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Who Else Wants WANTED?
I first fell in love with WANTED Technologies in 2007 after a demo in a dingy, shared office in New York City. For 10 years, long before the buzzword existed, the Canadian company (now public) has provided Big Data on job demand and, more recently, on candidate supply. About 10 percent of the Fortune 500 and nearly every big Silicon Valley brand already use WANTED Analytics. It's the clearest example of what Big Data can really mean for HR.
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Workday vs. Cornerstone Evolving!
I already admitted how foolish it was to ignore Evolv for six years until Cornerstone OnDemand bought it for $42.3 million last fall. Now Cornerstone has started opening the kimono on its intentions for Evolv, which includes competing with its BFF Workday on machine intelligence, predictive analytics and 'Insights.'
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How T&A Became Sexy!
What big HCM software companies have historically called Time & Attendance or Time & Labor actually became something bigger -- Workforce Management -- a long time ago. The best-of-breed industry leaders in WFM -- Kronos, Workforce Software, Ceridian's Dayforce HCM and others -- owe a lot to pioneer Mike Campbell.
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Oracle Comes Out Swinging at HCM World
Larry Ellison showed up again for the second Oracle HCM World conference, but this time had to leave before it started. New CEO Mark Hurd more than made up for his absence. This new user conference (formerly Taleo World) battled Ultimate Software's for the attention of influencers -- plenty to hold their attention (and yours).
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A Story of Firsts
Two wildly different firsts occurred recently in HR technology. One involves the industry's first complete talent-management vendor, HRsmart, which was acquired by Deltek, a company you may not know. And the other, SAP/SuccessFactors' first Analyst Strategy Day, where it revealed that SAP's first new software version in 22 years will not include on-premise HCM.
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Flip and Brian's Next Big Act
A year ago, SilkRoad co-founders Andrew "Flip" Filipowski and Brian Platz left the company and Chicago for warmer climes to start something new -- again. Their latest company together was called Talent Place at the end of January. Whatever it's called now, their mission is to make it the next step after SaaS.
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Oracle Innovates in HR Tech
After some brief turn-of-the-calendar navel-gazing, read about a bold innovation from Oracle, namely a new category of apps called Work Life Solutions. Though adoption for these tools has been slow, they represent a rare and important experiment in applications for employees from a big systems HCM vendor.
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Where in the World is Rudy Karsan?
Founders who sell their companies rarely stay around long after being acquired. Co-founder and CEO of the former Kenexa Rudy Karsan sold his company to IBM more than two years ago. But now that the combined IBM Kenexa Talent Management Suite is out the door, he's left to continue trying to save the world.
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A Hot New Small Company HRMS
About 25 years ago, one popular choice for a small company (two to 50 employees) HR system was Abra Cadabra. There were others, of course, but Abra Cadabra triumphed by doing it more simply and now serves millions of customers. Meet San Francisco start-up Zenefits. While many HR applications may run on your smartphone, Zenefits runs like your smartphone, and really offers a consumer-tech experience in business software.
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Predictive Analytics Dominates My First HR Tech Conference
What a great event thousands of you have been enjoying for 16 years! Meeting and talking with old friends, making new ones, learning great stuff in the sessions and hallways, discovering new gems on the expo floor. No longer co-chair, I finally got to join you this year and attend my first HR Tech conference, where everyone was talking predictive analytics.
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