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MLB Network Drives Business Value by Leveraging Ultimate Software’s Cloud-Based Human Capital Management Solution

  MLB Network Drives Business Value by Leveraging Ultimate Software’s
  Cloud-Based Human Capital Management Solution

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WESTON, Fla. -- December 13, 2012

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people
management solutions, announced today that MLB Network, the television network
for Major League Baseball, has optimized HR and talent management processes
with Ultimate Software’s UltiPro.

MLB Network is a 24-7 operation that has seen rapid expansion—tripling its
size in three years. To accommodate the business’s success and growth, MLB
Network needed to find a way to continue expanding its operations
strategically, effectively, and efficiently. As the company reviewed the
variety of technology options, executives decided that using cloud-based
UltiPro for its human capital management would provide a significant return on
investment. The company selected UltiPro in 2008, went live within four
months, and immediately began to address a range of business challenges such
as:

  *Change management—deploying scalable technology that efficiently handles
    rapid growth at a cadence that works seamlessly for both the organization
    and its workforce
  *Driving optimal performance—delivering consistent protocols across the
    organization as well as processes that support company goals and
    individual career development by using enabling technology
  *Engagement and adoption by end users—improving and sustaining
    collaboration and communication while removing numerous tactical
    distractions

Before selecting UltiPro, Alicia Hayden, HR manager at MLB Network, was
looking for an HCM solution to help the company manage fast growth and that
would benefit not just HR and employees, but that would impact the overall
business. Hayden and the organization’s HR team realized that a cloud-based
HR, payroll, and talent solution  would minimize significant capital
expenditure in IT resources while providing a secure, scalable platform for
more effective HR operations.

“Ultimate’s decade-long experience in providing cloud-based HCM played a huge
role in our successful deployment with our HR technology. UltiPro’s uptime is
great, and we like that Ultimate’s service team performs any upgrades or
enhancements for us. We walk in on a Monday, and the latest version is
available,” said Hayden. “Ultimate’s cloud solution allows us to place more
focus on our employees—which, at the end of the day as an HR professional, is
where our primary focus should be. UltiPro also allows us to grow without
having to spend extra funds on our own software, redundancies, and security
practices. It’s just one less thing for us to worry about. I can’t imagine our
ever having used anything but the cloud.”

Managing highly skilled talent that must be creative and work fluctuating
hours, MLB Network’s HR team focuses on retaining its high performers by using
UltiPro as its foundation for talent management. Ultimate customers like MLB
Network are leveraging UltiPro to make performance management an ongoing,
collaborative process. Performance objectives for employees can be assessed
against measurable job competencies and goals. With UltiPro Performance
Management, companies are in a stronger position to build an environment of
engagement that maximizes talent and rewards top performers.

According to Hayden, UltiPro’s people-centric design fosters collaboration and
helps managers focus more on their people rather than the technology used to
manage the process. She believes that Ultimate’s intuitive navigation and
unified approach to HCM are providing fundamental business benefits to MLB
Network and its people.

“When you have one easy-to-use solution for all your employees, whether he or
she is a manager or an individual contributor, it unifies people and improves
the way we communicate. Our employees are in sync, and we’re talking the same
language,” said Hayden. “UltiPro puts technology in the background and people
in the foreground.”

“Ultimate designs technology that puts people first,” said Greg Swick chief
sales officer at Ultimate Software. “Our cloud platform, full scope of HCM
functionality, and user-friendly design are all business advantages that
better support and strengthen expanding businesses like MLB Network. We’re
very pleased that we’re making a difference to this dynamic company.”

                              About MLB Network

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans,
featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, including postseason
telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from
the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al
Leiter, and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the
largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in
approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more
information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.

                           About Ultimate Software

Ultimate is a leading SaaS provider of people management solutions, with more
than 8 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 2012, Ultimate was ranked #25 on FORTUNE'S
“100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Ultimate has more than 2,300 customers
with employees in 115 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated,
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.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All
other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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Contact:

Ultimate Software
Public Relations Contact:  Darlene Marcroft, 954-331-7444
darlene_marcroft@ultimatesoftware.com
or
For Sales Information:
Ultimate Software, 800-432-1729
Web site: www.ultimatesoftware.com
 
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