|[March 30, 2017]
Ultimate Software Hosts Annual "Connections" Customer Conference with Over 3,000 HCM Professionals, Partners, and Analysts
Ultimate Software (Nasdaq:ULTI), a leading provider of human capital
management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today that more than
3,000 HR and business professionals, partners, and industry analysts
from across North America attended this year's Connections, Ultimate's
annual customer and partner conference, held March 21-24 at the Bellagio
hotel in Las Vegas.
The theme of Connections was "Elevate" and the four-day conference
offered more than 60 breakout sessions and workshops that showed
attendees how to "elevate" the employee experience and accelerate
business growth with Ultimate's newest HCM solutions. At the
conference's opening session on Tuesday, March 21, Chief Technology
Officer Adam Rogers and Vice President of Products Martin Hartshorne
highlighted three of Ultimate's latest innovations:
UltiPro Perception: Beyond traditional employee survey tools,
UltiPro Perception is a modern way to collect and understand employee
feedback; analyze sentiment using advanced natural language processing
(NLP) and machine learning; and gain real-time insight into the
UltiPro Learning: A person-first learning experience that
provides a compelling employee-focused approach to professional
development, UltiPro Learning helps customers elevate employee
development by building the right learning strategy for the
organization; shift from training employees to developing talent with
a consumer-grade experience (mobile access, social collaboration, and
self-directed learning); and promote community building and
collaboration among employees.
UltiPro's enhanced mobile app: UltiPro's native mobile
app for iOS (Apple (News - Alert)) and Android smartphones, available in summer 2017,
allows customers to elevate employee productivity with better
notifications, easier collaboration, and enhanced interaction through
the mobile device.
Ultimate also unveiled its new people-first artificial intelligence (AI)
platform, named "Xander" in honor of Alexander Graham Bell, the
scientist who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone -
forever transforming human communication and interaction. Xander is a
portfolio of advanced AI technologies that are as sensitive to emotions
as they are to statistics. Built on NLP and machine learning, Xander
will enable Ultimate's solutions to automatically understand, predict,
prescribe, and act on all relevant HCM data.
With a record number of HR, payroll, and talent management professionals
attending from diverse industries, Connections 2017 featured
opportunities for global customers to expand their knowledge of
Ultimate's technology and solutions, gain insight into HR and payroll
issues and trends, learn from hands-on training, collaborate with other
UltiPro users, and interact closely with company leadership and industry
"The Connections conference has given me valuable insight into how other
organizations are leveraging UltiPro to gain maximum value from their
investment in HR technology," said Kim McWaters, chairman and chief
executive officer at Universal Technical Institute. "I was pleased to
experience first-hand how our culture of purpose, people, and profit
aligns closely with Ultimate's commitment to putting people first. I
believe that HR plays a critical part in an organization's success, and
thattechnologies such as UltiPro are essential to support HR."
Keynote speakers for this year's conference included Scott Scherr,
Ultimate's chief executive officer, president, and founder; Adam Rogers,
Ultimate's chief technology officer; and Martin Hartshorne, Ultimate's
vice president of products; as well as:
Will Smith, actor, musician, producer, and philanthropist, who
discussed his personal system to remain motivated and improve lives
Carey Lohrenz, author and aviator, who described her strategies
to find personal empowerment and overcome fear in the face of
Tim Urban, writer and influencer, who shared advice on how to
stop procrastination habits that interfere with creativity and
Ultimate also presented its annual Innovation Awards, recognizing
customers that have demonstrated extraordinary business results or HCM
innovation with UltiPro in the past year. Each category within the
Innovation Awards highlights a customer or customers that have excelled
in a particular area of HCM through its partnership with Ultimate. The
following Ultimate customers received 2017 Innovation Awards at
Berkeley College won in the category of People First for using
UltiPro to create and successfully execute its "hire to inspire"
Independent Bank won in the category of People First for
deploying a performance management process with UltiPro that has
fueled engagement and significantly reduced turnover.
The Co-Operators received the award for Business Impact for
using UltiPro as the engine of innovation for transforming the
company's HR systems and strategy.
Gate was the Services Partnership winner for its work
alongside Ultimate's systems consultants to successfully complete a
complicated activation of UltiPro in less than six months.
RMH Franchise won in the category of HR Excellence for
using UltiPro to manage the restaurant industry's complexities and
support the company's growth-through-acquisition business model.
AmeriPride Services won the award for Best UltiPro Rollout for
launching the solution to unify its U.S. and Canadian HCM.
IHI E&C won the award for Innovation Evangelist for
partnering with Ultimate to test and explore cutting-edge HR
American Fidelity was the Innovation Evangelist category winner
for leveraging the power of data to complement insight with UltiPro's
Anderson Center for Autism won the award for Transformational
HCM Leadership for achieving remarkable savings of time and money with
multiple UltiPro capabilities.
In addition, representatives from the industry analyst and blogger
community presented at Connections on HCM strategies and trends, and
were on hand throughout the conference to interact with attendees.
As a thank you to customers for their lifelong partnership and support,
Ultimate also hosted a Customer Appreciation Party featuring a concert
by internationally renowned pop-rock band Maroon 5.
"It is an honor every year to be able to celebrate with our customers at
Connections," said Scott Scherr, Ultimate's chief executive officer.
"Our customers make us successful in so many ways, not only through
their commitment to Ultimate and their partnership, but also with their
ideas and feedback that shape our products and services. Our customers
are true innovators in the area of people management, and I extend my
deepest thanks for continuing to inspire us to put people first."
About Ultimate Software
Ultimate is a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management
(HCM) solutions, with approximately 33 million people records in the
cloud. Ultimate's award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent,
and time and labor management solutions that connect people with the
information they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990,
Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than
3,700 professionals. In 2017, Fortune ranked Ultimate #1 on its list of
the 10 Best Workplaces in Technology, Ultimate's second year to
top this list; ranked Ultimate #7 on its prestigious 100 Best
Companies to Work For list, the sixth consecutive year to be ranked
in the top 25; and Brandon Hall Group honored Ultimate with a Gold
Award in Technology. In 2016, Ultimate was ranked #1 on Glassdoor's
list of 25 Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For,
#8 on Forbes' list of the 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies,
and ranked #1 in customer satisfaction in G2 (News - Alert) Crowd's Summer 2016 Core HR
Software Grid report, based on user reviews. Ultimate has approximately
3,700 customers with employees in 160 countries, including Bloomin'
Brands, Culligan International, Feeding America, Major League Baseball,
Red Roof Inn, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha (News - Alert) Corporation of
America. More information on Ultimate's products and services for people
management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
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