SumTotal announces visionary Talent Expansion Suite Winter 2016 release

SumTotal, a Skillsoft company, today unveiled the SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite Winter 2016 release.

With this release, SumTotal fundamentally changes the way organisations approach employee development, simplifying the journey to becoming a Self-Developing Organisation. The innovative and intuitive capabilities in this release make it easier than ever to develop, promote, mobilise and reward the workforce. 

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Humair Ghauri, Senior Vice President of Products and Technology at SumTotal, said: “Customer feedback validates that this release marks a fundamental technology shift for SumTotal.

“The cutting-edge open architecture, unified data model and ultra-modern user experience mean that the Winter 2016 release outperforms all current talent management solutions, many of which are based on rapidly aging workflow models.”   

More than 80 percent of business leaders say developing the skills of their existing workforce through continuous learning and talent mobility initiatives is one of their top priorities. In addition, nurturing an adaptable talent pool will unlock up to an estimated $130 billion in additional productivity globally.

John Ambrose, General Manager of SumTotal, said: “The feedback from beta testing customers is extremely positive. We’re delivering an intuitive and personalised experience that is blurring the line between talent processes and learning to deliver an entirely new, modern approach to development. 

Using our suite of solutions, business leaders can now build an organisational culture focused on empowering people – a culture that enables people to define and pursue a self-directed path for individualised development, continuous learning and career mobility, three of the critical components of the Self-Developing Organisation.”

The Winter 2016 release delivers tools that support the critical focus on growing and adapting the skills and capabilities of an organisation’s workforce, while simultaneously encouraging talent mobility. 

It provides easy-to-use, personalised, actionable tools and insights that adapt to the changing needs and preferences of each individual. These solutions empower every employee in every role in the organisation to pursue their own meaningful path for growth without increasing the workload on managers and HR professionals.

Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and HCM Principal Analyst at Brandon Hall Group, said: “The business value of seamlessly connecting talent and learning has long been realised.

“When an organisation delivers contextual learning opportunities, it not only fosters loyalty and engagement among employees, but also builds bench strength and a leadership pipeline throughout the organisation. SumTotal’s latest release underscores the importance of integration across the entire HCM suite and will illustrate HR’s importance to overall organisational success.”

“Features in this release reflect what we at Nucleus have predicted would begin happening in performance and learning management,” said Brent Skinner, principal analyst covering human capital management for Nucleus Research.

She added: “The new normal for technology in HCM, manifested in predictive analytics and social media–style user interfaces promoting collaboration, facilitates a new approach. Organisations can now begin replacing tired, one-size-fits-all models for managing employee performance and learning.

“Taking the place of these models are trigger-based, in-the-moment conversations between managers and their employees. These interactions are less tedious and more intuitive and immediately applicable, integrating employee performance and learning more holistically with talent management overall.”

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