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85,000-Employee Bloomin’ Brands Streamlines HCM Process with Ultimate Software’s UltiPro

WESTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., the owner and operator of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s Restaurant, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, is streamlining its human capital management with UltiPro.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida and founded in 1988, Bloomin’ Brands was using a payroll service bureau as well as a many different systems and spreadsheets to handle HR operations for its very large population of employees, which includes approximately 5,000 managers in 1,400 locations. Company executives at Bloomin’ Brands wanted the strongest payroll engine for its businesses as well as a robust, cohesive bundle of HR functionality.

According to Pablo Brizi, Group Vice President of Human Resources for Bloomin’ Brands, the company needed a single HR solution that would integrate well with other corporate systems and grow as the company expands. Since deploying UltiPro in 2012, Bloomin’ Brands is now addressing HR challenges such as managing a large, disparate workforce, handling a range of payroll complexities, and controlling the amount of time that HR and business leaders spend on administration.

“We selected Ultimate Software because we were looking for not only a strong solution but also a true business partner,” said Brizi. “Ultimate has a very rare combination of a people-centric philosophy and a complete focus on HR technology.”

Due to the great partnership, Ultimate was named as “Purveyor of the Year” by Bloomin’ Brands at its 25th Anniversary Conference and Celebration.

UltiPro provides connectivity to Bloomin’ Brand’ large, distributed workforce, and employees can easily access their HR and payroll details while managers can quickly handle people-centric tasks like managing employee time and attendance.

By helping Bloomin’ Brands handle payroll complexities such as tips and make-up pay, UltiPro is expanding the time that its HR teams have to focus on more strategic projects. HR processes that used to be time-consuming and paper-laden, such as onboarding, are now streamlined with UltiPro. For businesses in the retail and hospitality industries that hire many people each year like Bloomin’ Brands, managing new hires efficiently is critical.

“With UltiPro, we are transforming our people-centric operations so that our HR team can better support the business strategically and proactively,” said Brizi.

“Large organizations need one solution to address their people-centric needs across the organization, especially when this organization has thousands of employees across hundreds of locations around the world,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software. “Bloomin’ Brands is a wonderful business partner, and we are looking forward to evolving with this dynamic company as it continues its expansion in the future.”

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate is a leading cloud-based provider of people management solutions, with more than 10 million people records in the cloud. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, and talent management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 1,600 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2013, Ultimate was ranked #9 on FORTUNE’S list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Ultimate has more than 2,500 customers with employees in 144 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, Pep Boys, and Texas Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

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