New Bersin Study Affirms Cornerstone OnDemand’s Position as a Talent Management Category Leader

Employee Performance Management report praises Cornerstone’s software suite for global capabilities, user experience, breadth and configurability


Santa Monica, Calif., October 28, 2008 – In the most thorough analysis to date of employee performance management systems, a new study from industry analyst firm Bersin & Associates reinforces Cornerstone OnDemand’s position as a leading solution provider in the category.  The report praises Cornerstone not only for the company’s impressive growth, extensive global capabilities and committed client focus, but also for the exceptional comprehensiveness, configurability and user experience of Cornerstone’s performance module, part of its on-demand integrated learning and talent management software suite. 


Bersin & Associates estimates that employee performance management will reach more than $520 million this year and projects a nearly 250 percent increase in sales by 2011, making it one of the fastest growing segments in the human capital management market.  This growth is due in part to what the study calls “the year of globalization.”  The Bersin & Associates study singles out Cornerstone among the few solution providers with deep experience in large-scale global implementations – including support for multiple languages, highly sophisticated configuration and distributed administration.  Cornerstone clients use localized configurations of its performance and succession management products in 141 countries around the globe. 


“Cornerstone is one of the fastest-growing talent management software companies in the market,” said Leighanne Levensaler, director of talent management research for Bersin & Associates.  “We believe organizations will be particularly impressed with the configurability, global capabilities and user experience of Cornerstone’s 100 percent on-demand solution.  With its upcoming fall product enhancements, coupled with its integrated learning and development platform, Cornerstone offers customers comprehensive and robust talent management support.”  


Of the solution providers evaluated, Cornerstone also was commended for having above-average customer references.  Notes the study, “All of the customers we interviewed for this evaluation view Cornerstone as a key partner in their journeys,” adding that these clients “can now point to measurable business impact” from using Cornerstone’s technology platform to support critical talent initiatives.


“Being a trusted partner of our clients is paramount, not only to ensuring the success of our clients’ implementations, but also to our software’s innovation,” commented Adam Miller, President and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand.  “More of our clients are dealing with globalization and geographically distributed employees, requiring a fresher and more strategic approach to managing performance and development.  Using our comprehensive integrated solution, and leveraging the flexibility and scalability of Software-as-a-Service delivery, ensures our clients are maximizing their technology investment and positioning themselves for success as their workforce evolves.”

Emphasizing Cornerstone’s homegrown integrated talent management solution as a key differentiator from its competitors, the Bersin & Associates study reveals that organizations with integrated talent management suites – including performance management, career development, compensation management and succession planning – cite two to three times the ROI than organizations implementing point solutions. 


Additional accolades received by Cornerstone’s software suite in the report include:


  • Comprehensive Solution Set:  Cornerstone is among select providers recognized for having a comprehensive solution in the core areas of performance management, including performance management, goals management, competency management, performance planning, development planning and performance reviews.


  • Industry-Leading User Experience:  The report identifies Cornerstone as an industry leader for its manager and employee user experience.  Bersin & Associates cites user experience as a key differentiator for solution providers. 


  • Pure, 100 Percent SaaS Solution:  Highlighting Cornerstone’s pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery as another key differentiator, the study reveals that SaaS is now the predominant delivery model for performance management systems.  More than 62 percent of organizations with a vendor-provided solution now deploy on-demand solutions, allowing them to enjoy product enhancements without “lengthy and expensive” upgrade processes.


  • Superior Flexibility:  According to Bersin & Associates, Cornerstone’s platform flexibility distinguishes it from other solution providers, pointing out how clients are able to deploy the system without any programming skills or customization.


Bersin & Associates’ research is published in two parts.  Part 1, “The Essential Guide to Performance Management Practices,” delves into the practices of performance management in corporations today, with a specific focus on their business impact.  Part 2, “The Essential Guide to of Performance Management Systems,” takes a critical look at the rapidly growing market for performance management systems, examines implementation and adoption trends, and compares and contrasts offerings from 25 solution providers.  More than 700 HR, learning and development, and information technology professionals were surveyed in August 2008 for the report.  For more information regarding the report, please visit


About Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand ( empowers people around the world with on-demand, integrated talent management software and services for connecting, developing and performing in the workplace.  Organizations of all sizes and industries employ Cornerstone’s easy-to-use, comprehensive solutions to grow and develop a high-performance culture, align talent management strategies to specific business goals, gain insight into their workforce and create organizational efficiencies.  The company’s platforms include learning, social networking, compliance, performance, compensation and succession planning.  Cornerstone also provides extended enterprise solutions to help companies collaborate with and train customers, vendors and other partners.  And, Cornerstone’s extensive, real-time reports help organizations assess the effectiveness and ROI of their talent management technology investment.  A pure, 100 percent Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Cornerstone provides a faster, more flexible and more cost-effective way for companies to configure, deploy and maintain their talent management solution without the hassles of version upgrades and hardware and IT costs.  Available in 13 languages and supported by global, 24x7 customer care, Cornerstone is used by more than 1.5 million active subscribers in more than 141 countries around the world.  The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California and has international offices in London, Paris, Munich and Tel Aviv. 


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