HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Oracle Releases 57 Oracle’s JD Edwards Applications Optimized for Smartphones and Tablets

August 13, 2014

New Apps Power the Mobile Workforce to Accelerate Business Execution

Redwood Shores, Calif. – July 23, 2014

News Summary

Extending its commitment to powering the world’s increasingly mobile workforce, Oracle is introducing 57 new Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications. Available from Apple’s App Store and Google Play for Android, the applications extend Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to smartphones and tablets, enabling users to accelerate business execution and help their businesses find new ways to create operational efficiencies.

News Facts

  • Oracle today announced the release of 57 new Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications.
  • The new applications, including maintenance, field service, project management, supply chain, and health and safety incident management, offer a modern user interface and simple deployment model to get users up and running quickly.
  • The applications are compatible with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.4.6 and are available at no additional cost to customers who have already licensed the base applications.
  • The 57 new mobile-optimized applications for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne suite deliver fit-for-purpose, role-based functionality to the mobile worker.
  • JD Edwards Enterprise One Mobile Applications are built using Oracle Mobile Application Framework. This framework accelerates and simplifies mobile development with the ability to build once and deploy to multiple platforms, tight integration with camera and other device services, device-native user experience, end-to-end encryption and security, and virtually seamless online and offline operations.

New Mobile Application Areas

  • Asset Lifecycle Management. Drive greater value from assets to help maximize profitability and ROI with applications that enable maintenance technicians and supervisors to:
  • Create new work orders for company-owned equipment that requires maintenance
  • Review and update the status of work orders assigned to team members, issue parts, add notes, and capture photos
  • Search and view equipment characteristics, update equipment information, add or update notes, and add photos
  • Create and view timecards associated with work completed on company-owned equipment
  • Enter equipment meter readings based on pre-defined templates
  • Service Management. Support improved field service operations and customer service levels with applications that enable field service engineers and supervisors to:
  • Create, review, and update service orders for customer-owned equipment
  • Search and view characteristics for customers’ equipment
  • Create and view timecards associated with service performed on customers’ equipment
  • View and manage a list of assigned service orders
  • Capture meter readings from customers’ equipment
  • Case Management. Expedite issue reporting and resolution with applications that enable support representatives and supervisors to:
  • Quickly and easily report issues and can include photos and notes
  • View and manage open, urgent, and due-today cases by priority and assignee
  • View cases assigned as well as view key information such as the failure description, equipment, and site
  • Health and Safety Incident Management. Enable organizations to analyze incidents and calculate incident safety metrics to help reduce or eliminate occupational incidents. Users can:
  • Report occupational incidents including what happened, where, and who was involved, and attach photos
  • Obtain an executive-level view as well as a quick view of occupational health and safety incidents reported over a previous time period
  • Financial Management. Support improved cash flow and cost controls with applications that enable managers to:
  • Search for customers and review a summary of accounts receivable status
  • View, approve or reject expenses awaiting approval
  • Contact Lookups. Accelerate access to important directory information for key contacts and enable all types of users to:
  • Search for customers, view key attributes, locate contacts and synch them to the device
  • Search for suppliers and locate their address, phone number, and list of contacts
  • Search and locate an employee’s contact information, work location, and organization summary information, as well as call, email or text an employee
  • Project Management. Empower project managers to take control and manage project costs and progress while on job sites with applications that enable them to:
  • Review financial information and status by project and cost code
  • Report field progress including labor and equipment time entry and quantities in place
  • Enter, update, and approve change requests for projects, contracts or subcontracts
  • Order Management. Provide a complete view of customer’s order status with applications that enable field sales representatives on the road to:
  • Search for customers and view their address, phone numbers, and contacts
  • Provide an overview of open orders, quotes, held orders, and backorders
  • Supply Management. Streamline procurement processes with applications that that enable managers to:
  • View purchase orders awaiting approval with the ability to approve or reject
  • View requisition self-service orders awaiting approval with the ability to approve or reject
  • Supply Chain Execution. Extend access to product availability with applications that enable field sales representatives and warehouse personnel on the move to:
  • View summary or detailed item on hand and available quantities across branches and various units of measure
  • View warehouse item availability by location and lot with access to detailed license plate information

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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 HCM 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 17 years in business working on over 2100 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust for all of your organization’s HCM technology-related consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: UniFirst Corporation Selects Benefitfocus HR InTouch Marketplace

July 14, 2014

Leader in workwear industry adopts cloud-based benefits software to automate enrollment and administration

Charleston, S.C. – June 24, 2014 – Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT), a leading provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions, today announced that UniFirst Corporation has selected Benefitfocus HR INTOUCH MARKETPLACE® to support benefits enrollment and Team Partner (employee) communications as the company prepares to upgrade its benefit administration tools and to address changes related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Headquartered in Wilmington, MA, UniFirst is one of the world’s largest workwear and specialty apparel service and supply companies, with 225 facilities outfitting more than 1.5 million workers in clean uniforms every business day at 260,000 business customer locations throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe. UniFirst plans to roll out the HR INTOUCH MARKETPLACE portal for its 8,000-plus U.S.-based Team Partners by having them complete all their benefit elections during the company’s annual open enrollment period next month.

