Connections Conference – Ultimate Software's Blog http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:58:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Ultimate Software Announces Partnership with NetSuite for HCM Integration at Connections Conference http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/connections-conference-2015-summary/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/connections-conference-2015-summary/#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:45:52 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=253 Our annual customer and partner forum, Connections, took place in Las Vegas last month. An inspiring keynote by Simon Sinek; an artistic presentation from Erik Wahl; a special concert with Grammy-winner Michael Bublé; and plenty of engaging and entertaining Magic—from the NBA-legend-turned-entrepreneur to some surprise on-stage illusions—all made for a memorable week. Cécile Alper-Leroux, our […]

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Our annual customer and partner forum, Connections, took place in Las Vegas last month. An inspiring keynote by Simon Sinek; an artistic presentation from Erik Wahl; a special concert with Grammy-winner Michael Bublé; and plenty of engaging and entertaining Magic—from the NBA-legend-turned-entrepreneur to some surprise on-stage illusions—all made for a memorable week.

Cécile Alper-Leroux, our VP of product strategy & development, and I also had the privilege of sharing the latest updates to UltiPro, including more than 400 enhancements delivered in the past year (and over 200 ideas requested by customers), and providing a glimpse into our product roadmap for 2015.

This year’s event was even more special because of the over 1,800 payroll, HR, and talent professionals who joined us in celebrating Ultimate Software’s milestone 25th anniversary. We are Ultimate Software Connections Conference 2015grateful to each and every one of our people—our customers and our employees—who have joined with US in putting people first throughout the past quarter-century. Together at Connections 2015, we learned the keys to unlocking our people potential and gained valuable insight that will lead us all to success through the next 25 years.

Now, despite the ever-popular tagline, not everything that happens in Vegas actually stays there. At Connections, we announced an exciting new partnership with NetSuite, Inc., the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials/enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software suites. The scope of this news travels far beyond the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip—it impacts millions of people around the globe.

Our strategic alliance with NetSuite will integrate the UltiPro human capital management (HCM) solution with the NetSuite ERP suite, bringing the industry an unprecedented level of end-to-end functionality across every area of business. That means companies will be able to manage their entire lifecycle—from financials, supply chain, and customer relationship management (CRM) to payroll, HR, and talent management—from anywhere and at any time, all through two leading solutions in the cloud.

In addition to improving operational efficiency, this integration will yield significant benefits for our joint customers, including:

  • seamless sharing of key employee and financial data between the HCM/payroll system and the ERP system
  • increased data integrity, significant time savings, and reduced cost of ownership via pre-existing integrations
  • easier access to data across the full suite of business applications for reporting and analysis
  • single sign-on for employees to access their HCM solution and any NetSuite business application such as CRM, supply chain, and financials

NetSuite is a forward-thinking company that shares our commitment to putting people first in all aspects of an organization, from employee culture to customer service. I echo our CEO Scott Scherr’s sentiments in saying we’re thrilled to bring this partnership to the market.

I want to thank all of our customers who joined us last month in Vegas. Connections 2015 may have just wrapped up, but we at Ultimate have already begun planning for an incredible event next year. We look forward to connecting with you in 2016!

 

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Can Art Change the World? http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/can-art-change-the-world/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/can-art-change-the-world/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:19:55 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=234 Ultimate Software was fortunate to welcome artist Erik Wahl as a keynote speaker at Connections 2015. Not only was Erik’s on-stage presentation incredible, it extended beyond the Bellagio and became an inspiring real-world event right in front of US. Can Art Change the World? By Erik Wahl Groundbreaking Artist, Author, and Expert on Creativity and […]

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Ultimate Software was fortunate to welcome artist Erik Wahl as a keynote speaker at Connections 2015. Not only was Erik’s on-stage presentation incredible, it extended beyond the Bellagio and became an inspiring real-world event right in front of US.

Can Art Change the World?
Can Art Change the World Erik WahlBy Erik Wahl
Groundbreaking Artist, Author, and Expert on Creativity and Innovation

This past week, I planned to do an ART DROP in Las Vegas as part of a speaking engagement with Magic Johnson at Ultimate Software’s 2015 Connections conference. For those of you who don’t know ART DROP, it’s my personal way to pay it forward by hiding my art for a treasure hunter to find using clues I post in social media.

But this time, my plans changed.

While roaming the streets of Vegas looking for the perfect drop location, I came upon a man named Bishop who inspired me to UNthink the rules of my own game. Bishop was playing sax for passers-by next to a sign and a bucket for any spare change. The cardboard sign explained that he had lost his job and was playing music to earn some additional income for his wife and four children until he could find work again. As soon as I saw him, I knew he needed some “Magic” of his own. I handed the painting off to him and explained that my gift did not fit in his bucket but may be worth more than a dollar. I left him and started dropping hints for my ART DROP followers in hopes that they would find Bishop and offer to purchase the painting from him. They did more than that.

Two amazing women, Stephanie Nikirk and Louanne Fletcher of FCCI Insurance, collected their cash on hand and outbid a crowd of followers, giving Bishop $800 for the piece in under 20 minutes. The event created such a buzz that one of the Connections conference attendees where Magic and I spoke offered Bishop a job!

People ask me – can art change the world? Why does art really matter? The answer for me is a simple one: it changes us from the inside out. It inspires us to see each other in new ways. It creates a window to see into the soul of others. It challenges us to recognize the struggle in those who have been marginalized. It inspires us to change our own rules and welcome the flow of good that bursts forth when we’re able to connect with one another on a deeper level.

Can art change the world? As a noun Art is simply a thing. As a verb, Art is the vehicle that enables us to be the change we wish to see in the world. Thank you, Bishop, Stephanie and Louanne for reminding us of that.

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