Wente Family Estates Transforms People Management Processes with Ultimate Software’s Cloud Solution
WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that its customer, Wente Family Estates, the oldest continuously operating, family-owned winery in America, has transformed its human capital management in less than two years since it deployed UltiPro.
Wente Family Estates is comprised of diverse business units including a vineyard and winery, an award-winning restaurant, and a world-class golf course. With such a range of subsidiaries in the Wente family business, the HR team and managers are responsible for a wide variety of people, jobs, and challenges related to the company’s workforce. Previously, Wente’s leadership team had difficulty operating as efficiently and effectively as possible because the company lacked a single system of record that could fully support the HR team’s objectives for talent management, sustainability, and improved time management.
Wente selected the UltiPro solution in 2010 and has since evaluated and streamlined employee-focused processes like talent acquisition, payroll, performance management, and time and labor management. The result is a renewed focus on employees and their impact on the business. In less than 24 months, the company restructured most employee-facing business processes with UltiPro — helping HR save time and money while more effectively recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce.
“UltiPro’s functionality for talent management has given us the ability to transform our people management process from tactical to strategic. In particular, we have improved the consistency of our companywide procedures for performance management and made it more of a continuous process rather than just an annual event,” said Jennifer Cook, senior HR advisor at Wente Family Estates. “We are using UltiPro to collaborate with employees and ultimately ensuring that we are all aligned to achieve company goals.”
With UltiPro Performance Management, Wente’s HR team can more quickly and easily assess employee performance against measurable goals and job competencies, create employee development plans, identify high performing employees for key positions, and build an environment that maximizes talent and rewards their best performers. Also, by automating hundreds of paper transactions, the company is experiencing significant efficiencies that support the company’s sustainability initiative.
“Wente has had a green initiative for more than 10 years — before most businesses had ever heard the word sustainability,” said Jenn Carlson, HRIS and payroll manager at Wente Family Estates. “Every day our company makes sure our business processes support the environment, and UltiPro has had a huge impact on reducing our carbon footprint. In the past, employees used to fill out a piece of paper, and now they can log on to UltiPro from their office computer, from a company kiosk, or from their home PCs to quickly and securely update their personal HR information, read company news, apply for an internal job, print their W-2, or review their hours. UltiPro is providing convenience for our employees as well as supporting our business objectives.”
Using UltiPro to manage time and attendance for the workforce, Wente’s employees can also go online to view relevant details about their hours worked and schedules. Because managers can log on to UltiPro at any time to stay on top of hours and labor costs, leadership can quickly make decisions such as modifying schedules or job responsibilities, if needed, to control costs.
“We are proud of our employees and our HR team, and we appreciate that Ultimate Software has given us the people technology to bring out the best in both,” said Lisa Bates, senior vice president of human resources at Wente Family Estates.
“Ultimate’s exclusive focus is on enabling our customers to more effectively manage people — because we believe that attracting, developing, engaging, and retaining talent is the foundation of better business performance,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software. “UltiPro is designed to deliver strategic advantages that will enhance the employee experience — a fundamental component of any organization’s achieving its goals. We’re very excited that Wente Family Estates has dramatically improved its human capital management with the UltiPro solution.”
Ultimate is a leading cloud provider of people management solutions. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, and talent 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 1,400 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2012, Ultimate was ranked #25 on FORTUNE’S “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Ultimate has more than 2,300 customers with employees in 115 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, The Container Store, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
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