What's New for October '21
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 October '21 release:
Content Anytime Features
|Content Anytime - Q4 Updates||
Refreshes to Content Anytime and À La Carte subscriptions occur monthly between the first and second Friday of each month. New titles are added to libraries monthly, and removals occur quarterly. Content Anytime subscribers automatically receive these subscription refreshes.
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.
|Feature Name||Automatically Enabled?||Description|
|Capabilities Library and User Profile Bulk API||Yes, when using Bulk API||With the October ’21 Release, the same transactions, fields, and validations that exist with the Edge Import Capabilities Library and User Profile loads are now available as an API endpoint for custom integrations. Customers can retrieve the schema with request fields directly from the API. Transactions can be saved as “jobs” and are viewable through Edge Import.|
|Deprecation of Custom Reports in August 2022||Yes||
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.
|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, defects will no longer be fixed, and DLW Learning Loads will no longer be visible or accessible in customer portals. DLW is a legacy data load tool which was built on older technology, is accessed using an older user interface, and experiences slow performance and limited load type support.|
|Deprecation of Reporting 2.0 Word and XML Export Formats with the May '22 Release||Yes||Word and XML report export formats are being deprecated with the May ’22 Release as part of the larger initiative to deprecate the use of SSRS. With the October ’21 Release, defects for these report formats that are not P1 will not be fixed. Customers exporting/downloading their Reporting 2.0 reports in Word and/or XML formats are encouraged to switch to any of the other available formats in advance of the May ‘22 deprecation.|
|Deprecation of Users and Organizational Unit (OU) Loads and Feeds for Data Load Wizard (DLW) with the May '22 Release||Ability to perform Users and OU data loads and feeds using Data Load Wizard (DLW) will be deprecated with an end-of-life in the May ‘22 Release. End-of-support will occur in the February ‘22 Release and support for defects related to DLW Users and OU loads and feeds will stop at this time.|
|Edge Import - Allow Import for Training Included in Certifications (ILT Transcript Load)||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this enhancement, if a training is part of a certification, it is supported when included in the ILT Transcript loads. Completed statuses add credit to learners’ certifications, and other statuses are also reflected in learners’ certifications.|
|Edge Import - Capabilities Library and User Profile Feeds||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this release, Edge Import now supports recurring feeds for Capabilities Library and User Profile loads. Customers who have a library of skills and employee profiles in another HR system and wish to synchronize this data with Cornerstone can now set up a recurring feed to process these loads on a schedule so they can leverage employee skills data for learning and development. Customers who are already using Edge Import to load their capabilities automatically get access to the feed functionality as well.|
|Edge Import - Employee & OU Loads Enhancements||Yes, when using Edge Import||This enhancement provides increased functionality to the Employee and OU loads to support a wider range of customer’s bulk upload needs.|
|Edge Import - Japanese Localization for Learning Loads||Yes, when using Edge Import||With the Oct '21 release, the Edge Import user interface (UI) for learning loads and feeds is localized for the Japanese language. Portals with the Japanese language pack installed in their portal will benefit from this enhancement.|
|Edge Import - Learning Feeds||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this release, Edge Import includes the ability for customers to set up and execute manual and automated feeds for importing learning data.|
|Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (ILT Events and ILT Sessions Loads)||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this enhancement, administrators can update the provider for existing events via the Edge Import ILT Events load when the Enable to change provider for events. (Will apply to Events created in the past.) option is selected in ILT Preferences. This enhancement also allows for provider selection when creating new sessions via the Edge Import ILT Sessions load if the Enable to select provider when creating sessions. option is selected in ILT Preferences.|
|Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (ILT Sessions and Session Parts Loads)||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this enhancement, a new configuration question, Should "system default" emails be sent for applicable sessions?, is available for ILT Sessions and Session Parts loads in Edge Imnport.|
|Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (Online Course Transcript and Material Transcript Loads)||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this enhancement, online course and material transcript records can be updated from “In progress” to “Complete” using Edge Import.|
|Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (Test Transcript Load)||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this enhancement, transcript records for Test loads can be uploaded using Edge Import when they are in a Registered status.|
|Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancements (Transcript Loads)||Yes, when using Edge Import||With the October '21 release, additional functionality has been added to Edge Import for Transcript loads to help improve the administrator experience.|
|Edge Import - New Learning Load Type (Evaluation Question Bank Load)||Yes, when using Edge Import||The new Evaluation Question Bank load for Edge Import allows customers to create new evaluation questions and update existing evaluation questions, which can be used in Evaluation Administration when creating evaluations. The data loaded will be visible in the portal’s question bank for evaluations, which is accessible via Evaluation Administration.|
