Workplace 2020 Scorecard of New Products Announced at HR Tech

October 17, 2013 Michael George

workplace 2020Widely considered the must-attend global HR event of the year, the HR Technology Conference & Exposition took place October 7-9 in Las Vegas. For most in the HR profession, HR Tech is the ultimate “town meeting” of thousands of HR professionals, industry analysts, journalists, bloggers, consultants and vendors from around the world.

This year’s Expo was the largest in the conference’s 16-year history with more than 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest HR software products and services designed to enhance talent management, compensation and payroll, workforce planning and analytics, social and mobile recruiting, assessment testing, employee engagement and much more.

Walking the exhibit hall floor offered a mirror reflection of our industry with the talent management suite vendors taking up big spaces demanding attention for their cradle-to-grave solutions and niche vendors using a variety of gimmicks to get noticed among the din. Regardless of size, all of the exhibitors had a common goal; advancing the HR profession and the improving the ability of organizations to better manage their talent through the use of technology.

At Appirio, our goal was to highlight the need for HR and IT to start building the kind of workplace that can harness all this new technology and begin to prepare for the globally distributed, highly collaborative, always on-the-go workforce of the very near future. We call it Workplace 2020.

We believe any HCM technology you invest in today must move your organization closer to building Workplace 2020. While it takes a rich assessment of how any technology solution maps to your organization’s unique needs, Workplace 2020 HCM solutions should include some, if not all of the following elements:

  • Cloud-Based – on-premise simply won’t last
  • Embedded Social/Collaboration – collaboration is a must-have
  • Optimized for Mobile – not just mobile accessible, built for mobile
  • Leverages Community/Crowdsourcing/Global Talent – global talent is accessible to all
  • Big Data – understanding structured and unstructured data will be key
  • Employee Experience– designed for employees, not HR
  • Gamification – friendly competition drives engagement

Of course we understand this is a broad brush, not meant to be the sole criteria for you to evaluate your HCM tech investment. But if you’re not investing in building Workplace 2020, what are you investing in building?

So how did vendors at HR Tech do with regard to helping organizations build Workplace 2020?  We couldn’t review all 300+ vendors or their products, so we’ll talk a look at the new product announcements that were made at this year’s conference.*

Key – Solution contains:

Cloud = Cloud     Social = Social     Mobile = Mobile     Community/Crowdsourcing = Crowdsourcing
BD = Big Data     Employee Experience = Employee Experience     Gamification = Gamification

This first group of solutions has four of five of the Workplace 2020 elements.  Some are niche applications, while others address multiple HR or talent management functions.  Again, our score card here isn’t how well these solutions address any particular need, but rather how forward thinking the vendors are with regard to helping customers build Workplace 2020 by including certain elements into their competitive offering.  Whether they address one function or a full range, we think these vendors/products could definitely help you begin to build your Workplace 2020 today.

Company  New Product/Feature Description HR Function Workplace 2020 Score 
Cornerstone OnDemand Universal Profile, aggregates information and activities, a completely redesigned social collaboration platform, new social performance and employee recognition tools, expanded native mobile functionality. Talent
Cloud Social Mobile Employee Experience
Drumtalk Watch and share video best practices, connect and correlate formal and informal learning with employee performance. Learning &
Cloud Social Mobile Employee Experience
HireFuel ensures mobile-optimized job postings. Hiring & Recruiting Cloud Social Mobile Gamification
HarQen Voice Advantage apps for iOS and Android, joining phone and video capability in the recruitment process. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Mobile BD Employee Experience
Hubbub Health hubbubNOW, online subscription for companies seeking a corporate wellness program. Corporate Wellness Cloud Social Mobile Gamification Employee Experience
Jibe Recruiting analytics solution, to provide strategic insight into hiring practices. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Mobile Employee Experience BD
Jostle People Engagement® platform, an entirely new kind of intranet featuring a people-centric design that engages employees. Employee Portal Cloud Social Mobile Employee Experience
MoBolt Mobile Apply solution recreates any ATS application process into a mobile format. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Social Mobile BD Employee Experience
Peoplefluent Leadership Development Mirror, designed to foster an engaged workforce and develop the potential of future leaders. Successon Cloud Social Mobile Employee Experience
Zao First ever Facebook Recruiting App that engages and rewards fans, business network and talent community in referral hires. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Social Mobile Gamification


This next group has two or three elements of Workplace 2020.  Again, any or all of these solutions could be a perfect match for a particular HCM function in your organization but these solutions could be enhance by, say adding mobile capability or allowing for greater collaboration.  Just because more elements of Workplace 2020 aren’t included doesn’t necessarily mean these solutions can’t be a part of helping you build Workplace 2020, but be aware some may fall short. Expect these solutions to continue to add forward-thinking components as they evolve.

