What's New for May '18

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.

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The following new features and enhancements are available for the May '18 release:

Compensation Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Compensation Statement Decimal Precision Yes

With this enhancement, the following information can be configured for custom formula tags by administrators:

  • Decimal precision from one to four decimal points or the number of decimal places required by the employee's currency
  • Rounding Rules
Custom Reports - Compensation Fields Yes

With this enhancement, administrators can report on approval workflows and current approvers using new fields available in the new Compensation Task Approval Workflow report field section in Custom Reports. These new fields allow administrators to improve organization during compensation tasks.

Edge Import - Employee Salary Load (Early Adopter)

In Stage portals, this is enabled for organizations using the Compensation or Cornerstone HR functionality and also the Data Load Wizard (DLW).

In Pilot and Production portals, submit a case with Global Product Support (GPS).

With this enhancement, the Edge Import Employee Salary Load is now available to early adopters. This tool provides organizations with the ability to load employee salary data even if it includes custom wage types. Employee Salary Management Modification History, when enabled in a portal, is also updated using the Edge Import load. Both of these functions are not possible when using the Data Load Wizard (DLW). Cornerstone HR clients are also able to report on updates to the Employee Salary Management Modification History using the User Audit Report - Detailed standard report.
Employee Salary Management Modification History No, to enable this functionality, submit a case to Global Product Support (GPS). With this enhancement, organizations using Compensation or Cornerstone HR (CHR) that do not use Data Load Wizard or a custom feed to load their employee salary data can enable Employee Salary Modification History via a backend setting. Once enabled, the Employee Salary Management Modification History is updated whenever an employee salary is updated either through the system interface, compensation task completion, or via the new Edge Import - Employee Salary Load. Organizations using Cornerstone HR can also report on updates to the Employee Salary Management Modification History using the User Audit Report - Detailed standard report.

Core Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Employee API Enable through Edge Marketplace With the May '18 release, the Employee API is generally available, allowing administrators to manage employee records via User Administration, Data load Wizard, Reporting, and data feeds.
End of IE10 Support Yes

Cornerstone is retiring support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 10. To keep up with browser security requirements and the latest software enhancements, support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 is discontinued with the May ‘18 Release. If you have not already done so, please reach out to your IT department to make plans to convert to one of the compatible browsers prior to the release.

FTP Account Management - Password Reset Yes With this enhancement, when an administrator needs to update their FTP account password, they can do so via self-service in the Cornerstone system, with new permissions. This allows administrators to quickly and securely reset FTP account passwords on their own.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Readiness Program

To request this functionality, submit a request to Global Product Support (GPS).

Applicant anonymized via Compliance Enablement Preferences.

Cornerstone clients, particularly in the European Union, require the ability to anonymize/delete data associated with a user to ensure compliance with local and federal regulatory requirements, among which General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most prominent change. This can also have an impact on US clients with users in Europe who are covered by the related regulations.
Google Tag Manager Integration Enable by request

With this enhancement, organizations can use the Google Tag Manager integration to deploy code snippets at their own convenience, without the intervention of Cornerstone's development or services teams. The Google Tag Manager tool is separate from Google Analytics and can be used to set up code from any provider or source. Once the integration has been enabled in the Cornerstone system, administrators can add code snippets to system pages and track user behavior on those pages using the features available.

Historical Upload Tool (HUT) Retirement Yes With the May '18 Release, Cornerstone no longer supports, and organizations no longer have access to, the Historical Upload Tool (HUT). HUT was a legacy tool used to upload Event/Session data and associate users to groups. Built prior to Data Load Wizard (DLW), the tool has seen declining/limited usage over time and is not enabled in newer portals. Organizations still using the HUT should contact their Client Success Manager to determine which solution will be most effective moving forward.
Reporting 2.0 (Early Adopter) No, self-enabled

Reporting 2.0 is the new reporting tool for standard and custom reports. The new tool must be self-enabled and is intended to provide you with a simplistic and intuitive way to build and use reports. This is a powerful new engine that delivers a single application for creating reports.

With the May '18 release, Recruiting and Performance are now supported along with the Learning, which was introduced as part of the February '18 release. In addition, scheduling and delivery are now available, as well as new sorting features and report sharing.

