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2,500-Employee Manufacturer Manages Global Workforce Information with UltiPro®


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Date: June 29 2011

WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of unified human capital management SaaS solutions for global businesses, announced today that Blyth, Inc., a leading designer and marketer of home decorative and fragranced products, has completed its first phase of its global rollout of UltiPro. The company is now tracking employee metrics more accurately on its workforce in 18 countries around the world, improving information delivery using a centralized online platform, and achieving measurable business benefits.

In order to reach the company’s strategic objectives, Blyth’s decision-makers decided to leave the payroll service bureau it had been using and selected UltiPro as its single HCM system of record in 2004. Today, Blyth is using UltiPro to optimize its HR operations, including the flexibility to build a range of tailored reports on its 2,500-employee global workforce.

“Our international markets can input their own workforce information into UltiPro and access the easy-to-use solution whenever they need to,” said Michelle Tassinari, manager of corporate HRMS/payroll for Blyth. “Now, our HR teams have a single go-to place for employee data. For example, when we need to answer a question about someone’s job history or compensation details, we can find it in seconds. Before UltiPro, we had hundreds of spreadsheets and systems that contained global employee information, so it was impossible to get an accurate, real-time picture of demographics for our international employees. With UltiPro, our visibility into our workforce has expanded and become much clearer. We’re very excited about how we have elevated our strategic capabilities.”

Blyth has numerous employee training and certification requirements that are being tracked in UltiPro, especially for its U.S.-based employees, and HR, company managers, and employees can work together to ensure compliance. UltiPro’s Web portal also allows Blyth’s employees to complete the appropriate HR-related changes, such as making benefits changes or updating life-events information after a marriage or the birth of a child.

“Because our employees are embracing the ability to manage their own information with UltiPro’s Web portal, we’ve been able to reduce the resources required on my team in half. We are much more productive and effective,” said Tassinari. “Our business units are excited to have critical information and insight to help them better recruit and retain talent. Plus, our HR teams can quickly configure a report for our managers and make the results available on demand.”

Because UltiPro integrates well with third-party systems, Tassinari regularly schedules information to be pushed out to benefits providers—another significant burden removed from her responsibilities. “Before UltiPro, when an employee had to change something like a medical contribution, he or she filled out a paper form and then sent the info to HR. After it was validated, the paper was put in a box that was sent to me, and we manually entered the information in a number of places. The duplicate data entry was time-consuming, inefficient, and costly,” said Tassinari.

“Now, employees make the change in UltiPro, and HR approves it over the Web. Because the process is automated and streamlined, accurate, reliable data is fed weekly to providers without anyone from HR having to key in any data. Information is synchronized in one system of record, and we have eliminated significant time, effort, and expense from day-to-day HR administration. Immediate advantages for us have been higher levels of productivity, flexibility, and process control.”

“Our company relies on Ultimate as an innovator in HCM technology, and as we move into the future, we will continue to use more and more of UltiPro’s talent management suite to add greater value to the company and to strategically manage our people,” said Tassinari. “Ultimate listens to its customers and stays one step ahead of what the industry needs. Product leadership is one of the key reasons why Ultimate is so successful.”

“When data is scattered among multiple systems and in varied formats, a clear picture of the holistic workforce is difficult for most organizations, especially global businesses. Blyth, Inc. has done a fantastic job of leveraging UltiPro’s capabilities for positive business outcomes, and we are pleased to have collaborative dialogue with Michelle and her team about their successes, their business needs, and their vision for future results,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer for Ultimate. “We think of our expanding family of customers as ‘partners for life,’ and our goal is to deliver state-of-the art technology backed by superior customer service—so progressive customers like Blyth can move their businesses forward.”

About Blyth, Inc.

Blyth, Inc. is a home expressions company headquartered in Greenwich, CT. The company designs and markets an extensive line of scented candles and related accessories, seasonal decorations, home décor, and household convenience products. The company sells its products in North America and Europe through three main channels of distribution: direct selling, wholesale, and catalog and Internet. Blyth’s brand names include PartyLite®, CBK®, Colonial Candle®, Exposures®, Miles Kimball®, Seasons of Cannon Falls®, Sterno®, and Walter Drake®.

About Ultimate

Ultimate is a leading provider of unified human capital management (HCM) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for global businesses. Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro® solutions deliver the functionality businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement. Based in Weston, FL, Ultimate employs more than 1,200 professionals who are focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2010, Ultimate was named an Optimas Award winner by Workforce Management magazine. In 2009, Ultimate was awarded first place in the People’s Choice Stevie® competition for Favorite New SaaS Product and was ranked the #1 best medium-sized company to work for in America by the Great Place to Work® Institute for the second consecutive year. In 2010, Ultimate’s security practices were recertified for ISO/IEC 27001, and Ultimate was the first HR SaaS vendor to be ISO/IEC 27001 certified in 2008. Ultimate has approximately 2,200 customers representing diverse industries, including such organizations as Adobe Systems Incorporated, The Container Store, Culligan International, Elizabeth Arden, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. More information on Ultimate’s products and services can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.
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