HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Skillsoft Announces Agreement To Acquire SumTotal Systems

August 22, 2014

DUBLIN & NASHUA, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skillsoft Limited (“Skillsoft”), a pioneer in technology-delivered learning solutions, announced today that its subsidiary, Skillsoft Corporation, has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of SumTotal Systems, LLC from affiliates of Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”), a U.S.-based private equity firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Skillsoft has a long history of innovation and delivery of solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. The acquisition of SumTotal expands Skillsoft’s solution portfolio and global reach.

SumTotal provides flexible, next-generation human resources (HR) solutions to 3,500 customers and 49 million users worldwide including many of the Fortune 500. SumTotal’s Talent Expansion solution provides personalized learning and HR processes to organizations of all sizes.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring together the experience and strengths of two proven leaders in the cloud-based HR solutions market,” said Skillsoft CEO Chuck Moran. “The integration of these complementary products – Skillsoft’s technology-delivered learning assets and SumTotal’s solutions for learning, talent and workforce management – will allow our customers to break new ground in implementing more comprehensive solutions for managing and expanding their workforce talent.”

“We are pleased to support the management team with such a significant and transformational transaction so soon in our tenure together,” said Frank van den Bosch, Partner at Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP, which acquired Skillsoft in April 2014. “Skillsoft’s acquisition of SumTotal brings together two of the most widely respected and experienced industry players and gives us the ability to present an exciting and compelling opportunity for the combined global customer base.”

“We look forward to joining the Skillsoft family,” said SumTotal CEO Hardeep Gulati. “This acquisition is a pivotal milestone in the 29-year history of SumTotal and a tremendous endorsement of our employees, as well as the differentiated solutions and services that SumTotal provides. I am very excited about the opportunity to provide more value to our customers, who now will benefit from a comprehensive content rich HR solution.”

“It has been our pleasure to work with SumTotal over the past five years to expand their portfolio of solutions and better serve their customers and the HR industry as a whole,” said Brian Sheth, President of Vista Equity Partners. “We are confident that SumTotal and Skillsoft together are well-positioned to deliver tremendous value to customers and we wish the company the very best during its next phase of growth.” As part of the transaction, Vista Equity Partners will maintain a small ownership stake in the combined company.

The closing of this transaction is subject to various conditions, including the expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Skillsoft. Committed financing for the transaction is being provided by Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to Skillsoft. Evercore acted as exclusive financial advisor to Vista. Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal counsel to Vista.

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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: CloudPay Launches Enhanced Global Payroll Reporting Functionality, CloudPay Insights

August 20, 2014

Company’s Latest Innovation Enables Businesses to Leverage Big Data to Understand Their Payroll Process, Drive Positive Results and Make Better Informed Decisions

RALEIGH, N.C. and LONDON, U.K. (August 19, 2014) CloudPay, the pioneer of SaaS-based payroll automation for multinationals, today announced details of CloudPay Insights, its enhanced global payroll reporting solution. This robust capability gives organizations the ability to leverage big data to gain greater transparency into the real-time costs associated with their workforce by digging deep into their own comprehensive, multi-country payroll data.

 

In today’s competitive business environment and still volatile economy, multi-national organizations must be able to respond and adapt to changing market conditions as rapidly as possible. CloudPay Insights solves this challenge by enabling companies to identify key workforce trends in their global payroll data to drive and support well-informed business strategies. Though often overlooked as a source of record, the information contained in a company’s payroll data reveals crucial statistics on the true costs of compensating employees around the globe. Given the rise of big data and the benefits of utilizing the massive amount of information now available, CloudPay gives employers the tool to drill down into this data to identify hidden costs, spot important trends and make more effective business decisions.

 

The need for such a solution is a pressing one. According to research from the MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS Institute, a majority of professionals reported that their organizations are under pressure from senior managers to become more data driven and analytical. Yet, only 42 percent said they frequently have access to the data they need to make key decisions. At the same time, a report from McKinsey & Company found that the three factors necessary for developing a successful data-driven strategy are: choosing the right data, the ability to predict and optimize business outcomes, and transforming the company’s capabilities. CloudPay Insights provides organizations with the tools to achieve those three aspects. As a result, companies can access real-time reporting metrics on their payroll data, enabling them to act on this information and bring immediate improvements to their payroll operations.

 

CloudPay Insights can be used at all levels of the organization. Senior business leaders benefit from accessing data across their global enterprise to gain a better view of profit and loss, the expenses around payroll taxes and benefit deductions, and the overall costs of doing business. The solution also gives regional and business unit leaders the insight into the costs associated with hiring for specific positions in various regions, helping to drive decisions about where talent should be placed. At the same time, HR and payroll managers and practitioners can easily access audit reports and other key data that provides tactical information about the workforce they need on a day-to-day basis.

