Cornerstone Convergence 2022: All the Pieces Coming Together

Last week was Cornerstone OnDemand’s (CSOD’s) annual conference, and the analyst day beforehand was a perfect time to see just how CSOD was meeting changing market demands, especially in light of all their recent M&A activity.

Himanshu Palsule, the recently brought-on CEO (Jan 4, 2022) immediately addressed that issue by announcing the release of the Cornerstone Talent Experience Platform (TXP) which goes beyond just packaging all of the various offerings but is instead the foundation that ties it all together – the AI-enabled intelligent tech fabric that forms the foundation of CSOD’s market-leading solution.

Speaking of AI, I asked Himanshu about his reaction to the recent White House AI-ethical guidelines report and he replied that they have put their AI ethical use and communication front and center long before any top-down oversight was thought about – this is backed by BHG’s own research and previous experiences with Cornerstone.

Next up was Karthik Suri, Chief Product Officer who outlined the driving philosophy of CSOD’s R&D – a willingness to always change and a need to be faster than the disruption that is always occurring in the employee development market. He also believes strongly in a human-centric design, another point of agreement with BHG’s research and POV. 

Many of the remaining presentations expanded on how this new unified platform could solve specific business issues but the main takeaway is that CSOD differentiates itself, as it always has, by rock-solid architecture (that is now shared across all of its offerings) and a unified experience. A tagline I heard was “better together through connectivity” and I think that perfectly encapsulates the keystone of any successful automated HCM system – letting machines speed up repeated processes so that humans can be relied upon to create more meaningful, valuable workplaces.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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