Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Deploys SuccessFactors for Global Performance Insight

Over 90 Percent Company Adoption Rate of SuccessFactors Performance and Goal Management in Four Months Delivers Better Business Alignment, More Streamlined Global Approach

Oct 11, 2010, 08:05 ET from SuccessFactors, Inc.

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SuccessFactors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFSF) announced that Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment, has deployed SuccessFactors Performance Management and Goal Management modules to its approximately 9,000 global staff spanning 300 offices across roughly 100 countries, including EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas. SuccessFactors is now an embedded part of the company process helping to enhance overall business alignment through increased employee performance and development.

DNV's history goes back to 1864, when the foundation was established in Norway to inspect and evaluate the technical condition of Norwegian merchant vessels. Since then, its core competence has been to identify, assess, and advise on how to manage risk. Whether DNV classifies a ship, certifies an automotive company's management system, or advises on how to best maintain an aging oil platform, its focus is to safely and responsibly improve business performance.

"In the past, we had several fragmented approaches to managing our performance management process -- some staff used Excel spreadsheets, others still used paper -- and there was no one common tool in place, nor full ownership," said Cecile Heuch, Chief HR Organization Officer, DNV. "We needed one common approach, one standard system with the same terminology and the SMART principle (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound) to act as the basis for designing staff goals and measuring performance and subsequent results."

DNV selected SuccessFactors Performance and Goal Management solutions to provide their core talent management system. The system, internally known as 'Managing Individual Performance' (MIPs), was rolled out to the entire global organization in January 2009.

"Before using SuccessFactors, we only had 35 percent of the company using the same system and had no insight into how the workforce executed on goals," said Heuch. "Since implementing SuccessFactors, over 90 percent of the company within four months signed up to utilise its functionality which is testament to the intuitive nature of the solution. We initially started with a simple set up in the first year to ensure staff were comfortable with the new processes, and have since started adding more functionality."

"SuccessFactors allows us to formulate goals and key performance indicators at a strategic level," said Heuch. "Before SuccessFactors, we had no holistic way of measuring normal job expectations, which is something we're beginning to look at. Now the MIP process is instrumental in turning plans into action. The MIP is not an optional add-on but at the heart of good people management and result orientation."

Peter Prestele, Vice President of EMEA Enterprise Sales, SuccessFactors, added, "We are thrilled to be working with DNV, a company with a real forward-looking approach to achieving overall visibility of its employee performance rates and global business alignment."

SuccessFactors will be highlighting additional examples of European customer success at its upcoming annual European customer conference, SuccessConnect Frankfurt, to be held October 18-19 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. More information can be found here:

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SuccessFactors is a global leader in Business Execution Software. The SuccessFactors Business Execution (BizX) Suite, which is delivered through the cloud, improves business alignment, team execution and people performance to drive results for companies of all sizes. Across 168 countries and 34 languages, more than 8 million users and 3,000 companies leverage SuccessFactors every day, up from approximately 300,000 users and 100 companies in 2003. BizX bridges the gap between strategy and success by allowing every person in an organization to execute against their goals better and faster. SuccessFactors' recent acquisitions of Inform and CubeTree supplement SuccessFactors' core BizX strategy with solutions that align with SuccessFactors' mission of helping companies get work done by delivering robust business insights and improved collaboration. To learn more, visit:

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