What's New for July '21

The following release resources are available within Online Help:

Safe Harbor Statement: Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other documents or public statements are not currently GENERALLY available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Cornerstone OnDemand applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.

The following new features and enhancements are available for the July '21 release:

Content Anytime Features

Feature Name Description
Content Anytime - Q3 Updates

The target dates for Q3 refreshes are listed below. Please refer to the 2021 Content Refresh Schedule for the timing of refreshes for all of 2021.

  • July 2-9 (Additions only)
  • August 6-13 (Additions only)
  • September 3-10 (Additions and removals)

Core/General Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Bulk API Key Management Yes

With this enhancement, organizations can view and manage their PGP key information within Edge Import. This key is used in Edge Import and Bulk API. Organizations can download their active PGP key, view the key's expiry date, and generate a new PGP key that expires in 180 days. Administrators are notified if a PGP-encrypted file is present in an active Edge Import feed.

This functionality is available in Stage portals as of July 13.

Capabilities General Availability (GA) Yes With the July '21 Release, Capabilities is Generally Available. The additional step to enable Capabilities for all customers via Feature Activation Preferences is no longer required. By default, Capabilities will be enabled for users in the System Administrator role to access and configure for their organizations.
Compare Skills No, enabled via Skills Profile Preferences The new Compare Skills page brings all the latest ratings from the Skill Profile into a central place, revealing an employee's latent or under-appreciated strengths, preferences, or priorities.
Custom Login Page Tool Yes With this enhancement, a Custom Login Page tool is now available. Any customer who wishes to have a branded login page can create their own login page, which they can modify whenever the need arises. There is no added cost for creating custom login pages using the tool, and the tool is available to all Cornerstone customers.
Data Load Wizard - User Loads: Default Password Setting Enhancement Yes, for portals that have a default password enabled

With this enhancement, when a default password is enabled for a portal, then the checkbox “Assign default password to new users” will be checked and disabled, and radio buttons for Top Corporate Password or custom password will no longer display for Data Load Wizard User Loads. Users created via the Data Load Wizard User Load will have their password set per the default password preferences.

Production and pilot rollout is delayed and is now targeted for the October ’21 Release time frame. This functionality is currently available to test in stage environments.

Default Password Management Yes, for portals that have a default password enabled

With this enhancement, a new Default Password Management tab will be visible on the existing Password Preferences page. Here, administrators can set a portal-wide default password or configure a default password by organizational unit (OU), change the default password, and manage default password rules such as lifespan and expiration date. Furthermore, default passwords must comply with the password complexity rules defined on the General tab in Password Preferences. Administrators can use the Default Password Email Reminder Template in Email Administration to setup email reminders to be notified prior to default password expiration.

Production and pilot rollout is delayed and is now targeted for the October ’21 Release time frame. This functionality is currently available to test in stage environments.

Deprecation of Custom Reports in 2022  

As many of our customers have shared concerns about the upcoming deprecation of Custom Reports, Cornerstone has modified our Reporting 2.0 move-forward plans. Cornerstone understands that it may be a big shift for some organizations to migrate from Custom Reports to Reporting 2.0. As some organizations are also hit hard by COVID-19, we want to allow some extra time to get ready.

  • The Deprecation of Custom Reports has been delayed until 2022. The new date will be announced later this year.
  • Our top priority is performance and stability. We will continue to monitor and improve this during 2021, specifically addressing page load times, page load errors, and failures to deliver/download reports.
  • Once performance targets have been met, we will refocus our attention on closing the remaining parity gaps between Reporting 2.0 and Custom Reports.
  • Customers who wish to migrate their custom reports to Reporting 2.0 ahead of the 2022 deprecation can do so by using the custom reports migration tool available in Reporting 2.0.
Deprecation of Learning Loads for Data Load Wizard (DLW) with the February '22 Release   Ability to perform learning data loads using Data Load Wizard will be deprecated with an end-of-life in the February ‘22 Release, at which point defects will no longer be fixed and Data Load Wizard learning loads will no longer be visible or accessible in customer portals. Data Load Wizard is a legacy data load tool which was built on older technology, is accessed using an older user interface (UI), and experiences slow performance and limited load type support.
Deprecation of Users and Organizational Unit (OU) Loads and Feeds for Data Load Wizard (DLW) with the April '22 Release   Ability to perform Users and Organizational Unit data loads and feeds using Data Load Wizard will be deprecated with an end-of-life in the April '22 Release. End-of-support will occur in the February ‘22 Release and support for defects related to Data Load Wizard Users and Organizational Unit loads and feeds will stop at this time.
Edge Import - Allow Import for Training Included in Certifications (Transcript Load) Yes, when using Edge Import

