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An early cloud adopter seizes success

Jul 26, 2017


Starting as an online learning provider back in 1999, Cornerstone OnDemand always believed that success is directly connected to building a culture of continuous learning and development. Born as a cloud-based talent management software firm, the Los Angeles-based company is applying its roots in learning to help companies attract new employees, train them and manage their workforce.

Cornerstone OnDemand Vice President and General Manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan Frank Ricciardi

“Even 20 years ago, Cornerstone was at the forefront of the software-as-a-service revolution,” said Vice President and General Manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan Frank Ricciardi. “We saw early on how our clients could benefit from the innovation of the cloud, especially with the type of learning software and talent management applications we were developing.”

Today, the company has enlisted more than 3,000 clients and nearly 31 million users across 192 countries and 43 languages on a single cloud-based application, giving it one of the largest subscriber bases in the world. Last year, there were over 360 million registrations for courses taken through Cornerstone amounting to over 1.3 billion hours of training.

Present in Japan for four years, the company has successfully rolled out its software in large multinational conglomerates such as Nissan, Ricoh and Hitachi.

“Hitachi implemented Cornerstone in less than eight months with 350,000 people across its 1,000 subsidiaries. There are very few applications that you can do that with,” Ricciardi said.

With each client, Cornerstone brings vast knowledge and years of identifying best practices. As proof of its commitment to the Japanese market, the company has formed a dedicated team to work hand-in- hand with Japanese companies looking to implement global talent management best practices.

“Once we’ve partnered with a company, we’re in it for the long haul. We believe that success breeds success. That is why we have a client service-first strategy,” Ricciardi also said.

Southern California 2017 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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