What Does Fully Integrated Corporate Alumni Platform Mean?

by Community Admin in Featured
Published: 26th July 2016

When we talk about Alumni Management for the Large Enterprise, we often talk about “fully integrated” … or how Alumni Management is a platform not an application.

This differentiation is important for a number of reasons. Whilst some might look at the platform from a feature/function perspective i.e. “does it do this” or “does it do that”, which we recognize as being critical, it is but one small part of a broader conversation that must be had. The more important questions are “do we have a unified landscape?”, “do all our applications talk to each other?”, “do users have to toggle between screens” and most importantly “does the total cost of ownership of our entire enterprise ecosystem remain intact and is not impacted by bringing in this net new application?”

Corporate Alumni platforms are critical for business. They transform the talent pipeline, identify contingent workers available for a project, engage with sales channels and increase overall brand value with this vital population.

However for it to be successful it needs to be “fully integrated” so to define what this means…..

Simple. Alumni does NOT:

  • live in a silo
  • accessible only to a single admin
  • have a separate database
  • require roles and permissions to be individually set

What it does mean:

  • Alumni data can co-exist with your existing HRIS platform. The native integrations are to SAP & SAP SuccessFactors to enable functions such as:
    • Single click joining of the network as part of off-boarding
    • Feed Alumni into talent search and succession planning
    • Correlate Alumni profiles to specific job opportunities
    • Provide a recruiter with Alumni data and employment performance data
    • Push Alumni into Talent Communities
    • Create workflows when Alumni apply or look at high match job postings
    • Process the recruitment feed to provide targetted careers recommendations
  • Alumni data can feed directly into CRM systems including Cloud 4 Customer or SalesForce to allow the sales force to view potential sponsors within target organizations that are company Alumni
  • Pull in deals from internal procurement or marketplace platforms to extend internal deal opportunities to the Alumni population
  • Inherit roles and permissions directly via the Access Control / IDP engine to provide specific back end access directly to groups or people based on their role within the organization

So for example internal recruiters in the organization might be able to access Alumni talent search or take actions such as bring Alumni into talent communities all without having to define “new” roles and permissions in the application.

We currently have 45+ native integrations to the Alumni Management platform with more being added weekly so whether it be for content (Adobe Experience Manager) or Talent CRM (Avature) or Ticketing (ServiceNow) …. fully integrated means just that: Alumni As A Platform. AaaS.

The point being. It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s unified. And most of all, it allows Alumni to drive value anywhere in the organization, in real time.



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