After this enhancement, if a training is part of a certification, it is supported when included in the following transcript load types:

  • Video Transcript Load
  • Test Transcript Load
  • Material Transcript Load
  • Curriculum Transcript Load
  • Online Course Transcript Load
Edge Import - Capabilities User Profile Load Yes, when using Edge Import With the June 25 pre-release patch, a new load type is available in Edge Import to load employee skills profile data.
Edge Import and Bulk API - Key Management Yes, when using Edge Import

With this enhancement, organizations can view and manage their PGP key information within Edge Import. This key is used in Edge Import and Bulk API. Organizations can download their active PGP key, view the key's expiry date, and generate a new PGP key that expires in 180 days. Administrators are notified if a PGP-encrypted file is present in an active Edge Import feed.

This functionality is available in Stage portals as of July 13.

Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (ILT Sessions Load) Yes, when using Edge Import With this enhancement, a new configuration question is available for ILT Session loads, giving administrators the flexibility to determine if newly created sessions should inherit the evaluations configured for its parent event. Based on the answer to this yes/no question, evaluations associated with the event will or will not be inherited by new sessions created by the Edge Import ILT Session load.
Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (Questions Load) Yes, when using Edge Import With this enhancement, a new optional field, Author, is added to allow administrators to indicate who should be listed as the author for new questions created by the Edge Import Questions load.
Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (Training Loads) Yes, when using Edge Import After this enhancement, a new configuration question is available for training loads, giving administrators the flexibility to associate subjects to training using either the "Subject Ref" or “Subject ID” as the unique identifier.
Email Digest for Skill Ratings and Feedback Yes

With the July ’21 Release, the following new sections are added to Email Digests, enabling employees to receive an email digest about the skills feedback that they are receiving:

  • Skill Endorsements
  • Skill Feedback
  • Skill Feedback Requests
End of Support for IE11 and Edge Legacy   Cornerstone is retiring support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy.
July '21 Language Pack Updates Yes

New updates to Cornerstone Language Packs and additional languages, are available with the July ’21 Release. Please visit the July '21 Language Pack Updates posting in the Success Center to review the full list of changes and their targeted availability in stage and production environments.

This functionality is not available at the start of UAT.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) One-Click Single Sign-On (SSO) Available via Edge Marketplace

With this SSO integration, the one-click functionality provides customers with a quick and simplified process to configure and enable the integration in both Cornerstone and Azure AD with minimal manual effort.

This functionality will be released in a post-release patch.

Reporting 2.0 - Usability Enhancements Yes

The August '21 release includes the following smaller enhancements that are intended to improve the user experience for Reporting 2.0:

  • Summarizing and Aggregation Improvements
  • Display Filter Criteria on All Export Formats
  • New "Is Empty or Null" Filter
Reporting Fields - Capabilities Yes With the March 19 and May 28 patches, a new Capabilities section is now available in Reporting 2.0, which includes new and existing fields.
RTDW Updates to Reporting API, RDW, and Data Exporter Yes Impacting only clients using Reporting API, Replicated Data Warehouse (RDW), and Data Exporter, the Real-Time Data Warehouse (RTDW) categories may be impacted, deprecated, or break applications, scripts, or functionalities that are based on earlier versions of RTDW objects.
Skill Endorsements Yes With the July '21 Release, users can give each other endorsements on the Skills Profile under the action menu for a given skill. Endorsements are also visible to others in the system to encourage the positive recognition that they carry. An endorsement does not confer a specific judgment about proficiency, but it generally means you are willing to vouch for someone's proficiency in a certain skill. It is subjective, but it is always positive. Cornerstone will continue to find relevant places where endorsements can be featured but they will always be available within the Skills Profile.
Skill Feedback Enhancements Yes

The following enhancements to the skills feedback experience are included with the July '21 Release:

  • Display the person being rated throughout the feedback experience
  • Submit button now available on all feedback pages (Submit, Next, Previous always visible at bottom of page)
  • Comment preview in Skill Details (when logged in user does not have any previous ratings)
  • Optimized Comment View in Feedback History
  • "Rating" changed to "Feedback" on some pages to more accurately describe the multiple response formats that are supported.
Skills Profile Preferences Yes With this enhancement, a new Skills Profile preferences section is available in the Capabilities Preferences page. The Skills Profile preferences section introduces basic controls that enable or disable certain features within the Skills Profile. Initially, there are two primary toggles available with the July '21 Release.

