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What just happened?

We’re honored to be recognized in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Integrated Talent Management 2016 Vendor Assessment. Further, and in support, we were also named a Leader in the new IDC MarketScapes for the specific talent areas of Recruiting, Learning, Performance, and Compensation. We believe the IDC MarketScapes are a testament to not only our comprehensive, integrated talent suite, but also to our capabilities and strategy across every area of talent management.

But perhaps more importantly, they are a testament that our customers – like you—have successfully transformed their Talent Management programs using SAP SuccessFactors. So, thank you to all of our customers for trusting us to help you attract, develop, and retain your organization’s talent.

Being recognized as a Leader in every area of Talent Management by the IDC MarketsScape 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.      

So, what’s changed?

It’s true, this the seventh year running we’ve been named as a Leader in and across Talent Management by  the IDC MarketScape. So, I guess you would say that “the more things change, the more they remain the same”, right? Not so fast. This year is different.

Here’s why in three quick points:

•    There’s never been more of a desire by organizations to ‘rethink’ almost every area of how they are attracting, developing, and retaining talent. For many organizations the workforce is now a globally dispersed group that is multi-generational, technologically savvy, and largely disengaged. Organizations know they can obtain better results with a workforce that’s committed, engaged, and connected – a workforce that’s truly “all-in”.

•    With this in mind, as a solution provider, I can attest that not simply “keeping up”, but working with customers like you to truly understand and chart the direction of what is – and will be needed – takes focus, resources, and an unwavering commitment to not simply “stay the course”, but a willingness to chart new paths… and innovate around what may be needed to truly transform how you attract, develop, and retain your workforce today, and tomorrow. 

•    As you’ll see in the IDC MarketScapes, all of the solution providers mentioned have “moved” for better or worse, based on their capabilities and their strategy and direction.  However, what you may not notice, and may find hard to believe considering our long standing inclusion as a leader – is that we didn’t simply move – we continue to improve. And these improvements are noted in this years’ IDC MarketScapes. For example,

The Performance Management MarketScape highlighted: “Major movement to support continuous performance management.” The Recruiting MarketScape noted: “The 2015 acquisition of European job posting provider Multiposting to extend talent acquisition capabilities…” The Learning Management MarketScape stated: “SAP SuccessFactors has made many updates to learning management and continues to deploy SAP Jam throughout its talent solution to up social utility.” The Compensation Management MarketScape noted: “Deepening of compensation modeling functionality.”

Where do we go from here?

While we are appreciative of this recognition by the IDC MarketScape, 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 all aspects of talent management – our focus on talent management innovation and customer success has never been stronger. Moving forward, our commitment to you 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.