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Ventana Research Releases 2014 Value Index for Total Compensation Management

New in-depth, research-based vendor and product evaluations of compensation management software

Bend, OR / Aug 08, 2014 / by Ventana Research

SAN RAMON, CA, August 8, 2014 – Ventana Research today released its 2014 Value Index for Total Compensation Management, the only quantified, research-based index evaluating technology vendors and products for compensation management software. Using this Value Index, business and IT organizations –especially those in human resources and compensation – will be able to evaluate existing compensation management software and examine software vendors’ offerings in the context of their own business and technology requirements. 

Ventana Research’s Value Indexes are the products of more than two decades of experience in and knowledge of the market and provide in-depth analyses of technology suppliers’ products. The Value Index for Total Compensation Management is based on a comprehensive examination of vendors’ products in seven evaluation categories, five that evaluate the products’ ability to support the full compensation process and two that address vendor validation and total cost of ownership/return on investment.


 Making informed investments in such software can maximize an organization’s ability to manage compensation and help the business retain employees and pay appropriately across salaries, bonuses, incentives and rewards.

The 2014 Value Index for Total Compensation Management finds that the companies that deliver the highest value, based on an overall weighted evaluation, are SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, which qualifies as a Hot vendor, followed by seven other Hot vendors: PeopleFluent, Oracle, Towers Watson, beqom, IBM, Decusoft and SumTotal Systems. One vendor, ADP, is rated Warm.

Each Value Index is the result of a detailed evaluation of the suitability-to-task of each offering’s capabilities as well as the product’s support of usability, manageability, reliability and adaptability. These aspects of the evaluation reflect how organizations conduct RFI/RFP; they are unique to the Value Index report and are not covered in depth by other analyst firms’ ratings, which often include limited (or no) evaluation of actual products. Unlike the Ventana Value Index, those reports are based on customer lists and revenue of the vendors being evaluated.  In contrast, the Value Index will help organizations confidently assess software and also develop the proper RFI/RFP for engaging in a well-designed and efficient selection process.

The Value Index also assesses the effectiveness of each vendor’s support for the buying process and customer assurance. It gauges the value offered by a vendor and its products and presents the results in a clear and accessible graphic representation of a thermometer and in a precise numerical index. Technology vendors earning the highest Hot and Warm vendor classifications are those that Ventana Research certifies as most or more able to deliver value to buyers based on a thorough evaluation and audit – that is, based on research and verifiable facts. The Value Index is not just a selection of “cool” products; rather than evaluating a vendor primarily on its vision or market execution, the Index provides specific numerical ratings, both overall and for each of the seven components of the Value Index, for technology buyers to consider. Organizations can use the Value Index as a guide to assess existing technology providers and determine if their provider best meets their needs today and in the future.

 “Compensation management software to support talent management processes is essential to the basics of effective human resources and management of employees,” said Stephan Millard, VP and research director of Ventana Research. “This in-depth research provides confirmation that the nuances vary in how compensation management software operates across categories of evaluation criteria. Some vendors are better than others in one or several categories.”

This new Value Index is a fully independent, research-based undertaking. It is neither sponsored nor influenced by technology vendors and is conducted solely in pursuit of Ventana Research’s mission to provide value to business and IT through benchmark assessments, workshops and advisory services. Ventana Research’s goal is to help guide organizations to optimal efficiency in their use of technology investments for business and IT. To learn more and receive a complimentary executive summary of the 2014 Value Index for Total Compensation Management, please visit

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