Cornerstone HR Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Kronos Workforce Ready (WFR) Time and Attendance Integration Enhancements Yes, for organizations using the Kronos WFR Time & Attendance Integration. With this enhancement, the Settings page now includes three required fields that allow customers to configure settings based on their unique WFR URL endpoints:
  • UKG Ready API Base URL
  • Endpoint URL
  • Audience URL

Learning Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Create Tool - CDG, LAX, LHR Swim Lanes  

As part of an ongoing effort to allow all customers to store their Create Tool data in the region aligned with their Cornerstone portal, Create Tool course data can now be stored in the following additional data centers:

  • CDG
  • LAX (including LAX secure swimlanes)
  • LHR
Curriculum Versioning Backend Optimizations Yes

Cornerstone will make backend optimizations to improve the stability and reliability of curriculum child training versioning.

While customers will not experience any changes to functionality, workflow, or user interface, these optimizations aim to:

  • Improve reliability of user assignment calculations and processing
  • Address issues surrounding back-to-back versioning and resulting incorrect curriculum structures
  • Further our goal in migrating services to AWS infrastructure
Deprecation of Learning Loads for Data Load Wizard (DLW) with the February '22 Release  

Ability to perform learning data loads using Data Load Wizard will be deprecated with an end-of-life in the February ‘22 Release, at which point defects will no longer be fixed and Data Load Wizard learning loads will no longer be visible or accessible in customer portals. Data Load Wizard is a legacy data load tool which was built on older technology, is accessed using an older user interface (UI), and experiences slow performance and limited load type support.

Edge Import addresses these issues with a modern interface and an intuitive workflow that can support a greater number of concurrent loads, while providing administrators with a delightful user experience.

Existing customers who are ready to migrate to Edge Import can enable it in the Edge Marketplace and review the migration and starter guides to help them through the migration steps. All customers are required to complete their migrations before the February '22 Release which will be the end-of-life date and end of support for Data Load Wizard learning data loads.

LAUNCH.SESSION.LINK Email Tag Available in "Session Changed" and "Session Start Date" Emails Yes With this enhancement, the LAUNCH.SESSION.LINK email tag is now available to use in the Session Start Date email and in the Session Changed email. When included in a Session Start Date email or in a Session Changed email sent to learners, any learners who receive the email can use the tag link to quickly launch the session.
Learning Assessments for Learn App (Open Beta) Yes, with app update

Upon the release of this enhancement, learners can access and complete assessments via the Cornerstone Learn app. This enhancement will be available with a post-release patch.

Additional documentation will be made available when this feature is released.

Learning Assessments (Open Beta) Enhancements Yes

Learning Assessments are a reimagining of the legacy Test Engine experience. The first phase of this multi-release project was introduced with the February ’20 Release, and Learning Assessments functionality has continued to evolve during subsequent releases.

With the July '21 release, the expansion of the Learning Assessments open beta continues with the addition of assessment versioning.

This enhancement will be available with a post-release patch.

Microsoft Teams Learning in the Flow of Work Integration  

The Microsoft Teams "Learning in the Flow of Work" integration brings the Cornerstone Learning catalog directly to learners in their key productivity application. With this enhancement, Microsoft Teams users can add a chatbot to Teams that lets them search for and share training, all linked to the Cornerstone portal. Learners can also receive notifications about training with upcoming due dates.

This integration enables users to interact with learning content from within Teams and includes the ability to:

  • Receive a welcome message with instructions on how to use the Learn Bot
  • Search for, find, and access relevant content directly within the Learn Bot
  • Search for relevant content directly from any message thread with a new Teams message extension
  • Stay up-to-date on outstanding training via proactive nudges
  • Launch learning content directly from the bot

This integration was made available in the Edge Marketplace on July 1, 2021.

Microsoft Teams vILT Integration  

A new Microsoft Teams vILT integration is now available in the Edge Marketplace. The Microsoft Teams vILT integration provides the following features:

  • When administrators create, update, or cancel a single or multi-part session in the Learning Management System (LMS), its corresponding Teams meeting will be created, updated, or cancelled through the integration
  • End users and instructors can launch MS Teams sessions through the Learning Management System
  • Attendance information can be retrieved
  • Multi-part sessions are created with each session part as a separate meeting in MS Teams

  • Virtual meetings can be managed for multiple accounts

This integration was made available in the Edge Marketplace on July 1, 2021.

New Email Tag - INSTRUCTOR.LAUNCH.SESSION.LINK Yes

With this enhancement, the INSTRUCTOR.LAUNCH.SESSION.LINK email tag has been added for instructors for the following email types:

  • ILT Session Becomes Available
  • ILT Session Register
  • Session Start Date
  • Session Changed
Prerequisite View in Learning Details Yes

With this enhancement, when the learner clicks the View Prerequisites button from the Prerequisites pop-up for a session, the learner is redirected to the session flyout, and the flyout is anchored so that the prerequisites are in view. The learner does not need to scroll to see the prerequisites.

