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Social networking and collaboration, integrated learning and talent management, and training the extended enterprise among important trends in workforce technology

Santa Monica, CA – May 27, 2008 – Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., the only proven provider of on-demand, integrated learning and talent management (ITM) software, content and services, today announced that Convergence 2008, Cornerstone’s annual client and partner conference, which took place May 12 - 15, 2008 at The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, was a highly successful forum, bringing together industry thought leaders and organizations from around the globe to discuss best practice and emerging trends in successful talent management strategies. In addition, a primary focus of the conference was Client Success – how clients can reap even more benefits and value creation from their Cornerstone deployments.

Highlights from the event include:
Dr. John Boudreau, Research Director at the Center for Effective Organizations and Professor at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, provided the Tuesday keynote entitled, “Beyond HR to Talentship: A New Science of Human Capital”. Dr. Boudreau discussed the importance of identifying pivotal roles within organizations and his breakthrough work on "talent decision science" that challenges business leaders to make their talent a true source of competitive advantage.

Heidi Spirgi, President of Knowledge Infusion, a strategic workforce consulting organization, provided the Wednesday keynote entitled, “Emerging Trends in Talent Management: People, Process and Technology”. Spirgi discussed how true Talent Management requires a paradigm shift in the way HR defines its mission and measures its success and how leading organizations are redesigning people structures, rethinking talent processes and leveraging new technologies to transform the way talent is managed.

The Talent Management Industry Analyst panel brought together some of the most well-respected industry experts at the forefront of the learning and talent management industry today. The panel included Josh Bersin, President of Bersin & Associates; Jason Corsello, Vice President of the Center of Excellence at Knowledge Infusion; and Claire Schooley, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research. Each brought a unique perspective on trends and best practices for effective Human Capital Management. Connecting people through social networking collaboration emerged as an important theme and pillar to an integrated talent management strategy.

Josh Bersin also led a session on “Enduring Organizations”, discussing how strong companies we all know and respect put strategies in place that are undoubtedly responsible for their lasting success.

Cornerstone OnDemand sneak-previewed their upcoming compensation module and their social networking and collaboration platform, Cornerstone Connect.

Conference sponsors included Astadia, Core Competence, Element K, getAbstract, Intrepid, Lominger International, MindLeaders, People at Work AG, rapidLD, and We Comply.

Cornerstone clients Arthur J. Gallagher, BECU, Pearson, Pitney Bowes, Trend Micro, United Stationers, and Websense won awards honoring them for their innovative uses of and success with Cornerstone OnDemand products and solutions.

Many of the sessions discussed and underlined the importance of integrating learning and talent management, the impact of social networking and collaboration on workforce performance and engagement, and the opportunity to train the extended enterprise to positively affect an organization’s bottom-line.

“Convergence was an excellent opportunity to share best practice, knowledge and collaborate with Cornerstone clients, thought leaders and partners. We particularly appreciated the focus on client success, something Cornerstone seems fully committed to day to day,” said Chris Stewart, Director of Learning Services, Ticketmaster.

“This year was a monumental one for the conference. It was a true convergence of top thought leaders, leading analysts, and Cornerstone’s valued clients and partners,” said Adam Miller, CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “The most rewarding aspect is seeing people connect to share their innovative and integrated approaches to how they manage talent with Cornerstone.”

About Cornerstone

Cornerstone powers the future ready workforce, with HR software and solutions designed to unite people, teams, technology and business, and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered and skills-forward system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organisations modernise the learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility, and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across the business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages. Learn more at Cornerstone OnDemand.

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