Gartner Magic Quadrant for talent management suite: Five takeaways

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MQ leaders are SuccessFactors, Cornerstone OnDemand, Oracle Taleo

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Three vendors appeared in the leaders quadrant in the first ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Talent Management Suites: SuccessFactors (an SAP company), Cornerstone OnDemand and Oracle Talent Cloud, which reflects the mega-vendor's acquisition of Taleo. Halogen and IBM-Kenexa both fell just under the leader's line to end up in the visionaries quadrant, which is packed with other notable vendors such as SumTotal Systems, Lumesse, Saba, PeopleFluent and SilkRoad.

"[SuccessFactors] offers market-leading performance and learning solutions, with functional depth and breadth across the full talent management suite," the report reads. "It has been better at converting component customers into suite customers than any other vendor by a considerable margin." But the report also cautions that some SuccessFactors customers have experienced poor vendor support.

As with any Magic Quadrant, experts say that it should be used as a springboard for determining the right talent management strategy for a particular organization, and not as a runaway endorsement of the vendors in the top-right quadrant. Indeed, Kutik said that while certain vendors may not have earned the label of "leader" in the quadrant, they are clearly leaders in the market nonetheless.

"I was most impressed by the fact of how many vendors there were clustered tightly under the leaders in the visionary quadrant," he said. "The idea that the top three are running away with it all is just not true."

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