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SAP SuccessFactors Tops Workday -- In One Part of Gartner's Report
In Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant, SAP SuccessFactors inched ahead of Workday in the vision category. While naturally some protested, a full-day briefing with 10 executives on Aug. 1 at company headquarters and the company's SuccessConnect user conference four weeks later showed why that came to pass.
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The Absolute Latest from Workday
As part of my 17th annual Silicon Valley summer vendor tour, I spent Aug. 2 in briefings with a dozen Workday executives in Pleasanton, Calif. Some of what I learned will be in my annual "horse race" feature (now renamed "steeplechase") posting just before the HR Technology Conference® & Expo in October. Some of the company's latest strategy and developments are below.
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Biggest HCM Deal for Infor!
Koch Industries (Yes, those famous brothers from politics) has paid $2.5 billion (yes, a "b") to buy 49 percent of Infor, the hard-charging ERP vendor. Koch got four of nine board seats and plans to roll out Infor CloudSuite HCM to its 130,000 employees in 10 companies in 60 countries. Lawson (remember them?) is officially reborn in Infor!
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Another Course for Cornerstone?
Long the market's favorite talent-management-suite vendor, Cornerstone has continued to prosper (even becoming profitable!) as the market has turned to buying end-to-end systems instead. While keeping its historic position as a top learning vendor, the company over the past three years has been developing light Core HR functionality (an HRMS). Will that be enough to turn the corner?
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SAP SuccessFactors vs. Workday vs. Google?!?
Soon after SAP SuccessFactors and Workday explained their latest and greatest at small, private influencer events at the most scenic venues in the Bay Area, Google rolled out its first HCM application to an auditorium full of hundreds of developers on May 17.
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Has HR Tech Been Changing? Do You Think?
In the last five years alone, HR technology has moved from one era to another. The cloud, social applications in the enterprise, analytics and mobile are changing its course for everyone.
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Zenefits Founder's Next Act!
Just about 14 months after leaving the company he founded, Zenefits, more or less in public disgrace, Parker Conrad has launched his next company called Rippling. There, he is trying to repeat the same amazing smartphone-like integration and ease-of-use, only this time for onboarding at small companies. And don't believe everything you've read about him. (Except here, of course.)
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Changes in Oracle's Report Card
Self-reported, to be sure, Oracle delivered its twice-a-year report card in February at its HCM Cloud Analyst Day. Every year, I get one six months earlier for my annual "horse race" feature, in which I compare progress among the Big Three (the other two being Workday and SAP SuccessFactors, of course. Most startling at Oracle was hearing that, after 20 years, the Taleo name and product could be dying!
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ADP Buys Something Really Cool
Is your HR department still fretting and fussing for the third year over re-inventing the dreaded annual performance review with its numerical rankings? And has its two-year hysteria eased over low employee engagement, and how to measure it, let alone raise it? Well, all that time The Marcus Buckingham Co. has had some clever solutions and now ADP owns it.
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Imagine Chasing Taleo for 18 Years
Recruitsoft, Taleo, Oracle Recruitment -- it's had several names -- but that recruiting software has been the favorite of large company multinationals for years. Many competitors under various leaders have butted up against its brick wall. But for 18 years, only one company run by one man has consistently tried to be Avis to Taleo's Hertz -- iCIMS. Can it possibly become No. 1?
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