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Perception of Cost Cited as Major Barrier to Implementation – Only 21% of HR Managers Aware They Can Rent Software and Easily Configure Applications to Their Specific Needs

London, UK – 9 July 2007 – Three quarters of UK HR managers are aware of internet-based talent management tools, yet 70% of UK organisations still depend on manual, paper-based systems, according to independent research commissioned by Qikker Solutions Ltd, a UK partner of SuccessFactors for e-HR Solutions. The vast majority of organisations still rely on a paper-based approach to various talent management processes, such as MS Word or Excel systems without a central database.

Qikker Solutions commissioned independent research consultancy VMH Associates to survey a total of 67 HR managers, HR directors and HR board directors from both the public and private sector across the UK. One third of respondents were from organisations with a turnover in excess of £100 million.

The perception of cost and upfront initial capital expenditure is cited as the major barrier to implementation of e-HR solutions. Fifty two percent of respondents surveyed believe they need to put aside capital expenditure to invest in e-HR. Only about one fifth of HR managers are aware they are able to rent software through ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) solutions, and configure the solutions specifically to their requirements.

“The Software as a Service approach to human capital management is a natural choice,” said Mark Barlow, Managing Director, Qikker Solutions Ltd. “Organisations have become increasingly dissatisfied that it can take months, sometimes years, to deploy a new system only to find that it yields less than optimal results. “By accessing systems and services securely over the Web on a subscription basis, the SaaS model offers companies all of the benefits and company-wide visibility of e-HR without the prohibitive upfront capital expenditure.”

The research found that only 35% of respondents have successfully prepared a business case for a talent management initiative that has subsequently been actioned upon. 77% of respondents confirmed that the greatest support for HR talent management initiatives was the CEO / MD level in organizations.

“There is definitely a lack of awareness in the HR community of the opportunity to remove the traditional ‘capital request’ roadblock through Software as a Service,” added Barlow. “This represents both tremendous opportunity, but there is a need for better education and awareness around the fundamental benefits to both the HR discipline as well as the wider benefits that can be gained by the organizations as a whole.”

About Qikker Solutions Ltd
Qikker is an independent provider of internet-based HR solutions and services – delivering secure and integrated software as a service (SaaS) eHR solutions. The company’s solutions comprise Talent Management, Performance Management, Temporary Workforce Management and Cultural Assessment. Our specialist consulting services comprise the planning, design, implementation and management of internet-based HR solutions, including HR self-service.

Qikker’s portfolio of some of the world’s finest ‘best of breed’ eHR products is unique. Its software partners boast many of the world’s largest companies amongst their customers endorsing a track record of technical excellence. Qikker is well positioned to assist its customers to develop high performance workforces through a ‘step by step’ transition from inefficient paper based processes to full HR self service.

About SuccessFactors
SuccessFactors is the leading provider of on-demand employee performance and talent management solutions that enable organizations of every size, across every industry and geography, to realize their employees' potential and thus drive business results. Its hosted service is organically built from the ground up – providing a fully integrated, modular suite of performance and talent management applications that provide customers with immediate process benefits and tangible return on investment. Fueled by customer success, SuccessFactors currently has more than 1,300 customers with more than 2 million users in 156 countries and across 60 industries using the application in 18 languages. The company currently employs more than 500 people worldwide, all passionately focused on delighting customers through prompt and effective execution and constant improvement driven by customer feedback. SuccessFactors' customers include Kimberly-Clark Corporation, MasterCard Worldwide, Textron, Sutter Healthcare, Direct Energy, Quintiles Transnational, Volkswagen of North America, Lancaster General Hospital, McDermott International, Inc. and Founded in 2001, SuccessFactors has multiple offices worldwide collaborating for strong local support of customers.

- SuccessFactors, Inc. –

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Kim Squire
Devonshire Marketing
Tel: 0870 7000 166

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