technology – Ultimate Software's Blog https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:49:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 How Ultimate Software Cultivates the Best Workplace in Technology https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/best-large-workplace/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/best-large-workplace/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:42:27 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=840 I’m proud to announce that Fortune recently named Ultimate Software the #1 Best Large Workplace in Technology-for the second year in a row. This significant honor adds to an extensive list of our recent awards (22 earned in 2016 alone), all stemming from one, founding principle: “People First.” This singular belief has impacted every part […]

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I’m proud to announce that Fortune recently named Ultimate Software the #1 Best Large Workplace in Technology-for the second year in a row. This significant honor adds to an extensive list of our recent awards (22 earned in 2016 alone), all stemming from one, founding principle: “People First.”

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This singular belief has impacted every part of our journey. It’s allowed us to create a culture where 99% of employees experience a “great atmosphere” and report having “great pride” in their company. It’s driven us to achieve continued success over our 26-year history. It’s enabled us to help thousands of companies put their own people first. Because we know that, when we take care of our employees, they’re empowered to take care of our customers. And when that happens, everybody wins.

Curious what putting people first means to US? Here are a few ways we’ve created the best large workplace in the industry.

Training and Development

Ultimate invests in our employees’ futures and supports them through each step of their careers. Our innovative TechSTARS internship program recruits promising college students and recent grads for a structured, year-long program where they’re assigned mentors, follow customized learning paths, and work on a peer-to-peer basis with our full-time software engineers. Currently, 95% of our interns who are offered full-time jobs with Ultimate accept, and at least a third of our product developers began as interns—including me!

The Rising Stars program is a similar development program for employees with full-time, customer-facing roles, spanning 14 weeks and encompassing one-on-one mentorship, group learning, individual job-path study, and team-building exercises. These programs not only help new employees adjust to their new roles, but are also extremely effective in instilling Ultimate’s “People First” values.

We also support our employees’ educational goals by fully funding professional training courses and offering tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year. Extensive leadership development courses are available for everyone from entry-level employees to top executives, setting the stage for future growth and promotions—because when our people thrive, Ultimate thrives.

Generous Benefits

Our total compensation package goes far beyond salary. All full-time employees receive 100% employer-paid healthcare for their entire families, including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage—even IVF and IUI fertility treatments. I’m extremely proud of our 401(k) program, where we match 40% of our employees’ contributions dollar for dollar, up to the highest allowable federal limit. We also welcome new hires to the family by providing them with stock shares, fostering an immediate sense of pride and ownership in our company. Finally, we offer 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and four weeks of paid paternity/adoption leave, so our new parents have time to recuperate and bond with their growing families without worrying about any professional or financial hardships.

We also offer life insurance for both employees and their spouses, long-term disability, and wellness benefits such as on-site masseuses, acupuncturists, yoga, Pilates, stretching, and meditation classes. By taking care of our people physically, mentally, and financially, they’re able to focus their attention on developing industry-leading products and providing world-class, white-glove service.

Work-Life Balance

Workplace flexibility is another key component of putting people first. More than 40% of our employees telecommute, and another quarter utilize flexible schedules and compressed work weeks. The implementation of paid time off, instead of designated sick and vacation days, is another way we enable our employees to balance their careers with their daily responsibilities.

Giving Back

Making a difference in our local and global communities has been a cornerstone of our “People First” culture from the beginning, and it remains a great source of pride for all of us today. Every employee is encouraged to volunteer at least two days each year, receiving full pay and the flexibility to choose the causes they care most about. As we have grown, so has our ability to positively impact a variety of initiatives. Today, Ultimate and our employees donate time, money, and raise awareness for everything from natural disasters to our own employees in need – together, we make a meaningful difference in the world.

Cutting-Edge Workspace

Our innovative work stations are more than just open floorplans. Employees’ workspaces are completely catered to them, from the choice of a laptop to standing, cycling, and treadmill desk options. Every floor boasts at least one themed café, equipped with free beverages and comfortable seating to encourage interactions and caffeine consumption. There are multiple bookable conference rooms and even more informal group meeting spaces—including our golfer’s green, where employees can brainstorm and putt simultaneously. We have a private room to practice, record, and review presentations. We also have a game room, meditation space, and massive saltwater fish tank.

