I could not be more pleased to tell you that Aptitude Research will be releasing its Talent Acquisition Systems Index report, authored by Madeline Laurano, this Thursday, July 14, 2016. If you’ve been following our journey over the past several months, you know that the core of our mission is to enable a new, better, more productive conversation between HCM technology users and providers. One where organizations have the insight to better understand their own needs, and providers can clearly highlight their differentiators, in order to create stronger relationships.

The Index is an expression of that new conversation. We’ve written previously about navigating the HCM technology landscape, and understanding the buyer’s journey, from diagnosing internal requirements to ongoing operation of solutions long after implementation. The Index brings those concepts to the talent acquisition marketplace, exploring key trends, meaningful differentiators, and how to think about the process of matching organizations with the right provider by providing a unique look at the top players in the space.

What the Index is NOT is a stack-ranked list of providers, or a shopper’s comparison guide. It provides an overview of the market and helps companies rethink how they determine their own needs, the evaluation criteria used to select partners, and what providers might meet their unique requirements. As the market becomes more complex, organizations must take a step back and reexamine what is driving success, and ask new questions around technology decisions. The profiles of ATS providers included describe their attributes along these criteria.

The insights in the report are based on survey data from hundreds of technology users, in-depth demos and conversations with providers, and Madeline’s unparalleled experience and expertise in talent acquisition. Her perspective helps simplify the confusion, and focus in on the real, practical questions users and buyers ask her every day as they prepare to evaluate technology.

The complex HCM technology market will continue to evolve. So will the Index. Stay tuned for ongoing updates, and for our Workforce Management Index coming this fall. But I invite you to join us on Thursday (or you can sign up for your copy now) for this next step in the conversation. And we’ll be listening for your thoughts on the blog, Twitter and Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you.