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2011 Human Capital Management Buyer's Guide


It’s not your father’s HR anymore. Plain old-fashioned human resources has blossomed into human capital management (HCM)—a vastly more powerful and far-reaching approach to managing your company’s most valuable asset. In TEC’s 2011 Human Capital Management Buyer’s Guide, you’ll learn about the latest challenges, trends, and developments in HCM, the state of the HCM market, HCM resources and research materials, and HCM case studies and success stories. Download your free PDF copy of TEC’s 2011 Human Capital Management Buyer’s Guide today!

This guide discusses the challenges that medium and large businesses face in acquiring, managing, and retaining their staff, and addresses how HCM and related solutions can help organizations address some of these challenges. It covers the entire employee lifecycle, from recruitment and onboarding, to performance and compensation, career development, learning management, succession planning, workforce planning, and analytics. It is organized around three main discussion points:

  • Recruitment Challenges
  • Loyalty and Retention Challenges
  • Global and Mobile Workforces

The information provided in this guide aims to assist companies looking to manage their workforce by providing insight into the endless HCM software options available, including solutions from niche players (best-of-breed), crossover vendors (vendors that have added talent management to their existing solution or suite), and Tier 1 and 2 enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors (those that have made a talent management or HCM solution as part of their ERP offering), and how they can help organizations overcome some of these challenges.

The guide also contains a special spotlight section on software-as-a-software (SaaS) deployment options and the vendors that provide them.

The guide features customer success stories that illustrate how these various HCM-based solutions have helped companies address the HCM challenges they were facing.

Also included is a vendor directory—organized into sections for recruitment, human resources (HR) management, talent management, learning management, time and attendance, and more—to assist companies looking for HCM solutions with a specific focus.

This guide serves as a useful tool for medium-to-large organizations looking to determine the HCM solution that best suits their business model and specific needs.



Table and Contents


Preface

2011 Human Capital Management (HCM) Buyer’s Guide

Product Comparison

Epicor Customer Success Story
An HRIS Right Out of the Box

Epicor Thought Leadership
Talent Management in the Coming Decade: How your HRIS Can Help

Exelsys Customer Success Story
HR & Benefits Case Study: Abacus

Meta4 Customer Success Story
The Zed Group Chooses Meta4 PeopleNet for Worldwide Human Capital Management

Bond Talent Customer Success Story
Human Capital Supply Chain has EasyJet Flying High

SETS Customer Success Story
Large Law Firm Chooses Unicorn HRO’s Icon System for their HR Needs


Vendor Directory


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State of the HCM Market


What is HCM?

HCM is still a relatively new term and is often used to refer to both a company’s processes and the technology behind those processes. From a process perspective, HCM encompasses the activities associated with acquiring, developing, managing, and retaining a company’s most valuable asset—its people. It covers a broad range of activities, including identifying and recruiting the best available talent (people) and partnering with managers to develop and motivate their employees to realize their full potential. The quality and performance of an organization’s workforce will differentiate successful organizations from the others in an intensely competitive market.

From a software perspective, HCM systems are solutions that encompass functionality for recruiting, learning, training and development, performance and compensation management, succession planning, and reporting and analytics. Unlike the traditional HR systems of the past, these solutions address the full spectrum of talent management (from hire to retire, and everything in between). HCM software includes modules for recruiting, onboarding, managing talent, tracking performance, and analyzing data—among other things. By consolidating these various modules, vendors are now developing suites of products that are often available at a considerably lower cost than stand-alone solutions.

As we’ve seen in recent years, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in human capital and talent management are changing the way vendors market their products. Many large software vendors cater to HR professionals seeking an integrated solution from a single vendor rather than different point solutions from a variety of vendors. More often than not, large vendors purchase smaller vendors, whose solutions provide the software functionality needed to “complete” the large vendors’ offerings. M&A are often seen as a means to maintain and strengthen the acquiring company’s position in the marketplace, as well as a relatively quick way for the company to expand into new markets while incorporating new technologies.


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Why Businesses are Adopting Unified Communications


In 2011 Trends Report: Unified Communications, learn how advances in technology are making it easier and more economical to integrate communication...

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Top Three Learning Management Trends for 2011


Learning management is a growing market in certain geographical areas and within specific industries. The availability of mobile and collaborative learning devices and tools, as well as the wider adoption of Web 2.0 technologies, is opening up a whole new world of opportunities for people to learn. Read this article on user interest in learning management systems and learn about three learning management trends for 2011.

