IDC MarketScape Shows Worldwide Integrated Talent Management Market Tightening as Vendors Make Progress and More Leaders Emerge

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 07, 2011 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a MarketScape report profiling and positioning the leading providers in the worldwide integrated talent management market. IDC MarketScape vendor analysis reports utilize a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor's current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Integrated Talent Management 2011 Vendor Analysis (IDC #226834), evaluates the offerings and prospects of 13 vendors using detailed criteria that IDC identified as key factors contributing to vendor success in the worldwide integrated talent management market. The results were used to create a graphical representation of the market based on each service provider's current capabilities and future strategies. The vendors included in the analysis are Cornerstone OnDemand, Halogen Software, Kenexa, Lawson Software, PeopleClick Authoria, PeopleSoft and Oracle, Plateau, Saba, SAP, Stepstone, SuccessFactors, SumTotal, and Taleo.

The 2011 analysis found that the market landscape has tightened with less differentiation than in previous studies. This tightening is due to across-the-board vendor efforts to deepen capabilities through organic development and to broaden capabilities through both organic development and acquisition. This analysis addresses a maturing market where execution and client experience are increasing critical to success. The gaps are closing with recruiting remaining as one area where there are a number of talent vendors with little or weak coverage. IDC believes the market will see more consolidation to gain recruiting IP while also seeing the start of acquisitions for market share.

The IDC MarketScape methodology placed Cornerstone OnDemand, Lawson, Plateau, SuccessFactors, and Taleo in the "Market Leaders" category this year. IDC sees Cornerstone OnDemand as having strong functional capabilities, true multi-tenant SaaS for scalability, and solid customer references. Lawson again emerged as a market leader and IDC has cited Lawson's approach of enabling access where the individual user works as particularly noteworthy. Plateau rose to leader status this year through deepened integration of its offerings, strong client references, and the advent of Plateau Foundation.

IDC finds that SuccessFactors, once again a leader, has strengths in market presence and positioning, continuous innovation in the category, and market momentum. Finally, Taleo is a market leader in this analysis with strengths including depth in capability of the individual talent functions, a robust partner ecosystem, strong brand recognition, global reach, and a track record of innovative R&D.

"The vendors serving the market for integrated talent management have advanced their offerings in features and functions both through organic development and acquisition," said Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, Talent, and Learning Strategies and Services. "Despite a number of acquisitions, the market is still crowded so consolidations will likely continue. As the market continues to mature, differentiation will come from excellence in execution and superior customer service."

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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