Organic or Acquired?

Consolidation and acquisition have been recent hot trends in the talent management systems market. But integrating multiple software tools under the same roof is hard work – it often takes years to complete, as vendors have to deal with uniting a variety of different user interfaces, data models and customer support options. The lesson? Buyer beware. Use this list of questions from Cornerstone OnDemand to ask your talent management vendor some tough questions about their software, their acquisition plans and how it will all affect you.

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Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is often criticized for being complex and difficult to use—which puts up a barrier to receiving potential benefits. Systems with integrated search functionality and Web-like interfaces can make ERP solutions easier to use. Learn how to evaluate ERP software for its usability, so you can avoid investing in platforms that aren’t evolved toward usable and efficient interfaces. Read More

Quick Take: Pulse Secure Spins Off, Immediately Acquires MobileSpaces

After network infrastructure provider Juniper Networks sold secure gateway Junos Pulse, this led to the creation of Pulse Secure. The security provider immediately acquired mobile application security company Mobile Spaces. What does this mean for security and risk management companies and professionals interested in strengthening mobile security within their business? This report from Forrester Research looks at the acquisition and its implications. Read More

Quick Take: Pulse Secure Spins Off, Immediately Acquires MobileSpaces

After network infrastructure provider Juniper Networks sold secure gateway Junos Pulse, this led to the creation of Pulse Secure. The security provider immediately acquired mobile application security company Mobile Spaces. What does this mean for security and risk management companies and professionals interested in strengthening mobile security within their business? This report from Forrester Research looks at the acquisition and its implications. Read More

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