ORLANDO, Fla.—At its Connect 2014 conference here, IBM announced a software-as-service (SaaS)-based IBM Kenexa Talent Suite that enables chief human resources officers (CHROs) and C-suite executives to gain insights into the deluge of data created every day by their workforce.
The new suite is the latest solution IBM has generated from its 2012 $1.3 billion acquisition of Kenexa, which uses big data analytics to help companies find qualified job candidates and increase employee retention. Using this new suite, organizations can now streamline, modernize and add precision to hiring practices; increase workforce productivity; and connect employees in ways that impact business results, IBM said.
With the IBM Kenexa Talent Suite, human resource (HR) professionals can look at large volumes of employee data—such as work experience, social engagement, skills development and individual traits—to identify the qualities that make top performers successful. Organizations and teams can then use those models to pursue candidates through additional targeted social marketing on social recruiting sites, where job seekers matching the profile are automatically connected with opportunities matching their skills.
The IBM Kenexa Talent Suite features talent acquisition, talent optimization and social networking capabilities.
Meanwhile, customers can accelerate the onboarding and the integration of new hires through IBM Connections capabilities. This helps employees share information and find the right experts to accelerate learning and increase productivity and engagement, while at the same time providing a way for leaders to more effectively manage their teams. Through analytics and reporting, line-of-business leaders can better understand emerging employee trends and more effectively manage each individual career path in areas like skill attainment, performance appraisals, compensation, succession planning and more.
"We know people are the lifeblood of an organization, and business success on today's stage requires not just talent but social capabilities that can energize, empower and nurture each team member so they can reach their full potential," said Craig Hayman, general manager of Industry Cloud Solutions at IBM, in a statement. "By combining social, behavioral science and analytics in the cloud, we give businesses a clear path to empower their most valued asset—employees."
IBM said customers can complement the new Kenexa suite with Watson Foundations, an integrated set of big data and analytics capabilities that enable clients to find and capitalize on actionable insights. Watson Foundations provides the tools and capabilities to tap into relevant data and apply analytics to gain fresh insights in real time, securely across an enterprise.