroom quality PDF or PowerPoint presentation of the current and proposed organizations for comparison purposes

·         Create summary and detailed reports of all changes, including financial, headcount and organizational structure

·         Print or electronically distribute actual HR action forms or Personnel Action Notifications that can then be entered into the HR system to implement the changes

In addition, OrgPlus Premium allows users to automatically upload their charts to OrgPlus OnDemand on a scheduled basis. OrgPlus OnDemand is an online version of OrgPlus that enables creation and sharing of charts collaboratively over the Web.

“OrgPlus Premium connects the dots between conceptual workforce planning and the implementation of changes necessary to bring the new organization to fruition,” said Martin Sacks, HumanConcepts President and CEO. “Having detailed transaction listings of every change decided upon, as well as meaningful summaries of the modifications for the go-forward structure of the organization, are essential components of any organizational planning activity. OrgPlus Premium is a must-have solution for any company undergoing change.”

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

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


iCIMS Powers into 3rd Quarter with Unwavering Momentum…from iCIMS

July 7, 2009

 

Software-as-a-Service Provider prepares to embark on another quarter of unprecedented growth after finishing off Q2 in record breaking fashion with more than 80 new clients, the opening of a new UK office and numerous awards and recognition

HRchitect featured iCIMS in our May 2008 release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. iCIMS participated in the Talent Acquisition Systems panel on June 10, 2009 as part of theHRshow. iCIMS competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Talent Acquisition Systems in November 2008 and mid-market Talent Acquisition Systems in January 2009, where they were crowned the winner of each. Adam Feigenbaum and Susan Vitale from iCIMS appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on December 12, 2008.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, talk to HRchitect first. We have unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation.

iCIMS, the third-largest provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions, announced today that the company has closed out the second quarter with record breaking numbers yet again, signing more than 80 new clients. iCIMS’ newest customers join more than 750 organizations who rely on the Talent Platform to streamline their end-to-end talent management needs. The company’s unwavering momentum and ascension as one of the top three providers of talent acquisition solutions and the industry leader for the mid-market has also been reflected in its heightened global presence and numerous awards and recognition.

The more than 80 new customers that have signed on with iCIMS include such noteworthy organizations as Cision, Bayada Nurses, Erie Insurance (NASDAQ: ERIE) Sykes Enterprises (NASDAQ: SYKE), and UK based Optical Express. These companies join more than 750 active clients, representing every industry, region and employee base. In addition to offering customers superior pre-hire features such as Applicant Tracking, On-boarding, and Workforce Planning, iCIMS’ Talent Platform also offers users such post-hire tools as Performance Management, Succession Planning, Employee Surveys and more all through a single, web-based platform. By utilizing these pre- and post-hire features, clients are able to automate and streamline their complete talent lifecycle within one system that is fully configurable around each users’ unique preferences and business needs. Furthermore, as opposed to other talent management systems requiring costly modules and add-ons, the iCIMS Talent Platform operates as a single-source solution, eliminating the abundant expenses associated with maintaining and training users on multiple systems.

Entering the third quarter, iCIMS has yet again differentiated itself from competing vendors and secured its position as the industry leader for the mid-market. In addition to demonstrating renewed strength in the North American market space, iCIMS has emerged as the solution of choice for mid-market organizations around the world. The opening of the company’s newest office in London, UK only strengthened this trend, with mid-market organizations across the globe growing eager to take advantage of iCIMS’ end-to-end Talent Management tools and award winning customer support. This past quarter, iCIMS’ global dominance and record breaking growth has largely been attributed to the Talent Platform’s cost-effectiveness, overall flexibility and unparalleled customer experience.

Throughout 2009, iCIMS has been repeatedly recognized for its ability to deliver an unparalleled customer experience while providing clients with the most user-friendly and efficient method of managing their talent management needs. Just last month, iCIMS was honored by The Stevie® Awards as a finalist in the Business Innovation of the Year category as well as the American Business Awards for Customer Service Department of the Year. These nominations come on the heels of iCIMS’ recent win in the Stevie’s Sales & Customer Service Awards for Customer Service Department of the Year. These recognitions once again reflect iCIMS’ unwavering dedication to customer support and commitment to an unparalleled customer experience.

“Our success thus far accurately reflects the strength and longevity of iCIMS’ Talent Platform and the incredible accomplishments this organization is capable of achieving,” said Colin Day, President and CEO of iCIMS. “These past two record breaking quarters are proof of our strong working relationship with all of our customers and we are confident in our ability to continue to expand our presence throughout the remainder of 2009.”  

For more information on iCIMS, please visit www.icims.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Infohrm Helps Clients Respond to New Era of Talent Management…from Infohrm

June 20, 2009

 

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, talk to HRchitect first. We have unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management vendor community and can save you time and money in selection and implementation. 

Infohrm, the global leader in workforce planning, reporting and analytics solutions, today announced the launch of a powerful analytics application that will significantly improve how organizations track, model, and manage the movement of internal talent.

In today’s economy, most organizations are facing declining revenues, shrinking margins, dramatically reduced internal budgets and in many cases, significant reductions in their workforce.

Business leaders need to address difficult challenges, from creating effective career paths for high potentials, to maximizing the flow of talent into critical roles and hard to fill leadership positions.

Infohrm’s new TalentFlow Analytics application provides users with a powerful new analytical capability built upon advanced data transformation and sophisticated visualizations.

Its modeling capabilities enable business leaders, HR executives, and line managers to truly understand how the movement of talent through the organization impacts hiring decisions, workforce planning, cost models, career-path initiatives, succession plans, and risk management.

At many organizations, over 50% of all open positions are filled with internal hires; as such, it is critical to identify roles with high churn, poor performers, and limited advancement opportunities.

TalentFlow Analytics simplifies the measurement of complex workforce mobility via an intuitive visual display of any workforce segment, business unit, location, or job family.

End-users can select from a wide range of metrics (including hires, transfers, promotions, terminations, etc.) and drill into the results for further detail on problem areas.

Using this application enables any organization reliant upon human capital as a source of competitive advantage to more accurately pinpoint current and future workforce needs.

“In this current economic environment, expertise in workforce planning and analytics has never been more important,” said Peter Howes, CEO Infohrm.

“Without the right data-driven analytical tools, business leaders are essentially flying blind when it comes to making mission-critical, and expensive, talent management decisions. TalentFlow Analytics provides powerful insights about how workforce mobility impacts measures of financial, risk, and human capital performance.”

For more information on Infohrm, please visit www.infohrm.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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