Secure Page Timeout Yes For security purposes, if a user has been idle for over 60 minutes (no mouse clicks or key presses), a session timeout message will appear at the top of certain pages.

Content

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Local Network Player (New Version) No. Download of new version required

With the May '18 release, a new version of the Local Network Player is available for download. This new version supports TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2, providing increased security. The new version of Local Network Player must be downloaded in order to continue using the Local Network Player.

Cornerstone HR

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Display Country Name on Org Chart Flyout Yes

With this enhancement, the Country field on the user flyout on the Org Chart page will display the full name of the country instead of the ISO code.

For example, prior to this enhancement, Sweden appeared as SWE. Following this enhancement, the country will be spelled out.

Edge Import - Employee Salary Load (Early Adopter)

In Stage portals, this is enabled for organizations using the Compensation or Cornerstone HR functionality and also the Data Load Wizard (DLW).

In Pilot and Production portals, submit a case with Global Product Support (GPS).

With this enhancement, the Edge Import Employee Salary Load is now available to early adopters. This tool provides organizations with the ability to load employee salary data even if it includes custom wage types. Employee Salary Management Modification History, when enabled in a portal, is also updated using the Edge Import load. Both of these functions are not possible when using the Data Load Wizard (DLW). Cornerstone HR clients are also able to report on updates to the Employee Salary Management Modification History using the User Audit Report - Detailed standard report.
Employee API Enable through Edge Marketplace With the May '18 release, the Employee API is generally available, allowing administrators to manage employee records via User Administration, Data load Wizard, Reporting, and data feeds.
Employee Salary Management Modification History No, to enable this functionality, submit a case to Global Product Support (GPS). With this enhancement, organizations using Compensation or Cornerstone HR (CHR) that do not use Data Load Wizard or a custom feed to load their employee salary data can enable Employee Salary Modification History via a backend setting. Once enabled, the Employee Salary Management Modification History is updated whenever an employee salary is updated either through the system interface, compensation task completion, or via the new Edge Import - Employee Salary Load. Organizations using Cornerstone HR can also report on updates to the Employee Salary Management Modification History using the User Audit Report - Detailed standard report.
Form Approval Workflow - Approve by Group or OU Yes This enhancement will be released as part of a post-release patch.

With this enhancement, organizations can add a group or organizational unit (OU) to a form approval workflow. This enables more powerful employee and manager self-service capabilities through enhanced workflow configuration, which frees administrator time to work on other priorities.

Kronos OU Outbound Integration Integration is available via the Edge Marketplace. With this enhancement, the Kronos integration is enhanced to also sync organizational unit (OU) data from Cornerstone to Kronos. When an administrator adds or modifies an OU, changes are automatically sent to the corresponding Kronos entity.

Edge Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
ADP Workforce Now (WFN) Core Data Inbound Integration On Demand Sync Enhancement Enable through Edge Marketplace

With this enhancement, the ADP Workforce Now (WFN) Core Data Inbound integration is enhanced to support:

  • On-Demand Full Sync
  • On-Demand Delta Sync
Custom Connectors - Tools for Developers Publicly Available through Edge

With the May '18 release, integration testing functionality for validating integration testing code is available in Edge, which allows developers to test their integrations without needing access to a Cornerstone portal. These testing tools are publicly available in the API Explorer and do not require developers to have any permissions or login credentials.

Edge Import - Employee Salary Load (Early Adopter)

In Stage portals, this is enabled for organizations using the Compensation or Cornerstone HR functionality and also the Data Load Wizard (DLW).

In Pilot and Production portals, submit a case with Global Product Support (GPS).

With this enhancement, the Edge Import Employee Salary Load is now available to early adopters. This tool provides organizations with the ability to load employee salary data even if it includes custom wage types. Employee Salary Management Modification History, when enabled in a portal, is also updated using the Edge Import load. Both of these functions are not possible when using the Data Load Wizard (DLW). Cornerstone HR clients are also able to report on updates to the Employee Salary Management Modification History using the User Audit Report - Detailed standard report.
Employee API Enable through Edge Marketplace With the May '18 release, the Employee API is generally available, allowing administrators to manage employee records via User Administration, Data load Wizard, Reporting, and data feeds.
Kronos OU Outbound Integration Integration is available via the Edge Marketplace. With this enhancement, the Kronos integration is enhanced to also sync organizational unit (OU) data from Cornerstone to Kronos. When an administrator adds or modifies an OU, changes are automatically sent to the corresponding Kronos entity.
Planning Data in Reporting API Enable in Edge With this enhancement, programmatic access to Planning data through Reporting API will allow planners to extract specific, valuable data from their headcounts plans.

