Top 10: Talent management software

Updated: November 17, 2022

Some of the most popular talent management software options are listed below.

See also: Top 10 Talent Management Systems

2022. 15Five, a pioneer in talent management HR tech, raises $52M



15Five — an early mover in the world of building technology to help motivate teams, and to improve performance management for execs overseeing those teams — has raised $52 million. Now it's in use at some 3,400 companies — customers include Credit Karma, Spotify and Pendo, with its sweet spot specifically on businesses with between 100 and 2,500 employees. 15Five describes itself as not just as providing insights, but also outcomes, ushering in a wider move into areas like coaching and education to expand a platform that today is used to help track and set goals for teams and individuals in them. There are any number of enterprise software companies in the market today that are addressing the challenges in HR, enterprise training and education, and performance management, but what makes 15Five unique among them is how it is integrating all of these, and how it’s doing it first and foremost from the perspective of performance management.


2018. LinkedIn launches Talent Insights



LinkedIn launched a new feature called Talent Insights. It consists of two parts to it, one focused on people at a company, called “Talent Pool,” and another focused on data about a company, “Company Report.” The first of these will let businesses run searches across the LinkedIn database to discover talent with characteristics similar to those what a business might already be hiring, and figure out where they are at the moment (in terms of location and company affiliation), and where they are moving, what skills they might have in common, and how to better spot those who might be on the way up based on all of this. The second set of data tools (Company Report) provides a similar analytics profile but about your organisation and those that you would like to compare against it in areas like relative education levels and schools of the respective workforces; which skills employees have or don’t have; and so on.


2014. IBM adds more business intelligence to its Kenexa talent management suite



IBM announced three new cloud-based predictive HR services, all of which include consultative engagements from Kenexa workforce scientists. IBM Kenexa Predictive Hiring helps to model high-impact roles such as sales associates in retail, brokers and advisors in finance, researchers in the pharmaceutical industry, or production line workers in manufacturing. Then the system tests for those skills by creating assessments that are embedded into the cloud-based recruitment platform. IBM Kenexa Workforce Readiness assesses the skills that organizations have in place and then predicts the crucial job families required for a customer-driven organization geared to emerging market conditions. IBM Kenexa Predictive Retention has three components. First, it offers senior HR leaders a predictive understanding of the people who are at risk of leaving. With the rollout of a new Talent and Change consulting practice, IBM also introduced four consulting services aimed at companies in transition.


2012. Oracle buys SaaS talent management system Taleo



SaaS-arms race between Oracle and SAP continues. After SAP acquired the leader of the talent management market - SuccessFactors, Oracle's boss Larry Ellison could not sleep in peace. In order to calm down a little he decided to buy the second company in this market - Taleo. (Not so long ago we compared SuccessFactors vs Taleo). The deal amount - $ 1.9 billion. Taleo is famous primarily for it's personal compensation tools and head-hunting tools, integrated with social networks. As usual in such cases we say that this deal is a big sign for those who still doubt in SaaS. If Larry Ellison, who doubted more than others and who already owns the HRM system PeopelSoft, buys the SaaS-alternative - it's a big sign.


2011. Talent Management and Gamification on the rise: Salesforce buys Rypple



Salesforce - is if not the trend-setter in the Enterprise, than it's certainly the indicator of most important trends in this sphere. The company had grown on the wave of CRM and SaaS, then came to the front edge of cloud platforms, mobile applications and social software. And now Salesforce wants to occupy two more hot areas - Talent Management and Gamification. The common goal of these technologies - is staff motivation and development. Crazy demand for talent management system has been proven by SuccessFactors, which has set several records in SaaS-implementation and recently was acquired by SAP. And we have already mentioned about Gamification potential. So, today Salesoforce has bought one of the most promising startups in these areas - Rypple (known as Zynga for Enterprise).


2011. SAP acquires SaaS-champion SuccessFactors



(SuccessFactors CEO Lars Dalgaard)


2010. Talent Management 2.0: SuccessFactors vs Taleo



Everyone knows that "talent is everything". Everyone knows that 80% of his time boss should  devote to employees and their motivation. But in practice, boss remember about an employee only when he did something wrong and proved once again that his salary is too high. However, as competition in all areas is growing and business becomes more and more dependent of its talents, this outdated practice will only lead to deadpool. That's why talent management software and services are now experiencing a rapid growth. In the recent SaaS tool ratings talent management (and related technologies - HRM and e-Recruting) - are among most demanded. In this talent management market two gorillas have emerged: Taleo and SuccessFactors. And both these companies provide SaaS solutions.