Welcome to this month’s update on HR Technology news from Australia, New Zealand and abroad.
HR Technology Conference
October saw the running of the 16th Annual HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. Attended by over 8,000 people from 30 countries the event is the largest gathering of HR Technology professional. Read our wrap up on the event.
Global enterprise software vendor SAP posted its third quarter results during the month, with strong double digit growth across multiple business lines. With the devil in the detail we see that cloud revenue experienced 6% real growth (actual currencies) along with 79% growth (actual currencies) from their HANA In-Memory division. Locally in Asia Pacific & Japan after a negative second quarter cloud revenue experienced 3% growth based on constant currencies but a 9% reduction based on actual currencies. Unfortunately overall the region’s revenue fell by 2% on actual currencies and grew by 8% based on constant currencies.
At the same time SAP has announced they are winding down the Business ByDesign product. New development will cease and existing customers can remain using the offering. Business ByDesign has faced ever increasing competition from NetSuite and other mid-tier offerings and has never had much success in Australia.
Local eLearning vendor Savv-e received another award for their development of the NAB Holdup Awareness module. Savv-e received a Highly Commended in the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) eLearning Achievement award category at the recent 2013 National Training Excellence Awards. Other winners of the AITD awards included e3Learning and JustHealth Consultants for their Palliative Care Online Training program.
Kenexa, an IBM company, picked up two awards during the month at the Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo. Kenexa’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS) and Hot Lava Mobile were the best products in the LCMS and Mobile categories.
Movement at PayGlobal
Towards the end of October PayGlobal announced COO Stephen Canning will become the new CEO following Hugh Martyn’s decision to step down. Hugh has been PayGlobal’s CEO for the last five years. In the last 6 months PayGlobal has been working to re-ignite interest in their product in Australia with hiring of several new local resources and the purchase on their main distribution channel UXC Eclipse.
Activity at NorthgateArinso
International HR software and services provider NorthgateArinso has re-branded themselves to NGA Human Resources. According to the press release the re-branding is part of their vision of delivering end to end HR services. The Australian arm is still in the process of adapting to the new brand, with the local website still referencing the old brand in numerous locations.
In addition to the re-branding NGA Human Resources recently released their Payroll Complexity Index, outlining the 10 most complex countries from a Payroll perspective. As a surprise Australia was not listed in the top 10, however our friends across the Tasman came in at number 10.
Novopay still in trouble
Troubled New Zealand Ministry of Education payroll project Novopay is still struggling to reduce the errors. With NZEI Te Riu Roa claiming almost 5% of schools still experiencing wrong payments. At the same time the government has begun chasing staff in order to recoup the $7 million in overpayments.
Replicon opens local office
Cloud based time tracking vendor Replicon has opened an office in Sydney with four staff and plans to double the numbers over the coming 12 months. Replicon state they have over 200 customers across Asia however the local office will focus more on sales and marketing rather than customer support.
ComOps’s Microster Workforce Management Solution has recently been installed at Manila’s International Container Terminal. The implementation included integration into MICT’s Navis terminal operations system, SAP and timesheet software.
Privacy Act Changes
In March 2014 Australia will have a new Privacy Act come into force. Security company Clearswift conducted online interviews of 200 IT managers and found that 35% did not know about the amendments, and 73%were unaware of proposed mandatory data breach legislation. The real question is how many HR Technology professionals are aware of these changes and preparing for the impact on recruitment and payroll solutions.