Highmark Inc. Selects SumTotal to Strengthen Organizational Development and Retain Top Talent…from SumTotal Systems


SumTotal Systems to Deliver Integrated Talent Management and Learning Platform to Help Highmark Transform Performance Culture

HRchitect featured SumTotal Systems 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. SumTotal Systems appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on May 1, 2009. SumTotal Systems also competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Employee Performance Management Systems in February 2009, where they were crowned the winner. Dave Watkins, Softscape’s CEO and Co-Founder appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on June 19, 2009.

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SumTotal® Systems, Inc., the innovator in strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced that Highmark Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, has selected SumTotal to help it achieve an enterprise strategic priority to strengthen the organization. With the implementation of SumTotal’s integrated talent management and learning solution, Highmark will be more effective in managing the performance, development and retention of talent in order to sustain exceptional performance within the company.

Highmark provides health care benefits serving 4.8 million members, and is one of the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the nation. For more than 70 years, and now 19,500 employees, Highmark’s commitment to the community has consistently been among the company’s highest priorities as it strives to positively impact the communities where they do business.

“We are in the middle of a journey to transform our performance culture, and the ability to monitor and measure the entirety of our pay-for-performance process in one platform is critical,” said John Brothers, Director of Talent Management at Highmark.  “We need the ability to automate and standardize performance management, and ensure our total rewards and compensation decisions are tied to performance.  As well, the integration between performance, succession and learning will allow us to more purposefully manage our talent through the changes our company and industry are experiencing.”

As more and more organizations, across all industries, search for a competitive edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace and tight economy, strategic human capital management is making its place in the arsenal of tools employed by forward-thinking organizations that are planning not only for today’s success, but for continued growth and advancement down the road.

“SumTotal provides organizations like Highmark with an unparalleled solution for streamlining and integrating the functions and processes of strategic human capital management,” said Nadeem Sayed, Chief Operating Officer at SumTotal Systems. “When organizations choose our strategic HCM solution, they gain a visibility over their organization that allows them to make smarter business decision and excel in the marketplace.”

For more information about SumTotal, visit the company’s website at www.sumtotalsystems.com.

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Matt Lafata, HRchitect



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