Welcome to this month’s update on HR Technology news from Australia, New Zealand and abroad.
Moving to the cloud
The Australian National Audit Office has announced it will be replacing its on-premise PeopleSoft environment with a cloud based HR system predicted to go live 1 July 2014. The move has been promoted by a external review recommending a move the a managed service model. At this time no word on which platform has been selected.
Workday and SalesForce formed a partnership that will see them bring their products closer together by building a series of connections between the two cloud environments. At the same time SalesForce will be standardising on the Workday HR platform internally. The move is only a few weeks after a similar, but different, partnership announced between SalesForce and Oracle.
Still on Workday, global media firm Thomson Reuters is replacing their on-premise HR/Payroll solution with Workday across 100 countries and 60,000 employees. Not only are Thomson Reuters deploying core HR they are looking to leverage Workday’s Talent Management, Time and Attendance and Analytics solutions.
Over the last couple of months we have seen the results of the inquiry into the $1.2 billion failed Queensland Health payroll project. Five public servants were sacked in late August over the debacle that has been plaguing Queensland Health for several years now.
The report was also damning over the purchasing processes used to appoint IBM, specifically that the decision was made in “haste and purely based on price”. A serious lesson for all HR Directors going through the software selection process, price is not everything. Focusing on the capabilities and cultural suitability is just as important.
Finally the Queensland Government will be overhauling their IT purchasing processes and overall IT management practices to try and prevent a repeat.
Business Intelligence Updates
Local business intelligence vendor, Yellowfin, is going from strength to strength. During the month they formed a reseller partnership with Sydney based SolveXia. Under the partnership SolveXia will extend the Yellowfin BI solution and offer a range of professional services to its Australian and international client base.
Yellowfin also announced a win with Honda Europe through their French reseller, Delphinea Conseils. As part of the deal Yellowfin will be rolled out to the Honda’s sales team for visual analytics based on Honda’s CRM information. Yellowfin is used by several local HR Technology providers to provide world class analytics solutions.
Datacom posts profits
New Zealand technology provider Datacom announced a 43% improved after tax profit on a 10% increase in revenue. In Australia Datacom offers a series of hosted and outsourced HR/Payroll offerings based on the SAP/SuccessFactors platforms.
Local Talent Management vendor PeopleStreme released another case study from Olympus Australia. Olympus Australia have used the organisations’ talent management solution to implement a customised preference management application for their sale team. An interested point raised by Teresa Fowler, at about 1 minute 45 seconds into the video, employees are “gravitate to wanting to use the system”, a result uncommon in enterprise software.
Locally the Agresso HR/Payroll platform has been sold and supported by Agresso Pty Limited. In the announcement UNIT4 indicated they plan to continue to build on the work done by the existing distributors, and implied the distribution arrangements will continue.
As part of the establishment of a local office UNIT4 has appointed Peter Simons as the director of UNIT4’s Australian operations. Peter was previously Director of Sales & Marketing for Agresso Pty Limited.
ADP and Workforce Software Partnership
Workforce Software announced a partnership with ADP Australia to offer their RosterLive platform to ADP customers looking for workforce management solutions. Good to see that under the agreement the two products will be fully integrated, including Single Sign-On capabilities.
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