 

Innovative features of CloudPay Insights include:

  • Enhanced dashboarding capabilities: Users of CloudPay Insights have the flexibility to create and customize their own reports without having to use pre-built templates, ensuring they leverage the most relevant information.
  • Improved workspace functionality: This feature allows users to create reports with relational or dimensional data sources, enabling deeper analysis, report authoring and advanced data exploration.
  • Faster performance: CloudPay Insights includes developments such as null suppression optimization and in-memory caching for performance gains, enabling users to greatly reduce the amount of time they spend creating reports.

These improvements will lead to significant benefits for CloudPay’s clients, such as:

  • Improved decision making: Stakeholders receive needed information, such as headcount, leavers and new hires per country or legal entity, in a targeted, actionable format personalized according to their areas of responsibility to support informed decisions.
  • Increased operational efficiencies: The solution eliminates the need for labor-intensive data collection, consolidation and reporting, giving users access to CloudPay’s single, unified payroll information repository.
  • Cost reductions: With better business intelligence to understand the big data available and make critical decisions, organizations can streamline their processes and reduce the costs associated with payroll.

“Although the payroll function contains significant information that can help shape business decisions, set goals and priorities and optimize workforce strategy, many companies neglect to mine this data or simply lack the tools to do so effectively,” said Andrew Pearson, CEO of CloudPay. “Necessary for effective global payroll reporting is having a common technology platform that can compile the vast stores of payroll data from across the enterprise and transform it into actionable information. CloudPay stands alone in the payroll management space as the only provider to offer a common technology platform that delivers the business intelligence to make well-informed decisions about the costs and processes of compensating their global employees.”

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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: WorkForce Software Reports 108 Percent Rise in SaaS Bookings, Strong Performance Through First Half of 2014

August 18, 2014

Company Reports Robust Growth as More Organizations Recognize

Benefits of EmpCenter, its Cloud Workforce Management Solution

LIVONIA, Mich. (August 12, 2014) – WorkForce Software, the leading provider of workforce management solutions for organizations with complex labor policies and stringent compliance demands, today announced details of its strong performance and robust growth achieved in the first half of 2014. During this time period, the company welcomed many new clients, received a majority investment and extended its lead in cloud-based workforce management solutions for large employers.

“WorkForce Software’s history is characterized by continued growth and improved year-over-year performance, and that trend continued through the first half of 2014,” said Kevin Choksi, CEO and co-founder of WorkForce Software. “We expanded our reach in numerous industries and formed several strategic relationships that enhance our position in a dynamic workforce management market.”

Sales Growth and Client Wins

Overall, WorkForce Software experienced substantial and sustained growth in the first six months of 2014, with total revenues up 48 percent over the same period in 2013, led by rapid adoption of EmpCenter®, the company’s enterprise workforce management suite. As a result, SaaS bookings have risen by more than double (108 percent) compared to the first half of 2013, and SaaS revenues have increased 77 percent over the same time period.

New clients represent large employers in a range of industries, including technology, healthcare, oil and gas, financial services, training and professional education, public sector and utilities. The company also had a strategic win in the European market, attracting a Switzerland-based global reinsurance company. WorkForce Software also cemented its leadership position in fatigue risk mitigation for the petrochemical industry, welcoming two new clients in this sector, a Canadian integrated energy company and a chemical company based in Louisiana.

Additional new clients added in the first half of 2014 include:

  • A national nonprofit organization committed to helping education institutions measure and improve learning outcomes
  • A global supplier of health care information technology solutions, services, devices and hardware
  • The most populous county in Illinois, providing services for more than 5 million residents
  • The eighth-largest church in the U.S.
  • One of North America’s most diversified construction companies, serving the building, heavy industrial, civil and infrastructure, mining, pipeline, power and communication sectors
  • A leading provider of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense and security, aerospace and industrial markets
  • A leading provider of secure portable storage solutions
  • New England’s largest utility system serving more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers
  • A national natural gas distributor serving over one million residential and industrial customers
  • An American natural gas utilities holding company
  • One of the oldest and largest medical providers in the Greater Cincinnati region
  • The State of Delaware, which became the second state to leverage EmpCenter across all state agencies

Industry Recognition

WorkForce Software’s rapid growth has been noticed by competitors, customers, industry analysts and the media alike. In particular, the company was recognized by Gartner as one of the four fastest growing vendors by Total ERP Software Revenue, Worldwide for 2013 outside the top 10, in the research firm’s Market Share Analysis: ERP Software, Worldwide, 2013 report, released on May 5, 2014.

Bill Kutik, leading independent analyst of the HR technology marketplace, commented, “Successful workforce management is more difficult than ever. Employers must not only have tools to automate key workforce processes like time and attendance and absence management, but also keep up with rapidly changing legislation and compliance. Many of the best-of-breed vendors, including WorkForce Software, also have critical workforce scheduling functionality, processes so large and complex that many broader HR tech vendors don’t even try to copy them in their Time & Labor modules.”

