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Cineplex Entertainment Leverages Ultimate Software’s UltiPro to Provide 11,000-Employee Workforce with HCM Technology

Ultimate Software (NASDAQ: ULTI) announced today that Cineplex Entertainment (“Cineplex”), one of Canada’s largest entertainment companies, is bringing a range of benefits to its large population of employees by leveraging Ultimate’s easy-to-use technology, enterprise integration tools, and partnership with Ultimate for human capital management (HCM).

In addition to operating 161 theatres with 1,630 screens in all 10 Canadian provinces, Cineplex operates numerous businesses, including food services, gaming, alternative programming, Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions, the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com, and apps embedded in various electronic devices.

Before using Ultimate’s UltiPro solution, the Toronto-based company was using an HRMS legacy system that had limited reporting capabilities, which in turn created redundancies and excessive work for the HR and payroll teams. The system provided service to only a portion of the company’s 11,000 employees, which added to its unique business complexities because Cineplex’s large workforce is predominantly part-time, as well as dispersed across more than 100 locations.

Executives at Cineplex wanted HCM technology that is easy for employees to use and access, that integrates well with its other third-party systems, and that would enable its HR and payroll teams to spend more time enhancing the customer experience and impacting the business—rather than completing administrative tasks or processing data. Since going live on cloud-based UltiPro in 2012, the company is now better managing the human resource complexities related to its people operations, easily consolidating workforce data from multiple solutions, and reducing the time and effort that had been burdening its HR teams.

According to Heather Briant, senior vice president of human resources at Cineplex, the entertainment company is very pleased with UltiPro and particularly appreciates the instant, 24-7 accessibility to information that managers and employees now have.

“Our business is comprised of more than 11,000 employees who are located from coast to coast, and only about 10% are at a desk. Plus, our company is made up of very diverse people who have differing skills and needs, and it’s a testament to UltiPro’s easy-to-use interface that both our managers and our employees use and like the technology,” said Briant. “In addition to seeing a high-adoption rate among our people, we have been able to make tremendous reductions in our use of paper, and we’ve automated many manual transactions. Plus, soon we will be delivering electronically about 15,000 T4s. The speed and accuracy with UltiPro is an immense advantage for us.”

Information from third-party applications and vendors can be accurately transmitted in and out of UltiPro with ease. Teams at Cineplex can control how and when the company’s people data is transferred from one system to another. And, unlike many systems, UltiPro’s enterprise integration tools require no custom coding, so Cineplex doesn’t have to work with an outside consultant or take time away from its busy IT staff. By setting up these automatic, virtually transparent integrations, the company’s teams also don’t have to manually enter data and they can instantly report on any of the data points that are stored in UltiPro.

“We like the higher level of functionality that we now have with UltiPro, and working with Ultimate Software’s people also has been a very positive experience,” said Briant. “Ultimate understands the value of long-term relationships, and it’s clear its people are dedicated to our success. Having a reliable, collaborative HCM provider is important to us.”

“Immediate access to employee information and easy-to-use, seamless technology are crucial for business success, especially when a company has an extremely large and diverse group of employees. With UltiPro, Cineplex is consolidating and managing all of its workforce information in one cloud solution,” said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software. “We very pleased that Cineplex has improved its HCM operations with UltiPro, and we look forward to supporting its overall business with our deep commitment to a successful partnership.”

About Cineplex

Cineplex Inc. is one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses, including theatrical exhibition, food services, gaming, alternative programming (Front Row Centre Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions, Cineplex Digital Networks, and the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com and on apps embedded in various electronic devices. Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE — Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program. Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 161 theatres with 1,630 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 77 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Scotiabank Theatres, Cineplex Cinemas, and Cineplex VIP Cinemas. Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVX, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands.

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate is a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, with more than 14 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 1,900 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; recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix; and awarded the highest rating by Constellation Research in its Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights Certification. Ultimate has more than 2,600 customers with employees in 150 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, Pep Boys, Texas Rangers Baseball, 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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