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Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that more than 1,200 people attended the company’s fifth annual customer and partner forum, held March 28-30 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
The 2012 Connections event brought together hundreds of HR, payroll, and talent management leaders to learn about industry best practices, technology trends, Ultimate Software’s strategic roadmap, upcoming enhancements toUltiPro, and more. Each attendee had a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on lab sessions, network with other customers, interact with Ultimate’s leadership, and meet industry analysts and influencers.
“The Connections Conference has been fantastic,” said Pat Stram, SPHR, HR manager for Ripley’s Entertainment, an entertainment leader for more than 90 years and known for the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand of museums, cartoons, television shows, and books. “We really enjoyed expanding our knowledge about UltiPro and Ultimate Software while sharing information and meeting with our peers. I am very excited to get started using the information I have learned at Connections.”
During the conference, Ultimate also announced a new partnership with Yammer, the leading provider of enterprise social networks. This collaboration seamlessly connects Yammer to Ultimate’s HCM solution, enabling businesses to integrate the rich data about their people housed within UltiPro with the natural, continuous feedback on employees’ work, achievements, progress, and cross-functional collaboration shared on Yammer.
“In addition to broadening its HR feature set, Ultimate’s plan for the future includes social and mobile technologies, which indicates the company is on a clear path to sustaining its place in the market as the leader in people management cloud technology,” said Stephanie Stevenson, AVP, compensation and benefits for Quicken Loans, Inc., the fifth largest retail mortgage lender overall in the U.S. and the largest online.
Ultimate also presented its 2012 Customer Innovation Awards, which recognize customers that have gone above and beyond in managing, motivating, and rewarding their people. Each category singles out a customer that has excelled in a particular area of HCM through its partnership with Ultimate Software. The following organizations received a 2012 Innovation Award at the Connections conference:
- Yamaha Corporation of America for Strategic Talent Management
- Groupon for Use of Analytics for Measurable Returns
- Callaway Golf for Achievement in Technology
- Buffalo Wild Wings for Teamwork
- Flow International for Global Impact
- Wente Family Estates for Supporting and Meeting Major Corporate Goals
- Camden Property Trust for Supporting and Meeting Major Corporate Goals
- United Stationers Inc. (USI) for Achievement in Return on Investment/Cost Savings
- Explorer Pipeline for Partnership
Some of the event’s sponsors included Certpoint Systems, IBM, Wise Consulting, SHRM, Ping Identity, Sterling Infosystems, and Trion Group.
“With Ultimate Software, we have a relationship with people, not just a vendor,” said Mark Gifford, HRIS manager at Concord Hospitality, a hotel management and development company with a portfolio that includes 83 hotels in the U.S. and Canada. “This was my first Connections conference, and it was a wonderful event where I learned much more about the HR industry and how to leverage UltiPro to make more of a difference for my company. I am definitely looking forward to returning to this event next year.”
“We know that Ultimate’s decades of growth could not have been done without our customers. These partnerships are what strengthen our business,” said Scott Scherr, president, CEO, and founder of Ultimate Software. “Across our company, our employees know we have a responsibility to help our customers achieve success. From our beginning, Ultimate Software has been focused on people—both our employees and our customers—and we thank those who traveled from around the world so that we could all come together to collaborate, expand our knowledge, and deepen these valuable relationships.”
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Matt Lafata, HRchitect