HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Skillsoft Works with Sprint to Align Learning with Business Goals for Impressive Results

August 4, 2014

Closing performance gaps results in cost-benefit ratio five times better than classroom training

NASHUA, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skillsoft today announced continued success with Sprint, whose collaboration with and use of Skillsoft has resulted in measurable talent improvement efforts. Throughout their long-standing relationship, Skillsoft and Sprint have been able to adapt and align targeted learning solutions to the changing business requirements of the world-class telecommunications firm of approximately 36,000 employees. Using elearning analytics platforms to then measure success against industry benchmarks, Sprint was able to realize a cost-benefit ratio with Skillsoft five times better than classroom training and an average annual rate of program improvement more than triple the industry rate of four percent.

Sprint partners with the business unit leaders and the front lines to identify performance gaps. Sprint University then defines solutions to close those gaps. As the University solves for those performance improvement opportunities, Sprint leverages their leading edge portfolio which includes Skillsoft’s elearning courses, targeted portals and online books. A priority for Skillsoft’s program with Sprint was the measurement of content effectiveness both for aligning and re-aligning program goals over time and for advising stakeholders on content performance. Sprint has received significant ROI from Skillsoft, realizing $90 in benefits for every $1 invested. Sprint recently received a 2014 BEST Award from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) for demonstrating enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development.

“Ensuring that learning is both tightly aligned to Sprint’s business and continually improving as the workforce evolves is a primary goal at Sprint University,” said Jeff Coppley, HRD Manager – Performance Support, Sprint University. “Skillsoft’s resources and its approach to elevating talent have made them a key partner in helping us realize our goals and measure the ROI of the program.”

Similarly, an evaluation of Skillsoft’s content year-over-year revealed a 14 percent average improvement in effectiveness – well above the industry average of four percent – when gauging several aspects of a learning program. Some of the areas measured included:

  • How learners are developing new knowledge from the Skillsoft solutions
  • How learners are applying skills they developed from the Skillsoft training to their jobs
  • How much Skillsoft training improved learner job performance
  • How worthwhile the Skillsoft investment was for Sprint

“Skillsoft’s work with Sprint over a number of years has clearly proved the theory that ‘what gets measured improves,'” said Kieran King, Global Vice President, Loyalty Strategy, Skillsoft. “We’re thrilled to see that the learning improvement for Sprint continues to beat the industry norm, and that the program can continually change and adapt to new learning goals while still beating industry standards.”

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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: Ceridian Shows Enhanced LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program Portal At INSIGHTS 2014

July 24, 2014

Latest LifeWorks.com Will Drive Program Use & Return-On-Investment

INSIGHTS, Las Vegas, NV, July 15, 2014 – Ceridian announces it is showing an enhanced LifeWorks.com to LifeWorks customers and over 1500 human capital management professionals during the annual Ceridian INSIGHTS User Conference on July 13-16 in Las Vegas.   LifeWorks is a comprehensive EAP, Work-Life and Wellness program.  LifeWorks.com is the program’s online portal for participants providing a wealth of online tools and resources to support employees and their families in addressing personal and work related issues.

The enhanced version of LifeWorks.com is designed to make it easy for users to access available services and resolve issues impacting productivity. The site has a new Life Changes section that streamlines access to information and support for 11 key life transitions – including starting a job, becoming a manager, having a baby, moving and planning for retirement.  The clean, modern design makes the site more appealing for users of all ages.  The LifeWorks app, launched in 2013, provides ready access from mobile devices.  An enhanced mobile version of the site will be released in the fall.

“It’s important to engage workforces that now span multiple generations in LifeWorks programs and services,” says Mary Jo Davis, vice president of product management for LifeWorks, Ceridian. “With these additions, we’re reaching more people with timely information and expertise, helping organizations and their employees truly reap the benefits of employee assistance programs and services.”

Specific LifeWorks.com enhancements include:

  • Enhanced mobile access and mobile-optimized formats for easy reading and navigation, coming this fall
  • Improved search capabilities with a more sophisticated and intuitive search tool
  • Easier access to Wellness tools and content from the home page
  • Further integration with social media for more visibility to recent LifeWorks Twitter posts as well as LifeWorks posts on Facebook and Pinterest.  LifeWorks.com users can also post comments on the site’s blogs.
  • A clean, modern look and feel and redesign that places content front and center on the home page and adds new Quick Links

About LifeWorks

The LifeWorks service is a comprehensive EAP, Work-Life, and Wellness program that helps organizations improve employee health and wellness, increase employee engagement, and improve productivity. LifeWorks provides employees and family members with access to telephonic, in person and online services to address personal and work related issues. Employers realize returns in reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, lower turnover, and reduced health care costs.

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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: HRsmart Results Surge in First Quarter and Company Announces Annual Forum Dates

May 14, 2014

Richardson, TX – April 17, 2014 – HRsmart, a leading provider of global unified talent management solutions, reported strong sales in the first quarter of 2014 with new bookings that surpassed the fourth quarter of 2013 and representing a 221% increase over the year agperiod. Among the new clients signed in the fourth quarter were The Goodman Group, Kaiser Aluminum, AceTech Services, and Debbane Group.

