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SumTotal Bidding War Continues – HR Software gets Hotter

SumTotal Bidding War Continues – HR Software gets Hotter

The LMS market continues to heat up as two private equity firms bid for SumTotal Systems.  LMS 2009LMS 2009This week Vista Equity Partners upped its bid to $4.75 a share (up from $3.80 several weeks ago), bringing SumTotal’s market capitalization to over $150 Million.  (This is nearly twice the market cap of Saba, who’s revenues are ... Read more»

IBM Adopts Saba as its Learning Technology Partner

IBM Adopts Saba as its Learning Technology Partner

A IBM SabaIBM Sabavery important partnership was announced today: IBM announced a major commitment to Saba as its primary learning management technology partner.

Background on IBM’s Learning Platform Business:

IBM has been in the corporate learning market for many years. In the 1980’s, the company offered a wide range of corporate training tools and systems, including PC ... Read more»

Oracle Acquires Sun:  A Lesson in Corporate Culture

Oracle Acquires Sun: A Lesson in Corporate Culture

For those of us who have been in the software industry for a while, Oracle’s acquisition of Sun represents a bigOracle-SunOracle-Sunmilestone in the evolution of the the computing industry.    Why did the IBM-Sun merger fail?  Why was Oracle willing to pay so much more for the company than IBM?

While there are many business ... Read more»

Talent Mobility:  What it is and why organizations need it

Talent Mobility: What it is and why organizations need it

Talent MobilityTalent MobilityOne of the themes of our exciting new Succession Management research is what we call “transparent talent mobility.”  It’s an important new concept in talent management, and one which came to us after more than a year of research into various succession management programs.

Let me start with the underlying issue: today, and on into ... Read more»

Deep vs. Wide:  The New Career Strategy

Deep vs. Wide: The New Career Strategy

Times are tough.  Today we learned of another 590,000 jobs lost and that US unemployment rose to 7.6%.  We seem to be getting several emails each week from high powered HR or L&D professionals who have lost their positions at their favorite employers.  

I also speak regularly with top HR and L&D managers about their ... Read more»

Enterprise Social Software:  A New Category

Enterprise Social Software: A New Category

This week we introduced some important and groundbreaking research on a new, important category of enterprise software:  the market for corporate Social Software platforms.   Traditionally our research has focused on identifying the strategies, processes, and systems which help corporate HR and L&D drive effectiveness and business value.  But as we continued to study the ... Read more»

Social Networking in Talent Management:  Where are we?

Social Networking in Talent Management: Where are we?

Whew.  Earlier this year we embarked on a major research effort to understand the growing role of social networking in enterprise learning and talent management.  The results are amazing.   Let me give you a brief preview of some of our initial findings:

  1. Organizations are working mightily to figure out how to leverage social networking (blogs,
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Are you an Enduring Organization?

Are you an Enduring Organization?

As we continue to study best practices in the implementation of corporate learning and talent management, we find that high performing organizations fall into two categories:  those who endure and prosper over long periods of time (decades), and those who rapidly rise to prominence, then falter during a major business challenge, and often become acquired ... Read more»

Five Talent Management Strategies for a Business Downturn

Five Talent Management Strategies for a Business Downturn

We are clearly entering some form of economic slowdown.  Our most recent index of talent management executives (January of 2008) showed some significant changes from May of 2007:  21% greater interest in cost-reduction, 18% lower focus on product introductions, and a significant increase in focus on building new leadership (18% increase).  So let’s assume your ... Read more»

HR Technology Conference 2007 – A Recap

HR Technology Conference 2007 – A Recap

Leighanne Levensaler and I just finished a week at the HR Technology show in Chicago. This conference represents one of the biggest meetings of HR technologists and HR software vendors each year.  As always, this conference was an opportunity for most of the HR and learning technology providers to announce new products and offerings.

Here ... Read more»