Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that Berkeley College, a coeducational institution of higher education specializing in business and professional studies, has consolidated and simplified talent management processes, filled talent management communication gaps, and strengthened employee engagement with UltiPro ®. With 1,700 employees in many locations, Berkeley College had been using a payroll service bureau and another separate solution for HR, but the higher education company found that interfacing the two different systems was costly, inefficient, and cumbersome. HR executives sought a single, scalable solution—supported by strong service—that could deliver the full scope of HCM functionality and help them manage people and administrative operations in a more streamlined and strategic way. Berkeley College chose UltiPro in October 2009 and was live on HR and payroll in only 10 weeks. Today, the organization has expanded its use of UltiPro and transformed the talent management experience by leveraging onboarding, talent acquisition, and performance management in one cohesive, organized, and efficient system of record, rather than disparate activities that occur sporadically during the employee lifecycle. “Before UltiPro, many of our talent management processes were decentralized, manual, and inconsistent, and we were always concerned about the accuracy of our data,” said Karen Carpentieri, vice president of human resources at Berkeley College. “By having UltiPro as our single solution of record, which provides a go-to hub for our people management processes, our employees have one login where they can find anything employee-centric whenever needed, and everyone—employees, managers, and HR—understands and follows the same channels and procedures for every HR practice.” Organizations that use UltiPro for talent management can take information collected during the hiring process and move it directly into onboarding—which not only orients employees and helps them complete proper documentation, but also alerts others in the organization to the arrival date of the new hire. As a result of this streamlined communication, employees can have their IT hardware, company identification/security privileges, and workspace ready so they can be productive very quickly. “At any workplace, HR must manage employee changes and the communication associated with these changes. Whether employees are starting with the company, switching jobs, or just modifying their direct deposit, it’s easy to have a miscommunication or even no communication among people and departments when there are multiple systems in play and thousands of people involved who are making changes all the time,” said Yvonne Ruiz, HRIS analyst at Berkeley College.