HRsmart was also notified by leading industry groups that the company is a finalist for the following awards:

  • HRToday TekTonic Award for Talent Management
  • Network Products Guide Award for Cloud Computing
  • American Business Awards for Outstanding Customer Service

“These strong first quarter results and our large sales pipeline bode very well for HRsmart in 2014,” said Mark Hamdan, CEO of the HRsmart. “We are honored by the many awards we are receiving for solutions and customer service. We learned how to build great solutions by listening and partnering with our clients and credit them for our success.”

HRsmart also announced in the first quarter that its annual conference, Innovate2014, will be held at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX from September 24th to the 26th. The conference will showcase industry renowned keynote speakers, collaborative end-user sessions, and insights into HRsmart’s future product directions.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 17 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: SilkRoad Announces Indeed Apply Integration

May 8, 2014

Partnership drives 87K applicants in first two weeks of release

SilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based talent management solutions, today announced the recent rollout of Indeed Apply to customers of SilkRoad OpenHire® applicant tracking system(ATS).  This new integration allows job seekers to easily apply from all mobile devices without sacrificing the data SilkRoad OpenHire customers require.

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Applicants have been keen to use the new technology.   Since its initial rollout just 13 days ago, SilkRoad OpenHire® with Indeed Apply has facilitated 87,000 candidate submittals from Indeed mobile, effectively doubling the number of applicants OpenHire clients receive from Indeed.

“The impact Indeed Apply will have for our customers is significant,” said SilkRoad’s Amber Hyatt, Senior Product Manager, OpenHire.  “Allowing applicants the ability to apply through mobile devices is key to attracting top talent, particularly those in the growing millennial workforce.  This integration lets applicants easily apply while still collecting job specific prescreening questions.  These job specific questions set employers up for success by creating consistency to review candidates against the job’s minimum qualifications, regardless of the candidate’s device.”

This release accompanies the recent announcement of Indeed.com as the top job site and external source for interviews and hires in SilkRoad’s annual report, Top Sources of Hire: The Definitive Guide to the Most Effective Recruiting Sources.

“For the third year in a row, Indeed was found as the top external source of hire for SilkRoad customers,” added Hyatt.  “We are excited to grow our partnership to further provide value for our customers.”

Indeed Apply also adds to the existing Indeed.com integrations, including:

  • Free job distribution to Indeed.com, and
  • Automatic source tracking.

For more information on SilkRoad OpenHire® ATS, please visit http://bit.ly/1pLa77T.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 17 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Saba Provides Selected Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Metrics

April 16, 2014

New SaaS Bookings Grew 24% Year-Over-Year

Company Anticipates Regaining SEC Compliance During Fourth Calendar Quarter of 2014

REDWOOD SHORES, CA — (Marketwired) — 04/02/14 — 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.

“Fundamental to our efforts on the restatement and the determination of timing of revenue recognition, we have established project completion dates for substantially all of our consulting projects over the last seven years and identified related product and project linkages,” said Mark Robinson, CFO, Saba. “With this data intensive work substantially finished, our efforts are now focused on completing the required financial audits with the goal of regaining SEC compliance during the fourth calendar quarter of 2014.”

While the Company is not yet in a position to report detailed financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended February 28, 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 SaaS bookings (annual contract value) grew 24% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 over the third quarter of fiscal year 2013
  • 40 new customers were added in third quarter of fiscal year 2014, including Polycom, Toshiba, Great Eastern Life Assurance, Bank of Investment and Development in Vietnam, Polish Ministry of Labor and Social Party, ALS Global,The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Siemens Mexico and Lowe’s Mexico
  • SaaS renewal rates were 88% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2014
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $23 million (after payments in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 of approximately $3 million associated with the accounting review and restatement and approximately $2 million associated with non-recurring and specified items) and total debt was $63 million at February 28, 2014
  • Cash flow from operations was $5 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 (excluding approximately $3 million associated with the accounting review and restatement and approximately $2 million associated with non-recurring and specified items)

With over 20 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 third quarter of fiscal year 2014, making Saba Cloud more engaging, intelligent, and extensible. Key innovations across the Saba Cloud Platform include:

  • Learning@Work — improved gamification support to increase engagement
  • Performance@Work — granting users the ability to set and manage their goals directly from any mobile device running apple or android OS
  • Collaboration@Work — introducing real-time web based peer-to-peer video conferencing
  • Recruiting@Work — adding behavioral assessments and introducing the TIM Fit Score to give hiring managers better ways of identifying and ranking their best candidates
  • Architecture and Foundation — making the platform more extensible and engaging by introducing drag and drop integrations to various job boards, talent searches, enterprise applications (Workday, Salesforce.com, etc.), and content providers and providing these services as a turn-key solution

Conference Call
Saba will host a teleconference call and live webcast today, Wednesday, April 2, 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 +1.800.230.1074 or +1.612.234.9960. The access code for the conference call is 321490. 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 321490. 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 May 2, 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 HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 16 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: PeopleAdmin has Been Acquired by Vista Equity Partners

April 14, 2014

PeopleAdmin announces that it has been acquired by Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with over $7 billion in committed capital.

