Meet another cloud human capital management (HCM) alternative. Vana Workforce was founded in 2008 by a seasoned human resources (HR) expert and consultant David Vanheukelom, who had previously spent several years at PeopleSoft, Oracle, and former SSA Global (now Infor). At first, he developed a comprehensive HR suite on another cloud platform, but soon after, he switched to Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform for its inherent social platform Chatter, mobility platform Touch, and other out-of-the-box development services.
Vana Workforce has offices in Canada and the United States with customers on every continent. Its offering delivers one complete and integrated HCM solution for global organizations from hire to retire, including the core HR system of record, benefits and compensation, absence management, performance and talent management, career and succession planning, workforce collaboration, and workforce analytics. Vana’s client roster includes Pandora Internet Radio and Bluewolf, a consulting and integration partner for Force.com.
Developed on similar design principles (object oriented and with descriptive metadata architecture) as Workday, Vana offers an integrated HR and talent management solution for small and medium enterprises. Workday, Ultimate Software, and other cloud HR/HCM vendors still largely cater to the upper echelon of companies.
Vana Workforce also announced a key partnership with Salesforce Work.com (formerly Rypple), a social performance management platform. Vana extends the value of Work.com for a more complete HCM solution. Given that there might be some overlap with Work.com (goals and objectives, coaching and feedback, recognition and rewards), Vana can work in tandem with Work.com by turning particular capabilities off.
Vana HCM can work stand-alone or plugged directly and seamlessly into a customer’s Salesforce.com environment, including a native social and mobile experience for today’s global workforce. Social recruiting, Payroll Connect, and absence management are only some of the major enhancements in Vana HCM Update 8.