Ultimate and NetSuite (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials/ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced a strategic alliance to integrate our UltiPro HCM solution and the NetSuite ERP suite, giving businesses the ability to manage their entire business lifecycle—from financials, supply chain, and customer relationship management to payroll, human resources, and talent management—through two of the industry's leading cloud solutions.
Ultimate delivered numerous new features in our summer release, such as a new "at-a-glance" dashboard for predictive metrics on employee performance and retention, and a variety of expanded configurability options, such as increased workflow configurability and more flexibility in creating and managing integrations to other business systems through the new intuitive graphical design of UltiPro's Integration Studio.
Ultimate delivered 180 new features and enhancements in our winter release, including more than 60 customer ideas. One new feature-set is called "My Leadership Actions," where UltiPro helps managers become more effective leaders by suggesting potential best-practice actions to take as follow-up to information they learn about team members in predictive analytics. Managers have a choice of 16 different categories of employee engagement activities, such as Growth Opportunities, Collaboration, Meaningful Work, and Life Change.
To facilitate compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Ultimate delivered UltiPro's ACA Toolkit to our customers before the end of 2015, providing them with the capabilities they need to complete all of the required reporting, forms, and filing by the 2016 deadline.
Ultimate introduced ACA Employer Services for customers who prefer to have Ultimate's assistance in filing and managing ACA reporting. Ultimate received certification from the Internal Revenue Service's ACA Information Returns Program, giving us the ability to electronically file compliance documents on behalf of our customers.
Nucleus Research named Ultimate a "Leader" in its "HCM Technology Value Matrix Second Half 2015."
Forbes magazine ranked Ultimate #7 on its 2015 list of the "Most Innovative Growth Companies."
Information Week named Ultimate to its Elite 100 list, the Top 100 Business Technology Innovators.
Fortune ranked Ultimate #21 on its "100 Best Companies to Work For" list in March 2015. This honor built upon our #20 ranking in 2014, #9 in 2013, and #25 in 2012, in addition to our previous recognition twice as the #1 medium-size company to work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2008 and 2009.
Fortune also ranked Ultimate #6 on its "2015 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials," #1 on its "2015 Best Workplaces for Hispanics and Latinos," and, also in 2015, #3 for African Americans, #4 for Diversity, #2 for Camaraderie, and #23 for Women.
Bloomberg Business reported in November 2015 that, from a universe of approximately 445,000 companies, Ultimate received the #1 rating for positive-performance outlook from its employees on Glassdoor. Our employees gave Ultimate a greater-than-90% positive business outlook, more than double the Glassdoor company average of 43%.
Fortune ranked Ultimate #1 on its list of "10 Best Large Workplaces in Technology" in January 2016.