Engage Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Custom Reports - Engage Yes With this enhancement, a new Engage Response custom report type is available. Users with associated permissions can create, share, schedule, and run reports that include individual Engage survey responses, to allow organizations to better use the data gathered with Engage.
Manager Hierarchy View Yes

This enhancement was released in the June 1 patch.

With the June 1, 2018 patch, users with the appropriate permission can view Engage results by manager, filter for specific managers, compare multiple managers, and traverse the reporting hierarchy to discover areas of opportunity within the organization.

Learning Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Attendance and Scoring Page Pagination Yes

With this enhancement, the Attendance and Scoring page for ILT sessions is paginated, with a limited amount of data for the session displaying on each page. Administrators can navigate through pages of registered users, and each page will load without the system timing out, because the entire session's roster does not need to be processed at one time.

Auto Upgrade to Content Publishing Redesign with Online Course Versioning in 2019  

In 2019, Cornerstone will retire the Course Publisher, and all portals will be automatically upgraded to the Content Uploader with Online Course Versioning, which was made generally available during the October '17 release. The exact date of the automatic upgrade is yet to be determined, but is being announced far in advance to provide administrators with sufficient time to plan for the change.

Activating the new Content Uploader and Online Course Versioning functionality remains optional until 2019. When Course Publisher is retired, it will no longer be accessible in the system.

Certificate No Longer Available for Exempt Statuses Yes

With this enhancement, users in an Exempt status for training with an associated certificate will NOT be able to access or print the learning certificate from any system location. When a user is in an Exempt status for a training item, the following features, as they relate to the exempted training, are not available to the user:

  • The View Certificate link is not available on the Transcript Details page for the training
  • The certificate cannot be printed from the Assignment and Version History page for the training
  • The View Certificate option is not available for the training on the learning transcript
  • The View My Certificate tile does not display on the Training Completion page
  • The View Certificate option is not available for the training via the Curricula Player
Curriculum Assignment - Child Training Transcript History Yes Following this enhancement, the transcript history for child LOs within a curriculum is mapped to the learning assignments used to assign the curriculum to users.
Curriculum Creation with Pending Version – Validation Messages Yes With this enhancement, when a curriculum is created and a pending version is available, validation messages display to offer clarity on the behavior.
Custom Reports - Learning Yes

With this enhancement, the following new custom report types are available:

  • A new custom Curriculum Transcript report type is available, allowing users to report on attributes related to curricula within learners' transcripts. The Curriculum Transcript report is comprised of several existing report sections as well as new sections which can be used to report on data related to curricula. Note: This new report must be used each time administrators want to report on data related to child training within a curriculum. Attempting to use other report types for this information will result in unexpected report results.
  • A new Learning Playlist report is also available, allowing users to run reports on learning playlists and the new external content training type, which are both generally available with the May '18 release.
Document Management System (DMS) Material Versioning Service No

This enhancement will be released as part of a post-release patch.

Document management systems (DMS) are electronic systems designed to manage, store, distribute, and archive documents. A DMS material versioning service can be used to create and version material learning objects (LOs) in the learning management system (LMS), with links to those documents stored in the DMS, allowing learners to access DMS resources as material LOs in the LMS via URL links.

A beta version of the DMS service was released in July 2016, and this service has been enhanced for the May 2018 release.

Edit Availability in Course Console Yes

With this enhancement, learning content availability can be configured from the Course Console. This functionality is particularly beneficial when used in conjunction with Learning Playlist functionality, released in March 2018.

End of Microsoft Live Meeting Support Yes

As of December 2017, Microsoft has discontinued Live Meeting, a virtual instructor-led training (vILT) integration. As a result, Cornerstone no longer supports the Live Meeting vILT integration.