“We have a large and culturally diverse workforce spread over a wide geographical area,” explained Cynthia Croatti, Executive Vice President at UniFirst. “HR InTouch Marketplace impressed our team with its intuitive design and the opportunities it offers us to educate our Team Partners and help empower them to take advantage of the wide range of benefits we offer. Additionally, the reporting suite will provide us the visibility into our overall healthcare costs and our plan performance, as both areas have become increasingly important in light of healthcare reform.”

HR INTOUCH MARKETPLACE consolidates benefits-related information into a centralized online portal. Built on a rules-driven engine, the portal enables UniFirst to address the needs of their workforce by configuring enrollment workflows based on the eligibility of their Team Partners for new hire onboarding, open enrollment and changes due to life events. This transforms the enrollment process into an online guided shopping experience that incorporates video communications, plan comparison tools and cost estimators to help users understand which plans align with their healthcare and financial preferences. The portal’s responsive layout allows UniFirst Team Partners to access their benefits information from any web-enabled device, which accommodates the company’s highly mobile workforce.

The portal’s administrative user interface includes dashboards that create visual alerts to help UniFirst administrators prioritize upcoming tasks and monitor enrollment activity. Acknowledgement forms can be incorporated into the enrollment workflow to capture and report on whether or not Team Partners receive required information such as the mandated public exchange notice. UniFirst can leverage the user-friendly Message Center and Content Manager within HR INTOUCH MARKETPLACE to personalize communications based on eligibility, enrollment status and demographics.

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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 HCM 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 17 years in business working on over 2100 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust for all of your organization’s HCM technology-related consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Unum to Transform HR and Finance in the Cloud with Workday

July 9, 2014

Company to Unify Data Across the Enterprise to Enable More Informed Decision-making for the Entire Workforce

PLEASANTON, CALIF. — June 26, 2014 — Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance, today announced that Unum (NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of financial protection benefits through the workplace, has selected Workday’s suite of enterprise cloud applications, including Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), Workday Financial Management, Workday Payroll, Workday Procurement, and Workday Expenses. Focused on simplifying its technology platform, Unum will unify HR and finance in the Workday cloud, powering the organization with greater flexibility, speed, and visibility into the business.

Founded in 1848, Unum is a Fortune 500 company and market leader in group and individual disability, group life, and voluntary benefits with nearly 10,000 employees who serve 25 million people in the U.S. and the U.K. With Workday’s unified suite of applications, Unum will create one system of record for both its people and financial information, empowering the business with a single source of data across locations and offices. Built with analytics at the core, Workday will also enable Unum to drill down into real-time workforce and financials data, enhancing the ability to make informed decisions throughout the organization.

Additionally, with operations across multiple time zones, Unum needed an application that would give its employees access to data and the ability to take action from anywhere, at any time. Built for mobile first, Workday will offer Unum employees a user-friendly and intuitive experience that will make it easy to perform tasks such as submitting and approving expense reports on a smartphone or viewing executive dashboards on tablets.

Workday will also simplify workflow for Unum, helping to streamline business processes worldwide. With Workday’s built-in business process framework, Unum can easily configure the application to support business change, such as re-organizing a division or adjusting cost center structures, without going through the time-intensive process of traditional updates and implementations. Further, with HR and finance unified in one suite of applications, Unum can easily make changes to the HR system that are automatically updated to the financial application in real time, such as organizational changes being updated in expense report processes.

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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 HCM 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 17 years in business working on over 2100 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust for all of your organization’s HCM technology-related consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Skillsoft Marks 10th Anniversary of its Groundbreaking Learning Growth Model

May 20, 2013

Skillsoft Marks 10th Anniversary of its Groundbreaking Learning Growth Model

If you are looking for a new Human Capital Management (HCM) System, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 16 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HCM 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!

NASHUA, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marking the 10-year anniversary of its Learning Growth Model®, Skillsoft introduced an updated whitepaper that illustrates the transformation of training into learning and includes the most recent innovations in the learning industry. Initially developed in 2003 to help organizations chart a realistic direction on their path to learning optimization, the five-stage model aligns learning with strategic business goals, leading to increased cost savings, productivity, performance, employee retention and competitive advantage. A new infographic was also developed that outlines the latest version of the Learning Growth Model and is available at: http://on.fb.me/14HOiic. Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning with a long history of innovation and delivering solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses.