Holger Mueller, principal analyst and vice president of Constellation Research, Inc., commented, “Compliance demands, the enormous potential of cloud delivery and greater competition for top talent have led many organizations to rethink their workforce management processes. Regardless of industry, today’s organizations seek solutions that can automate key processes, such as time and attendance, absence management and scheduling, in order to remain competitive and minimize risk.”

Majority Investment

In April, WorkForce Software announced another strategic step to accelerate its next phase of growth. New York-based Insight Venture Partners assumed a majority equity position in the company, bringing substantial resources and a pedigree in cloud-based technology to the partnership with WorkForce Software. The investment and partnership with Insight Venture Partners serve to further fuel WorkForce Software’s global expansion.

Strategic Alliance

Another key to WorkForce Software’s success is its ability to partner with other organizations that extend and increase the value of its solutions and services. In May, the company announced its strategic alliance with Benefitfocus.com, a leading provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions. Through this partnership, WorkForce Software has joined the company’s app program, giving users of the Benefitfocus HR INTOUCH MARKETPLACE™ convenient access to EmpCenter.

Vision 2015

WorkForce Software recently announced details of its next user conference, Vision 2015. The event, which brings together workforce management professionals from numerous industries and countries, will be held April 19-22, 2015 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Henderson, Nevada. Vision offers attendees a range of educational sessions covering crucial aspects of workforce management, including timekeeping, attendance tracking, scheduling and leave management.

Looking toward the Future

“The first half of 2014 has been quite eventful, and more large employers have recognized the value of our solutions and the expert, responsive service that you can only get from a company dedicated to workforce management,” said Choksi. “Combined with increasing industry recognition, the backing from Insight Venture Partners and an expanding partner network, this sales momentum enhances WorkForce Software’s role as a top provider of enterprise cloud solutions.”

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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: Hireology Raises $10 Million in Series B Funding from Bain Capital Ventures

August 18, 2014

-HR Technology Innovator Accelerates

Growth and Expansion into New Markets-

CHICAGO, IL. (August 12, 2014) – Hireology, the leading provider of employee hiring and selection management technology for multi-location organizations, today announced that it has raised $10M in Series B funding from Bain Capital Ventures.

Named the No. 1 Talent Management Platform in 2014 by HRO Today, Hireology leverages proprietary data and predictive analytics to help managers make the right hiring choice. Their flagship Selection Manager™ platform – a turnkey system that incorporates robust interview and selection tools; access to leading job boards; skills tests and personality assessments; and background screening – is used by over 1,500 customers globally across a variety of industries and business models including franchises, retail networks, dealer/distributor networks, financial services networks, physician groups and multisite manufacturers.

Mike Krupka, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures, led the funding on behalf of the firm and will join Hireology’s Board of Directors. Bain Capital Ventures invests in technology and technology-driven companies across all stages of development and has significant experience in HR application companies including Liazon, LinkedIn, SurveyMonkey and Taleo.

“In just a few years, Hireology has grown from a promising start-up into a major player in the HR technology field, providing easy-to-use talent management technology to organizations that previously did everything manually,” said Krupka. “Recognizing the strong growth potential of this company, we are excited to help Hireology expand and continue to bring much-needed innovation to decentralized hiring organizations around the globe.”

The proceeds from this investment will be used to accelerate Hireology’s customer acquisition and for continued investment in the development of proprietary analytics and technology to help field-based organizations transform their hiring processes.

“In a market that has traditionally focused on the administrative side of hiring, Hireology is unique in its mission to deliver better outcomes,” said Adam Robinson, Hireology co-founder and CEO. “Bain Capital Ventures has an unparalleled track record investing in disruptive HR technology. Mike and the BCV team bring their incredible experience and network to Hireology at precisely the right time.”

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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: Bullhorn Acquires The Code Works Inc. to Power Cloud-Based Data Integration and Intelligence

August 18, 2014

Bullhorn, the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM) software for the staffing and recruiting industries, today announced that it has acquired The Code Works Inc. – the makers of VMS Access, a cloud-based software product that integrates corporate procurement and vendor management systems (VMS) like SAP’s Fieldglass with CRM systems. VMS Access currently automates the data integration and workflow for filling job openings at over 350 of the world’s largest companies and enables staffing agencies to increase service levels, win more business, and improve productivity by reducing time-to-fill and data entry time.  As companies of all sizes migrate to SaaS-based services, Bullhorn will leverage The Code Works Inc.’s multi-national R&D team to develop integration solutions that will power new services enabling front office productivity improvements through the Bullhorn platform.

Key services offerings to be developed on the platform will include those for managed service providers (MSPs). Bullhorn currently provides client portals, candidate portals, and vendor portals to enable staffing agencies to act as MSPs or sub-vendors and operate different lines of business within Bullhorn, and the company will use The Code Works Inc.’s technology as a platform upon which to further develop technologies that enable agencies to operate and compete effectively in a world in which VMS usage is proliferating. The Code Works Inc. team’s much-valued industry knowledge in combination with considerable R&D resources from Bullhorn will help take Bullhorn’s existing MSP offering and accelerate it into an industry-leading suite of solutions to benefit staffing agencies of all sizes looking to capitalise on this rapidly-growing market.

