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Buckeye Partners Builds Talent, Strengthens Overall Business with Ultimate Software’s UltiPro



  Buckeye Partners Builds Talent, Strengthens Overall Business with Ultimate
  Software’s UltiPro

Business Wire

WESTON, Fla. -- February 27, 2013

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people
management solutions, announced today that Buckeye Partners, L.P., one of the
primary distributors of petroleum in the eastern and mid-western portions of
the U.S., is benefiting from new insights into its workforce, better planning
for future talent needs, and strengthening its overall HCM strategy with
UltiPro and UltiPro Succession Management.

Buckeye Partners provides mid-stream energy logistics services, operating one
of the largest independent petroleum products common carrier pipeline networks
in North America. In addition to pipeline transportation services, the
1,300-employee company owns and operates more than 100 refined petroleum
products terminals and a major natural gas storage facility in California, and
markets liquid petroleum products in various regions around the world. Because
of the company’s continued success and expansion, executives at Buckeye
Partners wanted to proactively plan for future business needs, especially
related to the company’s leadership.

The HR team was tasked with finding better ways to uncover talent gaps,
identify high-performing individuals, understand and monitor retention risks,
and help employees develop their readiness to step into key roles. With
Buckeye’s years of proven success with Ultimate’s cloud-based features for
HCM, company leadership chose to leverage UltiPro Succession Management to
address its strategic people management objectives today and moving into the
future.

“Our previous system for succession plans just did not meet the needs of our
expanding business. We had very manual, cumbersome processes when preparing
our people for new opportunities. Without an efficient, executable strategy,
our business could be at risk when we lost key contributors,” said Dianna
Fernandez, manager of HRIS at Buckeye Partners, L.P. “With UltiPro, we now
have an automated, effective, results-based platform for our succession
management program.”

Buckeye Partners rolled out UltiPro Succession Management rapidly and began
the process of evaluating top talent and potential opportunities for
advancement as its first initiative.

“Activating UltiPro Succession Management was easily the most successful
deployment for technology that I’ve ever experienced. The time from our
decision to deployment took just two weeks, and we could quickly convert years
of manual data into ready-to-use business intelligence,” said Fernandez.
“Plus, UltiPro’s end-to-end features are so flexible. We can easily configure
Ultimate’s cloud technology and make adjustments as our business requirements
evolve.”

With UltiPro Succession Management, businesses like Buckeye Partners can
accomplish proactive, practical strategies for professional growth and career
advancement for their workforce. Each employee can define an individual career
path and ensure that he or she develops the skills, knowledge, and other
talent factors necessary for personal growth and contribution to the company's
success. Employees or managers can update a specific talent profile with
relevant personal and career information, such as education, previous work
history, skills, licenses/certifications, awards, languages, and willingness
to relocate in the U.S. and/or internationally. This information populates the
individual’s talent card, providing a holistic view of the employee’s talent
characteristics.

Embedded reporting and business intelligence within UltiPro also deliver a
range of essential information, such as succession readiness, successor
impact, candidates with highest potential, talent factors, and more.

After employees update their talent profiles with relevant personal and career
information, Buckeye collects qualitative feedback about each member of its
leadership team from peers, HR, and executives. The quantitative and
qualitative data is then merged, helping to identify scores for succession
readiness and leading candidates for promotion.

“Having quantifiable talent and succession metrics are very important to our
leadership, and the previous method of sorting through manual reports and
spreadsheets to find this information was so complicated that it was
ridiculous,” said Fernandez. “UltiPro’s unified HCM is helping us build a
stronger future for our business. We can quickly map values for global
locations, assess our talent pool, identify promotability, and provide
executives with detailed analytics and the valuable data that they are looking
for. It’s very exciting for us that HR is helping drive results that have an
impact on the entire business.”

“To stay competitive and successful, it’s now essential for businesses to
identify talent factors about their employees holistically, including
leadership potential, job performance, promotability, retention risk, and role
importance,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software.
“UltiPro Succession Management provides business-critical information so
organizations can build internal talent pools and pinpoint the right
individuals to fill key positions in the future. We’re very happy that our
longterm customer Buckeye Partners is leveraging UltiPro to create a solid
strategy for organizational change, build bench strength, and reduce the risk
of business disruption.”

                           About Ultimate Software

Ultimate is a leading cloud 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 136 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, Weston
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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