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Update on Saba:  Turnaround In The Making?

Update on Saba: Turnaround In The Making?

sabaLast month Saba, a pioneer in the market for enterprise learning and talent management systems, held its annual customer conference (more than 700 learning and HR professionals attended).  I had a chance to meet with the management team, talk with many customers and employees, and talk with Saba’s new owners (Vector Capital).

My conclusion, ... Read more»

Kenexa Acquires Outstart: Getting Serious about the Corporate Learning Market

Kenexa Acquires Outstart: Getting Serious about the Corporate Learning Market

This week Kenexa, one of the largest and most successful HR and talent acquisition consulting companies, announced the acquisition of Outstart, a pioneering company in the market for e-learning tools, learning management, collaboration, and mobile learning solutions. This represents a major move for Kenexa, putting the company firmly into the market for training tools, ... Read more»

Talent Management Software Vendors get a C+ in Customer Satisfaction

Talent Management Software Vendors get a C+ in Customer Satisfaction

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»

Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market

Taleo Firmly Establishes itself in the Learning Management Systems Market

The ever-changing market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) continues to evolve.  Last year, Taleo, the largest provider of recruiting software, spent $100 million acquiring mid-market LMS vendor Learn.com.  The company’s strategy, which we supported in earlier blog posts, is to expand across all elements of the talent management domain and develop an offering which ... Read more»

Peopleclick Authoria – A New Talent Management Leader?

Peopleclick Authoria – A New Talent Management Leader?

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»

The LMS Market:  Hotter than Ever

The LMS Market: Hotter than Ever

In the last 60 days I’ve had the opportunity to attend five major industry events which cover corporate learning: user group meetings at Plateau, Saba, SumTotal and Taleo and the HR Technology Conference. While all this travel has taken a toll on my sleep, it did reinforce the tremendous importance of corporate learning technology.

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Thoughts from the 2009 HR Technology Conference

Thoughts from the 2009 HR Technology Conference

Once each year we travel to Chicago to gather with Bill Kutik and dozens of HR vendors to see the latest and greatest technologies applied to human resources.

HR Technology ConferenceThis year’s conference was as exciting as ever, with many product announcements and exciting innovations to see.   Madeline Laurano, our principal analyst in talent acquisition, is ... Read more»

Talent Management Software Market shows Signs of Life

Talent Management Software Market shows Signs of Life

Beats of Life Even in this year’s terrible economy, the Talent Management Software market continues to show signs of life. We estimate this important market will reach around $2.4 Billion by the end of 2009 and continues to grow in size and importance.

How the Talent Management Software Market is Expanding

  • Total HR spending across all industries, including
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The Talent Management Software Slump

The Talent Management Software Slump

We have been carefully looking at the Talent Management Software market over the last few weeks, and the first quarter of 2009 was a bit of a disaster.   The market for performance and succession management software, which we believe finished 2008 around $520M in size and is expected to grow to $655M in 2009, had ... Read more»

The Bidding War for SumTotal Systems

The Bidding War for SumTotal Systems

SumTotal SystemsThere is now a little bidding war going on for SumTotal Systems.   ACCEL-KKR, a private equity firm, outbid Vista Equity Partners by offering approximately $124 Million for the company. This bid is approximately 20% higher than the $103 Million offer which Vista extended in early April.

This is a very positive thing – ... Read more»