IBM launches talent practice and cloud solutions

New consulting practice will use analytics to help companies improve talent management

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IBM launches talent practice and cloud solutions IBM's new consulting practice and cloud solutions will help organisations recognise and manage talent.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 5, 2014

IBM has launched a new Talent and Change consulting practice and three new cloud-based talent solutions, to help organisations to manage the challenges of maintaining their workforce in today's environment.

The new offerings are intended to help customers to use analytics and workforce science to identify top talent, deepen employee engagement and manage transformational change to provide differentiated client experiences. 

The new offerings are delivered through IBM's Smarter Workforce initiative and draw upon the company's 25 years of workforce science expertise, a discipline that helps clients apply proven behavioral science, statistical analysis and psychological principles to improve employee engagement and organisational performance.  In tandem with the new Talent and Change practice, which is backed by 1,600 change management experts, the offerings are also supported by more than 100 behavioral scientists dedicated to helping clients use social, analytics and digital experience technologies to identify top performers, evaluate workforce readiness, and guard against future talent attrition.

The consulting practice will focus on four key areas - Organisational Change, Talent Analytics, Employee Experience and HR Cloud - with an overall focus on helping clients use cloud to deploy, manage and access their HR solutions and assets to drive business results.

The three new cloud services include IBM Kenexa Predictive Hiring, which uses workforce analytics and behavioural analytics to understand the traits of top performers; IBM Kenexa Workforce Readiness, which enables clients to assess current workforce readiness to address existing and emerging business demands; and IBM Kenexa Predictive Retention, which guards against future talent attrition by helping organisations compile and analyse high-volume workforce data - from exit interviews to real-time SaaS-based employee analysis - to understand risk factors, identify employees likely to leave and build new programs to reduce the risk of attrition.

"Most successful organisations already view people as their most important differentiator in the market, yet many still struggle to unlock the true potential of their workforce," said Debbie Landers, general manager, Smarter Workforce and Kenexa, IBM. "The new offerings give clients a more holistic, data-driven approach that uses workforce science to predict the best fit for an individual or team across a number of personal and organisational traits.  They are designed to complement the expertise of business leaders and HR professionals, while giving them the tools and insights needed to drive lasting change across the organisation."

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