Category: Core HR Systems

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

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

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»

Talent Management Software – Yes, It’s Still Hard to Select the Right Solution

Talent Management Software – Yes, It’s Still Hard to Select the Right Solution

The talent management software marketplace is now more than ten years old, yet it is still a daunting task to select the right solution.  This market is both consolidating and expanding at the same time – and let me explain why.

History of the Space

Originally these systems were designed as forms automation systems, often ... Read more»

Update from TaleoWorld 2011:  Talent Intelligence, Mobile, and LinkedIn Partnership

Update from TaleoWorld 2011: Talent Intelligence, Mobile, and LinkedIn Partnership

This week Taleo held their annual user conference and attracted more than 1,600 customers. As part of the event Taleo introduced two new product enhancements – one called Taleo Radar and the other a major announcement with LinkedIn.  In this blog I will discuss Taleo’s strategy and talent intelligence story, and overview the Radar and ... Read more»

Workday 14:  Amazing Enterprise Software for HR

Workday 14: Amazing Enterprise Software for HR

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»

SuccessFactors Q2 2011 Financials – Plateau Moves to SaaS Focus

SuccessFactors Q2 2011 Financials – Plateau Moves to SaaS Focus

SuccessFactors just announced another stellar quarter (48% YTY growth in revenues, 42% YTY growth in billings), and the CEO Lars Dalgaard talked extensively about the company’s progress with the acquisitions of Infohrm, Cubetree, Jambok, and Plateau.

First, from a financial standpoint SuccessFactors continues to grow at an amazing rate.  The talent management software market is ... Read more»

Badges Swarm the Internet (and soon Intranet)

Badges Swarm the Internet (and soon Intranet)

Over the last year we’ve observed the “gamification” of various web-based systems.  Social learning systems now have “leaderboards” to show who uploaded the most highly ranked content.  Sales training applications in pharmaceutical companies give employees “virtual money” for making the sale.  Feedback and social recognition systems like Rypple and ILuvRewards encourage employees to ... Read more»

SumTotal Announces Acquisition of Accero and CyberShift

SumTotal Announces Acquisition of Accero and CyberShift

Today SumTotal Systems, one of the largest (privately held) providers of learning and talent management software, announced the acquisition of both Accero (global complex payroll provider) and CyberShift (mid-sized provider of time and attendance, expense management, and contingent workforce management software).

(Research members can read our detailed bulletin on SumTotal and this acquisition tomorrow.)

Background:... Read more»

Mobile Talent Management:  PeopleclickAuthoria aka PeopleFluent Introduces iPad Solution

Mobile Talent Management: PeopleclickAuthoria aka PeopleFluent Introduces iPad Solution

Talent Management software comes to the iPad: PeopleClickAuthoria (which just changed its name to PeopleFluent®) today released a preview of an iPad solution currently called Mobile Talent Management.

PeopleFluent (it will take a little while to get used to this name) is one of the largest providers of talent management software, with revenues ... Read more»

Taleo Acquires JobPartners – European Expansion a Priority

Taleo Acquires JobPartners – European Expansion a Priority

Today Taleo announced the acquisition of JobPartners, a small European provider of talent management software, for $38M in cash.  JobPartners is a small (~100 employees, around $15M-17M in revenues) but well established talent management software provider which has built an end-to-end talent management system primarily focused on the large enterprise market.  The company has 68 ... Read more»

Talent Management Software:  The Category Takes Hold

Talent Management Software: The Category Takes Hold

This last few weeks has been a season of meetings with talent management software providers. As we work to complete our 2011 Talent Management Systems research (which should be published in June), I want to mention an important trend which seems to have radically changed this market: redefining the category itself. The independent markets for ... Read more»

Stepstone becomes Lumesse – Focus on People not Software

Stepstone becomes Lumesse – Focus on People not Software

Today Stepstone Solutions, one of the largest providers of talent management software solutions, changed their company name to Lumesse. While everyone has their own opinions of naming and branding strategies, I personally believe that this is a very valuable move.

Stepstone, a company with more than 1,700 licensed customers, is a large global software ... Read more»

IMPACT 2011:  Live Streaming – Mark your Calendar

IMPACT 2011: Live Streaming – Mark your Calendar

Next week we launch IMPACT 2011: The Business of Talent®, our fourth annual research conference.

For those of you who follow our blogs and our research, the conference is sold out. But if you would like the excitement of attending the conference virtually, our marketing team has put together a wonderful opportunity for you ... Read more»