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What Just Happened in the New Gartner Talent Management Report? — Here are the Facts

Gartner just published the 2014 Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Talent Management Suites.  This is the second year in a row Gartner has published this MQ and SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, is once again grateful, and honored, to be positioned as a Leader in Talent Management.>.

As one of the leading industry analyst firms, Gartner delivers in-depth and objective analyses on the talent management market and serves as a guide to understand the various solutions in the market. There are several items a vendor must provide and demonstrate to be considered for inclusion, but one of the first aspects is that that each vendor must develop and provide at least four of the six major components of talent management.  SuccessFactors provides all six major components in our talent management suite – where each may be used independently or together, in any combination, to create a unified talent management suite that supports comprehensive talent management strategies. 

SuccessFactors Talent Management suite includes: Learning, Performance & Goals, Succession & Development, Compensation, Recruiting, and Onboarding. Plus, our talent solutions include and leverage engaging social, powerful analytics, and convenient mobile capabilities.

Why Is This Important for You, Right Now?

Much has been made in recent years by pundits and publications about the “war for talent”. Let me assure you—the war is over – and talent won. The entire workforce (employees, full time, part time, contractors, etc.) has transformed. It’s now a globally dispersed group that is multi-generational, technologically savvy, and largely disengaged from the organizations they work for. 

As a result, we recognize that true talent remains scarce, and that having the right people with the right skills, in the right place, and at the right time – is more than challenging—today, it creates unprecedented risk for organizations. For example, identifying successors and creating leadership development plans are no longer ‘nice to have’—these are now organizational mandates.

Let’s be clear, the workforce is the #1 Priority for CEOs today (Source: The Conference Board), and most organizations realize a new approach is required — one that focuses on elevating the employee and creating greater community and commitment – ultimately to help transform business strategies into better business outcomes.  This is exactly what our comprehensive talent management suite does. We help improve business outcomes by strengthening the bond, connection, and commitment between organizations and the workforce.

Where do we go from here? 

While we are appreciative of this recognition, in fact – we are more humbled by this and feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to continue to provide you, our customer, with clarity, guidance and direction in talent management. We work with focus and intent to ensure each or our talent solutions are individual “best of breed”, and we approach our talent management suite as a unified “suite of best of breeds”.  This approach helps ensure rich, solution-specific functionality, along with a unified approach to talent management. Part of our unified approach includes key content capabilities that are available across all of our talent solutions, such as skills libraries and job profile builder, or the recently announced Presentations .

Moving forward, our commitment to you, our customer , is not to simply maintain—rather, it is to accelerate… and provide even more innovative, yet practical talent solutions that are a delight and joy to use every day. For example, in Learning our vision is to create true, employee-centric learning organizations – where every employee is both a student and teacher. 

We believe we are uniquely positioned with the strength of SAP, and the confidence of you, our customer to bring this vision to reality. And this is just the beginning. As a perennial Gartner MQ leader in talent management, you can now have even more confidence– not only in each of our talent solutions, but also in applying them seamlessly together as a comprehensive, unified talent management suite that helps you address today’s challenges, and provides a clear vision and direction for tomorrow.

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