WESTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ultimate Software (Nasdaq:ULTI), a leading cloud provider of HCM solutions, announced today that the company ranked #50 on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100 — a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. In addition to Ultimate, other companies recognized on this list include Pfizer, Capital One, FedEx, Cisco, Dish Network, and NetApp.
In 2013, Ultimate Software’s technology organization created UCloud, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that connects IT development to IT operations for faster delivery of reliable code. UCloud’s modern approach to technology and development layers new operational and development methods on top of a next-generation technology platform. UCloud weaves DevOps, a development method reliant on communication, collaboration, and integration between software developers and IT; the use of PaaS, a new continuous delivery paradigm; as well as a new world-class private cloud technology stack into a single operational fabric.
As a result, Ultimate has dramatically shifted both its internal processes and cloud technologies, enabling internal operations to become more self-sufficient as well as improving the quality of products and services delivered to thousands of Ultimate’s customers.
Since the inception of UCloud, Ultimate has increased the number of builds per day from 600 to 1,800, increased build quality to 98% successful builds, delivered 20% more features per release, and enabled customers to receive new features on an on-demand basis.
“UCloud is redefining Ultimate’s competitive position by empowering our teams to become more dynamic and by eliminating slow-moving processes,” said Adam Rogers, chief technology officer at Ultimate Software. “Other benefits include unprecedented time-to-market for features, improved product quality, consistent experiences, increased flexibility, and decreased development and delivery costs — all of which are pivotal in Ultimate’s continued growth and success.”
“The digital business movement is a force CIOs can’t ignore. Just as Amazon.com transformed the retail industry, Netflix changed the face of movie distribution, and Orbitz and others reinvented travel planning, new digital companies, technologies, and business models will shake up a range of other industries,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “Digital businesses are adept at using the web in conjunction with mobile, social, analytics, and other technologies to not only boost sales, but also change their relationships with customers. The 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 highlights companies that are leading this digital business revolution, redefining business models, and reshaping industries.”
This is InformationWeek’s 26th year identifying and honoring the most innovative users of information technology in the U.S. For 2014, this assessment was narrowed to a more elite 100 organizations. Research at InformationWeek Elite 100 tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the U.S. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek Elite 100 spotlights the power of business technology innovation.
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