SaaS-based HR vendor unveils BizX software suite, part of a strategy to help customers attain excellence in execution. Jon Wilcox reports.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor SuccessFactors has unveiled a new strategy to help improve business execution, described by the company as "the biggest problem in business today". The Business Execution Software (BizX) strategy is made up of three distinct parts: the BizX software suite; a platform for connectivity between third-party applications and BizX, named SuccessCloud; and finally "robust go-to-market capabilities for selling, servicing, and supporting the largest global base of Business Execution customers".
SuccessFactors has reinforced the new strategy further by using the ‘Business Execution Software’ strap line under its logo, describing it as a "new era".
Lars Dalgaard, CEO at SuccessFactors, said: "Our Business Execution Suite helps companies rapidly communicate their strategy, and align it throughout the company and execute."
The BizX suite forms part of a wider strategy for SuccessFactors, with the latest product (SuccessFactors Strategy Deployment) scheduled for release on 18 September. When it launches at the end of next week, the Strategy Deployment module will apparently allow executives to better communicate goals and objectives throughout their company.
Improving collaborative efforts between enterprise applications is one aim of SuccessCloud, which allows third-parties to connect with the BizX suite. Several partners have already been identified, including IBM Lotus Connections and SkillSoft. Tom Fisher, SuccessFactors VP of Cloud Computing, said: "Our SuccessCloud partner program [improves collaboration] so businesses can very quickly and easily gain access to multi-faceted performance information at every level of the organization enabling unprecedented business insight."
According to ZDNet’s Larry Dignan, SuccessFactors’ new era from SaaS HR vendor to the ‘Business Intelligence lite’ sector of business execution could "move SuccessFactors up the enterprise chain". However he also warned that to succeed, the company would have to attach connectors between SuccessCloud and the two heavyweights of enterprise: SAP and Oracle.