SilkRoad Technology Announces General Availability of Point…from SilkRoad Technology

June 29, 2012

 

Social Talent Management Solution Enables Organizations to Identify Centers of Influence

 

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010, May 2011 and is a proud sponsor of the June 2012 conference.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

 

SilkRoad Technology, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based social talent management solutions, recently announced the general availability of Point.  The employee-centric social talent management solution connects employees to each other and their organization by uniting the popular features of social networking with talent management.  SilkRoad Point gives employees the forum they need to share expertise and be recognized by peers and leaders while simultaneously helping companies to better understand what and who is driving their business.  SilkRoad Life Suite customers Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and Northwestern Michigan College are among the first to implement Point.

“Our research shows that organizations which adopt peer-to-peer learning, recognition, and knowledge sharing dramatically outperform their peers in customer service, time to market, and employee engagement,’ said Josh Bersin, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bersin & Associates, the leading provider of research-based HR best practices that drive business results.  ‘SilkRoad Point represents a new breed of consumer-like social talent tools that organizations can use to easily leverage the power of social connections in corporate learning, collaboration, and project management.’

Employers often have a limited view of what employees are actually doing as job descriptions and performance reviews don’t always accurately depict employees’ knowledge and contributions across the organization.  With Point, organizations can increase knowledge and insight through the use of social collaboration and learning.  Employees identify centers of influence by contributor, content and topic. As a result, organizations create a self-motivating culture where employees can be identified and recognized for their influence and recognize others for their contributions.

“HR has struggled to understand how knowledge and information flows across the organization,” said Lisa Rowan, Program Director for HR, Learning, and Talent Management Strategies, IDC.  “With Point, organizations now have the ability to reveal not only the connections between its employees but the meaning behind them and how it impacts the company. Point enables companies to share goals, inspire innovation, and increase efficiency to drive organizational change and success.”

Features include:

People and Connections – Increase collaboration and connections to share links, files, questions, photos, polls, announcements and feedback across the organization.

Groups – Connect people with like interests by creating Groups.  Groups can be used to align a team around a particular topic or set of goals encouraging knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Content – Share content in the form of articles, thoughts, Q&A and files by posting on either a personal landing page or a group home page.  Comment, reply and discuss to build better solutions through collaboration.

Points and Influence – Tag topics with a ‘Point’ to help categorize content for more efficient search strategies.  By identifying Points, which can include thoughts, documents, files, etc., influential content and its author(s) will emerge.

Integrated Learning Platform – Allow users to easily access and manage their learning plans directly from Point.  Informal social learning supplements the knowledge gained by the learning programs found in GreenLight.

“With Point, we’ve closed the gap between social networking and talent management by converging them together to drive even higher levels of employee engagement and performance,” said Brian Platz, COO of SilkRoad.  “Using Point, companies can more easily encourage and increase knowledge sharing for greater productivity, innovation and collaboration.  Organizations are enabled to better engage and retain employees using social networking features already familiar to employees while decreasing risks with greater insights into strategic workforce planning.”

For more information on SilkRoad Technology, please visit www.silkroad.com

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) and Talent Management 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 15 years in business working on over 1800 successful engagements for more than 800 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


SikRoad Technology Receives Netexplo 2012 Award for Digital Innovation…from SilkRoad Technology

April 4, 2012

 

SilkRoad Point Recognized for Transforming Talent Management

 

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010 and May 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 15 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

 

SilkRoad technology, inc., a leading provider of social talent management solutions, has been honored with a Netexplo 2012 Award for SilkRoad Point.  One of only ten companies recognized worldwide, SilkRoad was selected for Point’s contribution to digital innovation. Point is a revolutionary new social enterprise solution that transforms talent management and performance management in particular, improving how organizations and employees work together.

Netexplo is an independent observatory that studies the impact of digital technology on society and business. Through a global network of lecturers at leading universities, Netexplo discovers and monitors new, innovative companies. Each year, Netexplo selects 100 of the world’s most promising companies and honors just 10 of them with a Netexplo Award. Previous award winners include Twitter and Siri.