External Content Yes

With this enhancement, a new training type called "external content" can be created when building learning playlists, allowing playlist creators to not only include internal training in their playlists, but also content that exists outside the system, such as Youtube videos, books, training courses, and more. External content can be added to the learning transcript and completed like other training types, and its availability can be set via the Course Console. External content items can be found within playlists, on Learner Home and Learning Search, and on the Global Search page. Certain external content information can also be reported on using Custom Reporting functionality.

Insights Home - Favorites Yes With this enhancement, you can now tag your favorite Insights and access them from a new Favorites section right at the top of the Insights homepage.
Learning Playlists Yes

In March 2018, Learning Playlist functionality was released as part of an Early Adopter program.

With the May 2018 release, Learning Playlist functionality has been enhanced in the following ways:

  • External content can be added to learning playlists ()
  • Data related to playlists is discoverable in reporting
  • Email digest options are available for playlists
  • Deep linking functionality can be used to share playlists
  • Information about the playlists a user has created and followed displays on the Learner Home page
Training Removal Tool Enhancements Yes

With these Training Removal Tool enhancements, the Training Removal Tool uses consistent behaviors for removing event and session learning objects (LOs) from users' transcripts, and payment refund logic has been redesigned to facilitate an intuitive, simple Training Removal Tool experience.

Performance Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Custom Reports - Development Plan Fields Yes, when redesigned Development Plans are enabled. When Development Plans are created using the redesigned Development Plans, additional custom reporting fields are now available for development plans.
Development Plans Redesign (Early Adopter) No, self-activated from the Corporate Preferences page.

With this Early Adopter feature, the Development Plan Experience is redesigned to focus on providing the essential functionality with a modern, responsive user interface (UI), while improving the infrastructure for faster performance. Development plans are now easier to use, with reduced time and effort to build and manage plans. The responsive design accommodates users on any platform.

Machine learning is now integrated into the functionality to provide recommended learning to users as they create their development plan. In addition, attachments can now be added to plans.

Performance Suite Technology Update  

In addition to the functionality your users work with every day, Cornerstone is also making valuable changes behind the scenes and has started moving to a microservices architecture to bring our clients increased stability, flexibility, long-term scalability, and innovation. First announced in October 2017, Cornerstone gradually has started building, updating, and hosting applications and functionality in Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers. As part of this ongoing process, in the May '18 Release, we plan to begin moving Development Plans Redesign of Performance to AWS. Other functionality for various modules will be migrated over time without additional AWS announcements.

For more information, please see the announcement in the Success Center.

Planning Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Moving Positions (Seats) Enhancements Yes With this enhancement, planners can move positions to different managers within their organization at any month during plan period.
Planning Comments Yes With this enhancement, planners can provide qualitative commentary about their plans to others, enabling more seamless collaboration within the application.

Recruiting Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Accept/Decline Offer Letter on Mobile Device Yes With this enhancement, applicants can now accept/decline offer letters via a mobile-friendly experience on the candidate’s My Profile page on the career site.
Add to Move to Requisition Logic Supported in Mobile-Friendly Workflow Yes

This enhancement will be released as part of a post-release patch.

With this enhancement, when an applicant is added or moved to a new requisition and some but not all answers have been answered from the first requisition, the applicant will continue with the second application using the mobile-friendly candidate workflow. In addition, the applicant's previously answered questions will populate in the new mobile-friendly workflow.

Apply with LinkedIn 2.0 (with Apply Starters) Enable in Edge

Apply with LinkedIn (with Apply Starters) is a plugin that you can implement on your career site, enabling candidates to apply with their LinkedIn profiles in the application workflow. When applying with LinkedIn, a job seeker's profile information instantly populates the resume fields and gets sent directly to the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) upon submission. This makes for a fast and easy candidate experience.

Recruiters can easily view an applicant's LinkedIn profile, getting access to valuable information that cannot always be found on a resume.

Compliance Enhancements to Application Workflow Yes To ensure GDPR and OFCCP compliance, this enhancement updates compliance in the application workflow for veteran status and the option to be searchable for other positions.
Custom Connectors - Tools for Developers Publicly Available through Edge

With the May '18 release, integration testing functionality for validating integration testing code is available in Edge, which allows developers to test their integrations without needing access to a Cornerstone portal. These testing tools are publicly available in the API Explorer and do not require developers to have any permissions or login credentials.

