ACT Bridge is an innovative start-up that offers online tools to medium and large businesses for recruitment, career development, performance evaluations, and succession planning. ACT Bridge’s vision is to change the way managers and human resources look at an organization. Rather than focus on evaluating and promoting employees based on the existing organizational chart, ACT Bridge’s product suite maps each job to the key skills and knowledge that are critical for success. This approach uniquely allows businesses to look at the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and match them to the right job during recruitment and career development as well as make better staffing evaluations and promotion decisions during performance reviews and succession planning.
ACT Bridge had three business challenges in designing and creating their application:
- The ACT Bridge solution would be broken down into four distinct products: TRUE Selection, TRUE Development, TRUE Performance, and TRUE Succession Planning. Each product would need to work as a stand-alone application, as well as be integrated together with any of the other products, and work as a cohesive whole.
- A nationally recognized occupational database would need to be leveraged, allowing for the data to be easily mapped to an organization’s existing job force, and then with the mapped data, provide job-related analysis for hiring, evaluation, career growth, and succession planning.
- A graphical representation of an organization, based on skillsets and knowledge rather than the traditional hierarchy, would need to be automatically generated by the system. This graphical organizational “map” must be easy to understand by Human Resources and Executives. The map would be used in TRUE Development product to help the user visualize career paths and make key decisions.
In addition to these three product-related challenges, ACT Bridge needed to start development quickly, prior to the solution design being complete on all four products, to bring the first application to market and sunset their existing beta application.