Everything we do focuses on our underlying commitment to put people first – and that’s what sets us apart.

That’s what makes us the best large workplace.

But also…the free ice cream.

 

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Hottest Trending Topics in HR https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/hottest-trending-topics-in-hr/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/hottest-trending-topics-in-hr/#respond Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:41:15 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=196 The start of the New Year means focusing on new goals and resolutions, so we’ve got our eye on the hottest trending topics in HR that will impact your organization in 2015. It’s never too soon to take action to get in front of the pack when it comes to engaging your people to positively impact […]

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The start of the New Year means focusing on new goals and resolutions, so we’ve got our eye on the hottest trending topics in HR that will impact your organization in 2015. It’s never too soon to take action to get in front of the pack when it comes to engaging your people to positively impact your organization’s outcomes. Start the year ahead of the curve by reading what our industry leaders, analysts and experts think you should be paying attention to this year.

Healthcare Reform

By now, we are all familiar with the sweeping changes to the U.S. healthcare system first signed into law in 2010, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Most of the provisions of the PPACA are already in effect as of January 2015, including:

  • The Health Insurance Marketplace
  • The individual insurance mandate
  • Transitional reinsurance fees
  • The employer “pay or play” mandate

A SHRM survey in 2013 showed that 75% of HR leaders expect the PPACA implementation to have a “major impact” on the workplace. The primary concern for corporations in 2015 is the “pay or play” mandate. This mandate hinges entirely on accurate, company-wide workforce reporting to monitoring employee eligibility status. The manual tracking of service hour history and schedules to determine full-time status (or equivalency) as well as monitoring insurance affordability levels can become a nightmare and even a small data entry error or discrepancy can result in costly fees. The ideal way to visualize all of the different factors that impact eligibility is with a comprehensive PPACA dashboard bringing all relevant data in a single view to support timely actions.

To stay prepared and avoid manual tracking and the possibility of data discrepancies:

  • Evaluate cloud-based people management solutions that can do the legwork
  • Consider a solution tailored to ease the burden of PPACA compliance by offering at-a-glance service hour history and projections for the year
  • Look for comprehensive offerings that include reporting tools specifically designed with the “pay or play” mandate in mind

Predictive Analytics

According to KPMG research, data analytics is the #1 most-cited area for HR technology investment in 2015. By moving from traditional BI reporting to proactive analytics powered by, statistical models, to suggested courses of action for users, you will be able to accurately project future workforce trends and predict your employee’s behavior with a high probability, and help managers make the best decisions for their teams. This will also allow you to demonstrate the maximum value of HR by providing actionable intelligence for future success.

To stay ahead of the curve, examine solutions that leverage predictive analytics for HR to:

  • Determine individual employees’ chances of staying with your company
  • Alert you to flight risks—employees who are likely to leave within six months, so that you can take proactive action to retain them or create succession plans
  • Identify the current top performers at your organization throughout the full workforce
  • Predict future top performers by identifying patterns that indicate high potential

Focus on the Candidate and Internal Candidate Experience

With the economy continuing to pick up and the new expectations of today’s job seekers, recruiting solutions are seeing a newfound importance placed on the candidate experience: the way job applicants are treated before being hired, interviewed, or even seriously considered for a position. Today’s labor force, and especially the growing millennial generation that comprises its majority, places a higher premium on the candidate experience, simplicity, and speed than at any time in the past.

By changing the focus in recruiting to candidate engagement and empowerment, you build the foundation for a lasting business relationship between employer and employee before a hire ever takes place and you will gain tangible benefits for your business.

Even for those who aren’t hired, the candidate experience can have a significant impact on brand identity and generate good will about your organization and culture. Furthermore, a negative candidate experience can have dramatic effects, with the advent of social media and mobile technologies, making it easier than ever for candidates to broadly share damaging your credibility as an employer!

Improving the application process can also result in a higher quality of hires. Studies show that 40-80% of candidates don’t ever finish the application process, and many times this is because of the application process itself. These partial applications are simply discarded and never make it across the hiring manager’s desk.

