What the Splunk IPO Says about BigData in HR

Posted on April 21st, 2012.

BigData is Big News.

Splunk, a company that uses BigData technology to analyze huge amounts of customer and transaction data, just went public with a valuation at 28X revenue ($3.2 billion).  This valuation trumps the hot companies in social networking: Jive trades at 20X revenue, Google trades at 5X revenue, and Facebook, … Read more»

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SAP’s Bold Move with SuccessFactors: Lots of Work to Do

Posted on February 24th, 2012.

This week SuccessFactors and SAP announced their integration plans. Simply stated, the combined companies plan to move all their strategic talent management investments from SAP HCM and Business ByDesign into SuccessFactors, and build Employee Central (SuccessFactors’ central directory product) into its core cloud-based HRMS offering.

This is a bold and somewhat risky strategy. Let … Read more»

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The Integration of Talent Management Systems Comes to Forefront

Posted on February 22nd, 2012.

The talent management systems market has been under quite a bit of stress lately.

In the last 90 days we have seen SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors, followed by Oracle’s acquisition of Taleo, and then the smaller Kenexa acquisition of Outstart and PeopleFluent acquisition of Strategia.

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Talent Management Software Vendors get a C+ in Customer Satisfaction

Posted on January 3rd, 2012.

We just completed a year-long research study on the customer experience with talent management software. Despite the sky-high market valuations for these companies and the growth rate of the market, these products are not fully meeting customer needs. In fact, among the 1,146 companies we surveyed, their average overall satisfaction is 3.65 on a scale … Read more»

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SAP to buy SuccessFactors: Major Shift in Talent Management Market (updated)

Posted on December 4th, 2011.

This weekend SAP announced plans to acquire SuccessFactors for approximately $3.4 billion (almost 10X 2011 revenues).

Just last week we delivered a webinar on trends in the Talent Management Systems market, and discussed the fact that this market is rapidly becoming commoditized and that the big vendors were starting to make a major impact.  Listen … Read more»

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Workday 14: Amazing Enterprise Software for HR

Posted on August 17th, 2011.

Today Workday introduced release 14, the latest upgrade of the company’s SaaS HR and Financials application.  I rarely gush at enterprise software, but in this case I have to admit I was “wowed” by the progress the company has made.

Workday’s product now spans the range of ERP applications from financials to human resources, workforce … Read more»

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The Evolution of HR Systems: Update from HR Technology Conference 2010

Posted on October 6th, 2010.

We just returned from the 2010 HR Technology Conference in Chicago, where we met with 30+ solution providers and more than 60 different corporate buyers and implementers of HR technology and solutions.   We also introduced a preview peek of our 2010-2011 Talent Management Systems Customer Satisfaction research, which is now available to research members…. Read more»

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The 2010 HR Technology Conference

Posted on August 8th, 2010.

Our mission as a research and advisory services company is to help organizations “dramatically improve their business performance through their talent, learning, and HR strategies, processes, and systems.”  

In this never-ending quest, we continuously find that one of the most challenging (and important) parts of building a modern, high-performing company is the implementation of well … Read more»

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Workday 10: Talent Management and HRMS Converge

Posted on March 20th, 2010.

Over the last five years, one of the fastest markets for enterprise software has been “talent management.”  Talent Management Suites, now offered by more than 30 different providers, deliver a set of features and functionality which allow human resources and line managers automate, monitor, plan, and analyze all the “people-related” processes in a company.  This … Read more»

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Peopleclick Authoria – A New Talent Management Leader?

Posted on January 12th, 2010.

Last week Bedford Funding announced its acquisition of Peopleclick and the immediate combination of Peopleclick with existing portfolio company Authoria, creating a combined talent management systems company with more than 2,000 customers and $100 Million in revenue.  The combined company (now named Peopleclick Authoria)  is now a significant player in the talent management systems … Read more»

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