|Edge Import - Performance Review Data Load||Yes, when using Edge Import||A new Edge Import data load is now available for performance reviews. This data load is a simple self-service solution for importing overall performance review scores and performance review PDFs. Organizations save time and effort by managing their own performance review data instead of relying on Cornerstone or Partner resources and custom projects.|
|Edge Import - Single Tile in Edge Marketplace for All Loads and Feeds||Yes, when using Edge Import||With this enhancement, all Edge Import product solutions have been consolidated into a single tile in the Edge Marketplace, which simplifies the Edge Import purchasing and enablement process for administrators. Now, customers can access the single Edge Import tile in the Edge Marketplace to initiate the purchase of all the available loads and feeds at one time.|
|Employee API v2 Constraints||Yes, when using Employee API v2||This enhancement enables customers to begin to constrain Employee API v2 access in the API as it is in the user interface. This enables customers to use Cornerstone’s APIs in a more robust way, by enabling third-party integrators who are outside of their organization and should not otherwise have root access to all employee data, to be able to leverage the data they need for their solutions.|
|Fall 2021 - New Skills Graph Languages||Yes||With this enhancement, additional languages are now supported when searching for skills.|
|Improvements to Suggested Skills on Skills Profile||Yes||
With this release, the following enhancements are now included when suggesting skills on the Skills Profile:
|Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) One-Click Single Sign-On (SSO) Enhancement||Yes, when using the integration||This enhancement streamlines the process of setting up the Microsoft Azure Active Directory One-Click Single Sign-on integration by automating the step in the enablement process to add a new claim. Prior to this enhancement, administrators had to manually map the unique identifiers when adding a new claim between Cornerstone OnDemand and Microsoft Azure. With this enhancement, after a token is generated, administrators can select which identifier to use for adding a new claim.|
|New Standard Report - Login Report||Yes||With this enhancement, a new Login Report is available in all portals as a standard report so that customers can report on which users have logged in to the portal and when. With this report, it is possible to report on who has logged in during a specific date range, their IP address, and details on how they logged in (e.g., SAML SSO). This report also enables organizations to report on logins that occurred prior to the release of this report.|
|New Standard Report - Proxy as User Report||Yes||With this enhancement, a new Proxy as User Report is available in all portals as a standard report so that customers can report on which users have proxied in, as what user, and when. This report also enables organizations to report on proxy as user events that occurred prior to the release of this report.|
|October '21 Language Pack Updates||Yes||
New updates to Cornerstone Language Packs and additional languages, are available with the October '21 Release. Please visit the October '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.
|Online Help Color Refresh||Yes||
With this enhancement, Cornerstone Online Help is updated with a new color scheme.
This functionality is not available during UAT.
|Reporting 2.0 - Additional Fields||Yes||
Additions and updates are made to reporting fields with the October '21 release. See the following topics in Online Help for descriptions of the new fields:
|RTDW Updates to Reporting API, RDW, and Data Exporter||Yes||Impacting only customers using Reporting API, Replicated Data Warehouse (RDW), Data Exporter API, 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.|
|Search the Skills Graph||Yes||With this enhancement, administrators can now search for any skill and import it into their organization’s Capabilities Library. When creating a skill, an auto-complete drop-down suggests skills from the Skills Graph and helps identify any duplicates that are already in the portal’s library. Once a skill is imported, the description is displayed as a preview and can be modified at any time for clarity or to align with an organization’s communication style. Administrators are free to ignore suggestions and can create custom skills.|
|Skill Feedback - Request Others to Rate Themselves + Other Enhancements||Yes||With this enhancement, the skills feedback experience is enhanced with new templates and updates to the feedback template administrator experience.|
|Transcript and Task API Constraints||No, organizations must contact Global Customer Support||This enhancement enables customers to constrain Transcript and Task API access in the API as it is in the system. This enables customers to use Cornerstone’s APIs in a more robust way, by enabling third-party integrators who are outside of their organization and should not otherwise have root access to all employee data, to be able to leverage the data they need for their solutions. Support for constraints should allow for tighter controls around employee data when using Transcript and Task API.|
|"User Skill" Fields in Data Exporter and Data Explorer API||Yes, for organizations using Data Exporter or Data Exporter API||With this enhancement, User Skill reporting fields made available in Reporting 2.0 are now available to use in the Data Exporter and Data Exporter API.|
Cornerstone HR Features
|Feature Name||Automatically Enabled?||Description|
|Workflow Engine (Early Adopter)<![CDATA[ ]]>||N/A||Workflow Engine is a new process orchestration platform that is the foundation for process management across all Cornerstone talent suites and external integrations.|