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Is talent management software the same as employee performance management software?


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Tom Sheppard
Title: President
Company: The Sheppard Group
(President, The Sheppard Group) |

If you are using the term talent management for something like professional services staff management the answer is "no." It is often called workforce optimization software. This tracks the skills and experience in a pool of employeees and can be used for team selection. There can be a performance manangement component but its purpose is to get the right people on the right project. It is used by project managers or similar people putting together a team. I think of performance management as software most often used in a HR function.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

Having been involved in the Entertainment Representation business for 17 years, I read "talent management software" as something totally different then the descriptors used by Tom.

This is not to say Tom is wrong; but more to say that terminology can change depending on the industry you belong too.

Case in point. I took the abbreviation EMS. The "Free On-line Dictionary" lists 146 definitions.

So, what is the referential point for the question?

david waltz
Title: Assistant Treasurer
Company: Integrys Energy Group
(Assistant Treasurer, Integrys Energy Group) |

Great point - I took it to mean the "annual review process".

Kritika Pandey
Title: Software Analyst
Company: SoftwareSuggest
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(Software Analyst, SoftwareSuggest) |

There is no specific differentiation of Talent management software and Employee performance management because Talent Management Software is an integrated software suite that addresses the "four pillars" of talent management: recruitment; performance management; learning and development; and compensation management. Whereas Employee Management Software or Employee Performance Management Software is the pinpointed implementation of technology in managing the day to day HR operations and processes. As a digital version of an HR manager himself. A digital system that works as a foundation or platform that supports your objectives and operations as a human resource manager.

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