Look for recruiting technologies that leverage user experience features such as:

  • Automatic, persistent saving of all collected data
  • A bold, familiar, and friendly frontend that draws aesthetics from popular social platforms
  • Data-rich applicant options like pulling personal data from LinkedIn instead of relying on cumbersome manual entry
  • Real-time search results and filtering when candidates look for their ideal position, with more relevant results offered the more information is provided
  • “Gamified” elements that replace boring, static Web forms with enthusiastic prompts and a plain-English approach, much like the creation of a social media profile

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting and transformative year for people and organizations in all industries, and leveraging the latest in HR technology while staying on top of critical trends can make or break your success!

Ultimate Software has been providing comprehensive people management in the cloud for more than a decade. Discover how UltiPro® can help your organization stay ahead of the curve and future-proof in 2015 at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

 

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The Mobile Simplicity Imperative: Form Meets Function? https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/the-mobile-simplicity-imperative-form-meets-function/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/the-mobile-simplicity-imperative-form-meets-function/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:08:15 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=154 Native, HTML5, design-driven … at the end of the day these technical terms and concepts, while important, don’t capture the way that mobile solutions and devices have transformed us. Tablets and smartphones have brought business solutions into the boardroom, are gearing up to replace textbooks in schools, and even play a huge role in disaster […]

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Native, HTML5, design-driven … at the end of the day these technical terms and concepts, while important, don’t capture the way that mobile solutions and devices have transformed us. Tablets and smartphones have brought business solutions into the boardroom, are gearing up to replace textbooks in schools, and even play a huge role in disaster relief around the world. Simply put, mobile solutions have changed the nature of our daily activities, connected us to each other, and embedded technology in our lives.

But only when it works.

Like anything in life, when something fails or confuses us, we don’t use it. And in the case of mobile, these obstacles take the shape of poorly designed, cluttered experiences that don’t address what we need.

Increasingly, the attributes that make mobile devices different from other tools have come to feel natural to us. It no longer seems odd to command a device to ‘call mom’ by speaking to it or follow through on a task by touching a screen. As such, mobile applications and programs should match this ease by providing simple and intuitive capabilities; only then will they truly meet – and exceed – our needs and expectations.

Because mobile devices are smaller than computers, they must offer a more focused experience, guiding us quickly to the most important actions and insights. This is especially challenging in the world of business solutions where applications are built to streamline and complete a process instead of the people who interact or rely on it. Simple and instinctive designs put people first and focus on delighting, not frustrating them.

People have different connectivity and navigation expectations for their mobile devices. We rely on them on the go and often use cell signals instead of wireless Internet for connections, which can result in delayed downloads and poor experiences. We all want to move beyond traditional methods of searching and viewing to taking action on search results. These transitions must be simple and intuitive in order to be truly person-centric. And the designers behind these solutions need to account for this when building mobile experiences.

The reality of mobile is that the explosion of available apps has been matched by an equal randomization of quality experiences. Mobile experiences, both for consumer and business use, will continue to evolve, whether as standalone applications or extensions of existing business solutions like UltiPro. From our perspective, we are committed to not only expanding our mobile capabilities, but doing so in a way that never loses its focus on people and exceeding their standards for working, staying connected, managing their workplace narrative, and collaborating.

 

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5 Best Practices When Implementing a Technology Solution https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/5-best-practices-when-implementing-a-technology-solution/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/5-best-practices-when-implementing-a-technology-solution/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:21:40 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=147 You’ve finally made the big decision. After what can seem like an eternity of creating requests for proposals, meeting software providers, posing detailed questions, and hosting internal meetings, the organization has chosen the technology solution that will take their business to the next level. The partnership has been created. Now it’s time to focus on […]

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You’ve finally made the big decision. After what can seem like an eternity of creating requests for proposals, meeting software providers, posing detailed questions, and hosting internal meetings, the organization has chosen the technology solution that will take their business to the next level. The partnership has been created.

Now it’s time to focus on implementation.

