SOURCE: Authoria

Authoria

September 28, 2009 08:30 ET

Authoria Announces 'Decision Views' Product Enhancements and Development Roadmap With Realignment of Organization

Dramatically Advances Solution With Enhanced Visualization Reporting Capabilities

Targets New Customer Priorities for Multi-Million Dollar Capital Investment

Redefines Management Structure Into Customer-Centric Leadership Groups

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - In a move designed to help its customers accelerate fact-based decision-making within their organizations, Authoria has strategically redefined the way it builds, delivers and supports its leading Talent Management solutions. With visual analytics and predictive reporting capability, the Company is announcing its new Decision Views methodology and development roadmap, which refocuses the Company's solution around key customer business drivers. In addition, Authoria announces the reorganization of its management team and various executive promotions to more directly align its internal expertise with customer-centric product design, professional services and technology operations enhancement initiatives.

"Authoria led the market as the first to deliver the power of an integrated talent management suite to customers. Today, Authoria's Talent Management is about propelling our customers to make demonstrative fact-based decisions for profit. Authoria is enabling our customers to identify the key employee and organizational metrics that will drive their success. We are simplifying our customers' ability to link their business strategies with execution -- not just so they can 'execute,' but much more important, so they can drive predictable and successful business outcomes by starting with fact-based 'decision-making,'" said Jim McDevitt, CEO of Authoria.

Authoria has focused development initiatives on new features and advanced visualization reporting capabilities that offer a full view of the most important organizational data and metrics. These initiatives are designed to help their customers identify business advantages and catalysts that drive effective execution and outcomes within their businesses. This new focus is supported by the targeted investment of an additional $2 million in capital expenditures over the next 18 months in Authoria's technology environments -- an investment which will significantly enhance the customer experience.

Brandy Fulton, VP of Human Resources Operations for Citrix Systems, Inc., affirmed Authoria's strategy commenting, "Authoria's integrated Talent Management solution has given Citrix the intuitive user experience and direct administrative control HR needed to be responsive to our own internal customers. These were non-negotiable requirements for us when we selected a Talent Management partner. Since then, the need for simple, yet sophisticated, reporting and analytics has taken center stage. Authoria's strategic direction and latest features will give HR visibility into organizational and employee trends, enabling us to proactively advise our business leaders on opportunities for investment, organizational design, succession planning and resource allocation. Our partners at Authoria sought us out and included us in the product roadmap process. We are extremely enthusiastic about their plans to enhance the robust reporting they have in place today with a more comprehensive set of visual analytics."

Enabling and propelling these dramatic changes, Authoria has optimized its organization to build and support a distinctive solution for its customers who seek continuous improvement within their own business.

Engineering and Technology Operations

Andrew Smith will expand his role to include all technology deployment, including the hosted operations and production support functions, as he moves into his new role as Vice President of Engineering and Technology Operations. Mr. Smith has more than 20 years of experience across a variety of technology areas including application development, network engineering and technology operations. Most of Mr. Smith's career has been spent in the technology industry, as well as consulting in the fields of data warehousing and business intelligence systems. Prior to joining Authoria he managed technology and development organizations at Lycos, Honeywell, Geac and Stratus Computer.

"We know full well that the success of our own business comes directly from the satisfaction we deliver to our existing customers and from the relevant promise we present to our new ones," said Mr. Smith. "By combining Engineering and Technology Operations into one group, we are linking our development initiatives directly with customer execution. This check and balance accountability under centralized leadership encourages a more dynamic and informed development process. With this change, we are ensuring that our development agenda is driven by ongoing discussions with our customers and responsive to shifting market dynamics."

Frank Treu joins Mr. Smith's team as Vice President of Technology, with responsibility for Technology Operations. With 13 years of system and network administration in both hosted and SaaS environments, Mr. Treu has garnered significant network operating center experience from well-known companies, including Verisign and Lycos, among others. He will lead the technology and hosted support operations for Authoria's production environment.

Marketing and Product Management

As part of Authoria's realignment, the company is also uniting Product Management, Product Marketing and Field Marketing into one integrated team led by Alys Scott, whose role has been expanded to Vice President, Marketing. Ms. Scott brings 20 years of experience from the strategic marketing and communications disciplines. Most of her career has been in the software industry, with time spent on both the corporate and on the research and consulting agency sides. She has worked in different management capacities at International Data Group, Shandwick Public Relations, Geac, Miller Consulting, and Entex Information Systems.

Product management decisions will now move from Engineering to Marketing. Customer experiences will now directly lead product roadmap and enhancement decision making.

Commenting on the expanded organization, Ms. Scott said, "This new organization design will infuse additional creativity and innovation into all product management and marketing strategies. The team will generate new product initiatives, but, importantly, it will also focus on our product direction for existing customers as we further our commitment to help them increase the impact and enhance the value of their existing solutions."

Earlier this year, Gartner Research surveyed hundreds of customers about their experiences with 12 different EPM (Employee Performance Management) attributes or capabilities for their EPM Report. The highest number of respondents expressed major disappointment with analytics and reporting capability. Jim Bowley, Authoria's Head of Product Management, commented on how Authoria's strategy addresses this business need. "We have spent much of the last six months talking with our clients, and we have seen the expansion of our advanced, integrated visual analytics and reporting at the top of the development list. We're focused on grounding our roadmap in the real-world usage of our clients. By listening to them closely, we know that our customers are looking for actionable, fact-based 'Decision Views,' on which they can make immediate decisions to impact the future growth and success of their organizations -- and, importantly, the people within them."

These two newly consolidated groups with executive-level accountability report directly to Mr. McDevitt.

About Authoria

Authoria® helps the world's most competitive employers achieve superior business results, by optimizing the way they recruit, develop, compensate, retain, and engage top talent. Designed for business managers as well as HR professionals, the company's comprehensive talent management solutions enable more effective recruiting, performance management, compensation management, and succession planning across an organization. Authoria serves more than 300 large organizations and 4 million managers and employees with our on-demand Internet-based solutions. Customer companies include Aetna, Alcon, and Citrix. For more information, visit www.authoria.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Alys Scott
    Vice President, Marketing
    Authoria, Inc.
    (781) 530-2149
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    Maura Landry
    Senior Account Manager for Authoria
    SHIFT Communications
    (617) 779-1829
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