Bullhorn acquires The Code Works Inc. as contingent labour demand is soaring thanks to increased globalisation, outsourcing, and the growing costs of hiring and retaining permanent employees. Addressing this trend, 70 percent of large buyers of temporary labour (including Fortune 500 companies) are now leveraging VMS solutions to streamline contingent workforce management. Spend flowing through VMS systems is growing at a rate of more than 20 percent per year – considerably faster than growth in overall staffing spend. The acquisition of The Code Works Inc. adds a proven, seamless integration between core recruitment system providers to enable agencies to take advantage of a market worth £24.1 billion in the UK alone.

“With this acquisition, we’re enabling companies to move their front office solutions to the cloud and to take advantage of Web-enabled services that power better decision-making and additional revenue opportunities,” said Art Papas, Founder and CEO of Bullhorn. “Bullhorn VMS Access will help drive Bullhorn’s growth in the VMS industry and beyond. This vendor neutral solution extends Bullhorn’s product portfolio and will allow us to develop new offerings to help improve customer productivity. Long-term, the Bullhorn VMS Access development team will help drive the development of Bullhorn’s data integration offerings, fundamental to our cloud-based Big Data offerings.  To drive better decision-making, companies are looking to integrate data from a variety of sources online; Bullhorn VMS Access will provide that engine for our customers.”

Jonathan Novich, Co-Founder and President of The Code Works Inc., will become Bullhorn’s new General Manager of Cloud-Based Integration Technologies. “I’m thrilled to be joining Bullhorn for several reasons,” said Novich. “First, they’re the clear market leader, so it makes good business sense to be aligned with them and to leverage their expansive resources to grow our offerings and provide better service to customers. Being a part of the Bullhorn family will enable rapid product expansion and accelerated platform development for customers of Bullhorn and The Code Works Inc. Beyond that, they have a strong vision for the future with Bullhorn providing a comprehensive set of cloud-based, front office services to help companies manage their customer relationships better. We’re excited to be part of that vision.”

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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: Take the Interview CEO Danielle Weinblatt Selected as a 2014 Workforce Game Changer

August 18, 2014

Company Co-Founder and CEO Recognized for Recruiting Industry Foresight and Continued Innovation 

NEW YORK (August 6, 2014) – Take the Interview, providers of the comprehensive cloud and mobile technology platform that solves the challenges of the interviewing process, announced today that company co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Danielle Weinblatt, was selected by Workforce magazine as a 2014 Game Changer.

The fourth-annual Game Changers awards recognize those next-generation workplace leaders under the age of 40 who have proven themselves dedicated to the growth and success of the HR world. All nominees were judged on their professional accomplishments as well as their other achievements, with the winners selected by Workforce’s senior writers and editors.

“As a leader, Danielle pushes Take the Interview to think beyond the immediate in order to deliver interview management solutions that enable recruiters to better understand and engage with today’s top talent in order to improve hiring across their organization,” said Anthony Cintron, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Take the Interview. “The consummate problem solver, Danielle is the driving force behind TTI with business savvy and industry acumen needed to change the game. She is truly visionary.”

Weinblatt co-founded Take the Interview in 2012 after recognizing a number of inefficiencies in the interview process, including wasted time screening poor-fit candidates. Working to find a better solution for companies and job candidates alike, Weinblatt launched TTI to solve problems across the entire interview process by optimizing communication, standardizing processes, reducing complexity and streamlining workflow, regardless of the interviewing medium being used (video, phone, in-person). Dedicated to researching and developing solutions that solve companies’ complex HR and recruiting challenges, Weinblatt leads TTI as it transforms talent acquisition with its Interview Management Platform™, the only comprehensive cloud and mobile technology platform specifically developed to optimize the interviewing process.

A well-regarded thought leader in the HR technology space, Weinblatt is a sought after public speaker who recently appeared at #HRTechTank, the iRecruit Expo in Amsterdam and the South by Southwest (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals. Weinblatt’s professional experience and business philosophies have also appeared in Forbes, Inc. magazine and The Huffington Post.

“It’s exciting to be named a Game Changer by Workforce magazine for my work with Take the Interview,” commented Weinblatt. “Having worked as a hiring manager, I understand the challenges associated with the talent acquisition process as well as the impact that a poor quality of hire can have on the bottom line, and it’s those problems that TTI aims to solve with our Interview Management Platform.”

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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: Randstad Sourceright Appoints Seasoned Business Leader Robert A. Lopes as President of RPO

August 15, 2014

Lopes to Leverage Extensive Career in HR,
Outsourcing and Consulting in New Role

ATLANTA, July 29, 2014 Randstad Sourceright, a global talent leader, today announced that Robert A. Lopes, a proven business leader with nearly three decades of experience, has joined the company as its new president of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). In this capacity, Lopes is responsible for leading the company’s RPO operations in North America, helping to grow the business and ensure the company continually improves its operational, sales and service delivery focus.

