As we come to the end of the year there is lots of HR Technology news from Australia, New Zealand and abroad.
SuccessFactors launched their November 2013 quarterly release covering many new features. A few highlights include – new mobile onboarding, redesigned succession planning career worksheets, eLearning delivery in an offline mode, enhanced Workforce Analytics and additional international support for EmployeeCentral.
In their quarterly newsletter Fusion 5 announced Service Pack 3 for Empower-HR Version 11. Primary focus of the service pack was a revamped user interface for the self service offerings, based around HTML5. Several new features also announced. These included changes to Health and Safety, Learning and Development along with technical enhancements to simplify the use of the self service function on mobile devices.
In the growing area of HR case management, IT service management company ServiceNow has launched a new offering, HR Service Automation. The offering provides a self-service, online storefront for employees to make requests to HR.
TechnologyOne reported a tenth year of record revenue with 16% growth in Net Profit Before Tax to $35.1 million. As part of the revenue growth they saw recurring Annual Licence Fees grow by 14%. Good to see local vendors are growing in the light of tough competition from international ones. However they are still not reaching their R&D targets set in 2011 of 8%, reporting only 6% investment in R&D.
Halogen Software announced a increase in total revenue of 27% to $12.3 million. Growth is being fueled by many new customers globally and in Australia – Bank of Queensland and Lutheran Schools Association of South Australia.
Workday sees 76% growth in revenue to $127 million for its third quarter but still posted a loss of $47.5 million. Workday also predict fourth quarter revenues will be between $133 and $138 million. At the same time Aneel Bhusri, co-founder, and co-CEO, of Workday confirmed that Workday Recruiting is progressing well and on schedule. Based on previous reports we should see Workday Recruiting during 2014.
Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has defended the ability to phase out paper pay slips replacing them with electronic payslips being emailed to all staff. The Health Services Union (HSU) had been arguing that a number of staff did not feel confident receiving the electronic payslips due to a lack of computer literacy. As part of the ruling the Industrial Relations Commission ordered SLHD to offer additional computer training to the impacted employees.
PageUp People announced an update to their analytics platform to enable just in time analytics within the recruitment process. Offered as part of their Advance HR Analytics offering the tools to assist recruiters make real time decisions. These features are very similar to the Recruitment Analytics platform offered by Jibe who were a Awesome Technology for HR award winner at HR Technology Conference in October for their offering.
The implementation of recommendations from the ministerial enquiry into the troubled payroll project for New Zealand Ministry of Education is underway. The recommendations included providing additional support services to the end users of Novopay. This included training on Novopay, and the associated processes. In addition like Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), they will be required to provide additional general IT skills training.
This and the SLHD ruling above highlight the critical importance of ensuring end users can effectively use the technology being offered to them. There are still many industries where the workforce are not “digital natives” and need extra hand-holding.
November also saw slight changes in ownership of PayGlobal. Listed infrastructure investor Infratil raised its ownership stake in PayGlobal from 33% to 54%, effectively making PayGlobal a subsidiary of Infratil. Ownership in PayGlobal has changed several times over its history without impacting customers and this change also looks to have no impact.
ComOps wins new customers
ComOps Workforce Management Solutions announced that Harbour City Ferries (HCF) had selected their Microster solution to deliver integrated rostering, time and attendance and award interpretations to its workforce. According to the press release “HCF chose Microster due to its ability to automate timesheets, allocate available shifts based on skills, cost and suitability, and optimise labour costs through web based self-service and mobility modules.” As part of the implementation Microster will be integrated with HCL’s chris 21 core payroll and will be replacing their existing system, Kronos.
Big Data Survey
Finally, Asia’s HR and Recruitment technology provider HRBoss has launched a HR Big Data Survey. The survey is not very long with and is directed at CEOs, business owners, C-suite level executives and HR professionals across the APAC region, including Australia and New Zealand. The survey can be taken at http://www.hrbigdatasurvey.com.
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