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August 2013 Australian HR Tech News

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Welcome to this month’s large update on HR Technology news from Australia, New Zealand and abroad.

Workforce Management

ComOps has picked up new business signing SNP Security to use Microster workforce management solution.  As part of the implementation Microster will be integrated with a range of SNP Security’s systems including Chris21 for payroll and Microsoft Dynamics for general ledger.

Following a successful May, in June RITEQ picked up two new clients; Adelaide Festival and childcare provider Only About Children.

OHS SoftwareHR News

Local OHS software vendor Rapid Global announced several new clients during August including Fulton Hogan, Vertical Services, The Next Step and South Bank Corporation.

UK based She Software is looking to make an entry into the very busy market of safety systems in Australia. After a significant re-write SHE Software’s Assure will make its debut at The Safety Show in Sydney at the beginning of September.


In July local payroll vendor HR3 announced they had migrated all of their 2,000 customers on to HR3pay V2, 12 months after its initial release. Version 2 was the first major release from HR3 since the original product launch in 2002. The build of version 2 started in 2009 and was not available for customers until after the June 2012 end of financial year period.


New Zealand based Fusion5 who offers several different products within the human capital management area including popular, Empower-HR, has begun development of a new product offering, code named Jemini. To quote the most recent Infusion Magazine:

Project Jemini, our future payroll / HR solution; in this brief update we are pleased to report our team is making the transition from prototype confirmation to our development phase.

I expect to see more news about Project Jemini over the next 6 months as development continues.

Employment Hero

Employment Hero the Small to Medium Enterprise cloud-based vendor has recently updated their employment management platform. Employment Hero provides a series of information and services designed to keep businesses updated backed by employment lawyers Employment Innovations. Employment Hero also offers the ability to track information about their employees. Included in their new version are features such as:

  • Employee self service.
  • Organisational charts.
  • Performance review process.
  • Employee benefits.
  • Leave management.
  • Workplace health & safety and incident register.

Employment Hero is offering very similar services to EnableHR, who are backed by FCB Group.


In the middle of the month SumTotal announced an exclusive partnership arrangement with elearning content provider Skillsoft. Under the agreement Skillsoft content assets will be made available within the elixHR platform. As part of the arrangement SumTotal will deliver 10 competency bundles to assist organisations in leveraging the talent management capabilities with their platform.


Workday are making progress on their Recruitment platform, still scheduled for release in 2014, with a major focus on mobility. As part of the development they are focusing on three key features – simplicity and delight, a great candidate experience and mobile analytics. If the end result is along the same lines as the rest of the Workday platform I see the potential for great success in Australia and existing providers should ensure they are prepared for the launch of Workday Recruitment.

Still on Workday International Hogan Lovells has decided to deploy Workday HR across the globe to support it’s 6,500 staff. Some of the key factors in moving to a pure cloud offering were – speed of release (four per year), multi-tenancy and the ability to bring its HR operations into a single global solution.


On the back of last month’s machine learning announcement Saba announced two new offerings for the Saba Cloud, The Intelligent Mentor (TIM) and Rock Stars. TIM uses the previously announced machine learning technology to recommended development activities to employees based on their activities across the complete Saba Cloud platform.

Rock Star uses social feedback and recommendations to assist in the identification of high potential employees. A bit of a spin on the idea of social proof only used within the enterprise.


At the end of last month Oracle released a series of new features for the Oracle HCM Cloud platform. Included in the launch were additional statutory reporting and formatting for several countries including Australia. The Oracle Talent Management Cloud also received a number of updates including improved on-boarding and upgraded talent directories.

Finally a new release of the mobile platform, Oracle Tap, included updates to the iPhone App and now support for Oracle Taleo Business Edition (designed midsized organisations).

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