“Bob’s impressive credentials, including decades of experience in the HR field and proven ability to lead companies to success, make him uniquely qualified to take on the role of president of RPO,” said Rebecca Callahan, Group President, Professional Solutions for Randstad U.S. “More than that, he is a visionary thinker who has the skills and know-how to ensure our continued growth and innovation in the RPO market. I am pleased to welcome him to the team and confident that his talents and expertise will serve us well.”

Lopes comes to Randstad Sourceright with a wealth of executive expertise that will be crucial to ensuring the company’s continued leadership in the RPO space. He most recently served as CEO of Acclaris, where he was responsible for all company functions, including sales, operations and strategy for this U.S. and India-based healthcare technology company. Previously, he served as a human capital national practice leader and executive vice president for Aon Consulting, having led the company’s RPO business to Top Provider status, as designated by HRO Today. Earlier in his career, Lopes served as president and CEO of Veritude, a venture capital company of Fidelity. In this capacity, he led all aspects of staffing, recruiting and talent management services. Lopes’ tenure also includes responsibilities as global managing partner of Towers Perrin’s Worldwide Benefits Outsourcing business with centers in Australia, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. Lopes started his career as a consultant at Hewitt Associates.

In addition to his professional experience, Lopes holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Notre Dame. He has also been an active board member and executive sponsor for several community programs; most currently as co-executive sponsor for Notre Dame’s NDIgnite Program for Philadelphia/South Jersey, a program that helps students with strong academic credentials to prepare for the college entrance process.

“Randstad Sourceright is well known across the industry for its comprehensive RPO solutions that help clients find the best talent for the right roles when they are needed most,” said Lopes. “I am very excited to join the company and take the reins of the RPO division, and help to further grow this already strong function.”

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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: Technomedia Brings New Innovation to Talent Management Space with Latest Feature Pack Enhancements

August 15, 2014

Company Streamlines Talent Management Processes with Mobile First Design and New Talent Stream and Smart Assistant Features

NEW YORK and MONTREAL – July 29, 2014Technomedia, a leading provider of Talent Management Solutions, today announced the release of its second feature pack of 2014, following the release of its previous enhancements in February. In this latest update to its industry-leading talent management technology, the company offers employers greater efficiency and streamlined processes to truly enhance the way they align talent with business objectives.

 

As Technomedia continues to expand its presence and become a vendor of choice for organizations around the globe looking to optimize their workforces, the company continually reinvests in its technology to offer the most comprehensive talent management solutions on the market. With the latest enhancements to its award-winning talent management suite, the company provides employers with a streamlined technology platform that greatly improves the way they recruit, engage, develop and reward their employees, while helping them create and maintain successful workplaces.

 

This latest feature pack offers over 65new features and enhancements across all modules of its talent management suite. A few highlights include:

  • Enhanced Mobile Interface: Designed around best practice mobile first concepts, Technomedia’s Engage User Interface offers managers the ability to perform more of their talent management tasks on the mobile devices they use on a daily basis.
  • New Business Intelligence Platform: This powerful new tool sets the bar for robust reporting and analytics, providing users with the insight and business intelligence they need to make smarter, well-informed talent decisions.
  • Talent Stream: This new feature delivers one-click access, whether on a computer or mobile device, to all activities across the Technomedia Talent Management Platform, with familiar interfaces for managers and employees alike.
  • Smart Assistant: The new Smart Assistant serves as a personal assistant, continuously scouring the Talent Stream for any activities that are urgent and alerting the user of important actions that must be taken.
  • Performance Management: The latest performance assessment form enhancements offer a more simplified process and design while also making configuration more flexible and user-friendly.
  • People Reviews: New enhancements allow for enriched talent insight with seamless integration with the Learning and Succession modules.
  • Talent Acquisition: There are a host of new features attached to recruiting with enhanced workflows, onboarding activities, application processes, as well as tools for deeper and more robust candidate connection.

“A critical component of Technomedia’s success depends on our ability to read the market and deliver the solutions that not only meet client demands but exceed their expectations,” said Dwaine Maltais, executive vice president and general manager for U.S. Operations for Technomedia. “Our new feature pack introduces several innovations that not only bring greater efficiencies to the talent management process, but also more deeply engage users, further enabling our clients to make smarter decisions around their talent and ensure a strong ROI.”

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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: State of Delaware Selects WorkForce Software to Consolidate Key Workforce Management Functions

August 15, 2014

Enterprise-wide Deployment Will Yield

Process Efficiencies and Enhance Reporting

LIVONIA, Mich. (July 29, 2014) – WorkForce Software, a leading provider of workforce management solutions, today announced the State of Delaware has selected the company’s EmpCenter® suite to automate time, attendance, leave and scheduling functions for all state agencies. WorkForce Software was one of several vendors the State of Delaware considered in a highly competitive selection process.

