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April 26, 2017

SumTotal Advances in Nucleus Research’s Workforce Management Value Matrix to Leader Quadrant


“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

It is with great joy and pride that we say SumTotal entered the Leader quadrant in the Nucleus WFM Value Matrix 2017; a feat that was in no small part accomplished by the fact that the new features in our SumTotal Talent Expansion Suite make us the first in the industry to bring workforce management, talent, learning, and recruitment all together into one platform.

And it is this that we are most proud of – because it is our goal to be of value to our customers and this news means we are doing this.


Firstly, our SumTotal Workforce Management covers time and attendance, scheduling, absence, and leave management, giving customers the ability to conduct predictive analyses and develop workforce models, and individual managers can benefit from a holistic, real-time view of data from within their system.  Additionally, our SumTotal Core Platform provides a virtual system of record and combines SumTotal-originating data with data from any other system it integrates with to unify Workforce Management.

And how is this of value to you?

Well here’s just a sample.

  • Job/role-based scheduling which provides greater flexibility to accommodate employees’ schedules.
  • Occurrence tracking means employers can now track and auto-send warnings and communicate demerits to employees; it also helps eliminate supervisory biases, and even auto-generate messages prompted by positive events, too.
  • Our time and attendance solution can handle a high level of complexity in absence and leave management. Now an employer can get very detailed cost center position tracking, like say for example an airline manufacturer can look back and figure out who drilled any given rivet, and when.
  • Our time clocks, which cost approximately two-thirds the price of competitors’ devices, don’t force users to return to a kiosk to complete self-service actions such as absence requests.

Secondly, regardless which Workforce Management deployment model a customer chooses – SaaS-delivered via multi-tenant cloud; privately hosted in SumTotal, or on-premise, they all have access to our latest releases with new features and enhancements which, as indicated by Nucleus, is unique among vendors in this year’s WFM Value Matrix.

Because our suite is multi-tenant ready, it is possible to use the tenant model in either private cloud or on-premise to facilitate a distributed enterprise. Again, the value here is that an organization may want to have each of their business units/countries/subsidiaries in a single tenant, yet still share the same consolidated deployment. Now you can have a rapid deployment model as the initial tenant rollout, which can then be template and deployed to additional tenants delivering maximum administrative and control for each business unit/country.

And we aren’t finished. Our latest release includes even more upgrades including a new user portal, fully integrated shift trading capabilities, standardized archiving, and a major upgrade in our advanced reporting.

We will continue to strive to succeed and provide the best value to our customers. To learn more, please download Nucleus Report’s latest WFM Value Matrix.

December 17, 2014

They like us. They really like us: SumTotal, Skillsoft and Customers Win!

At SumTotal, we work very hard to provide real, measurable business value to customers through our Talent Expansion® applications. As part of Skillsoft, we’ve been able to expand our shared vision to help customers cultivate high-performance cultures and meet the demands of the Learning Age

We are thrilled that industry experts and customers have recognized our ability to align technology with the most important needs driving today’s market. The accolades awarded to SumTotal and Skillsoft in the past few months illustrate our continued dedication to innovate and deliver products and services that help customers achieve their business goals with HR technology.

Recent awards highlighting our work, as well as our customers, include:

Brandon Hall Group 2014 Excellence Awards: SumTotal and Praxair won Gold in the “Best in Talent Management Technology Implementations” category for Praxair’s use of SumTotal Talent Expansion applications, and SumTotal and McAfee took Silver for “Best Use of Learning and Talent Technologies” for McAfee’s use of SumTotal’s learning and analytics in its sales kickoff training. Skillsoft was honored as well, with a Gold award for the “Best Use of Blended Learning” in its work for customer Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Elearning! Magazine “Best of Elearning!” Awards: Customers honored Skillsoft and SumTotal in multiple categories in Elearning! Magazine’s “Best of Elearning!” awards, which are voted on by users. SumTotal was given an Award of Excellence for Best Learning Management System (LMS) for both SumTotal Maestro (cloud) and SumTotal Learn (enterprise). Skillsoft was the Category Winner in Leadership Content (Skillsoft Leadership Advantage) and given an Award of Excellence in IT Training (Skillsoft IT Certification), Soft Skills Content (Skillsoft Business Skills Catalog) and Outsourced Learning Services (Skillsoft Professional Services).

