Keeping tabs on the hiring, training and performance of BNY Mellon's 44,000 employees in dozens of countries around the world is too important to be left to local custom or interpretation, and too crucial to be sidelined even given the recession.

Sheena Wilson, BNY Mellon's newly-appointed global head of talent strategy, is responsible for a massive technology project to create a global architecture to serve its global talent development strategy, layering several niche tools on top of the bank's PeopleSoft HR system. Supporting a global talent strategy with a global tech platform, or multiple globally available tools, is a trend among big banks these days, analysts say, because it fulfills two imperatives: first, it rationalizes the costs associated with maintaining multiple vendors in each of the primary talent technology silos, and, second, it endeavors to maximize the value the bank gets from its recruiting, succession planning, training, and compensation initiatives.

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