PeopleAdmin, Inc. (“PeopleAdmin”), the leading provider of on-demand talent management solutions for higher education and government, announced that it has been acquired by Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”), a private equity firm with over $7 billion in committed capital.

“We are excited to partner with Vista as we look to accelerate our growth and continue to provide valuable solutions to our clients,” said Susanne Bowen, CEO of PeopleAdmin. “We share a similar vision for the company, and Vista’s software expertise and focus will enable us to continue to scale and serve our clients and invest in our best-in-class product suite.”

Founded in 2000, PeopleAdmin provides market leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) talent management solutions specifically designed for higher education and government organizations. Today, more than 700 organizations, including 30% of the 2,000 largest U.S. institutions of higher education, use PeopleAdmin’s solutions to deliver efficient, compliant and defensible talent management processes across the entire employment lifecycle. PeopleAdmin’s easy to use, configurable products provide clients with the flexibility they need to optimize workflows in their highly complex and regulated industries.

“PeopleAdmin has a history of delivering truly unique and mission-critical value to its clients,” said Patrick Severson, Principal of Vista Equity Partners Foundation Fund. “By combining our resources and expertise with the great team at PeopleAdmin, we see a tremendous opportunity to fuel the next stage of growth and help clients hire, develop and retain some of their greatest assets: their people.”

Lazard served as financial advisor to PeopleAdmin.

About PeopleAdmin
PeopleAdmin is the leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions for higher education and government. PeopleAdmin’s software enables more than 700 clients to streamline the hiring process; onboard new employees; efficiently manage positions and employee performance; develop compliant, defensible audit trails; and utilize industry-leading reporting and metrics. Their integrated talent management suite, SelectSuite®, includes applicant tracking, faculty search committee management, position management, onboarding and performance management. PeopleAdmin solutions are rapidly deployed, easy-to-use and supported through a world-class customer service organization.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 16 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Cornerstone OnDemand and Ellucian Achieve Success in Helping Higher Education Institutions Transform HR Initiatives

April 14, 2014

Ellucian and Cornerstone continue momentum in their collaboration to provide technology solutions for addressing the unique people management needs of colleges and universities

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 2, 2014Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based talent management software solutions, and Ellucian, a leading software and services provider for the higher education community, have seen strong momentum in their relationship since aligning in 2009, the two companies announced today.

Cornerstone and Ellucian have collaborated to help many leading colleges and universities – such as Alamo Colleges, Brandman University, Bucknell University and Drexel University– successfully transform their HR and employee management and development initiatives through use of the Ellucian Talent Management Suite, powered by Cornerstone OnDemand, and an integration with Banner Human Resources, an Ellucian solution for core HR activities. Together, Cornerstone and Ellucian bring an unparalleled knowledge base in supporting the unique human capital management needs of higher education institutions, offering solutions that position each organization for immediate success.

The Ellucian Talent Management Suite, developed in-house by Cornerstone, enables higher education institutions to leverage the cloud for meeting the challenges they face in empowering and maximizing the productivity of their people. Leading institutions use the unified human capital management solution to source and recruit top talent, align employee training and performance with institution goals and compliance requirements, deliver targeted training to close skills gaps, identify key performers, and develop future leaders. The suite includes applications for recruiting, learning and development, performance management, succession planning, compensation management, and social collaboration.

Banner Human Resources, the Ellucian solution for housing and managing core HR processes related to employee information, payroll and budgeting, integrates with the Talent Management Suite. Used together, higher education HR teams are able to seamlessly share data between the two solutions for syncing learning and talent management data with core HR information in real time.

Addressing the Unique Talent Challenges of Higher Education

Several institutions are benefiting from a unified approach to talent management, transforming what was once a manual, administrative process in their organizations into a strategic activity that aligns each institution’s vision with its overall people performance. Examples include:

  • Alamo Colleges, consisting of five colleges that serve south-central Texas, gains a more comprehensive view of its more than 4,500 employees using the Talent Management Suite and Banner HR integration, enabling its talent team to identify and assign training and development opportunities on a targeted or district-wide basis.
  • Brandman University, a member of the Chapman University System and provider of award-winning online programs, offers development opportunities to 2,000 of its employees, faculty and adjunct staff for identifying and cultivating future leaders and ensuring top performance.
  • Bucknell University, the nation’s largest private liberal arts university, gains visibility into the training and performance management needs of 1,300 faculty and staff using the Ellucian Talent Management Suite, allowing its HR team to streamline compliance management and drive engagement with professional development opportunities.
  • Drexel University, a top-ranked global research university, provides a one-stop-shop for learning and development to its 4,700 employees, complete with management certificate programs developed in-house. Drexel plans to integrate performance, learning and recruiting to capture the entire employee lifecycle for even stronger succession planning, employee engagement and retention.

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To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization, please visit www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 16 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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