What Does Learning Vendor Consolidation Mean?

Seven major financial transactions have occurred over the last quarter.  What does this mean to learning executives?

1) More full talent suite offerings to choose from

 “The Year of Learning has arrived…[and] the talent management providers took this to heart: the addition of learning management has been one of the hottest acquisition areas in tech this last year,” claims Dr. Kathleen Jones, analyst, Bersin & Associates. “Kenexa, the HR management software and services company, jumped into the ‘gotta have learning’ fray with the acquisition of elearning provider OutStart.”

2) Integration plans may determine your best match

Two different integration models are surfacing: SAP and Oracle. “The SAP strategy is bold,” reports Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin & Associates. “It represents SAP’s need (and desire) to build a clean, end-to-end cloud ERP strategy. It will certainly drive great adoption of SuccessFactors in existing SAP accounts. But there are quite a few disruptive moves here, some of which will take years to implement.

“This direction is far different from Oracle (which already has Fusion HCM shipping and is the HRMS market share leader), which plans to maintain and invest in Taleo as a separate product line. And it fully validates the strategy of Workday, a company that is already growing at breakneck speed and will now become even more prominent in the marketplace.”

—Read more at: www.Bersin.com

Seven major financial transactions have occurred over the last quarter.  What does this mean to learning executives?

1) More full talent suite offerings to choose from

 “The Year of Learning has arrived…[and] the talent management providers took this to heart: the addition of learning management has been one of the hottest acquisition areas in tech this last year,” claims Dr. Kathleen Jones, analyst, Bersin & Associates. “Kenexa, the HR management software and services company, jumped into the ‘gotta have learning’ fray with the acquisition of elearning provider OutStart.”

2) Integration plans may determine your best match

Two different integration models are surfacing: SAP and Oracle. “The SAP strategy is bold,” reports Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin & Associates. “It represents SAP’s need (and desire) to build a clean, end-to-end cloud ERP strategy. It will certainly drive great adoption of SuccessFactors in existing SAP accounts. But there are quite a few disruptive moves here, some of which will take years to implement.

“This direction is far different from Oracle (which already has Fusion HCM shipping and is the HRMS market share leader), which plans to maintain and invest in Taleo as a separate product line. And it fully validates the strategy of Workday, a company that is already growing at breakneck speed and will now become even more prominent in the marketplace.”

—Read more at: www.Bersin.com

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