A big week for HR and a great year for Fairsail   

As we dive into the fourth quarter of 2014, I’d like to reflect on what we’ve achieved so far and what’s left on our to-do list for the remainder of what’s been a pivotal year for Sage People. New products, new customers, a new website, brilliant research and some great events – and that’s only the start.

Last week, we wrapped up at the HR Tech Conference in Las Vegas, a great show where we met a lot of new people and enjoyed getting re-acquainted with some familiar faces. We’ve received a huge amount of great feedback about the new version of our global cloud HRMS, Sage People WX, which conference attendees got a first glimpse of at our stand.

WX combines global cloud HR information, analytics and corporate communications and is a completely new and different approach to creating superior user experiences and driving productivity. It changes HR systems into workforce experience systems, combining core real-time workforce information, with corporate, internal, employee and social media communications. From a user experience point of view, it delivers a rich, compelling and engaging experience, and the feedback we’ve had so far has been excellent. Read what Cobalt International Energy and TVG-Betfair had to say about it here.

At the show, we also heard from a long line up of great speakers who confirmed what we already know: the modern workforce is changing, and technology needs to adapt with this change in order to help HR affect the bottom line and help businesses transform and grow. Furthermore, Bersin by Deloitte talked about how new HR practices that are embedded into employee workflows and easy-to-use mobile applications are poised to dramatically reshape where and how people work.

On the back of the HR Tech Conference, we’re now ready for Dreamforce that officially kicked off in San Francisco yesterday, where we’ll be hearing from numerous thought leaders, including Hilary Clinton and Marc Benioff.

Over in the UK, we’ll be holding the second of our Sage People Regatta events on November 5th, at the Cooper Gay offices in London. Our first event was held at the Gherkin, where we released the results of our ‘Let’s get IT started‘ research which uncovered some pretty shocking shortcomings, caused by ineffective legacy HR systems – or a lack of HR systems in some cases. 76% of companies we spoke to are planning on changing their HR systems, with some companies still using Microsoft Office to manage HR processes.

It’s also fantastic to be able to welcome some significant new customers to Sage People, with ComputerWeekly choosing to report on these. Read all about how Sage People’s HCM is helping SDL continue to grow and evolve, and how Canonical chose Sage People from a long list of other providers, including Workday. From an implementation point of view, we could not be more pleased to report on how Betfair got up and running with HCM with Sage People in only 90 days.

In my eight months as CEO at Sage People, I’m delighted to report that the business has grown by nearly 150%, in the past year alone. We’re very happy to be able to welcome our new customers and see existing customers using our software as the basis for their roadmaps; to grow and transform their businesses going forward.

Our customers are changing and adapting to accommodate the emergence of the modern workforce. It’s so encouraging to see them embracing the new systems that will support the new way people are working today. The time has come for change in how organizations acquire, engage, manage and develop their people, and that time is now.

Here’s to a busy and successful end to 2014!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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