Gainesville, Fla.– Oct. 8, 2014 – SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of next-generation HR solutions, today announced its latest Talent Expansion® suite enhancements, which feature new ways for organizations to proactively engage, develop and retain employees so they can continue to differentiate and compete in today’s rapidly evolving business world. The company will showcase its new Talent Expansion capabilities and future innovations – including smart watch technology, user-generated mobile video content and new role- and event-based talent dashboards – at the 2014 HR Technology Conference, which kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas.
A 2012 McKinsey Global Institute report projected that the global labor market will face a deficit of nearly 85 million skilled workers within the next five years. Organizations will be challenged to address this crisis if they rely solely on traditional HR approaches and recruiting, and they must shift their focus to identifying and developing talent from within their workforces to stay competitive.
“More than 25 years ago, Peter Senge, a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Business and founder of the Society for Organizational Learning, stated that the rate at which organizations and individuals learn may well become the only sustainable competitive advantage. This has never been truer than in today’s hypercompetitive, virtual and increasingly mobile world,” said Humair Ghauri, senior vice president of engineering at SumTotal. “Today, business success is based on our ability to rapidly acquire and apply new knowledge and cultivate an evergreen source of talent. Velocity is achieved through pervasive learning, and leadership in the market is earned and sustained through workforce adaptability. This is the Learning Age, and it demands a learning-centric approach to talent development and management that delivers tailored learning experiences designed to increase employee skills and readiness.”
The latest enhancements to SumTotal’s learning-centric Talent Expansion platform enable customers to drive learning to the core of their company culture and provide managers and employees the tools and information they need, when and where they need them, to develop and become tomorrow’s leaders.
SumTotal Talent Expansion suite highlights include:
Along with many differentiated innovations, the latest release of the SumTotal Talent Expansion suite incorporates a broad range of customer-driven enhancements, a simplified user experience and new tools designed to accelerate implementation and administration.
SumTotal continues to deliver rich functionality across its Talent Expansion suite while maintaining a strong focus on creating and delivering next-generation solutions that drive employee engagement and provide strategic talent insight. With SumTotal and Skillsoft having recently come together, the potential for innovation is even greater, affording customers significant advantages and economies of scale. With Skillsoft’s leading content and content discovery and delivery technology embedded directly into SumTotal’s Talent Expansion applications, customers will be able to access a comprehensive, content-rich HR solution, featuring a pervasive and engaging user experience, to help them effectively manage, develop and expand their workforce.
Current innovations underscore SumTotal’s investments in and focus on:
HR Technology Conference Demos
SumTotal will showcase its Talent Expansion advancements and its future as a Skillsoft company throughout the HR Technology Conference. Attendees can learn how the unified solution, a combination of best-in-class HR software and a robust set of learning content, drives employee performance and satisfaction by enabling organizations to embed learning into their talent management programs.
Join SumTotal to learn more about talent in the Learning Age:
See hands-on demonstrations showcasing exciting innovations, such as recommended learning, process orchestration, smart watch technology, user-generated mobile video content, contextual learning, and new role- and event-based talent dashboards.
About SumTotal Systems
SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations, including AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN [ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL: AMWAY), and Seagate (NYSE: STX). SumTotal’s people-focused Talent Expansion® applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to help organizations discover, develop and unleash the hidden potential within their workforce and business ecosystem. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune’s “Best Places to Work,” rely on SumTotal’s award winning solutions to empower their employees. Visit the SumTotal Blog or follow @SumTotalSystems at twitter.com/sumtotalsystems and on Facebook at facebook.com/SumTotal.Systems for more learning and talent management tips and perspectives.
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 McKinsey Global Institute, 2012, http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/economic_studies/talent_tensions_ahead_a_ceo_briefing