WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of unified human capital management SaaS solutions for global businesses, announced today that the National Aquarium is transforming HR operations by using UltiPro, reducing risk related to compliance and litigation, as well as controlling and cutting expenses.
Changing the way the HR team had operated for many years was not easy for the National Aquarium, but Candace Osunsade, HR executive for the National Aquarium, knew that HR had to remove as many tactical activities as possible, move processes online for more proficiency, and arm themselves with strategic business intelligence. The HR team rolled out UltiPro in 2009 and has since strengthened HR’s standing at the aquarium.
“UltiPro is a catalyst for positive change for HR and for our entire company. The bulk of paper that used to cover our desks is almost gone—aligning the way our team functions with our organization’s conservation goals,” said Osunsade. “Because we have automated so many tactical processes, we have re-directed resources to now focus on recruitment and retention, activities that previously were like filling a chair and completing a paper evaluation. There also have been cultural shifts because of UltiPro. Hiring managers have become more accountable, and employees are taking more control of their financial lives because they now can conveniently access their ongoing income and retirement plan details. UltiPro is making a difference in our employees’ lives.”
To get a seat within the executive circle, Osunsade recommends HR practitioners leverage technology to automate processes, convert workforce metrics into business results, and establish credibility as corporate strategists. She also believes in the power of relationships with her HCM provider.
“To prosper in today’s business environment, HR executives must focus on finding and trusting the right HCM business partner,” said Osunsade. “More than a technology company, Ultimate has been establishing long-standing, collaborative relationships with its customers for more than two decades. I can attest that Ultimate is the real deal. Now with UltiPro supporting us, we are being proactive and improving the quality of what we provide to our business and to our workforce.”
Using UltiPro, the National Aquarium’s employee metrics are stored in one single, easy-to-manage platform that is available to the entire HR team, managers, and employees. As a result, the aquarium’s information accuracy has improved significantly. With reliable, centralized, and secure information, as well as instant, configurable reporting, Osunsade and her group are well-positioned to reduce risk and vulnerability to legal issues and noncompliance.
“With UltiPro, my team can quickly and correctly address compliance needs and challenges,” said Osunsade. “Workplace regulations are becoming more complex, but UltiPro makes it easy for us. We now have comprehensive insight and record speed through UltiPro’s business intelligence. Our data is accurate, we can retrieve information instantly, and we are much less at risk for any kind of workplace violations.”
In addition to strategic benefits and improved compliance and risk management, UltiPro is allowing the National Aquarium to better manage people-related expenses.
“When it comes to optimal HCM, HR leaders need to understand how technology can minimize or eliminate the costs with paper processes and the associated inefficiencies. There are significant dollars tied to reporting errors, redundancies, and the inability to access vital workforce information on the spot,” said Osunsade. “Our expenses with the payroll outsourcer we used before UltiPro were through the roof.”
“When we evaluated our return on investment with UltiPro, including both hard- and soft-cost savings, we had a real ‘wow’ moment. We couldn’t afford not to take advantage of UltiPro’s functionality. In addition to controlling and cutting costs, we are revitalizing HR and impacting our overall business with UltiPro.”
“The National Aquarium has done a phenomenal job of maximizing UltiPro’s functionality and elevating its HCM to a new level,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer for Ultimate. “We’re thrilled that UltiPro is addressing a range of companywide objectives for the aquarium, helping with overall business execution, and playing a central role in its strategic transformation.”
Ultimate is a leading provider of unified human capital management (HCM) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for global businesses. Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro® solutions deliver the functionality businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement. Based in Weston, FL, Ultimate employs more than 1,100 professionals who are focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2010, Ultimate was named an Optimas Award winner by Workforce Management magazine. In 2009, Ultimate was awarded first place in the People’s Choice Stevie® competition for Favorite New SaaS Product and was ranked the #1 best medium-sized company to work for in America by the Great Place to Work® Institute for the second consecutive year. In 2010, Ultimate’s security practices were recertified for ISO/IEC 27001, and Ultimate was the first HR SaaS vendor to be ISO/IEC 27001 certified in 2008. Ultimate has approximately 2,200 customers representing diverse industries, including such organizations as Adobe Systems Incorporated, The Container Store, Culligan International, Elizabeth Arden, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. More information on Ultimate’s products and services can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
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