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Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that Columbia Forest Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer, has reduced its costs by more than $100,000 annually while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of its HR operations and services.
Prior to deploying UltiPro in January 2011, Columbia Forest Products wanted to improve its people-centric processes, but faced a costly upgrade with the payroll service bureau it had been using in order to achieve this business goal. Subsequently, the company investigated other options and found that Ultimate Software’s UltiPro delivered a comprehensive HR, payroll, and talent management solution that could effectively manage Columbia Forest Product’s workforce in both the U.S. and Canada. Don Carter, vice president of human resources at Columbia Forest Products, said UltiPro provided the right technology to dramatically improve people-centric processes and services while contributing to the company’s bottom line.
“With UltiPro, we are saving well more than $100,000 in hard costs compared to our prior vendor, andUltimate’s cloud delivery for HCM delivers so much more than what we previously had,” said Carter. “Now all information related to our North American employees is easily accessible in one centralized platform. We have visibility into our entire workforce, we have functionality to extend our talent management processes, and we are supported by Ultimate’s expert customer service.”
In addition to the reduction in annual costs, Columbia Forest Products has condensed the staff needed to process payroll from nine to two and made substantial cuts in expenses related to the printing, storage, and mailing of thousands of pieces of paper.
“Columbia Forest Products is a long-standing leader in environmental sustainability, so one of my primary goals has been to migrate to paperless HR. Now, our entire company can access UltiPro and make appropriate updates directly in the solution without paper consumption. Plus, UltiPro’s workflows move information to approvers quickly and automatically,” said Carter. “It’s only been a year, and already UltiPro has been so well received by employees and managers that it has opened the doors for more strategic projects that will provide additional business gains, like recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce.”
As a result of UltiPro’s configurability, Columbia Forest Products’ HR team is saving money because HR is not paying for expensive customizations to make changes to the system, as was the case with the payroll service bureau.
“With UltiPro, we have so much more control and flexibility as well as instant access to business intelligence and workforce metrics,” said Ben Vann, HRIS and payroll manager at Columbia Forest Products. “Our HR and finance executives are pleased about UltiPro’s integration with our general ledger (GL), which is improving data integrity and reporting. In addition to configuring the integration to our GL, we have been able to set up numerous alerts in UltiPro and created many tailored reports to help us stay on top of our evolving workforce. With UltiPro, I feel like I’m no longer working blindfolded.”
“UltiPro delivers a tremendous amount of strategic value because the solution provides a comprehensive HR feature set that is backed by in-depth workforce analytics,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software. “By delivering a configurable product that includes HR, payroll, and talent management, Ultimate Software has contributed to the bottom line of many businesses. We’re very excited about how Columbia Forest Products has converted its HR goals into actions that are impacting the overall business.”
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