Welcome to this month’s update on HR Technology news from Australia, New Zealand and abroad.
Enterprise cloud vendor Workday announced in late May plans to expand their payroll offering to include UK and France. They currently only deliver integrated payroll for US and Canada. For all other countries, including Australia and New Zealand, Workday relies on a couple of key global partnerships and then one on one arrangements with local payroll vendors.
Local HR Technology consulting firm Presence of IT (PoIT) announce a new service offering called EC-Payroll. EC-Payroll is based on the SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll solution and has been pre-configured using PoIT SAP blueprints. According to PoIT the use of these blueprints results in faster implementation timelines.
The Queensland Government continues to pour money into fixing its Health Services payroll system. The government is being forced to provide a further $84 million to help fix the issues.
Across the Tasman Sea a external review of the troubled Novopay payroll implementation for the New Zealand Ministry of Education has been very critical of the education department’s handling of the project.
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TechnologyOne presented its half year results for the period ending 31 March 2013, and contained strong growth in profit placing the company on track to deliver 10 to 15% growth for the full year. The report also showed an increase in investment in R&D – now at 22% of revenue – with continued investment in the TechnologyOne Cloud product line. TechnologyOne also stated that over the next few years they expect to see newer products – such as HR/Payroll – to mature and move from ‘loss making’ to profitability.
Cornerstone OnDemand had a very busy month with several very positive announcements along with some unfortunate media coverage.
At the beginning of the month Cornerstone OnDemand ran their global user conference Convergence 2013. The event had over 45 guest speakers across 3 days with lots of major announcements. Unfortunately I had to follow along watching the conversations on Twitter.
As part of the Convergence event Cornerstone OnDemand announced their Spring 13 release that encompasses a major revamp of their user interface, upgraded social networking tools, project and task management and mobile applications for both iOS and Android.
Closer to home Cornerstone OnDemand were in the news for all the wrong reasons. Academic staff at University of Sydney conducted a two day strike over the deployment of a new performance management process enabled by the Cornerstone OnDemand platform.
From reading the various news reports it would seem a failing around change management was a major contributing factor. Like many large IT projects too often the issues are not with the software but with the implementation.
Workforce Management Software
There has been movement in the workforce management software market this month with two international vendors announcing their entry into the Australian market.
Irish organisation Softworks announced a partnership with Time Access Systems who will be reselling the Softworks solution in the Australian market.
Not to be outdone WorkForce Software acquired Sydney based RosterLive as part of their global expansion. The acquisition provides WorkForce Software with a local data centre, a requirement that many Australian organisations have when looking at cloud offerings.
Over the last week there have been three significant announcements from Oracle covering several surprising partnerships.
First up was more a technical announcement comprising of a partnership with longtime rival Microsoft. The partnership will allow customers to access Oracle cloud products on the Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.
The second announcement Oracle made was with SalesForce. This will see Salesforce using Oracle technology internally and Oracle integrating Salesforce.com into its Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud applications.
If that wasn’t enough Oracle then announced a partnership with NetSuite a provider of cloud based ERP/Financials, CRM, and inventory management systems to mid sized organisations. In this announcement Oracle will provide its Cloud HCM products and integrate them with the NetSuite environment. The third partner in this announcement was Deloitte who will be building a professional services team to help implement the new solutions.
On the surface the three announcements represent significant shifts for Oracle. However like all major partnerships/alliances only time will tell how they benefit customers. We will also need to wait and see how these arrangements translate to the Australian marketplace.
Local Talent Management vendor Pageup People has been recognised as a Top 50 Employer in the Best Places to Work study by BRW and Great Place to Work Australia.
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