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More Than 1,500 UltiPro Customers Gather to Collaborate and Learn at Ultimate Software’s Connections Conference

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that more than 1,500 of its customers attended the company’s annual customer and partner forum, held April 8-11 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

The conference featured opportunities for Ultimate’s customers to expand their knowledge of Ultimate’s technology and solutions, take hands-on training, collaborate with other UltiPro users, and interact closely with Ultimate’s leadership and industry influencers. Themed “The New Generation of Work,” the conference offered attendees more than 100 sessions enabling Ultimate’s customers to gain a greater understanding of the new technologies and trends that can impact their work and help them increase their effectiveness.

“Every year, Connections is a very exciting time for us as we have unique opportunities to build even deeper relationships with our thousands of customers,” said Scott Scherr, president, CEO, and founder of Ultimate Software. “We are again very pleased to see record-breaking attendance at this year’s customer conference, and we hope that every participant had an enjoyable, positive, and rewarding experience.”

“This is my first year attending the Connections Conference, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn about Ultimate’s roadmap and trends in the HR technology industry,” said Charmaine Marcoux, director of human resources at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, located in Toronto. “I appreciate the opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with other customers and Ultimate’s teams as we learn more about how to maximize the business benefits from UltiPro.”

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference included Ultimate’s CEO Scott Scherr, Ultimate’s chief technology officer Adam Rogers, as well as:

  • Jason Dorsey, a.k.a., The Gen Y Guy®, who shared his insights on how to effectively manage the five distinct generations that are comprising the workforce of the present and future.
  • Patrick Lencioni, founder/president of The Table Group and best-selling author on business management and team management, who discussed best practices for organizational health, workforce dysfunction, employee engagement, and passion for teamwork.
  • Aimee Mullins, a renowned Paralympics athlete who set world records in 100- and 200-meter dash events, as well as the long jump, who shared her inspirational story.

Ultimate also recognized some of its customers that have demonstrated extraordinary success with UltiPro within the past year. Ultimate presented its 2014 Innovation Awards to customer companies that have achieved significant business results or shown innovation with their use of UltiPro. Each category highlights a customer that has excelled in a particular area of HCM through its partnership with Ultimate Software. At this year’s Connections conference, the following customers received a 2014 Innovation Award:

  • Google: Supporting and Meeting Major Corporate Goals
  • Bloomin’ Brands: Strategic Talent Management
  • Granite Services: Global Impact
  • DineEquity: Achievement in Return on Investment
  • Archdiocese of Washington: Success in Activating UltiPro
  • Concord Hospitality: Partnership
  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals: Analytics for Measurable Returns
  • Kemper Corporation and Quicken Loans: Achievement in Technology (tie)
  • Videology: Teamwork
  • LivingSocial: Best Overall Submission

“We are honored to have won an Innovation Award for our success in deploying UltiPro as our single global HCM system of record,” said Colleen Wood, vice president of human resources at LivingSocial. “We are very proud of the resulting value that UltiPro is able to provide us as we grow as a company.”

The conference also featured an expo hall with dozens of partner and sponsor organizations, such as Global Cash Card, Wise Consulting, Infor, CERTPOINT, Informatica, Ping Identity, Sability, WEX rapid!® PayCard®, Celergo, Trion, PayFlex, Discovery Benefits, Sterling, Language Line Solutions, TTNLearning, and Monster.com.

In addition, representatives from the analyst and blogger community presented on HCM strategies and trends and were on hand to interact with attendees.

“At this year's Connections, there was a sense of purpose and urgency in the role of HR. The correlation between the person-centered lifecycle and the success of a company has never been clearer,” said R “Ray” Wang, principal analyst and CEO of Constellation Research. "In fact, many customers stated that the analytics and metrics behind performance are turning out to be a clear advantage of cloud-based solutions tied to a management team desire to transform people processes.”

“Today, we see organizations working to smartly implement next-generation technologies like mobile, social, and analytics in human capital management,” said Stephan Millard, vice president and research director at Ventana Research. “Ultimate has shown good focus on building these technologies into the new UltiPro products and educating their customers on these capabilities at its Connections conference.”

“I truly enjoy the opportunity to learn, partner, and network at Ultimate’s Connections Conference. The sessions, keynotes, and entertainment provide wonderful foundations for relationship-building and communication that extends beyond the event,” said Karen Carpentieri, vice president of human resources at Berkeley Educational Services. “I can tell that Ultimate wants us to be successful. The Connections Conference provides educational and collaborating opportunities in a fun, friendly environment. It’s been very motivating and a great experience.”

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software is a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, with more than 15 million people records in the cloud. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, compensation, and time and labor management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 1,900 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2014, Ultimate was ranked #20 on FORTUNE’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix; and awarded the highest rating by Constellation Research in its Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights Certification. Ultimate has 2,700 customers with employees in 150 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, Pep Boys, Texas Rangers Baseball, and Texas Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

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