Historically, the differing needs and complex requirements of the many Delaware state agencies had prompted each to manage time, schedules and leave with separate systems. Recognizing the potential for improved consistency and cost savings, the State planned an initiative to consolidate these critical functions through an enterprise-wide, cloud-based software solution. Critical requirements included the ability to cover all employee groups, provide greater efficiency of scale and reduce infrastructure and operational expenses.

The simple web-based time entry and time-off request features provide a more convenient experience for employees.  Proactive alerts, real-time monitoring of schedules and labor costs, and detailed reporting will all help managers work more effectively. Moreover, WorkForce Software’s unique leave case management capability, which consolidates all documents and timelines related to an FMLA or other leave type, allows for a comprehensive workforce management solution from one provider.

“Large employers in all industries are seeking ways to improve the predictability, consistency and cost-effectiveness of their time, scheduling and leave management practices. EmpCenter represents an ideal solution because it allows those organizations to gain greater visibility and control, while simplifying the day-to-day tasks for managers and employees,” said Michael Jepsen, senior vice president of Sales for WorkForce Software. “We are excited to work with the State of Delaware and help it achieve greater cost efficiencies through an enterprise approach to workforce management.”

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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: Saba Provides Selected Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Metrics

August 13, 2014

Record New Cloud Bookings Drive Over 100% Year-Over-Year Growth in the Fourth Quarter

Redwood Shores, Calif., July 14, 2014 – Saba (OTC Pink: SABA), a global leader in next-generation cloud solutions for talent management, today provided an update on its business momentum and its progress on the restatement of historical financial results.

“Saba ended fiscal year 2014 with very strong bookings growth in the fourth quarter and we plan to build on that momentum in fiscal year 2015,” said Shawn Farshchi, President and CEO, Saba.  “New cloud bookings during the last three quarters of fiscal year 2014 grew 75% over the last three quarters of fiscal year 2013, culminating in record fourth quarter new cloud bookings.  We experienced strong growth in all geographies, in our small and medium sized business markets, and in our behind-the-firewall to cloud migrations.  With an adept talent management sales team, a growing pipeline, and a robust demand environment, we believe we are well positioned to deliver new cloud bookings growth in excess of 30% in fiscal year 2015.”

While the Company is not yet in a position to report detailed financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014, ended May 31, 2014, as a result of its pending restatement of certain historical financial results, the Company is providing the following selected financial metrics that are not expected to be impacted by the restatement:

  • New cloud bookings (annual contract value) grew over 100% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.  Fiscal year 2014 new cloud bookings grew 25% over fiscal year 2013.
  • 47 new customers were added in the fourth quarter for a total of 174 new customers in fiscal year 2014.  New customers in the fourth quarter included Bank of New York Mellon,  Northwestern University, George Washington University, Blue Care, Availity, Alestra Mexico, Sony Mexico, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., and Shutterfly.
  • 16 customers signed to migrate their talent solution from behind-the-firewall to Saba Cloud in fiscal year 2014; seven in the fourth quarter.  Customers include Intel, Network Appliance, Allina Health System, American International Group, URS Corporation, Bose, and the City of Houston.
  • Cloud renewal rates were 90% in the fourth quarter and 89% for the full fiscal year 2014.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $27 million (after payments in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 of approximately $3 million associated with the accounting review and restatement and approximately $1 million associated with non-recurring items) and total debt was $69 million at May 31, 2014.
  • Cash flow from operations was $2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 (excluding approximately $3 million associated with the accounting review and restatement).

With over 21 issued or pending patents, Saba continues to strengthen its leadership as one of the world’s most innovative and unified talent management providers.  Saba introduced its Spring 2014 Release, during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, making Saba Cloud more engaging, intelligent, and extensible.  Key innovations across the Saba Cloud Platform include:

  • Learning@Work — introduced remote video proctoring and multiple levels of approvals with support for serial and parallel approval flows
  • Performance@Work — developed To-Do-List that allows employees and managers to group annual development plans into smaller accomplishable goals with various deadlines
  • Collaboration@Work — created the concept of “rooms” where users can aggregate all their session content and meetings in one place
  • Recruiting@Work — added granular approval workflow and approval reminder notifications
  • Architecture and Foundation — enhanced Marketplace by adding seamless integrations to OpenSesame and HireRight to our diverse ecosystem of third-party application partners that include Workday, Salesforce, Microsoft, Monster, LinkedIn, and TalentBin

As previously announced, we are currently working towards completing the audits of prior periods and fiscal year 2014 and anticipate regaining SEC compliance during the fourth calendar quarter of this year.  We plan to hold an annual meeting of stockholders as soon as practical after regaining compliance with the Company’s SEC filing requirements.

Conference Call
Saba will host a teleconference call and live webcast today, Monday, July 14, 2014, commencing at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its business momentum and its progress on the restatement of historical financial results.  To join the call, please dial +1.800.230.1092 or +1.612.288.0337.  The access code for the conference call is 329942.  To listen to the live webcast, please go to the Investor Relations page of the Saba web site at http://investor.saba.com and click on the Live Webcast icon.

