In the fall of 2008, when financial crisis was in every headline, closing the gap between strategy and execution was at the top of CEO agendas. Other items were speed, flexibility, adaptability to change, and people performance. During that time, SuccessFactors decided that the execution and people performance advantages of its solutions would help their customers significantly outperform their competition. And they were right. This complimentary whitepaper discusses the selection and performance of the SuccessFactors portfolio-and more importantly, the critical links between investing in execution and financial results.