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Cornerstone Receives Top Grades in Gartner, IDC, and Forrester Vendor Studies

Flagship industry analyst reports published by leading firms Gartner, IDC and Forrester Research have identified Cornerstone OnDemand as a market “leader” among talent management vendors.

Moreover, Cornerstone is arguably the only pure-play Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendor and the only Talent Management Specialist to receive the highest rankings from all the leading studies in our industry.

Other companies may be rushing to reconcile their acquired product portfolios and make the switch to SaaS, but Cornerstone has been there from the beginning.

Independent Analysis for a Crowded, Shifting Marketplace

Despite the merger and acquisition activity of a few years ago, the talent management marketplace remains crowded, fast-growing, and full of potential.

To make sense of it all, vendor analyses by the major industry research firms are offered in many forms – quadrants, waves, -scapes, and -scopes.  In the end, there may be no single perfect research model or any one report that will solve all your procurement challenges. But taking all of these analyst reports together, you can certainly make out some patterns.  Call it crowd-sourcing the analysts.

In the last year, we have seen the publication of a series of well-known vendor and market studies from the leading technology analyst firms:

  1. 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Talent Management Suites
  2. IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Integrated Talent Management 2013 Vendor Analysis
  3. IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Performance in Integrated Talent Management 2013
  4. IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Learning Management in Integrated Talent Management 2013
  5. The Forrester Wave: Talent Management, Q1 2013

Cornerstone Is Ranked As a "Leader" In Each Report

Within each of these major reports, Cornerstone OnDemand has been recognized as a “Leader” (highest possible ranking).  This research covers a wide spectrum ranging from standalone performance and learning management systems to fully integrated talent management suites covering all aspects of the employee lifecycle.  

Specific strengths identified by the analysts include:

  • Customer experience and customer feedback is better than industry average (Gartner); 
  • Very high scores in customer service - solid customer references (IDC);
  • Strongest functional capabilities - depth of capability of individual modules (IDC);
  • Performance and succession capabilities are best-in-class across the industry (Gartner);
  • Flexible/adaptable products (Forrester);
  • A “forward-looking company” (Forrester);
  • Cornerstone’s intuitive suite receives high scores from customers on ease of use  (Gartner);
  • Making mobile and social “everywhere” (Forrester);
  • Significant investment in non-US localization (Forrester); and
  • Our true multi-tenant Software-as-a-Service architecture delivers real scalability (IDC).

These independent, objective research reports serve as further validation that Cornerstone is leading the way when it comes to talent management. 

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