Its was thanksgiving this week and after a flurry of news at the start of the week not surprisingly little followed, at least from the US that is. Highlights this week included some interesting research by ADP, Deloitte Digital, People First and others.


Infor has appointed Fabio Tiviti as Vice President of its ASEAN business and operations. Tiviti previously worked at SAP.

Jitterbit has appointed Vito Salvaggio as Senior Vice President of Product Management.

Skillsoft has appointed Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek as CMO. She joins having had several senior roles at IBM. These included CMO for IBM Watson and global head of business marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

Ultimate Software has announced that co-CEO Scott Scherr will retire on 31st December 2019 after nearly 30 years at the helm. Adam Rogers, currently co-CEO will become CEO on January 1st 2020.

Unit4 has appointed James Shand as Global Head of Cloud Transformation. He joins from SAP SuccessFactors where he was Chief Customer Officer.

Wavemaker has appointed Anna Hick as President, Global Clients. She joins the Wavemake exec leadership team having been COO of Wavemaker UK. She joined the company to launch the UK operation as MD.

Business News

Rubixx has joined the new Advanced TruePartner programme. The TruePartner programme delivers a stronger relationship and benefits for channel partners.

Cezanne HR has partnered with HFX, the SaaS workforce Management vendor to provide an integrated solution. It will offer advanced workforce management and HR systems that avoids rekeying.

Freshworks Inc has opened its third Indian Office in Hyderabad. It will hire an additional 100 engineers as it looks to boost R&D.

Upland has announced that it has completed syndication and pricing of an incremental $190 million term loan. It will use the funds to pay down $59 million on its revolving credit facility and leaves it $240 million to continue its acquisition strategy.

Customer News

Lourdes University has selected CampusNexus from Campus Management. It will use the CampusNexus Student; Occupation Insight; Finance, HR & Payroll; Engage; Succeed; Apply and the fundraising and university advancement solutions. xRM a Campus Management partner will implement the solution.

IFS has announced that SBM Offshore has selected IFS applications to support its digital transformation.

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa will implement Infor solutions including Infor LN ERP, EAM and Birst. The civil engineering and construction will roll out the solution to around 700 users.

Murata Power Solutions (MPS) has selected the OutSystems low-code development platform to power the company’s digital innovation initiatives. MPS are aiming to deliver mobile and web applications 4-6 times faster and has plans for 20 applications already.

Qlik has announced that Birmingham City University (BCU) has introduced the Qlik Academic Program into their Graduate+ award framework to help give students data literacy skills to support future careers.

Product News

ActionHRM has announced that it has completed an integration to JobAdder Available now. The integration supports bi-directional exchange of candidate information

ADP has announced that ADP Celergo is now available globally to support multi country payroll in the cloud. It offers payroll to more than 140 countries across the world.

Basware solutions for e-Invoicing, e-Procurement and AP automation solutions are now available on SAP App Center.

RoboMQ has announced the availability of a Workday API for its iPaaS solution. This follows the release of a major update last week.

In simPRO 19.4.5 a new Job Completion report and enhancements to the Job Profitability report. It has also added a job completion date which facilitated these new enhancements and several other bug fixes and minor improvements.


ADP has released a report highlighted five trends that will shape the workplace in 2020. They are: Cross-functional team support, personalization, compliance agility, data-informed decision making and adaptable technology, among leading trends driving the workforce.

Deloitte Digital has published research into B2B selling. It found five steps organisations need to take to effectively transform and

Freshworks has unveiled research that shows the UK is falling behind the rest of Europe it the application of AI technology in the service centre. Only 54% of UK businesses leverage AI against 97% in the Netherlands.

A study in the UK has found that Christmas bonuses were cut by 54% in the last three years. The research by Hawk Incentives found that nearly three quarters of employees are not expecting a bonus and yet a £50 bonus is often enough to increase employee satisfaction.

New research by HCM provider People First investigated attitudes to change by both employees and their bosses. While 68% of bosses feel employees do not like change, around a quarter of employees think the same about their bosses.

Perkbox has revealed the outcome of research that looks at how employees balance Christmas festivities and work.  As many as 1 in 3 Brits describe themselves as unproductive in the run-up to Christmas

ServiceNow has unveiled research that shows job satisfaction for 30% of UK workers has plummeted in the last twelve months.

Research by Xero revealed that on average SMEs in South Africa are owed R99,800 (US$6,800) in late payments. With more than 91% of companies owed money outside payment terms it estimates that this could amount to R249.5 billion in total.


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