Finding, hiring and deploying the most qualified people is a key aspect of talent management for organizations, and many are working to improve the process. It's not just a matter of making the hiring function faster, easier and cheaper than it's ever been, but delivering the best-quality candidates to fill various jobs. The emergence of automated recruitment technology is helping organizations take huge strides toward this goal, according to recent research from Aberdeen. Based on more than 400 survey respondents to the firm's August 2010 Talent Acquisition Strategies study, automation is having an impact on both the quality of hires and the quality of the hiring process. According to Aberdeen, quality of hire was rated the most valuable overall metric when assessing the effectiveness of talent acquisition. Since quality can be a nebulous concept, the firm says, respondents were also asked which elements define quality of hire. Hiring manager satisfaction and time to productivity are at the top of the list, according to the findings. Those organizations that either fully or partially automated their recruitment process had more new hires reach their first productivity milestones than did organizations using only manual processes.