Workforce Performance Initiatives Top Human Capital Management Priorities for 2005 According to New Survey from IHRIM and Knowledge Infusion

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The results are in from the IHRIM and Knowledge Infusion joint survey on Workforce Performance. An overwhelming majority of HR technology managers and executives from IHRIM's membership base cited Workforce Performance Management as their top Human Capital Management (HCM) priority for 2005.

The International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) and Knowledge Infusion today announced the results of a new workforce performance survey exploring the relationship between human capital management strategy and business performance. The overwhelming majority of companies responding to the survey cited Workforce Performance Management as their top Human Capital Management (HCM) priority for 2005. Workforce Performance Management is the strategic use of HCM applications such as learning management, performance management, succession planning, career planning, and competency management to drive specific business results. Survey respondents were HR technology managers and HR executives from IHRIM's 3,000 membership base.

"Organizations understand that business performance would improve if greater investment were made in technology to cultivate talent, yet only a small percentage of companies today have the proper infrastructure to realize that goal," said Jason Averbook, Knowledge Infusion CEO. "The need for a comprehensive technology roadmap that can get you from a vision, to the reality of your workforce directly impacting the business needs, is crucial for success."

The results of the initial IHRIM and Knowledge Infusion Workforce Performance Survey include:

·    96% of companies reported Workforce Performance management is their top human capital management priority for 2005;

·    Over 90% of organizations believe that strategic HCM applications can make an impact on the financial performance of the organization;

·    Less than 12% of organizations believe they have successfully aligned their workforce to match the business performance goals of their company; and

·    The top priorities for 2005 are in order: Performance Management, Learning Management, and Workforce Planning.

The reasons cited for the above initiatives include the need for a strong link between training, knowledge and performance; the lack of understanding the skills and abilities in the organization; and HR now being in the position to move beyond core HR, Benefits, and Payroll systems.

"The links between training and performance are clear. HR organizations are ready to move past managing core HR and Benefits to focus on more strategic initiatives that can impact the business. IHRIM is committed to helping members through this transformation with tools, training, and resources that will help tie HR and Training directly to operating metrics and financial results," said Lynne Mealy, IHRIM president and CEO.

Knowledge Infusion will officially release the results of the survey at IHRIM HRMStrategies 2005 in Reno, Nevada, as well as on an upcoming webcast featuring Jason Averbook and Heidi Spirgi from Knowledge Infusion on May 19th. Register at


The International Association for Human Resource Information Management is celebrating 25 years of service to the HR and IT professional community at its HRMStrategies 2005 Conference & Expo, May 1-4, in Reno, Nevada. For additional information about the conference, please visit

About Knowledge Infusion

Knowledge Infusion is a strategic consulting organization dedicated to helping human resource and learning organizations realize the true strategic value of HCM and learning technologies. Knowledge Infusion helps its clients map HCM technology strategies based on their unique business needs, optimize existing strategic HCM applications, and tie strategic HCM initiatives to specific, measurable business results. For more information, please visit

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Jim Shissler

Knowledge Infusion Inc.

(415) 341-5674

Natalie Perdue

Knowledge Infusion Inc.

(925) 922-2582

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