The Learning Growth Model is detailed in Skillsoft’s whitepaper, The Skillsoft Learning Growth Model: A Blueprint for Integrating Learning into the Life of the Enterprise in Five Manageable Stages. The whitepaper presents a clear business value for linking learning to organizational business goals to increase the value and impact of the learning program. Organizations can learn how to transform learning from skills-focused training to business-focused learning that aligns with strategic business goals and provides a greater business value. A key phase in this process is reaching strategic transformation, which is the minimal position for all organizations that seek to align learning to business goals and are focused on building the optimum transfer of learning into the workplace.

“Developing talent is an organizational imperative as the demand for innovative, leading edge talent is intensifying with no sign of slowing down. Industry experts estimate that 55-80 percent of what people learn is lost or not applied to the job. This puts pressure on organizations to justify the time and resources they dedicate to learning,” said John Ambrose, senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging business, Skillsoft. “By closely correlating a learning program with tangible business goals, organizations can improve knowledge retention and document a return on their learning investment. Our whitepaper and infographic are excellent tools for guidance through this process, which transforms basic training into integrated learning.”

The five stages of the Skillsoft Learning Growth Model are:

Stage 1 – Supplement. In this stage, elearning is introduced to address scalability challenges and reduce costs. New elearning resources address a backlog of demand for skills-based training that could not be delivered via traditional methods due to high costs. Reduced travel costs, design and development costs, instructor time and learners’ time away from work all contribute to significant cost savings.

Stage 2 – Targeted. During stage two, targeted learning begins to support specific initiatives and job roles. This stage expands earlier results and provides elearning in new workplace areas. Elearning resources replace redundant classroom training, which further reduces learning costs. Executive support typically increases during this stage of the Learning Growth Model.

Stage 3 – Strategic. Learning is aligned to strategic business objectives and begins to connect to talent management to increase the value and impact of learning during stage three. This is the most pivotal stage in the Learning Growth Model and marks the transformation from skills-focused training to business-focused learning and is a major point of change into a new learning paradigm.

Stage 4 – Integrated. Stage four is marked by increasing talent and accelerating organizational agility. Organizations that reach this stage have successfully woven learning into the fabric of the organization. Learning is focused on accelerating business results, deepening the talent pool and creating an agile, empowering, productive and creative organization.

Stage 5 – Optimized. Organizations at the optimized stage have fully matured and are focused on deepening talent and broadening learning to the extended enterprise. Elearning is branched out to the organization’s supply chain, customers, etc. Learning has become globally ubiquitous and seamlessly integrates into the workplace.

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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.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: SilkRoad Connections Brings Together Customers and Industry Thought Leaders

May 17, 2013

SilkRoad Connections Brings Together Global Customers and Industry Thought Leaders to Empower HR

SilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based social talent management solutions, will bring together several hundred customers, partners and employees at its fourth annual SilkRoad Connections, taking place at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, on May 19 – 22, 2013.

SilkRoad’s Global User Event connects international Life Suite® software solutions customers with industry thought leaders and SilkRoad experts over the course of three days to share, experience and discuss the latest innovations in social talent management.  Industry and product-related sessions will help HR leaders to increase business performance using SilkRoad’s cloud-based software solutions.

Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Keynotes by Dan Pink, author of New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind and Drive, and Bob Kelleher, award-winning author of LOUDER THAN WORDS: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results and Creativeship, A Novel for Evolving Leaders.
  • Social Talent Management sessions that will address integrating social media into everyday HR to reach candidates more effectively and foster employee collaboration and communication.
  • Mobile Talent Management sessions where attendees will discover how mobile learning, benefits, recruitment and performance delivers business agility and improved employee and candidate experience.
  • HR Management sessions that will provide first-hand accounts from SilkRoad customers on using HRMS solutions to unburden HR with everyday administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on the transformative elements of the job.

“SilkRoad Connections is one of the premier events of the year for people interested in cutting-edge strategies for engaging and developing employees,” said Edward Vesely, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at SilkRoad.  “In today’s competitive marketplace, where talent is often the deciding factor between success and failure, Connections gives our customers the critical tools and knowledge to make strategic HR decisions that drive real results.”

For more information about SilkRoad Connections, visit http://users.silkroad.com.

About SilkRoad

SilkRoad is a leading global provider of end-to-end HR solutions that enable customers to find, attract, develop, and retain the best talent.  The award-winning SilkRoad® Life Suite® solution set includes Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, Talent Portal, and HRMS solutions that are easy to deploy, easy to use, and affordable.  Powered by social, mobile, analytic, and cloud technology, it’s everything you need in one platform to engage your people and rapidly boost business performance.  Visit www.silkroad.com, follow them on Twitter @SilkRoadTweets or call 866-329-3363 (U.S. toll free) or +1-312-574-3700.