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after its conclusion.  The replay dial-in number is +1.800.475.6701 or +1.320.365.3844.  The access code for the conference call replay is 329942.  The replay can also be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the Saba web site at http://investor.saba.com and will be available through August 14, 2014.

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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: Saba Marketplace Bolsters its Talent Ecosystem with HireRight and OpenSesame

August 13, 2014

Drag-and-Drop Capabilities Integrate Third-Party Talent Sourcing, Employee Screening and Learning Content and Services

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – June 25, 2014 – Saba (OTCPink: SABA), a global leader in next-generation cloud solutions for intelligent talent management, today announced Saba Marketplace has welcomed HireRight and OpenSesame to its diverse ecosystem of third-party application partners for the Saba Cloud. First announced at the company’s @Work 2014 annual global user conference, Saba Marketplace seamlessly integrates numerous applications across learning, talent and HRMS into a single interface, simplifying and accelerating talent sourcing, employee development and collaboration. Saba Cloud customers now have access to OpenSesame for training excellence and HireRight for employee screening, in addition to a wide range of leading industry applications including Active Directory, Broadbean, Cisco WebEx, LinkedIn, Microsoft Dynamics, Monster, Salesforce, SimplyHired, TalentBin and Workday.

To better support their business, HR and Talent professionals need to be able to easily navigate and connect the actionable information dots from an ever-expanding number of talent, CRM and enterprise services. With its unique drag and drop functionality, Marketplace enables users to quickly implement and continuously fine-tune their HR hub. Fast and easy access and configuration means that organizations have real-time control and can swiftly respond to shifting business priorities. The latest additions to Saba Marketplace allow for the quick creation of learning programs and acceleration of hiring for key positions.

“Organizations – regardless of size, industry or location – are avidly seeking ways to easily empower employees by keeping pace with the services and technologies available today,” said Hemanth Puttaswamy, CTO and Senior Vice President of Products and Development, Saba. “Saba Marketplace delivers intelligent, multi-faceted applications and services under one hood, closing the costly and time consuming gap between data, geographies and critical business initiatives. With the addition of HireRight and OpenSesame, we continue to push the future of application networking and provide our customers an array of integrated solutions.”

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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: Atkins Selects Cornerstone OnDemand to Provide Talent Management Software

August 12, 2014

LONDON – 23rd July 2014 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD) announced today that Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, has selected Cornerstone’s unified, cloud-based talent management software, including solutions for learning and performance, to help individuals progress their careers across the organisation.

Atkins introduced Cornerstone Learning and Cornerstone Performance to its employees over the last year, and will be adding further Cornerstone Succession functionality incrementally. Atkins selected Cornerstone following a competitive tender process and together, the sweep of capabilities in one product will help to standardise the approach, culture and employee experience across Atkins.

Mark Jones, director of learning and development for Atkins, commented: “Atkins recognises the importance of every employee’s performance and skills in supporting our vision to be the world’s best infrastructure consultancy. Effective talent management software enables us to have a consistent approach across all our operations, and it has already provided greater engagement and ownership for individuals around their performance, development and career planning.”

“We’re delighted to be working with Atkins and ensuring that people are placed firmly at the centre of its business,” said Vincent Belliveau, senior vice president and general manager, EMEA, for Cornerstone OnDemand. “An organisation’s people are critical to its success and therefore providing consistent and effective performance management is key.”

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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: Cornerstone OnDemand Adds Etsy CFO Kristina Salen to its Board of Directors

August 12, 2014

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 9, 2014 Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based talent management software solutions, today announced that Kristina Salen, chief financial officer of online marketplace Etsy, has been elected to Cornerstone OnDemand’s board of directors effective as of July 8, 2014.

Salen has served as chief financial officer of Etsy, an online marketplace, since January 2013. From January 2006 to January 2013, Salen served in several roles at Fidelity Investments, one of the largest mutual fund and financial services groups in the world, including as global sector leader of media, internet and telecommunications. Salen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

“Having first led investments in many of today’s foremost technology companies, and now as a leader in one of the fastest growing consumer Internet companies, Kristina is a strong financial and operating executive with a solid understanding of today’s technology landscape,” said Adam Miller, president and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “I am very pleased to welcome Kristina to our board of directors and am excited to work with her to continue Cornerstone’s innovation and growth.”

“Cornerstone has continually strengthened its position not only as a leader in the talent management market, but also in the broader technology space. I look forward to supporting the company’s success in driving innovation and empowering the new world of work,” commented Salen.

In connection with Salen’s election, Byron Deeter, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, resigned from Cornerstone OnDemand’s board of directors, effective as of July 8, 2014. Miller commented, “Byron has been a fantastic advisor, partner and friend in helping us build a world-class technology company. We want to thank Byron for his invaluable insights and wish him continued success as an incredibly accomplished venture investor.”

