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January 2014 HR Technology News

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Welcome to the first edition of our monthly news for 2014.  This month we are covering the HR Technology news from the tail end of 2013 and January 2014 all in one post.

Financial Results

European eLearning provider IMC increased its annual turnover in 2013 by 12.5% year on year. This was on the back of strong growth in both Australia and New Zealand.

After several months waiting for financial restatements, Saba Software provided the market with some much needed news. Cloud bookings growing 63% in the second quarter of the 2104 fiscal year, fuelling this growth has been some 85 new customers including locally Telstra.

SAP also provided markets with an update on their quarterly results. Overall cloud subscriptions and support revenue exceeded their guidance for the full year and “increased 130% at Constant Currencies (121% at Actual Currencies to €758 Million)”. Two weeks later SAP informed the markets that their expectations of hitting the cloud operating margin goal of 35% in 2015, would now be delayed until 2017. The delay was due to the lead time for subscription revenue from cloud products to gather pace and ongoing investments to keep up with the growing market.

Finally Oracle provided an update with growth of 35% for cloud bookings with the fastest growing areas being Fusion Human Capital Management and Fusion Salesforce Automation.

Legal Issues

Late in 2013 the Queensland government commenced legal action against IBM over the failure of the health department’s payroll replacement project. The government stated that they will seek compensation for  losses, estimated to total millions of dollars. IBM quickly responded saying the Queensland government was trying to shift the blame.  

By late January Queensland Health said staff have committed to handing back $3.5 million on over payments. It has been reported that overpayments attributed to the system topped $120 million.

I suspect it will still be several years before we see the finalisation of this fiasco.

Recruiting News

As most businesses were winding down for the year, talent management vendor Saba unveiled their long awaited entry into the Recruitment market. Recruiting@Work builds out the Saba PeopleCloud filling a major gap in their talent management suite. Recruiting@Work is a solid “version 1” entry into the red hot recruitment software market.

Not to be left behind, local vendor PageUp People kicked off 2014 by providing a positive update on their Apply Anywhere Mobile Solution. With very strong adoption “nearly 100,000 candidates who have applied to PageUp People’s clients’ positions in November and December of 2013”  have used the mobile apply feature. In addition over 17,000 candidates have used Facebook data, of all things, to pre-fill their applications.

NSW Government have stated that they will be moving away from a single supplier model for eRecruitment and Talent Management systems once their existing contract with Taleo (owned by Oracle) expires later in 2014. Taleo was used across a majority of the NSW Government, with a notable exception being NSW Health, which is running Mercury’s eRecruitment tool. Both the Taleo and Mercury contracts expire part way through 2014.

Mitrefinch celebrates 10 years in Australia along with new customers

Entering the Australian market in 2003, workforce management vendor Mitrefinch finished 2013 strongly. Announcing an 11% increase in sales and 50 new customers during the year.

During the year Mitrefinch also secured an award from NSW Business Chamber and were finalists for “Technology in Application” at the Logistics Magazine Mercury Awards.

2014 is shaping up as an exciting year for Mitrefinch with the launch of their new rostering tool scheduled for the early part of this calendar year.


KellyOCG, the Outsourcing and Consulting Group for Kelly Services has teamed up with data visualisation vendor Tableau to deliver a Talent Supply Chain Analytics portal to their customers.

Over the last 12 months there has been significant activity in Australia within the workforce management sector. Not to be left behind in late January Kronos expanded its existing partnership with Presence of IT. Under the new terms Presence of IT will resell the full suite of Kronos workforce management solutions in Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.


Continuing with their three releases per year cycle, Workday announced availability of Workday Release 21. While including 240 new features, 65 based on customer feedback, the release also brings forth a new user interface. The user interface is now all HTML5 (instead of previously Adobe Flash) and has been designed to provide Employees, Managers, and Power Users a simpler and easier to use environment. According to the associated press release the new user interface that is:

  • Consumer-Driven: Familiar visual cues and patterns influenced by popular email services, social sites, search engines, and web commerce make it simple for new users to login and use Workday without training.
  • Clean: Increased whitespace, subtle iconography, and simple fonts are just starting points of a more approachable visual interface for users to discover priority information and actions at a glance.
  • Consolidated: An overall shift to a single-page application view along with several new features reduces the clicks for a user to navigate through a business process.
  • Contextual: More intelligent and predictive features personalize the relevancy and security of information based on a user’s unique needs and previous behavior in Workday.

New Laws

Finally we hope you are all prepared for the new workplace laws for 2014.

January 1 saw the commencement of the new anti-bullying laws, and changes to the consultation terms in awards and enterprise agreements in relation to change in rosters or working hours.

Come March 12 the Australian Privacy Principles will be introduced to replace the current National Privacy Principles. An important part of the new Australian Privacy Principles surrounds cross-border data disclosure, potentially a large impact for organisations using cloud based HR Systems. If you are unsure we recommend you speak with your legal counsel and IT Team.

If you have HR Technology news you would like to share please let us know: info@navigoresearch.com.au