Custom Reports – Recruiting Fields Yes With this enhancement, a new User-specific Comment field is added for Recruiting Custom Reports and Multi-Module Reports.
Hiring Manager Shortlist Summary Email Tag SSO Enhancement  

This enhancement will be released as part of a post-release patch.

For organizations that use SSO, the REVIEW.APPLICANT.RESUME.SUMMARY email tag will now be SSO enabled so that hiring managers do not have to log in to Cornerstone to review applicants. Many hiring managers do not log into Cornerstone on a daily basis, so needing to remember a new login only to review resumes is unnecessary.

Manage Candidates (Early Adopter) No, self-enable

This enhancement will be released as part of a post-release patch.

As part of a post-release patch, a new Manage Candidates page will be available for Recruiting. The Manage Candidates page redefines the recruiter experience by making it easier to view resumes and change statuses in a visually appealing, responsive UI.

Mobile-Friendly Candidate Experience Enhancements Available after self-enablement

Mobile-Friendly Application Workflow – Custom Integrations

Mobile-Friendly Application Workflow – Preview Workflow

Mobile Friendly Career Sites – Custom Banner Image On Job Details Page

Mobile-Friendly Career Sites – Social Sharing

Recruiting Suite Technology Update  

In addition to the functionality your users work with every day, Cornerstone is also making valuable changes behind the scenes and has started moving to a microservices architecture to bring our clients increased stability, flexibility, long-term scalability, and innovation. First announced in October 2017, Cornerstone gradually has started building, updating, and hosting applications and functionality in Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers. As part of this ongoing process, in the May '18 Release, we plan to begin moving Manage Candidates of Recruiting to AWS. Other functionality for various modules will be migrated over time without additional AWS announcements.

For more information, please see the announcement in the Success Center.

Retirement of Apply with LinkedIn 1.0  

LinkedIn is sun-setting their current version of Apply with LinkedIn by the end of 2018. Clients who have a LinkedIn Recruiter contract, or a LinkedIn corporate account with active LinkedIn job slots, can leverage the new Apply with LinkedIn 2.0. The new Apply with LinkedIn 2.0 will only be supported on mobile friendly workflows.

Retirement of Mobile Optimized Career Site Support (August ’18 Release)  

Following the August ’18 Release, Cornerstone will remove the option “Enable Mobile Site” from the Standard Career Site. To create a mobile supported career site after the August ’18 Release, clients will need to create a Mobile-Friendly Career Site on the Career Site Management page. Mobile optimized career sites created prior to the August ’18 Release will be able to continue to be used but Cornerstone will no longer support fixing defects for mobile optimized career sites and when copied, “Enable Mobile Site” will no longer be an option.

Succession Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Custom Reports - Succession Fields Yes With this enhancement, additional custom reporting fields are now available for succession metric calibration and resume data.
Display Country Name on Org Chart Flyout Yes

With this enhancement, the Country field on the user flyout on the Org Chart page will display the full name of the country instead of the ISO code.

For example, prior to this enhancement, Sweden appeared as SWE. Following this enhancement, the country will be spelled out.

View

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Display Country Name on Org Chart Flyout Yes

With this enhancement, the Country field on the user flyout on the Org Chart page will display the full name of the country instead of the ISO code.

For example, prior to this enhancement, Sweden appeared as SWE. Following this enhancement, the country will be spelled out.

View People - Additional Fields Yes As part of upcoming May and June 2018 patches, new field types can be added as Succession Metric filters and Career Preferences Attribute filters to View People Preferences. The new field types can then be used as filters on the View People page.
View People Enhancements Yes

This enhancement will be released as part of a post-release patch.

With this enhancement, SSO support is added for the deep link that appears in the email when sharing lists from the My Lists page. This allows recipients of a shared list, who have availability to SSO, to access the list directly from the email without being prompted to manually log in to the portal.

In addition, administrators can determine the click behavior of the user card. Prior to this enhancement, the user card opened the employee's profile within View People. With this enhancement, administrators can redirect to the employee's profile or a specific tab on their Universal Profile page.