While the process of selecting a technology solution is important, the implementation phase is critical because it’s the most visible to stakeholders. Everyone will be watching to make sure what is supposed to happen…does actually happen. Lisa Shea, assistant director of human resources at Subway, shared two essential actions for any technology roll-out:

  1. Document both the before and after processes. Karen Sones at First Horizon shared how they documented their entire recruiting and onboarding processes prior to implementation. The flow charts were used to mark which steps would be conducted in-person and which would happen online. First Horizon saw the benefit in determining their needs versus their wants.
  2. Create opportunities to be supportive. Shea said she and her team found they had to change lots of passwords during the process. They also had a period of time when employees received both paper paychecks and online info to provide a smooth transition.
  3. Look for things that you can keep the same. We all know change is hard. Loren Pofahl and Joe Johnson from Orchard Supply Hardware talked about finding ways to keep a few things the same. For example, they customized their new software with the corporate colors and used their corporate lingo. The reason? It makes people feel like the system is theirs – not someone else’s that they’ve bought or rented.
  4. Develop a communication strategy. Shea realized that each internal group within Subway needed a different message because they viewed the benefits and the challenges of the new system differently. Start with your own team. Don’t be afraid to over communicate. One tip that Shea said was very well received were one-page “how to” guides for using the system. Employees had access to answers when they needed them.
  5. Solicit feedback. First Horizon sends a 30-day new hire survey to receive feedback. Sones suggested including a new hire page on your system so employees could go to one place for all their initial needs.

All three of these companies shared that proper planning during implementation created very real results. They shared outcomes such as decreases in headcount due to paper reduction and drops in new hire turnover as much as 50%. Rolling out a new technology solution is hard work. And it can have its challenging moments. With proper planning and a great team, it will go smoothly and yield the results you’re looking for.

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Ideation https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/ideation/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/ideation/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:10:27 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=126 Do you remember Schoolhouse Rock? One of my favorites was the story of the U.S. bill on an arduous journey to become a law. Maybe it was the combination of music and animation or that my future political science ambitions were already present that made this specific Schoolhouse Rock episode stay in my memory. As […]

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Do you remember Schoolhouse Rock? One of my favorites was the story of the U.S. bill on an arduous journey to become a law. Maybe it was the combination of music and animation or that my future political science ambitions were already present that made this specific Schoolhouse Rock episode stay in my memory. As we create products at Ultimate, how does this process work? How does product get from an idea all the way into a release? Is it as complicated as the bill “sitting on Capitol Hill,” then to committee, and then a long wait or veto at the President’s desk?

 

Fortunately, we don’t need a song to help explain the ideation process at Ultimate. The reason is that the process  is very simple and involves actively listening to our community of customers. It is no surprise that we have a fantastic group of partners. One of the highlights of the year is getting the chance to interact and hear from our customers at Connections, our annual customer conference. Do we have to wait 12 months until the next meeting in Las Vegas to listen? Absolutely not!

One of the ways that we listen is through our Ideas Community. One of the benefits of delivering in the cloud, is also joining a larger community. This is evidenced in our Ideas Community where customers are able to share ideas with each other, comment on those ideas, and voice their preference by voting an idea up or down. Here’s the great thing: Ultimate’s product team knows right away what things our collective partners want to see in our solution. In a sense we are crowdsourcing by tapping into the collective wisdom of our “crowd” of customers.

And our product managers are listening and pulling in ideas. In fact our community is so active that we’re working very hard to keep up with the ideas that they are creating. In many meetings with our product managers and development teams, I hear comments, “this is our customer’s #1 idea in this area.” I know that is music to the ears of our customers, who are looking forward to their suggestions coming to life in the product. Their ideas will not have to follow the same path of that bill waiting on a committee and then a President to sign.

 

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United Stationers: An Open Enrollment Success Story https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/united-stationers-an-open-enrollment-success-story/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/united-stationers-an-open-enrollment-success-story/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:44:26 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=190 Back in March I wrote on the importance of choosing the right benefits and how providing decision support to employees is critical. In my role at Ultimate, I speak with many Ultimate Software open enrollment customers to better understand how they are leveraging UltiPro’s benefits enrollment solution to streamline benefits administration and help employees make […]

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Back in March I wrote on the importance of choosing the right benefits and how providing decision support to employees is critical. In my role at Ultimate, I speak with many Ultimate Software open enrollment customers to better understand how they are leveraging UltiPro’s benefits enrollment solution to streamline benefits administration and help employees make informed benefits decisions. Many customers do a great job of leveraging their open enrollment solution—and I wanted to share one example of a true benefits enrollment process best practice from our customer, United Stationers. United Stationers is a leading North American wholesale distributor of business products that has found tremendous success with UltiPro for open enrollment. They’ve not only achieved quick adoption of the solution, but through effectively communicating and educating on available benefits, they’re helping those employees make smart and informed benefits decisions.

