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John Ambrose (3 Posts)

John Ambrose

John Ambrose is General Manager of SumTotal, a Skillsoft company.

What it Means to Provide Value in HCM Technology

This year’s HCM Technology Value Matrix, an annual report issued by Nucleus Research, really puts technology vendors to the test. The field is crowded with HCM solutions, so many organizations considering new solutions save time when Nucleus does the legwork to determine which providers offer the best functionality. Several providers named in past reports have been eliminated, as they have chosen to focus on talent management, rather than developing a full HCM suite.

SumTotal Recognized in Nucleus Research Report

The analysts’ findings: “Most leaders in this year’s HCM Value Matrix continue to improve in offering HCM solutions that are legitimately end-to-end, enabling employers to practice HCM as an interconnected discipline.” This interconnection allows HR and business leaders to take advantage of powerful analytics that can deliver actionable insight into workforce trends—and the overall business.

We’re proud that SumTotal entered the leader quadrant in this year’s report: “SumTotal has rebuilt the user experience through close collaboration with customers and extensive usability testing…Nucleus believes the planned Q4 2016 development will help move the vendor’s placement farther upward and to the right.” The report states that our performance management and learning capabilities reflect the trends Nucleus has identified as crucial in delivering value to the business.

To us, providing value is more than an ROI number. While we can certainly quantify metrics such as employee retention, satisfaction, productivity, time to proficiency and mobility within the organization, there are other ways we hope to add value to our customers that are less easily measured. We hope to add value as a trusted partner—one clients turn to for guidance on how to move up the learning and talent management maturity ladder.

Learn more about some of the ways we provide value to our clients. Download your copy of the report here and stay tuned for more information on our next release!


SumTotal Recognized as a Leader in Learning Management

IDC recently released a series of reports assessing vendors in the integrated talent management market—we’re pleased to be recognized as a major player in the talent management, performance management and recruiting MarketScape reports and named a leader in the learning management category.

SumTotal Winter 2016In a press release, Lisa Rowan, IDC’s research vice president, mentioned SumTotal’s innovations in creating a comprehensive view of all of an organization’s HR data to deliver a consolidated view of the workforce. Innovation has been a major driver for SumTotal lately, and we’re planning to continue in that vein.

We’re on a mission to ensure every solution we bring to market includes industry-leading innovation that supports our customers in overcoming their greatest challenges. We want to redefine how you achieve success through the performance of your people. We want to help you collaborate more easily across your organization—and we want to collaborate with our customers to ensure our investments and priorities align with the market’s evolving needs.

As an example, our Winter 2016 release incorporated new workflows to support internal career mobility. Our goal was to give people an intuitive, consumer-driven user experience that makes it easier than ever for HR professionals to know, develop, promote, mobilize and reward their workforce. The solution further empowers employees to pursue their own self-directed paths for growth and prioritize their individual learning experience – keep an eye out for new features, like the dynamic sidebar timeline that makes it easy for learners to track goals and performance milestones.

In a few months, we’ll launch our Summer 2016 release, featuring a phenomenal new Talent Acquisition suite that supports recruiting and onboarding. This release will redefine how you attract top talent, build an unrivaled employment brand, speed new employee productivity and foster internal mobility to keep top talent in the organization.

And we’re just getting started. We’ve shared our new technologies and vision for the new way of work with leading analysts, and media thought leaders, and people across the globe are taking notice. I’m predicting that our recent recognition from IDC is just the beginning. We hope you’ll join us as we continue our evolution.

Learn more about the innovations we made in the Winter 2016 release of the SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite.

American Cancer Society Adopts SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite to Transform into Self-Developing Organization

SumTotal, a Skillsoft company, today announced that the American Cancer Society will adopt the SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite to facilitate their transformation into a Self-Developing Organization. This solution will empower the Society’s more than 6,000 employees to pursue a meaningful path for individualized professional growth and development while increasing engagement, productivity and partnership with the Society’s more than 2.5 million volunteers.

“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the impact their work has on people every day. To build on this passion, we want to engage people and equip them with the most innovative, impactful and proven tools for professional growth,” said Angela Rose Wright, Director of Talent Process & Systems for the American Cancer Society. “We believe SumTotal is the best solution to ensure our goal of becoming a Self-Developing Organization. Their solution will enable continuous development and talent mobility within the organization.”


The latest release of the SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite will enable the Society to attract and retain top talent by providing opportunities to engage employees in their own development and career mobility. Employees in any of the Society’s offices and those who work remotely will be able to easily pursue their own professional growth path, and be seamlessly connected to the precise development actions that will help them prepare for future career opportunities.  Every employee will have configurable role-based dashboards available to help them focus on specific areas of development and track their own progress.  An employee can set preferences, including future job roles they are interested in, and throughout the suite be delivered learning recommendations that support continuous development and emphasize growing the specific skills and competencies critical to their career aspirations within the Society.

To read more about the American Cancer Society’s journey to become a Self-Developing Organization, visit