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Leading Industry Analyst Firm Names SumTotal a Leader in Learning and Talent Development Report

SumTotal Earns Top Score among all vendors for Learning Management and Collaboration and Perfect Score for Financial Viability; Achieves Second Highest Score for Product Strategy and Vision and Customer Experience

Gainesville, Fla. – March 13, 2013 SumTotal® Systems, LLC, a global leader in Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced it was named a “Leader” in Forrester Research Inc.,’s recently published The Forrester Wave™: Talent Management, Q1 2013, earning top scores among all vendors for Learning Management and Collaboration and among the highest marks for Financial Viability. In the report, Forrester evaluates SumTotal among the nine “most significant software providers” in the category. Download a free copy of the report here.

“SumTotal is the largest of the pure-play talent management vendors,” writes Claire Schooley, Forrester senior analyst, in the report. “While SumTotal offers a SaaS deployment, it also offers an on-premises deployment aimed at giving customers a choice. It has excellent localizations to meet country requirements — sometimes through partnerships — that other vendors find challenging. It continues to expand its mobile platform, social components, and portal strategy to provide its trademark feature/functionality depth.”

Forrester evaluated the software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings of select talent management software providers against 57 specific talent management criteria. To participate in this Forrester Talent Management Wave, vendors were required to provide three solutions as SaaS offerings: performance management, learning management and succession planning. In addition to receiving the highest score of any provider in learning management and collaboration and among the highest score for financial viability, SumTotal earned perfect scores across 40 total criteria areas.

“We are pleased that Forrester has again recognized SumTotal as a leader in its recent Talent Management Wave,” said Holly Rollo, Chief Marketing Officer at SumTotal. “SumTotal is often considered the industry’s best kept secret, but as I believe this Wave report confirms, we are, in fact, the industry’s largest independent talent management provider with over 43 million users and 17 million in the cloud. We have achieved this status quietly and methodically, by continuing to innovate our solutions and by partnering with our customers to create great places to work. It’s exciting to see that the secret is getting out as SumTotal continues to outpace the mega-vendors when it comes to agility and pragmatic innovation and outperform smaller and pure-SaaS providers on stability, deployment flexibility, geographic reach and functional depth.“

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SumTotal Systems, LLC, the largest independent provider of integrated human resources (HR) solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations, including AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN[ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL: AMWAY), and Seagate (NYSE: STX). The only HR solution provider to deliver Talent Expansion, a whole new approach to discovering, developing and unleashing hidden potential within our customers’ workforce, SumTotal delivers employee enablement solutions that help organizations become great places to work. SumTotal’s people-focused applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to advance employees’ skills and knowledge. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune’s “Best Places to Work,” rely on SumTotal’s on premise and cloud-based Talent Expansion applications to enable an empower their employees. Visit us at

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