How did they do this? Let’s take a step back.

With almost 6,000 employees, 64 distribution facilities, 24-hour operations, and a workforce with limited computer knowledge/access (only a small percentage have company emails), United Stationers was faced with many challenges. These challenges included:

  • How to efficiently administer employee benefits to such a large, dispersed and diverse workforce?
  • How to ensure that they’re effectively communicating and educating employees on all the benefits being offered?
  • How to provide employees with the tools they need to make informed benefits decisions?

After years of using a phone-based open enrollment process, United Stationers took the plunge and conducted their first online open enrollment in 2011. Remarkably, within the first year they were able to achieve a 94% employee completion rate. These amazing results were achieved by:

  • Planning early – United Stationers started planning their implementation, communications and training materials 3-6 months in advance
  • Communicating over various channels – mailings were sent to associates homes, a Sharepoint site was set up as well as an UltiPro Welcome Page Gadget
  • Providing tools that easily explain benefit plans and changes – United Stationers offered kiosks for their associates to leverage the online solution and prepared easy-to-use & accessible training materials – all with consistent messaging
  • Being available to employees for questions and support – because questions were inevitable they held open forum Q&A sessions, built step-by-step guides, trained HR Services, and created a special email box for annual enrollment questions.
  • Leveraging the capabilities of their online open enrollment solution to the fullest – through UltiPro’s robust messaging capabilities, they were able to include session information, benefit plan information, education and comparison tools – basically everything their people needed to make informed benefits decisions.

There are many organizations like United Stationers. Organizations with progressive thoughts around how to administer, communicate and roll out important employee benefits information but with a disbursed, offline workforce. If you want to streamline benefits administration and enable employees to make informed benefits decision, do what United Stationers did. Start planning early, engage your people through various channels. and take full advantage of your solutions capabilities.

Because if you truly want to put your people first it is imperative that you prove it through a great benefits experience.

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Implementing Social Collaboration Tools in Your Organization https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/implementing-social-collaboration-tools-in-your-organization/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/implementing-social-collaboration-tools-in-your-organization/#respond Mon, 14 May 2012 10:00:13 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=118 A key component to developing a high-performing workplace is sharing. Being able to share information in an effortless way builds strong teams and enhances the team performance. Social media creates opportunities for people to use a medium that is very natural and comfortable to communicate. But over the relatively short period in time corporations have […]

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A key component to developing a high-performing workplace is sharing. Being able to share information in an effortless way builds strong teams and enhances the team performance. Social media creates opportunities for people to use a medium that is very natural and comfortable to communicate.

But over the relatively short period in time corporations have been using social media, something has happened. We’ve created silos. There are networks for social goals and social projects. Even more for social tracking. The key to breaking down these silos is integration.

Ultimate Software and Yammer, an enterprise social network, have recently announced a partnership to create that integration. The vision is to use Yammer’s collaborative tools to connect employees with the organization in a social way, for the benefit of everyone involved.

Here’s an example: let’s say the company’s sales team is working on a presentation for a major prospective client. In preparing for the meeting, they’ve run into a challenge. Sitting around the conference room table, someone says “Gosh, we can’t be the only team who has faced this challenge before. It would be great to know what other teams have done.”

Instead of calling around hoping to find an answer, organizations can now use social collaboration tools to pose their questions and get answers. Maria Ogneva, director of community for Yammer, explains how social collaboration benefits the business. “The possibilities are endless, and the most important thing is to understand what business problem you are trying to solve. As today’s rapid pace of change increases, companies must adapt faster and faster just to remain in the same place, let alone get ahead of the competition. Adapting to the speed with which you need to move to stay ahead of the competition is simply not possible when the people who need to execute on the vision aren’t on the same page and are hindered by archaic processes. Besides, you often don’t know where the best answer lives; you may be surprised.”

