SumTotal Systems Enables BDO to Achieve Improved Visibility into the Workforce

Mountain View, Calif., August 19, 2010 — SumTotal® Systems, Inc., a market leader and a global provider of talent development solutions, today announced that BDO Seidman, LLP has successfully implemented the SumTotal Talent Development Suite to better retain talent and align learning development processes while also implementing the award-winning ToolBook® product to create dynamic learning content. By using SumTotal to capture all learning activities in one area and support on-demand learning, BDO is now consistently operating at up to 95 percent compliance with training requirements, compared to 82 percent before implementing the solution.

“By tying learning into the performance management cycle, we can continually engage employees and ensure that individuals are better able to communicate where they want to go with their careers. And if we can meet those needs, employee engagement increases,” said MaryEm Musser, BDO’s National Director of Training & Development. “With SumTotal, we saw an amazing opportunity to replace our lightly-functional performance system with a more holistic view of the workforce that sets the foundation for this talent management strategy.”

Named one of the “2009 Best Accounting Firms to Work For” by Accounting Today magazine and Best Companies Group, BDO takes pride in hiring and developing people with exceptional skills; however, BDO faces the industry-wide challenge of retaining top talent. The accounting industry is traditionally linear in its development — the highest performers can accelerate their development and progress faster in their careers if offered the opportunity to work with clients in particular industries where they have expertise. Without these opportunities, key talent might begin to look elsewhere if they are not achieving professional goals quickly enough.

BDO deployed the SumTotal Goal Management module to communicate critical goals and measure employee performance, while the 360-degree multi-rater feedback module collects feedback during performance appraisals, helps employees gain a perspective on performance, and better aligns their goals with corporate strategy. BDO also implemented ToolBook for quick authoring of interactive learning content. BDO is now able to align learning and performance processes to meet the company’s goals, fill talent gaps, and increase visibility into its workforce.

SumTotal’s Talent Development Suite helps BDO reduce risk by retaining talent in critical positions, managing succession plans, and improving compliance reporting while also ensuring consistency in evaluations and assessments across multiple offices.

“SumTotal worked with BDO to really understand what their business drivers were in order to help implement a talent development strategy that aligned with the organization’s overall goals,” said John Borgerding, president of SumTotal Systems. “Using SumTotal’s performance management solution, BDO has established a consistent method for collecting reliable and meaningful learning and performance information that will continue to provide opportunities for development across the firm so that top talent is retained.”

About SumTotal Systems, Inc.

SumTotal Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of proven talent development solutions that automate and integrate learning, performance, and compensation management to drive business results on a daily basis. Our solutions strengthen and develop employee skills to accelerate time-to-market, close skill gaps, and reduce the risk of business disruptions. With more than 1,600 customers and 18 million users worldwide, we have increased the performance at some of the world’s best-known companies, organizations and government agencies. Our category leadership and applied insight help us understand the critical success factors for businesses of all sizes. For more information, visit

SumTotal, the SumTotal logo, and ToolBook are registered trademarks or trademarks of SumTotal Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About BDO
BDO is the brand name for BDO Seidman, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves serves clients through 37 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide multinational clients through a global network of 1,138 offices in 115 countries. BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and the global capabilities of the world’s fifth largest accounting and consulting network, combined with the personal attention of experienced professionals. For more information, visit

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