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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: Comprehensive Logistics Calls on ADP® to Assemble Top-Notch Solution for its Human Capital Management Needs

August 12, 2014

World-Class Logistics Provider and Pre-Assembler, Serving Critical Role for U.S. Auto Industry, Enlists ADP Vantage HCM® to Benefit Employees

ROSELAND, N.J. – July 24, 2014ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced that Comprehensive Logistics Inc., a premier provider of highly efficient, engineered logistics services for complex supply chains, has awarded the company a contract to deliver an integrated HCM solution based on ADP Vantage HCM®.

Comprehensive Logistics, a new client to ADP, signed on for payroll, benefits, HR, and time and labor management as part of its flexible deployment of ADP Vantage HCM. The company is involved in critical “just-in-time, just-in-sequence” material flow and pre-assembly work for the U.S. auto industry, including brakes, radiators, roof assemblies, match-painted mirrors and more. Their finished products are delivered to auto manufacturers and relied upon for the timely construction of thousands of autos daily. The company also has diversified with recent moves into transportation management services and recent wins in industries outside of the automobile sector.

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Stephen Halloran, director of HR for privately owned Comprehensive Logistics, said the company was drawn by ADP’s combination of technology and process expertise in making its decision.

“The service layer ADP delivers was very important to us,” said Halloran. “If we didn’t have that, we’d have to add an empire of HR professionals, and that wasn’t realistic. I wanted well-trained HR professionals and needed these people ready to hit the ground running, so if we have an issue, we can get it addressed in real time. I’ve gotten that with ADP.”

“We’re pleased that Comprehensive Logistics is trusting us with this most critical role that focuses on the people who help them succeed,” said Mark Benjamin, President of Global Enterprise Solutions at ADP. “Comprehensive Logistics plays a critical part in today’s complicated global auto industry. I’m delighted that, once again, a client as important as Comprehensive Logistics has chosen our service expertise and proven technology to help drive their success.”

Halloran said the employee mix that contributes to his company’s success required a partner with the insights and skills needed to ensure timely and efficient distribution of information – and of critical payroll. Comprehensive Logistics has a combination of hourly and managerial employees in eighteen facilities in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada. The company also plans to launch new operations in Tennessee and Illinois.

“We are a fourth-generation company, with a heritage of trying to ‘do the right thing’ by our employees,” Halloran said. “So we needed a solution that made sense for the company, and for the more than 1,400 people who work here.

“With our prior vendor, we saw lots of turnover on the client-facing team and not a lot of strategic direction that helped us continuously improve,” Halloran said. “Now, with ADP, I like how we have a dedicated service team. Our ability to scale our business with ADP is great.”

Halloran said ADP’s expertise in the complicated area of compliance also contributed to his decision.

“The Affordable Care Act is a great example,” he said. “That weighed heavily on our decision, along with dependent verification service and tax credit services. A lot of arrows get fired toward my team on any given day. Now, we have the technology and expertise to bat them down with our partners.”

Halloran said the single platform and integrated solution that are part of ADP Vantage HCM also weighed into the decision. “I prefer to think that we have one hand to shake for a job well done,” he said. “ADP has become a good business partner with us.”

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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: ADP Earns Top Honors from Frost & Sullivan for its Product Line Strategy and Efforts to Help Clients Succeed with Human Capital Management Solutions

August 12, 2014

Frost & Sullivan Calls ADP a ‘Services Company with Robust Software’;
Praises Company’s ‘Globally Available, Cloud-Hosted, Unified HCM Suite’

ROSELAND, N.J. – July 8, 2014ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced that it has received the highest award possible from global industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, which presented ADP with its 2014 North America Product Line Strategy Leadership Award for HCM.

Frost & Sullivan’s award is based on several criteria critical for any company’s success in the HCM marketplace:

  • Breadth of product line.
  • Size of addressable customer base.
  • Impact on customer value.
  • Impact on market share.
  • Breadth of applications/markets served.

It cited strong progress ADP has made across a broad client base, from large enterprises in need of integrated HCM solutions to midsized companies in need of flexible and dynamic solutions to companies of all sizes looking for compliance answers in complex marketplaces.

“ADP has responded to these diverse company needs with a product line strategy that has tremendous breadth,” said Brendan Read, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.  “Through hosting, flexibility, scalability and up-front affordability, ADP’s solutions cover practically every HCM and HR facet, including outsourced and HR personnel and talent acquisition.  And ADP’s solutions are global, enabling companies to have and manage divisions and teams of highly talented workers worldwide.”

ADP, for its part, expressed appreciation to its more than 60,000 employees around the world who maintain a vigilant focus on helping clients address some of their most critical business challenges focused on their own people.

“This award is a testament to the relentless focus the people of ADP bring to delivering world-class service and technologies to clients of all shapes and sizes,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADP.  “It’s also a testament to the clients with whom we work, and validates the trust they have put in us to help them succeed 365 days a year.”

To download a copy of the Frost & Sullivan report, please click here.

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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


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