“We’re honored to have been recognized by Netexplo, the global leader and authority in innovation and digital technology,” said Brian Platz, co-founder and COO, SilkRoad. “With Point, and all of our talent management solutions, we set out to solve HR and talent challenges facing organizations with our intuitive, scalable, cloud-based technologies. We’re thrilled to be recognized for our innovation and commitment to improving the employee experience alongside the world’s very best companies.”

For more information on SilkRoad Technology, please visit www.silkroad.com

To learn more about HRchitect’s expertise in HR technology strategy, selection and implementation services, and how HRchitect can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SilkRoad Technology Recognized as Champion in Talent Acquisition Vendor Landscape…from SilkRoad Technology

November 29, 2011

 

SilkRoad’s OpenHire Selected as a Top Solution by Info-Tech Research Group

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010 and May 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

 

SilkRoad technology, inc., a leading provider of talent management solutions, announced its recruiting solution, OpenHire, has been ranked in the Champion quadrant in the latest Talent Acquisition Solution (TAS) Vendor Landscape published by Info-Tech Research Group.

With more than 400 available solutions from recruitment specialists, ERP/HRMS vendors and talent management suite vendors, the TAS market is flooded with vendors.  SilkRoad’s OpenHire, with highly configurable career sites, ease-of-use and clean dashboards, was found by Info-Tech to be a leading product with optimal usability for small to mid-sized companies.

The report noted that, “Evaluating vendors by checking off a features list doesn’t work anymore.”  As many vendors offer similar functionality, “…how they [work] becomes the differentiator.  As a result, workflow and usability become key evaluation criteria.”  In addition to capabilities such as workforce planning, Web mining, social media integration, strong assessment and background checking, job offer management and onboarding, SilkRoad’s commitment to creating the finest end-user experience was recognized.

“We understand that organizations are engaged in a fierce war for talent, and have put a strong emphasis on the usability of our solutions to help ease and optimize the recruiting challenge” said Brian Platz, COO of SilkRoad.  “This recognition not only showcases the value that OpenHire adds to an organization, but also SilkRoad’s relentless focus on end user experience.”

Also noted in the report, as “a single platform that can scale to any size of organization in any industry,” SilkRoad’s OpenHire strengths included:

• Excellent career sites that can be easily configured and edited by end users, with no need to involve the IT department.

• Bidirectional integration with Outlook and an IE plug-in.

• Rich functionality for searching social networking sites.

• Hot Matches for jobs based on scores and ranking criteria.

• Support for internal users and candidates.

Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace.  Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category.

For more information on SilkRoad Technology, please visit www.silkroad.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Silkroad Technology and The Employee Engagement Group Announce Partnership…from SilkRoad

September 29, 2011

 

Partnership Will Deliver Engagement Learning Library Through Eprise

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010 and May 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

SilkRoad technology, inc., a leading global provider of cloud-based talent management solutions, together with The Employee Engagement Group, a leading talent management consulting firm, announced today they have entered into a collaborative partnership, combining The Employee Engagement Group’s world class learning content with SilkRoad’s innovative Internet-based content management and technology solution, Eprise.

The Employee Engagement Group is pleased to introduce The Engagement Learning Library, believed to be the first of its kind in the industry. This Internet-based library, consisting of world class talent management tools, training programs, templates, and related resources, will be made available to clients on an annual subscription basis via SilkRoad’s Eprise platform.

The engagement resources are structured to help companies increase employee engagement to drive business results. The tools are designed from the 10 steps of employee engagement as described in Bob Kelleher’s critically acclaimed book, Louder than Words – 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps…that Drive Results!

The Engagement Learning Library includes:

• Complete training programs with slide shows, handouts, workbooks and exercises

• Templates for designing your own engagement processes

• The latest engagement research, case studies, statistics and articles

Material can be easily customized to fit a client’s organizational brand and existing look and feel. By subscribing to the Engagement Library, these resources become an extension of a company’s organizational development or human resources department.

“We are thrilled to partner with SilkRoad, a firm we respect immensely,” says The Employee Engagement Group’s CEO, Bob Kelleher. “After getting to know their outstanding people, and experiencing their world class technology, they were our top choice to collaborate on this exciting new product offering.”