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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.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect’s HRtechnology Vendor News: Former Oracle Executive Miranda Nash Appointed as Jobscience President

May 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – April 30, 2013 Jobscience Inc., the leader in Recruiting Engagement software, today announced the appointment of Miranda Nash as the company’s President and member of its Board of Directors. As a Silicon Valley technology veteran, entrepreneur and investor – Nash brings a wealth of business and technical expertise to Jobscience. At Jobscience, Nash will lead product development, engineering and professional services as the company creates next generation cloud services that power ‘just-in-time recruitment.’

“The way people find and hire talent is dramatically changing,” said Miranda Nash. “In order to remain competitive, companies need to adopt new recruiting strategies like talent pools and closed-loop social media engagement so they can quickly identify and hire top candidates as soon as new positions open. Jobscience has incredible potential to transform the way companies and agencies recruit great talent. I am looking forward to guiding the team through this exciting phase of growth.”

Nash will leverage both her enterprise technology expertise and business experience at Jobscience. Nash’s experience includes 16 years working in the product division at Oracle, most recently as VP of Product Management. She launched Oracle’s data integration business and quickly grew it to a market leading position with $150M in software license revenue within four years.

Nash also founded Oxygen Equity, LLC, a specialized private equity investment firm, where she recruited and raised money from 20 limited partners, including institutional capital. Nash began her career as an engineer and has a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“We are thrilled to have Miranda join our team,” said Ted Elliott, CEO and Founder of Jobscience. “Her experience scaling company operations and deep knowledge about data-centric applications and analytics will be invaluable as we apply ‘just-in-time’ technology and process automation to recruitment.”

About Jobscience
As the leader in Recruiting Engagement software, Jobscience understands that social connectivity is more than a feature – it’s the future. Deployed on salesforce.com’s Force.com platform, Jobscience’s agile solutions bring social, mobile and CRM processes to talent management, keeping corporations and staffing agencies connected with and attracting top talent.  For the last five years, Jobscience has been voted the AppExchange Customer Choice Award in HR and Recruiting by salesforce.com customers, and won the 2011 Brandon Hall Gold Award for Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology. Discover what Jobscience clients already know: great people, great technology and great companies are all connected. To learn more, visit www.jobscience.com.

 

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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.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect’s HRtechnology Vendor News: SuccessFactors Hires Gartner Analyst Thomas Otter to Lead Development of Next Generation HCM Software

May 14, 2013

Experienced Analyst Brings In-depth Industry Insight to Help Customers Transform Their HR Strategy with SuccessFactors Employee Central

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California — May 10, 2013 — SuccessFactors, an SAP AG(NYSE: SAP) company and the global leader in business execution (BizX) software, today announced the hiring of Thomas Otter as vice president of Product Management. A Gartner analyst and recognized HR expert with 21 years of experience in the IT industry, Otter will help SuccessFactors evolve a new generation of Human Capital Management (HCM) software and best practices.

Otter will help SuccessFactors bring innovation to more than 24 million cloud application subscribers by driving the product direction of Employee Central, SuccessFactors’ cloud-based core HR system designed for global enterprises. The scalable cloud-based solution provides a foundation for global HR processes, local compliance, and enables smart decision making with powerful analytics and social collaboration. Otter’s decision was partly motivated by his desire to build solutions that solve real problems, for real customers.

“I’ve been watching and analyzing the players in the industry for years and SuccessFactors, now an SAP company, has done a tremendous job innovating its products,” said Thomas Otter. “I wanted to join a group of people excited about delivering core HR and ultimately redefining how HR systems deliver value to organizations. SuccessFactors is a dynamic company with a great team of people who have offered me an intriguing opportunity to contribute to building something I believe in. It’s exactly the itch that I want to scratch.“

An expert in the IT industry, Otter has spent the past five years at Gartner, most recently as research vice president covering HCM trends and technologies. Otter was Gartner’s lead analyst on SAP from 2009 to 2011.

“This maybe the most exciting time in enterprise software in the last 20 years – companies are craving solutions that are in the cloud, are mobile, social and engaging. At SuccessFactors, we have passion for building beautiful, innovative HR solutions that allow companies to run their businesses better. Core HR is key to this vision and the area where we have aggressively invested extraordinary resources and the best minds,” said Dmitri Krakovsky, senior vice president of Products, SuccessFactors. “Over the last three years we have been meticulously assembling the best team to help us imagine and execute—and Thomas is a huge piece of this blueprint. He is knowledgeable, well regarded in the industry, and intimately understands our customers’ business issues. We’re excited to leverage that knowledge to help us evolve our products.”

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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.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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