IDC MarketScape Shows Worldwide Integrated Talent Management Vendors Are Making Uniform Progress, But the Race is Still On to Offer a Full Suite

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – February 2, 2010 – IDC has released a new MarketScape report profiling and ranking 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 2010 Vendor Analysis (IDC #221561), evaluates the offerings and prospects of 15 vendors' relative capabilities. These providers were evaluated 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 Authoria, Cornerstone OnDemand, Halogen Software, Kenexa, Lawson Software, PeopleSoft and Oracle, Plateau, Saba, Salary.com, SAP, Softscape, Stepstone, SuccessFactors, SumTotal, and Taleo.

This MarketScape found that there was largely uniform progress made by the vendors covered in the analysis. While the race has been on to complete the portfolio to cover as many talent functions as possible, not all of the individual talent offerings are themselves as deep or able to stand alone, as are the core functions with which each vendor entered the market.

This IDC MarketScape methodology placed Lawson, Success Factors and Taleo in the "Market Leaders" category with a number of vendors in hot pursuit as "Major Players." IDC sees the Lawson approach of enabling access where the individual user works as particularly noteworthy. SuccessFactors is a market leader in this analysis for the second year in part due to their strong market presence and positioning, continuous innovation, and market momentum. Taleo has risen to be a market leader with strengths in many areas, including depth in capability, a robust partner ecosystem, strong brand recognition, and a track record of innovative R&D.

"More consolidation in the talent management market is highly likely," says Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, Talent, and Learning Strategies for IDC. "The market is a crowded one with differentiation becoming harder to attain. As differentiation wanes and market penetration rises, it will be natural that stronger players will seek to grow client bases through acquisition.”

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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