“Most consultants help companies decide ‘what’ to do,” says Kelleher. “We go beyond that and teach our clients ‘how to do it’ by offering them access to our extensive library of world class talent management tools. SilkRoad’s technology will enable HR and OD departments to leverage the power of cloud computing to instantly download already prepared training content at a fraction of the cost of developing the content themselves.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Bob and The Employee Engagement Group,” said Andrew J. “Flip” Filipowski, CEO, SilkRoad technology. “With talent management top of mind for companies everywhere, maximizing productivity of the workforce is critical to the success of any business. The Engagement Learning Library will provide companies with the tools they need to engage employees and increase productivity.”

For more information on SilkRoad, please visit www.silkroad.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SilkRoad technology Appoints Roland Berthelot as Senior Vice President of Global Services…from SilkRoad

September 16, 2011

 

Cloud Computing Veteran to Lead Customer Implementation Experience

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010 and May 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

 

SilkRoad technology, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions, announced today that Roland Berthelot has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Services. With more than 10 years of experience in cloud computing, consulting and sales, Mr. Berthelot joins SilkRoad with proven expertise in transforming business operations through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model for major Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Berthelot will report directly to Brian Platz, COO of SilkRoad.

Mr. Berthelot brings extensive experience in the implementation and deployment of SaaS offerings across multiple industries. With specialties in manufacturing, media and financial services, Mr. Berthelot has helped companies maximize the customer experience through on-demand SaaS-based platforms. Mr. Berthelot will be leading SilkRoad’s global services organization, responsible for all aspects of delivery including strategic services, professional service and strategic learning services.

“Roland comes to SilkRoad with deep expertise and firsthand knowledge of exactly how SaaS can transform business operations. Over his career, he has helped thousands of companies increase productivity and reduce costly software investments and updates by adopting SaaS models,” said Brian Platz, COO of SilkRoad. “His track record in the successful implementation and deployment of SaaS-based platforms will certianly elevate our award-winning customer service model.”

Prior to SilkRoad, Mr. Berthelot was the senior director of delivery services at Bluewolf, a consultancy focused on improving business performance through cloud computing. During his time with Bluewolf, Mr. Berthelot led the growth of its major SaaS delivery practices, including Salesforce.com and Big Machines. Previously, he held leadership roles in sales and operations at CCC Information Services, TravelCLICK and Kohler Co.

“The SaaS delivery model can be leveraged to transform and transcend the customer experience,”said Roland Berthelot, Senior Vice President of Global Services at SilkRoad. “I look forward to working with SilkRoad to enhance and maximize our award-winning customer experience through the implementation and deployment of its SaaS-based talent management solutions.”

Mr. Berthelot received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University.

For more information on SilkRoad, please visit www.silkroad.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SilkRoad technology Announces Record Growth in Q2 2011…from SilkRoad

July 25, 2011

 

Highlights Include Continued Global Client Expansion, More Than 5 Million End Users, Strategic Hires, New Partnerships and Award Recognition

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010 and May 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

SilkRoad technology, inc., a leading provider of talent management solutions, announced today the second quarter of 2011 marked the strongest quarterly results in company history, achieving a record number of new clients, monthly recurring revenue and bookings. Top talent brands choosing to partner with SilkRoad as their strategic talent management vendor included LivingSocial, Queensland Bank, Oceus Networks, Mighty River Power, Meridium and Bingham Hospital. SilkRoad also surpassed more than 5 million global end users in more than 80 countries. 

This quarter SilkRoad expanded its global operations with a new corporate office in London, England, enabling the firm to better meet the increasing talent management needs of businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Nordics and Netherlands. This expansion adds to SilkRoad’s list of recently opened corporate offices in France and Japan and follows the $40 million investment raised in late 2010 to capitalize on the increasing global market demand for talent management solutions. 

SilkRoad announced this month the appointment of a new CMO, Wm. Edward Vesely. Vesely is responsible for worldwide marketing and has more than 22 years of marketing experience. He brings to SilkRoad a consistent record of growing revenue, market share and business valuation with his experience in global marketing and channel development.

