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We’re honored to be recognized by the 2014 IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Integrated Talent Management. We believe this report is a further testament to not only our comprehensive, integrated talent management suite, but also to our strategy and direction in talent management.

But perhaps first and foremost it’s a testament that our customers – like you-- are able to derive strategic business value from our talent solutions. So, thank you to all of our customers for trusting us to help attract, develop, and retain their organization’s talent.

Being recognized as a leader in talent management by the IDC MarketScape means that our current capabilities, and our strategy and direction are at the forefront and setting the pace for what’s possible in talent management. In fact the IDC MarketScape specifically mentioned our strengths around depth of our portfolio, global reach, features, technology, and reporting. You can download an excerpt of the report here.

It’s important to note that the IDC MarketScape’s assessment is based on taking an intensive look at our talent management offering (including things like integration), go-to-market (things like service and support), and business (things like growth, viability, and employee engagement) -- each based on both current capabilities (today) and planned strategies (tomorrow).

Our focus on talent management innovation and customer success has never been stronger.  As a proof point, and in addition to our continued enhancements in Workforce Analytics and mobile experiences, here are some of the innovation highlights in talent management we’ve released in 2014:

·         Talent Presentationsenabling you to prepare presentations in record time, blending PowerPoint files with live data and insights from SuccessFactors. 

·         Learning Programs and Quick Guides – supporting our expanded vision and direction for learning-  where everyone in the organization can become both a student and a teacher

·         Recruiting ‘Marketing Central’ – making it simpler to manage candidate marketing across a variety of sources

·         Onboarding ‘Guided Tour’ – creating a more intuitive, engaging experience for new hires 

·         Enhanced Goals Management Experience –making goal setting and management even easier 

·         Automated ‘Push’ of Suggested Roles to Employees – creating better employee engagement and retention 

·         Compensation Custom Fields – creating more flexible compensation plans based on your unique business requirements

And we’re not done yet. Some key talent highlights of our upcoming final release of 2014 will include: Action Search – an incredible new, intuitive search that provides immediate access to people and actions. We’re also unveiling New Talent Analytics Tiles – which are pre-built and ready apply to your SuccessFactors home page for quick visibility into talent process status.

Plus, we’re increasing the flexibility and insight of Talent Flow Analytics – so it will be even easier to view and assess talent movement – in, thru, across, and out of departments, organizational units, geographies, jobs and many other categories. 

Speaking of flexibility, this is one of the hallmarks of our Talent Management suite—you can start with any of our talent solutions, and grow into other areas over time. This gives you the ability to act tactically and get results fast- yet plan and scale over time based on what makes sense for your business.

We maintain a passionate, deep development and commitment not only on unified talent experiences, processes, and data – but also on each specific talent solution area: Compensation, Learning, Succession & Development, Recruiting, Onboarding, and Performance & Goals.

And speaking of commitments—we just made quite a few to you – our valued customer. These commitments were originally communicated by Mike Ettling our HR LoB President for SAP/ SuccessFactors, at SuccessConnect. Beyond product innovation they specifically spell out even more ways we will improve our service and support in talent and our entire HCM suite as we move into 2015.

You can listen to Mike here.

As you’ll hear Mike mention, we realize – just like the IDC MarketScape has affirmed-- success and leadership is not just about “product innovation” – perhaps even more importantly, it’s about service. We look forward to continuing to deliver innovative talent capabilities and simply amazing service and support.  Thanks again for your continued trust and confidence.