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Mid-Market Companies Now Have Easy Access to HCM Best Practices in a Comprehensive, Feature Rich, Fully Integrated Platform

Softscape, an industry leader in strategic people management technology and services, today launched SoftscapeNow, a specialised mid-market human capital management (HCM) solution that delivers a comprehensive set of integrated and configurable functions with an unprecedented speed of deployment and at one standard price per month. Now customers can begin experiencing the power of Softscape’s workforce planning, talent acquisition, workforce performance, learning and development, salary planning, and collaboration suites in just 24 hours.

SoftscapeNow provides customers with a single platform to rapidly execute their sophisticated HCM strategy, without lengthy implementation times or the expense typically associated with large-scale enterprise software projects. This enables companies of all sizes to optimise resource planning, drive individual and organisational performance, and impact company growth much faster.

"The ability to deliver HR software solutions over the Internet, combined with flexible pricing options is giving organisations a wider range of choices. As a result, solutions that offer deep capability are becoming more accessible to smaller organisations at an affordable cost," said Aileen MacMillan, Research Analyst, HR.com Limited.

SoftscapeNow’s flexible configuration options are based on the aggregated best practices Softscape has developed from over ten years working with Global 500 and Fortune 500 customers across numerous vertical markets.

"With just over 900 employees, Medica required an advanced HCM solution that would move the organization from a paper intensive process to an automated system that would integrate our key processes rapidly," said Gloria Hoffman, HRIS & Payroll Manager and HR Business Partner, Medica. "We are using Softscape's HCM solution to create a single integrated structure that enables employees to easily see their connection to the organisation and how their efforts support the company's mission. Our vision is to continue to leverage the HCM solution to provide on-line tools to improve and standardize performance evaluations and align all employees goal setting with the corporate initiatives. We also plan to leverage HCM to help identify gaps in skills and appropriate training opportunities which would result in greater employee satisfaction and retention."

SoftscapeNow: Reinventing Mid-Market HCM
Mid-market companies have long been underserved by enterprise software vendors. Software as a Service (SaaS) and ASP offerings have begun to make inroads by breaking down large enterprise software and delivering it as non-configurable applications in an attempt to reach the market cost effectively. However, those solutions are still expensive, time consuming and cumbersome to deploy, and lack the standard configurations that most companies require to be effective. In addition, smaller niche vendors lack the function breadth and depth that mid-market companies are now requiring.

In response, Softscape is the first to deliver a complete enterprise-class HCM suite, with the configuration options that human resources professionals require, in a rapidly deployable platform. Softscape has long been regarded by industry analysts as the most comprehensive platform on the market, and now has completely changed the standard delivery model by offering a fully integrated, configured suite of HCM applications deliverable in 24 hours.

SoftscapeNow is built on the Softscape Apex™ platform announced in January 2005 and makes available the central components of the industry’s leading HCM solution including:
• Resource Demand Planning
• Project Portfolio Management
• Expense Management
• Time & Attendance
• Position Management
• Hiring Management
• Performance Management
• Goals Management
• Competency Management
• 360 Multi-Source Feedback
• Learning Management (LMS)
• Learning Content Management (LCMS)
• Succession Planning
• Salary Planning
• e-Meetings & Collaboration

Customers simply choose from a list of configuration options and Softscape will deploy their system within 24 hours of receiving the customers’ data. Customers also have the option to expand their deployments and leverage hundreds more configuration options available in the Softscape Apex platform.

SoftscapeNow is delivered online through a standard browser, and hosted by Softscape at its world-class hosting facility, providing customers additional savings by eliminating the need for additional IT expenditures. Softscape offers a flexible pricing structure that makes the complete package cost effective and affordable on a monthly basis. Though ideally suited for companies with less than 5,000 employees, the complete platform enables even larger organisations to launch SoftscapeNow and scale up by team, group, division, or across their entire organisation.

“We are changing the dynamics of the HCM market by setting the standard for speed of deployment, functionality breadth and depth, flexible configurations, and affordability in fully hosted applications,” said Dave Watkins, co-founder and CEO, Softscape. “Unlike other vendors who are under pressure from investors to deliver on their exit strategy, we are investing in this market internally to support our customers for the long-haul. The flexibility of our technology allows us to deploy highly configured and integrated HCM solutions to large enterprises, and then streamline the delivery to offer that same configurability and integration to small and medium sized businesses.”

Pricing & Availability
SoftscapeNow is available immediately. Pricing is based on one standard price for the complete set of suites and scales to meet the needs of any size organization or government agency. For more information or to schedule a demonstration call 800-881-2546 or visit our website at www.softscape.com/softscapenow.


About Softscape (www.softscape.com)
Softscape provides integrated people management solutions to enterprises and government agencies. With over a million global users in 42 countries, Softscape’s award winning web-based technology and proven strategic services, offer customers comprehensive solutions to better manage strategic HR functions and government case management. Softscape continues to advance the market with the broadest and most complete set of fully integrated enterprise software modules with unprecedented flexibility, rapid deployment, and lower total cost of ownership. Embodying a unique approach to people-centric systems that is redefining the standard for operational effectiveness, Softscape solutions are focused on enhancing productivity, facilitating long-term planning, reducing operational costs, and driving organizational performance. Customers include Merrill Lynch, GKN, Corning, Medica, John Deere, Freightliner, Northrop Grumman, Goodwill, and Ceridian. Softscape is based in Massachusetts with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Connecticut, Washington DC, London, and Hong Kong.

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