SumTotal Talent Discover and unleash the hidden
talent in your workforce.

While other solutions focus solely on attracting and measuring talent, our talent management solution offers the ability to discover hidden talent and capabilities within your current workforce and provide tools to help all of your people be more productive. With SumTotal Talent solutions, you can unlock hidden potential in your people and watch your business soar.

What our Customers are Saying…and Doing

  • There are such strong emotions tied to an employee’s salary and bonus. We can’t afford to lose trust on something as basic as pay. We have to get it right. SumTotal’s compensation solution gives us the tools we need to accomplish that and improve confidence in the compensation process, which is critical to the success of our company.

    Joanne Millward
    Global HR Information Systems Program Manager for large pharmaceutical company

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  • SumTotal is a great partner and offers amazing expertise at every turn. When we’ve uncovered challenges along the way, SumTotal was there as a trusted advisor with a solution to overcome it.

    Patty Jones
    Lifetouch Senior Vice President of Administration

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  • Thanks to SumTotal’s performance management system, Brunswick’s employees now understand not only their goals, but also how they relate to the direction of the company.

    Homer Stewart
    Brunswick Director of Executive Development

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  • We needed one system that could provide visibility to all our talent information across the globe and let us create effective processes to retain and grow our engineering talent. The SumTotal Talent Expansion Platform was the only system that met our unique, global needs.

    David Tough
    Howden Global HR Operations Manager

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The SumTotal Difference:
Development at the Core of the SumTotal Talent Expansion™ Talent Applications

Our roots are in learning, and that’s what makes us unique in how we approach talent management. We give you ways to discover not just the top talent in your workforce, but specific ways all people in your organization can quickly improve in areas that most impact your business - while they are doing their jobs. This means better results for you, and your people can take a more active role in their own growth path within your organization.

When you connect your people with the business possibilities, talent is boundless.

  • Improve employee engagement because employees understand how their work connects to overall strategy
  • Reduce voluntary turnover as employees understand how to build a career with you and acquire new skills
  • Increase productivity as you show employees how to get better at their jobs
  • Achieve better visibility because analytics are embedded in all of our solutions
  • Integrate solutions easily because our solutions are built on the flexible, scalable elixHR Platform™
  • Offer employees the best possible development opportunities that are most applicable to building the skills and competencies required for the job with contextual recommendations and actions


The Forrester Wave™: Talent Management 2013

Forrester Research, Inc.'s 2013 evaluation of Talent Management vendors named SumTotal Systems a Leader.

Performance Management

With outdated legacy systems, and even paper or manual processes, the employee performance management process can be fragmented, inconsistent, time consuming and arduous for everyone involved.

  • Increase efficiencies and reduce costs as you replace cumbersome or manual performance management processes with a standard, automated review process, ratings calibration, and goal-setting
  • Attract and retain high performers because you can recognize and reward them based on their contribution to your success
  • Improve organizational goal alignment as you cascade organizational objectives and overall strategies down to employee goals
  • Integrate social feedback that connects managers and employees; real-time advice, knowledge-sharing and kudos help employees expand their skills and continue their career development

Customer Video

Howden Group

Howden Global HR Operations Manager David Tough discusses how Howden uses SumTotal Talent Expansion Applications to optimize staffing.

360 Degree Feedback

Multisource assessments with feedback from numerous constituents — internal peers as well as external sources, such as partners and customers — can facilitate employee development planning. 360 Feedback automates the competency-based multisource assessment process so it can be consistent and repeatable.

  • Facilitate employee development and growth as you aggregate competency feedback from internal and external sources and link it to development planning
  • Save time and reduce effort with automatic rater nominations, feedback forms, data collection and analysis, and report generation
  • Increase employee engagement and productivity as you offer development recommendations, identify unrealized strengths, and track year-over-year progress metrics

Customer Video

US Airways

See how US Airways is using SumTotal Talent Expansion™ Applications to meet its business needs through learning and development, 360 reviews and succession planning.


You can simplify and standardize the planning, modeling, budgeting, analysis, and execution of global compensation and reward policies. There’s no need to rely on spreadsheets or outdated legacy software systems to manage compensation based on inaccurate or out-of-date information, inefficient and costly systems for rollups and approvals, and an inability to align compensation decisions to the performance of individuals and groups. With Compensation, you can:

  • Achieve global compensation visibility with a flexible, centralized, and modern compensation system that replaces spreadsheets and legacy systems
  • Build a culture of high performers as you align performance, goals, and rewards across an entire organization
  • Reduce the cost and complexity of compensation administration by optimizing rollups, exception handling, and approvals


You can increase visibility into your talent pipeline, build bench strength, improve talent identification of at-risk positions, and improve your ability to hire internally. With Succession, you can manage business risk and ensure leadership and critical-role continuity across all levels of an organization. It’s easy to improve internal talent mobility and rotation, reduce high-performer turnover, and increase engagement.

  • Establish dynamic talent pools and improve bench strength so you can empower business leaders to efficiently search for and track critical talent continuously
  • Connect high-potential employees with development opportunities that will allow them to become your future leaders and top performers
  • Replace manual, paper-based succession efforts with a systematic and technology-enabled process for succession planning


With Recruiting, you can streamline the entire hiring lifecycle from talent needs assessment, requisition creation, and sourcing to candidate selection and onboarding. Recruiters and hiring managers can easily handle high volumes of candidates and resumes and improve both efficiency and visibility into the hiring process. It’s easier to reduce time-to-hire, increase hiring quality, and improve regulatory compliance reporting.

  • Eliminate talent assessment and sourcing bottlenecks with efficient automation of candidate searches, filtering, pre-screening, assessment, ranking, and scoring
  • Improve end-to-end process consistency and transparency by connecting all aspects of the hiring processes via configurable workflows and descriptive analytics
  • Reduce reliance on costly and time-consuming external sourcing by establishing a talent mobility and rotation strategy that favors internal movement

Next Steps

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