Hot Vendor in Ventana’s 2014 Value Index for Total Compensation Management: Ventana Research named SumTotal a “Hot Vendor” in its 2014 Total Compensation Management Value Index. The report is a detailed evaluation of technology vendors that support total management of employee pay, an organization’s largest controllable expense.

Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Learning in Practice Awards: Skillsoft earned an Excellence in Content Award (Silver) in Chief Learning Officer’s Learning in Practice Awards for the quality of its content featured in the Welch Way Management Development Program.

Training Industry Top 20 Lists: Skillsoft was recognized in Training Industry’s 2014 Top 20 Workforce Development Companies, Top 20 Learning Portal Companies and Top 20 IT Training Companies lists.

CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising Education Tech Solution Providers: Skillsoft was included in CIO Review’s list of the “20 Most Promising Education Tech Solution Providers,” which featured the best solution and service providers offering technologies and services related to education.

Military Training Technology Top Simulation & Training Companies: Skillsoft’s inclusion in the list of Top Simulation & Training Companies reinforces our commitment to providing technology that allows U.S. airmen, Marines, sailors, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen to train and rehearse for missions or prepare for deployment.

Business NH Magazine’s Top 100 Private Companies Survey: Business NH Magazine named Skillsoft in its annual list of 100 New Hampshire businesses making significant contributions to the New Hampshire economy.

March 3, 2014

And the award goes to… you!

Oscar producers went with a more traditional approach for the show last night. And while it lacked some of the entertainingly awkward moments from last year, with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence stumbling for the second time, I found it hard not to get caught up in all of the excitement as I kicked back on my couch to watch it.

When Lupita Nyong’o gave her heartfelt acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress and later Bette Midler sang “Wind Beneath My Wings,” I admit it, I got a little choked up. But, I also smiled as the married songwriters and Best Original Song winners rhymed their way through their thank yous, and laughed at Ellen’s epic selfie, which apparently crashed Twitter.

Most of us will never experience the pageantry of the Oscars, but beneath all of the glitz and glamour, the Academy Awards really boil down to one thing – peer recognition for a job well done. And that’s something that we all can and should go after for our customers, our organizations and ourselves.

Here at SumTotal, we’ve placed a bigger emphasis on that recently, and it’s paid off.

Best Original Screenplay: Customer Kudos
In April we launched our first Innovation Awards program and honored 20 customers, including our winners McAfee, Univar, Praxair, Duke Energy, Lowes and City of Boise, at our TotalConnection customer event. (Check out the photos)

Their creative approaches to Talent Expansion™ deserved recognition, and we were thrilled to give them a platform to showcase their initiatives. They earned acknowledgement for their innovation and other attendees walked away with new ideas. Win, win!

Speaking of which, we’re accepting nominations for the 2014 SumTotal Customer Innovation Awards through August 18. Check out how to apply.

Best Producer: Organizational Success
In the past year, we’ve been honored with more than a dozen awards, including:

That third-party validation, of course, helps the organization in terms of sales and marketing opportunities. But this industry recognition also boosts morale.

I felt a sense of pride with each of these announcements, and as one of the people responsible for sharing them internally, I can tell you that other employees did too. Email replies like these make my day:

“This is so exciting!”
“Can you feel the momentum building?”
“Another reason SumTotal rocks!”

Best Leading Actor/Actress: Individual Accolades
Putting together a winning application is important for personal reasons too. Not only does it feel great, (“I was jumping up and down in my cubicle when I heard our name,” is what one customer emailed after learning they’d won), it’s also an opportunity to get internal recognition for your team’s efforts and is another way to strengthen your personal brand.

Find Your Academy Award
There are dozens of awards programs out there, from industry publications to analyst programs. I encourage you to research them to find ones that fit with what you and your organization are trying to achieve.

Make note of deadlines and application requirements. Mark your calendar with reminders. Then, throughout the year, file away examples of successes to make it easier to build your application. Having solid metrics matters, so be prepared to demonstrate measurable results of your programs.

With preparation and a little luck, you might just walk away with your own “Oscar.” And in the words of Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughney, that would be “All right, all right, all right.”