Also in the second quarter, SilkRoad announced strategic partnerships with companies HireRight and WorkStrategy. SilkRoad and HireRight, a leading provider of employment screening solutions, will provide joint customers with a new pre-integrated solution to help them manage their employment screening programs more efficiently, and make better-informed hiring decisions. SilkRoad’s recruiting management solution OpenHire has been seamlessly integrated with HireRight, through the HireRight Connect integration platform, to increase efficiency and provide faster turnaround for SilkRoad clients through the employment screening process. 

SilkRoad’s partnership with WorkStrategy, a leading provider of innovative human resource management and technology services, will make SilkRoad’s RedCarpet onboarding and life events management solution more accessible to WorkStrategy’s customers operating in an integrated ERP-based human capital management (HCM) environment. This partnership will enable SilkRoad to enhance its existing Oracle-PeopleSoft customer deployments by leveraging WorkStrategy’s PeopleSoft integration expertise including data management, user accessibility, and workflow automation. 

“Our continued expansion and client growth, exciting partnerships with HireRight and WorkStrategy, and recognition across the industry has made Q2 2011 the best quarter in company history,” said Andrew J. “Flip” Filipowski, Executive Chairman and CEO of SilkRoad technology. “We’re excited about our expansion, which includes new team members and offices across the globe, and a new CMO leading our worldwide marketing efforts. 2011 has already been an amazing year for us.” 

Also in Q2, the company was honored as a “Customer Service Department of the Year” in The 2011 American Business Awards, America’s premier business awards program. This is the fifth consecutive year SilkRoad has been recognized by the American Business Awards for its customer service. The Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading technology research and advisory publication, also honored the company by naming SilkRoad a finalist in the 6th Annual 2011 Hot Companies and Best Products Award categories for its Life Suite. SilkRoad has also been recognized by Network Product Guide multiple times for its product innovation.

For more information on SilkRoad, please visit www.silkroad.com

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


SilkRoad technology Teams with Employment Screening Leader HireRight…from SilkRoad

May 24, 2011

 

Strategic Alliance Brings Integrated Customer-Focused Solutions That Provide Increased Efficiency and Speed 

HRchitect featured SilkRoad in our release of The Suite Life of Integrated Talent Management and also includes them in our list of top Talent Acquisition Systems vendors that businesses should consider. SilkRoad competed in the HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Onboarding Systems in January 2009, and the HRchitect IRONMAN on Mid-Marketing Talent Acquisition Systems on June18, 2010, where they were crowned the winner of each. Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad also appeared on the HRchitect WebMingle on March 20, 2009. Finally, HRchitect attended the SilkRoad user conference, SilkRoad Connections, in May 2010 and May 2011.

If you are looking for a new Talent Management System, or any HR system, don’t rely solely on “recommendations” or published reports. Do yourself a huge favor and talk to HRchitect first. After 14 years, HRchitect has unparalleled knowledge of the HR and Talent Management 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!

SilkRoad technology, inc., the leading provider of talent management solutions, and HireRight, a leading provider of employment screening solutions, today announced they have teamed to provide joint customers with a new pre-integrated solution to help them manage their employment screening programs more efficiently, and make better-informed hiring decisions.

“We are extremely excited to offer our clients this capability from HireRight,” said Thomas Boyle, Director, Product Strategy at SilkRoad technology. “Many of the world’s most successful companies use HireRight, and with this offering our customers will be able to easily implement consistent screening policies across their organizations.”    

SilkRoad’s recruiting management solution OpenHire has been seamlessly integrated with HireRight, through the HireRight Connect integration platform, to increase efficiency and provide faster turnaround for SilkRoad clients through the employment screening process.  With the integration, SilkRoad customers can employ these tools to manage and control comprehensive employment screening programs, including comprehensive background, drug and health screenings. 

“HireRight pioneered integration of employment screening in talent management platforms and we are delighted to be partnering with a leading innovator such as SilkRoad,” said Kevin Dunning, Director of Product Management at HireRight.  “Both companies offer easy-to-use, streamlined solutions for customers that can make a real difference in productivity, accuracy and ultimately customer satisfaction.  We look forward to helping SilkRoad’s numerous clients across the globe work smarter by giving them the tools to make better-informed hiring decisions.” 

For more information on SilkRoad, please visit www.silkroad.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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