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2011 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide: BI for Everyone


This buyer guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of business intelligence (BI) systems across large enterprises as well as small to medium businesses (SMBs). It presents a comprehensive view of the wide spectrum of BI software solutions currently available and investigates how they match different types of organizations according to size and need.

The guide addresses software solutions in three major groupings:

  • BI for large enterprises
  • BI for SMBs
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI offerings
The guide covers a wide range of BI solutions for almost all organizations, and anyone interested in a BI system should be able to identify a potential suitable solution. Each section contains specific information to help organizations research and analyze BI solutions, and make decisions about which BI software is a good fit for them.


Table of Contents


Preface

Business Intelligence: A Buyer’s Guide

SAP Customer Success Story
Marcus & Millichap Sharpens Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio

SAP Customer Success Story
Aquent Uses SAP BusinessObjects Software Tools to Deliver Talent

QlikView Customer Success Story
Fast Growing Company, Mayflex, Chooses IBM Cognos Express to Deliver Essential Business Intelligence and Planning Capability

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story
Using MicoStrategy Mobile to Perform Marketing and Consumer Shopping Behavior Analysis

Thought Leadership
SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us

SAP Special Report
The Business Information Revolution: Best-run Businesses Innovate Better with SAP

TEC Special Report
The Role of Business Intelligence in Content Strategies


Vendor Directory


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Is BI Really for Everyone?


BI for Large Enterprises

Because of the nature of BI, which traditionally involved the incorporation of expensive high-end software technology, BI software systems were first deployed in large enterprises. To encompass the complete BI life cycle process, it was necessary to have strong budgets, as well as the means and justification for taking financial risks in order to gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this competitive advantage, many large companies were eager for software tools that would enable them to improve their decision-making process. Some software companies responded to this need by accelerating the evolution of classical decision support systems to provide sophisticated analysis tools with high-end software technology. Naturally, the high cost of these types of tools limited their accessibility to large-scale companies (also, the technical requirements for this technology could be met by big corporations only).

In the last four or five years, economic factors as well as the exponential growth of data volumes generated by organizations have forced the development of very sophisticated BI applications, and also expanded the kind of tools a classical BI system normally uses. The BI space is still growing and maturing, and large corporations are still demanding new solutions for new enterprise needs.


BI for SMBs

With recent economic conditions and the information boom, many smaller companies have found themselves requiring analysis tools that enable them to improve their business monitoring and performance improvement strategies. BI solution innovation has cascaded down from large companies to provide adapted and specific services to companies with a need for advanced analytic software tools but with very limited budgets. Recent BI tools have improved the BI life cycle to help organizations of every size and shape to improve analysis, data management, and data visualization tools.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2011 BI Buyer’s Guide for large enterprises and SMBs.

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Gathering Requirements for Recruitment and Staffing Enterprise Software


TEC’s 2011 Focus on HCM, Talent, and Recruiting Over the last several months, I have been working on revamping TEC’s Human Capital Management (HCM) Evaluation Center to ensure that it includes the vast variety of human resources (HR) and related enterprise software solutions available on the market today. My current research initiative is to develop a recruitment and staffing space for our HCM

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Avoiding Costly Fines: A 2011 Guide to Compliance Mandates


It’s up to human resources (HR) to ensure that hiring, discipline, and termination practices are compliant with the law. Otherwise, you could put your company at risk of incurring fines, penalties, and employee lawsuits. Find out all about the latest workforce compliance and safety laws and regulations that may affect your organization so you can train management and employees, and avoid expensive employee lawsuits.

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2011 Trends Report: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) automates many aspects of an organization’s operations, cascading across traditional boundaries of operations, finance, manufacturing, and more. As such, changes in the ERP market can cause a ripple effect in an organization’s business. In this report, five Focus experts share eight of their 2011 predictions for ERP, so you can plan your business around these changing tides and trends.

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The 2011 Focus Experts' Guide to Enterprise Resource Planning


Here's a guide that demystifies ERP and explains why implementations fail giving you the clarity you need to find the right system for your company.

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2011 Trends Report: Business Intelligence (BI)


The current economic environment is marked by more frequent changes than in the past. It’s no wonder that more businesses are looking to business intelligence (BI) software to identify and analyze business data to speed responses to these changes. So, what changes are ahead for BI? In this guide, experts Bill Cabiro, David Crandall, Wayne Kernochan, Kirsty Lee, Clarice Lin and Shawn Rogers share their predictions for BI.

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