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Employee Central Captures the Real-Time Pulse of the Organization; Gives Companies a Single Source to Capture, Manage Employee Information as well as Make Smarter Decisions About Their People

SAN MATEO, Calif., June 8, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- SuccessFactors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFSF), the global leader in on-demand performance and talent management solutions, today announced Employee Central, a new module for the SuccessFactors Performance and Talent Management Suite that allows companies to maintain centralized employee information with deeply integrated social networking and collaboration, giving employees, managers and executives a single, real-time hub to have a more complete picture of their people.

Unlike traditional HRIS systems, which simply include basic information such as the employee's name, title and compensation information, Employee Central connects employees dynamically and delivers relevant, community-enriched employee information that business leaders need to make strategic decisions about their talent in order to improve business performance.

Employee Central is designed to serve as the go-to social network in a company for everything from finding an employee's e-mail and mobile phone number, to giving managers and executives the crucial information about the current pulse of their workforce that they need to make strategic business decisions. Employee Central leverages the best in social networking and Web 2.0 technologies and is as engaging and fun to use as today's popular consumer-focused social media platforms. It enables employees and managers to populate their personal profiles with a rich set of information such as individual skill sets or competencies, languages spoken, career goals, key accomplishments, compensation history and leadership potential, and now puts this in context of the basic information typically stored in a traditional HRIS system to create an insightful and dynamic view of every employee.

"It's time to bring Web 2.0 social networking into the total enterprise, and SuccessFactors has the experience to do that safely and securely in 185 countries, the way we have already done for almost 5,000,000 users globally. We have the scale, infrastructure and experience of how to make extremely large enterprise deployments easy and quick, 'user and manager-successful'," said SuccessFactors CEO Lars Dalgaard. "Traditional systems focus on transactional data, but don't do anything valuable with it beyond storage capacity and automating a few processes. What we're offering with Employee Central is driving new value in the organization - a whole new way for companies to think about this information. This is much more than just phone numbers and insurance information, but a social tool to collaborate, communicate and make real, strategic decisions about their people."

"Organizations need a single, integrated information system for a wide variety of employee human resources, talent management, stills, profile, and financial information," said Josh Bersin, CEO of Bersin & Associates, a leading analyst firm in talent management and corporate training. "Unfortunately, because of the wide variety of HR and financial systems in businesses, few companies have such a system today. SuccessFactors' new Employee Central solution helps organizations solve this problem by providing an open, easy to use system to store this wide variety of employee information in a single place."

Employee Central acts as a centralized employee information and collaboration hub for businesses to have a single source to efficiently manage employee information and promote collaboration. With Employee Central, businesses can:

-- Access Centralized Employee Information - Leverage a single source of
truth to efficiently manage employee information and automate common
workforce processes like hires and job transfers. Effective dating and
auditing capabilities make it easy to manage current, historical or
future-looking data, securely and all information can be easily fed to
HR transactional systems such as benefits or payroll. Also, reporting
and auditing capabilites help companies meet regulatory compliance and
answer key employee related questions.

-- Give depth to employee information - Capture more than the usual HR data
by letting employees create rich profiles that express their skills,
interests and career aspirations.

-- Provide deeper collaboration and social networking capabilities -
Employees can connect with their peers around common interests or
projects in order to share knowledge and drive greater productivity.

-- Make strategic talent decisions - Critical performance and talent
management information from the SuccessFactors suite is seamlessly
available to executives and business leaders to give a full picture of
their employees' performance and capabilities, enabling them to
find and deploy the right talent more strategically.

Simplicity and utility are key when dealing with employee information," said Tracie Rhodes, HR Manager of Finelite, a home and office lighting seller in Union City, Calif. "Having a solution that allows us to get everything off of desktop applications and into one central location that lets us run reports and have a single view of our employee data is essential. Letting employees share information about themselves provides a much richer picture and fosters collaboration."

"Any system that encourages more use, employee collaboration and interaction - that's about the people and not just the system - is a valuable asset for businesses," said Lisa Rowan, program director for HR, Learning and Talent Strategies for IDC. "For an employee information hub, usability is key, because that in itself drives usage and vastly increases the amount of relevant data that is available to give businesses real, actionable insights."

Employee Central will be introduced today in beta to the attendees of SuccessFactors Global User Conference, SuccessConnect 2009, in San Francisco and is expected to be generally available in July 2009.

The SuccessFactors Performance and Talent Management Suite, which includes Performance Management, Goal Management, 360 Degree Reviews, Succession Management, Compensation Management, Learning and Development, Recruiting Management, Employee Profile, and Analytics and Reporting applications, creates a company-wide network of information related to employee performance, including skill-sets, interests, career aspirations, ability to relocate, experience, languages spoken and more. By providing deep, real-time, company-wide visibility into such critical performance data, companies are able to make better, more informed decisions about how to promote, recruit, compensate, reward and manage their entire employee base.

About SuccessFactors, Inc.

SuccessFactors is one of the fastest growing public software companies and the leading provider of on-demand employee performance and talent management solutions. The company enables organizations of every size, and across every industry and geography, to achieve high-performing workforces through goal alignment and execution, talent development and planning, and pay-for-performance initiatives. From 92 customers and approximately 282,000 end users in 2003 to more than 2,700 customers and 4.7 million end users today, SuccessFactors' solutions are widely deployed across 60 industries in over 185 countries in 31 languages. Founded in 2001 with offices around the world, the company employs passionate people focused on revolutionizing the future of work. For more information, visit: http://www.successfactors.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are SuccessFactors' current expectations and beliefs.

These forward-looking statements include statements about product features and delivery dates mentioned represent current product development expectations only and not a delivery commitment. These features may not be delivered in the indicated time frame or at all. Customers should base their purchasing, administrative, and configuration decisions solely on functionality that is currently available.

SuccessFactors, Inc. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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For more information, please contact:

Kim Squire
Devonshire Marketing
Tel: 0870 7000 166
Email: kim@devonshiremarketing.com

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