Not only do social collaboration tools help solve business problems, but they contribute to employee satisfaction and engagement. Ogneva says sharing information leads to less frustration and allows employees to easily get their work done.  “Social collaboration helps employees feel like they are part of a larger goal, like everyone is marching to the beat of the same drum. It also reduces the barriers created by hierarchies and flattens the organization, providing insight into what other teams (and management) are doing and thinking. When the leadership team is able to be more open and honest not simply about what’s happening, but why – employees are more compelled to support the overarching business problems and execute on the vision.”

Implementing a social collaboration tool reaps many benefits. Before introducing social tools within an organization, here are some points to consider.

  • Understand your corporate culture.
  • Look at current processes: how information is obtained and shared within the organization.
  • Define what success will look like using social collaboration tools.
  • Get support from senior leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Create an implementation and communication strategy for the roll-out. Be sure to include employee training on the social collaboration tools!
  • Establish a schedule to evaluate and monitor progress.

Social collaboration tools can bring a tremendous amount of information and knowledge to an organization. The key is harnessing it to solve business issues. Ogneva reminds us to focus on the success metric. “For any business social effort to be successful, it has to tie to a business objective. You know it’s bringing positive results when you are getting closer to meeting these objectives.  What do you want to enable with this collaboration? If your goal is to increase customer satisfaction, perhaps the business impact metric you are looking for is the increase of speed of a response to a customer, and how collaboration helps you do that.”

To learn more about social collaboration tools and how they can benefit your company, check out the Yammer blog and talk with your Ultimate Software representative.

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Sharing At Its Best https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/sharing-at-its-best/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/sharing-at-its-best/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:23:25 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=92 Ever since my kids were old enough to understand the concept of sharing, my wife and I have been encouraging them to do it often. With three kids that are very close in age, that is easier said than done, but I am always proud of them when they manage to pull it off.  We […]

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Ever since my kids were old enough to understand the concept of sharing, my wife and I have been encouraging them to do it often. With three kids that are very close in age, that is easier said than done, but I am always proud of them when they manage to pull it off.  We nearly fell out of our chairs the other day when witnessing our ten-year old son actually offer the last couple of cookies to his older sister. Of course, he’s recently been trying to win us over to buy him some new technology, so we’re wondering just how genuine that “share” really was.

Though sharing may not always come easily for kids, sharing between adults has never been easier. The rise of the social web has made it really simple to share everything from advice on how to fix a leaky faucet to the latest videos of your cat doing something weird. It still amazes me how quickly the technology has gotten us to this point.

As a SaaS provider, sharing is in Ultimate’s DNA. When we made the decision to move to the cloud over ten years ago, we knew that by sharing common infrastructure, we’d lower costs and ease the administrative burden for our customers. What we couldn’t foresee was just how much sharing would eventually take place within our user community because of this shift. There are dozens of UltiPro User Communities on LinkedIn, thousands of participants in our Ideas community, and the content and thoughts that are being shared in these forums are both practical and engaging.

I’m responsible for the Business Intelligence & Analytics products at Ultimate, so I want to highlight some of the sharing taking place between the BI users within our customer community. The author of a recent ZDNet article urges business people to be “BI savvy,” and I couldn’t agree more.  However, our users are wearing multiple hats and have limited time to develop their expertise. They know that UltiPro Business Intelligence allows them to tap the vast amounts of information living with their employee records, so they are turning to the communities to help them. At nearly 900 members as of this writing, the Business Intelligence forum on LinkedIn is one of the largest and most active. Collaborating with other users to share tips, tricks, ideas, and even reports is a great example of how the cloud proves its value. Users are sharing reports on a wide range of topics including total compensation, bonus distribution by performance rating, and benefit election comparisons. This is something that we’ve coined “Consume/Author/Share” within UltiPro.

Across the enterprise applications market, there is so much room to innovate and expand upon making data and analytics accessible, understandable, and pervasive throughout solutions, and we’re totally focused on this at Ultimate. The good news is that with the help of collaboration and the cloud, people, i.e., our customers, can work together and benefit from one another today. Because of this, hundreds of report templates have been downloaded thousands of times. This is sharing at its best. And though I may not have quite the same sense of pride as when my son offered my daughter the last cookie, I’m still awfully proud to be a part of this community. Keep on sharing!

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