Standardize Curriculum Completion Date Logic Opt-in until Oct '21

With this enhancement, the logic for the designation of curriculum completion dates has been standardized across various training completion scenarios in the Learning Management System (LMS). The general rule is that the date of curriculum completion will be the date the user completed the last child training item within the curriculum.

This functionality is in an Early Adopter status with the July '21 release, and organizations can choose to opt-in at this time. With the October '21 release, all portals will have the standardized curriculum completion date logic automatically enabled.

Training Removal Tool Enhancements Yes

The Training Removal Tool page enables administrators to remove a single learning object from multiple users' transcripts at one time. With the July 2021 release, the following enhancements have been made to the Training Removal Tool:

  • Administrators can remove up to 20 training items with a single training removal job
  • All training types are now selected by default in the Search Training section
  • All applicable statuses are selected by default for all training items on the Status step (not available during UAT, and only available in Stage with the July '21 release)
  • User interface updates have been made to support these enhancements
vILT Connector - Configure Integration Options at Provider Level No

With this enhancement, organizations can now autonomously enable the automatic cancellation of sessions and extended options at the vendor/provider level in the learning management system (LMS).

vILT Connector (Early Adopter) Enhancements Yes

With this enhancement:

  • When adding a new vILT integration, the integration ID will be automatically generated and no action will be required from the administrator to populate this information.
  • When adding a new vILT integration or when accessing the Edge Integration Center to manage an existing vILT integration, the Delete icon is no longer available. If an organization needs to remove an existing vILT integration that has already been configured, the best practice is to inactivate the vILT integration. This inactivates the vILT provider in the Learning Management System without resulting in a loss of the vILT integration data in the database.
WITHDRAW.SESSION.LINK Email Tag Available in "Session Changed" Email Yes With this enhancement, the WITHDRAW.SESSION.LINK email tag is now available in the Session Changed email. When included in a Session Changed email sent to learners, any learners who receive the email can quickly access the page to withdraw from the session.

Performance Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Total Compensation - Auditing Customer Migration N/A With the July ’21 Release, customers who require auditing but did not previously migrate to Total Compensation will be migrated to Total Compensation.
Total Compensation - Employee View Yes

With this enhancement, employees with the Employee Compensation View permission can view all of their personal compensation information via the Universal Profile Snapshot.

Additionally, administrators can configure permissions and constraints to manage who can see employee compensation information, and manage the information that displays on the Employee Compensation page

Recruiting Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Candidate and Recruiter Accessibility Enhancements Yes

Enhancements are being made across multiple areas of the Recruiting solution to ensure that candidates and recruiters who are using screen readers can perform the same actions as those who are not using one.

Additional accessibility enhancements will be included as part of the July '21 release, and release notes may be updated during user acceptance testing as these enhancements become available.

Deprecation of IBM Kenexa Recruiting Assessment Integration   IBM has discontinued support of the IBM Kenexa Recruiting Assessment Integration that is currently available through Cornerstone’s Edge Marketplace. The IBM Kenexa Recruiting Assessment Integration tile will be removed from the Edge Marketplace - timing is yet to be determined.
Email on Manage Candidates (Early Adopter) Self-enabled via Feature Activation Preferences With this enhancement, a new Send Email option is added to the More drop-down on Manage Candidates and to the options menu on the applicant carousel. This option lets you email an individual candidate directly from Manage Candidates. Replies can be sent and received from your email provider. A history of the emails can be viewed on the applicant carousel on Manage Candidates.
Manage Candidates - Display Additional Candidate Types Yes With this enhancement, additional candidate types will now appear on Manage Candidates. This helps to ensure recruiters are able to access and manage these candidates for their requisitions. This should also reduce confusion created from having one number of candidates on the Manage Requisitions page and a different number on Manage Candidates.
Manage Candidates - Performance Optimization for New Candidates Yes

With this enhancement, a new backend process enables new candidate records to appear on Manage Candidates more quickly in the following scenarios:

Reset Candidate Password Enhancement Yes

With this enhancement, when a candidate password is reset, the system will now validate that the new password is unique and does not duplicate a previously used password for the account. Prior to this enhancement, there was no such validation when a candidate's password was reset.

Upon implementation, this enhancement is on by default for customers that have a default password set for their portal; this will be a phased rollout by swimlane and will follow the same rollout schedule as the Default Password Management enhancement. Customers that do not have a default password set for their portal will not be impacted by this enhancement.

Resume Snapshot Yes

With this enhancement, candidate application data will now reliably reflect the application data as it is submitted. This means that parsed resume fields will no longer be overwritten by subsequent application’s resumes. Universal Profile resume data will continue to reflect the most recently submitted application resume. The parsed fields will now always be updated to match the submitted resume. Any updates will be visible across the candidate's applications, as well as in any applicable fields on the Universal Profile.