Company  New Product/Feature Description HR Function Workplace 2020 Score 
Buck Consultants BenefitWallet – a mobile application for health account information. Pay & Benefits Mobile  Employee Experience
Clear Company TM suite that aligns and engages employees, contextualizingwork around a company’s vision and goals in real time. Talent
Cloud Employee Experience
CPP Integration of the Myers-Briggs® assessment with a talent management suite. Talent
Cloud Social Mobile
Cuzie Applicant tracking system with built-in video. Recruiting &
Cloud Social Mobile
Dovetail Software Employee Engagement Suite 8. Employee Self Service Cloud Employee Experience
emTRAiN CenterStage, a video and content platform with hundreds of vignettes and eLearning scripts on HR, legal and soft skill topics. Learning &
Cloud Social Employee Experience
Entelo Recruiter Academy, complimentary courses, live expert panels, on-demand videos and how-to articles from sourcing and recruiting industry leaders. Learning & Development Cloud Social
Glassdoor Updates to the Employer Center, a free self-service portal designed to track employment branding, reputation and recruiting. Employment Branding Social Employee Experience
Halogen Software Halogen 1:1 Meeting, facilitates meaningful performance discussions. Performance Management Cloud Employee Experience
Herd Wisdom Feedback, a system of employee engagement incorporates a weekly cycle of continuous, motivated feedback. Performance Management Cloud Gamification Employee Experience
HireVue CodeVue Live, allows evaluations to be completed in real time. Hiring & Recruiting Cloud Mobile
HRCloud Cloud-based HRIS solution with a complete suite of HR functionality. Talent Management Cloud Mobile Employee Experience
Jobvite Embedded video screening tools. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Social Mobile
Lumesse ETWeb Mobile, to give the growing mobile workforce access to a talent management system. Talent Management Cloud Mobile
Montage Talent Enhancements to Montage View™, the on-demand video interviewing application. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Employee Experience
PageUp People Apply Anywhere, a mobile-based recruitment solution. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Mobile Employee Experience
Reppify Reppify Talent, a social referral solution, aggregates the professional connections of a company’s employees as well as their past candidate pools. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Social Mobile
Spotlite A new benefits administration solution to complement Spotlite’s employee self-service enrollment application. Pay & Benefits Cloud Employee Experience
SumTotal Systems Talent Expansion Suite 2013, a single, dynamic user interface that seamlessly mines and correlates Big HR data. Analytics Cloud BD
Talemetry Talemetry Agency, providing recruiters with a simple interface to share jobs with third party recruiting agencies. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Social
TalentCircles Job Matching, a powerful graphical interface that allows users to instantly find and sort matching talent network members for any job opening. Hiring & Recruiting Cloud Social
TalentReef Addition of a Social CRM and mobile capability. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Social Mobile
Vestrics A cloud-based analytics application that helps organizations optimize their human capital investments. Analytics Cloud BD
Web Scribble Recruitment Marketing Platform new release including mobile career website support with source tracking and mobile apply. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud Mobile
Workday Big Data Analytics, unifying multiple sizes, sources, and structures of external data with Workday data. Talent Management Cloud Mobile BD


This last group of new products are interesting in that some show laggard thinking on the part of the vendor while others are really cool, niche solutions that may not be available from the big guys.  Each has a specific component of Workplace 2020 and a further caveat here is that, in some cases, we are just looking at a new feature which may not represent all the vender can bring to your Workplace 2020 effort.

Company  New Product/Feature Description HR Function Workplace 2020 Score 
ADP A new, mobile-enabled recruiting platform. Pay & Benefits Mobile
Blissbook Engaging, culture-based employee handbooks. Employment Policy Employee Experience
Bluewater Learning Learning Expert Center, a one-stop source for best practices, training, long-term planning and LMS expertise. Learning &
Employee Experience
Career Engagement Group Fuel50 – careerPATHING tools. Learning &
Employee Experience
EPAY Systems Affordable Care Act Toolkit for mobile workforces, integrates timekeeping, reporting, compliance and decision-making. Compliance Mobile
FurstPerson Automated talent assessment technology aimed at small- and mid-sized companies. Assessment Cloud
iCIMS Video Cover Letter, tool provides a modern, cost-effective method to screen candidates using recorded videos. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud
InterviewStream New feature integrates LinkedIn with its video interview platform. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud
JK Group Unified Philanthropic Platform, offers over two million global charities to employees. Employee Experience
Kenexa, an IBM Company IBM’s Survey Analytics services uses text and visual analytics software to automatically extract and display anonymous unstructured data. Analytics BD
MacroMicro An interactive interface reveals structures, relationships, and patterns that yield unprecedented insights for HR and senior leaders. Analytics BD
Nakisa A new Goal & Performance solution that helps SAP customers to better plan, evaluate and analyze workforce performance and goals. Performance
Paychex New cloud-based platform. Pay & Benefits Cloud
PDS Vista Analytics component, allows organizations to turn their HRMS data into actionable information to make better business decisions. Analytics BD
Reschedge Enhanced candidate scheduling. Recruiting & Hiring Cloud
Sovren Group Version 7.2 of the Sovren Resume/CV Parser, adding Chinese and Portuguese for a total of 14 languages, plus a new SaaS offering on Amazon Recruiting & Hiring Cloud
TalentQuest Adding search options to TQ Succession, allowing users to identify “suggested successors” and “find” people similar to top employees. Succession Employee Experience
Vemo Rent-A-Data-Scientist, will allow organizations to use the company’s custom project capability. Talent Planning Community/Crowdsourcing
Ving An engagement tool that ensures important messages are understood and acted upon. Employee Communication Employee Experience


What did we miss?  How do you think these products could help you build Workplace 2020?  Does having elements of Workplace 2020 differentiate one vendor over another?  Let us know if you use any of these solutions, or how you’re using HCM technology to build your Workplace 2020.

*Inclusion here is not meant to be an endorsement of any particular company or product by Appirio.

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