New Research on the Talent Acquisition Market: The Aptitude Index Report

The Aptitude Index Report for the Talent Acquisition Systems from 2016

If you read Mollie’s blog post on Monday, you can probably sense that we are very excited to announce the launch of the Aptitude Index report today. This is a comprehensive study of the leading talent acquisition system providers and their unique differentiators. It is not a ranking report. It is not a traditional buyer’s guide. It is not a magic quadrant. Instead, it provides in-depth analysis of the market and information that is not necessarily available in a demo or on a website. We spent over 8 months interviewing customers, demoing solutions, and getting briefings from providers. We are ready to share our findings. I learned a lot and I am very impressed by how far the ATS market has come in just the past year.

(Check out our video describing the report here)

If you are still unsure about what the Index is or how you can use it, the information below might help.

Who is Included? We looked at the leading talent acquisition system providers including: ADP, Cornerstone OnDemand, Greenhouse Software, iBM Kenexa BrassRing, iCIMS, Lever, Lumesse, Newton Software, Oracle, PeopleFluent, SAP, SilkRoad, SmartRecruiters, Workday

What is it? It provides an overview of the market and helps companies rethink the evaluation criteria used to select partners and what providers might meet their unique requirements. As the market becomes more complex, organizations must take a step back and reexamine what is driving success and ask new questions around technology decisions. The final section of this report includes profiles of ATS providers describing their attributes along these criteria. The appendix includes a list of providers in the ecosystem that partner with talent acquisition systems.

When does it publish? Today!

Where can we find it? Download a copy here:

Why should we care? Companies spend a lot of money on talent acquisition technology. It is hard to figure out if you are getting value from your providers and what solutions might match your unique hiring needs. Today, the decision to purchase technology is not just about price and product capabilities. It involves services, leadership, culture, and viability of these providers.

We launched this report to start a new conversation around talent acquisition systems. One that looks beyond just functionality and instead at what providers will serve as true partners. Check it out and let us know what you think!


Madeline Laurano

Madeline Laurano

Madeline Laurano is the founder and chief analyst of Aptitude Research. For over 18 years, Madeline’s primary focus has been on the HCM market, specializing in talent acquisition and employee experience. Her work helps companies both validate and re-evaluate their strategies and understand the role technology can play in driving business outcomes. She has watched HCM transform from a back-office function to a strategic company initiative with a focus on partnerships, experience and efficiency.

Before founding Aptitude Research, Madeline held research roles at Aberdeen, Bersin by Deloitte, ERE Media and Brandon Hall Group. She is the co-author of Best Practices in Leading a Global Workforce and is often quoted in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Yahoo News, The New York Times and The Financial Times. She is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including the HR Technology Conference and Exposition, SHRM, IHRIM, HCI’s Strategic Talent Acquisition conference, Unleash, GDS International’s HCM Summit, and HRO Today.

In her spare time, she is a runner, an avid sports fan and juggles a house full of boys (where a spontaneous indoor hockey game is not unheard of!).