Due to a renewed focus on identifying and retaining top talent, the market for workforce performance management is red hot and IDC forecasts spending on software and services to grow to reach $2.6B in the U.S. by 2012
Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2008
SumTotal® Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT), the market leader and global provider of talent development solutions, today announced a new and improved version of ResultsOnDemand®-Performance. With a significantly streamlined interface, greater integration throughout the talent development lifecycle and major upgrades to administrative configuration and workflows, the latest version of ResultsOnDemand-Performance continues to be the most robust and easiest to use performance management product on the market today.
"Due to a renewed focus on identifying and retaining top talent, the market for workforce performance management is red hot and IDC forecasts spending on software and services to grow to reach $2.6B in the U.S. by 2012," said Lisa Rowan, IDC's Program Director, HR and Talent Management Services. "SumTotal has laid the framework for organizations looking not only to assess employees, but to take action with the performance information to identify top talent and get the most out of the workforce."
The 8.0 release of the SumTotal Talent Development Suite brought a unified approach to the critical components needed to successfully address businesses' talent development challenges. Continuing with the promises of power, simplicity and no compromise, ResultsOnDemand®-Performance does more than merely automate the employee performance management process.
Only SumTotal's unified approach allows businesses to collect, aggregate and automate employee performance data, and then prescribes actionable learning and development solutions to improve talent development. Executives have the insights needed to better address such issues as retaining critical talent, controlling succession risk, aligning organizational goals and providing employees the development resources they need to thrive in their positions. These are the decisions that tie employee performance to business objectives and ultimately create a positive impact on a company's bottom line.
"With more than ten years of feedback and user experience incorporated into our performance management products, SumTotal surpasses other performance management vendors in ease of use and functionality," said Don Fowler, chief executive officer at SumTotal. "Companies will see a bigger and more tangible return on their staff development initiatives with a system that fits easily into their existing infrastructure and culture."
SumTotal not only provides the ability to assess employees, but translate assessments into actionable employee development. The newest version of ResultsOnDemand-Performance provides unmatched, powerful administrative management to get started quickly, save time, and reduce administrative headaches as well as ongoing service costs. Yet, the solution is so simple that users can intuitively and accurately perform their functions on day one. SumTotal is the only performance management vendor that lets companies retain the flexibility to configure the system to map to preferred processes without compromising power or simplicity. New features and benefits available in the latest release of ResultsOnDemand- Performance include:
Easiest user interface on the market - A fundamental aspect of adoption is ease of use, whether the employee uses the system every day or once a year. Based on a year-long user experience review with customers, SumTotal designed an interface and workflows that are so intuitive, employees can navigate the entire system without training. Anchored on a new, high performance platform, the newest version of ResultsOnDemand-Performance features text-light pages, intuitive sidebar navigation and streamlined workflows that only reveal pertinent information for a specific task.
Powerful, yet simple administrative configuration - ResultsOnDemand-Performance includes dozens of administrative enhancements that result in a system that is robust, configurable and easy to use. Unlike other vendors that force administrators to adapt to pre-defined models, ResultsOnDemand-Performance will accommodate a company's existing processes. Most vendors only allow form creation during the initial installation or subsequently by paying additional professional services fees, but the latest version of ResultsOnDemand-Performance gives administrators the ability to create or modify forms at any time. Simple drag and drop technology allows administrators to design, set up and maintain workflows, which are better integrated across the entire employee development lifecycle.
Patented drag-and-drop capabilities extended throughout application - SumTotal's unique Visual Profiler® provides an intuitive drag-and-drop rating interface that allows users to rate along a continuum versus discreet numeric ratings, such as the Likert (e.g. 1-5) rating scale. While customers still have the option to employ any rating format, including Likert scales, the popular drag-and-drop technology is now leveraged throughout the application, not just for appraisals or 360 degree assessment. Using drag and drop in performance management has proven to save users time, be easier to use, and improve assessment accuracy.
Simultaneous rating feature set leads to better planning and less manual work - The latest version of ResultsOnDemand-Performance includes the unprecedented ability for managers to perform simultaneous employee ratings either using SumTotal's patented drag-and-drop technology or with traditional Likert (5-point) rating scales. ResultsOnDemand-Performance also provides advanced calibration functionality to automate the roundtable process, reduce manager bias and ensure common and fair score distribution across the organization. Thus, employees and executives alike can make actionable talent development decisions with more accurate performance data sets.
"SumTotal's Unified Talent Development Suite allows PEMEX Exploration and Production Corporation to integrate employee information into one best of breed solution that makes it easier to grow their staff while growing their business," said Jesús Rosas, Project Manager, Sistemas CBT. "This product integration is critical in finding and developing the ideal talent pool they need to deliver bottom line results."
For more information about ResultsOnDemand®-Performance or to see a video demo of the new solution, visit: http://www.sumtotalsystems.com.
About SumTotal Systems, Inc.:
SumTotal Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT) is the market leader and global provider of talent development solutions. SumTotal deploys mission-critical solutions designed to drive learning, align goals, develop skills, assess performance, plan for succession and set compensation. SumTotal's solutions aim to accelerate performance and profits for more than 1,500 companies and governments of all sizes, including six of the world's 10 biggest pharmaceutical makers, six of the 10 largest automotive companies in the world, four of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, three of the world's top five airlines, five of the six largest U.S. commercial banks and two of the world's top five specialty retailers. Mountain View, Calif.-based SumTotal has offices across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information about SumTotal's products and services, visit http://www.sumtotalsystems.com.
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