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Unit4 CEO Mike Ettling on people-centric, HCM-inflected ERP – TechTarget
Unit4 CEO Mike Ettling discusses the midmarket vendor’s evolution to multi-tenant SaaS ERP and the “people experience” of ERP for service industries.
There is a guilelessness in how Mike Ettling talks about software as a vehicle for helping people reach their potential. Consistent messaging over many years isn’t exactly proof of sincerity, but finding higher purpose in technology truly seems to be a motivating force for Ettling.
He has had ample opportunity to apply his philosophy over nearly three years as CEO of Unit4, a 41-year-old ERP vendor based in the Netherlands, as he led the firm’s transition to the cloud and put the “people experience” at the center of its ERP design and marketing.
The South Africa native is a high-profile player in ERP and human capital management software. He was president of SAP SuccessFactors for nearly four years until February 2018. This experience at one of the biggest vendors of SaaS HCM after SAP acquired the company, plus an earlier stint as chief executive of NorthgateArinso, an HR services provider, makes him one of the few executives — along with the founders of Workday — to bring an HCM mindset to ERP.
The resulting people-centric strategy at Unit4 informs not just its new, SaaS-based ERP platform, ERPx, but also aligns with the markets it targets. They’re all service industries: professional services, nonprofits, the public sector and higher education.
In an interview for the podcast, Ettling discussed how his SuccessFactors experience has influenced Unit4, the migration from on-premises ERP to multi-tenant SaaS and how customers are taking to the microservices architecture of ERPx. He also previewed the out-of-the-box, industry-specific integration “meshes” to enable workflows between applications that were introduced at Unit4’s Experience4U annual conference.
In a blog post about what it means to be people-centric, Ettling named the following as guiding principles:
Despite the strong HR bent, Ettling was quick to point out in the interview that Unit4 started from a finance perspective, unlike some ERP competitors who emphasized HCM. He, too, has a strong background in finance, with a master’s in finance from the London Business School and years as an investor, advisor and twice founder of tech startups.
“It’s not just about how people experience an HR system,” he said. “It’s about how they experience all of these things, and how it comes together in a professional services firm.”
As for Unit4’s migration to the cloud, Ettling said it is going well.
“We will finish 2020 with about 49% of our recurring revenue being cloud. Next year, we will tip over the 50% mark, which is a great kind of tipping point to get on the on-prem-to-cloud journey,” Ettling said.
The COVID-driven need to support remote work was a factor, but the bigger driving force is companies wanting to digitize, he said. “The best tools for digitizing are in the cloud. You don’t read about great digitization tools which are still on premise anymore.”
Other things go into modern ERP besides multi-tenant SaaS, according to Ettling. It’s also microservices, open APIs, extensibility and more tools for integrating the ERP and improving the user experience with technologies such as chatbots. Not coincidentally, those are the same features Ettling emphasizes when pitching Unit4 ERP.
Also discussed in the interview:
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Phenom Talent Experience Management Platform Increases – GlobeNewswire
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PHILADELPHIA, June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Phenom, the global leader in Talent Experience Management (TXM), today announced that its AI-powered TXM platform, including the Phenom Career Site, Chatbot, University Recruiting, Gigs and Internal Mobility is now available on SAP® App Center, the digital marketplace for SAP partner offerings. The Phenom TXM platform integrates with SAP® SuccessFactors® Recruiting and optimizes recruitment and retention strategies for customers.
“Powerful alliances offer invaluable offerings to organizations,” said Saumil Gandhi, vice president of strategic alliances of Phenom. “We are thrilled to be part of the SAP PartnerEdge program and to provide our AI-driven talent experiences to businesses using SAP solutions. The Phenom TXM platform integrates with SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting to unlock an employer’s ability to rapidly recruit and retain talent during critical times.”
Businesses using SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting with the Phenom TXM platform can now take advantage of:
At SAP App Center, businesses can discover approximately 1,500 innovative partner solutions that integrate with and extend SAP solutions. There, customers can find the SAP-validated partner apps they need to grow their business. Find, try, and buy SAP partner solutions digitally at www.sapappcenter.com.
As a partner in SAP PartnerEdge, Phenom is empowered to build, market and sell software applications on top of market-leading technology platforms from SAP. The end-to-end program provides the enablement tools, benefits and support to facilitate building high-quality applications focused on specific business needs—quickly and cost-effectively. The program provides access to all relevant SAP technologies in one simplified framework under a single, global contract, including the ability to bundle licenses of SAP Cloud Platform with partner applications.
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