The history of XCD

HR, Cloud Computing & Salesforce

Employee Relationship Management

When we started building our HR software on the Salesforce cloud, some saw it as a gamble.  

We didn’t. We don't gamble. 

Salesforce was designed to streamline, automate and optimise customer experience, helping organsisations build closer, more valuable relationships through CRM.

The founders of XCD understood the parallels and harnessed the platform to create a solution that could do the same for employees.

They turned CRM into ERM. 

XCD is a single solution application with the following capabilities

  • 2010


    Chris Mitford-Slade

    Chris, an experienced HR Director, proposes a cloud solution for HR & Payroll. A single application, eliminating the risky and time-consuming need for manual data transfer. He and his team of developers make the bold call to build it on the Salesforce platform and make it accessible in the AppExchange.

  • 2011


    XCD officially launches

    The system is first unveiled at Salesforce World Tour in London

  • 2012


    Performance shift

    Adobe becomes one of the first global organisations to abolish annual performance reviews, replacing them with continuous feedback

  • 2012


    First XCD customers

    XCD begins building its customer roster with the likes of SAB Miller, Investec and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

  • 2013


    XCD goes global

    XCD becomes an officially a global HR solution, now serving customers in 35 different countries

  • 2014


    International expansion

    XCD extends its international reach by opening its first office in India

  • 2015



    The official public sector software suppliers list ‘G-Cloud 15’ is launched, and XCD is recognised as an accredited supplier, now offering a wide array of functionality, enhancements to global leave rules, talent management, recruitment, salary modelling and payroll management

  • 2016



    Salesforce announces its latest innovation, the Einstein artificial intelligence engine

  • 2016


    New leadership

    XCD receives investment and announces a new company Chair, renowned UK tech entrepreneur and investor Vin Murria OBE

  • 2017



    XCD’s new Payroll management tool is officially HMRC approved, and its payroll bureau service is launched.

  • 2017



    The XCD Mobile App is launched, allowing customers and their end users to access a variety of key self-service HR & Payroll functions.

  • 2018


    No.1 Cloud Platform

    Salesforce is officially recognised by Gartner as the world’s fastest-growing cloud platform and announces plans to invest more than $2.5 billion over the next five years to fuel the growth of its UK business.

  • 2018


    New CEO & COO

    XCD’s new CEO Simon Fowler and COO Ben Bishop join to drive a new, ambitious growth strategy for the business.

  • 2019



    XCD developers invest over 9,000 days in improving the product. They unveil a raft of new tools to help public sector organisations manage many of their complex HCM elements like local government pensions, pay spines, and term time payments.

  • 2020


    BGF invest in XCD

    XCD secures £2m investment from BGF to support its organic and acquisitive growth strategy. This investment welcomes Alex Snodgrass as a new Non-Executive Director on the XCD board.

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