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Workday Puts on the Brass Knuckles
Even private presentations from the Big Three HCM vendors used to be gentlemanly affairs: never naming, let alone bad-mouthing, the competition. That's been changing lately, but now, fougeddaboutit! At its September user conference, Workday beat up the competition for hours in front of the Wall Street analysts. Right after announcing three major new products!
SAP SuccessFactors' Next Act
Despite losing its brilliant head of products, Dmitri Krakovsky, to Google about 10 months ago, SAP SuccessFactors continues to build out Dmitri's road map of new products without him and come up with new surprises covering the entire employee lifecycle.
Read This Book!
Get to know Vinnie Mirchandani, with 30+ years of experience in our world. Vinnie now churns out inexpensive books (rather than pricey analyst reports) based on extensive interviews and analysis. His sixth book, Silicon Collar, is a Renaissance man's view of automation in the workplace, bringing rare historical perspective and balance to the cry: "The robots are coming!"
New Intel for Talent Acquisition!
Baby Boomers like me, after decades of following HCM, have been worrying about where the new analyst talent is coming from. Particularly when the "dark side" (aka vendors) often pay those smart people more money. Happily, there are "Three in Their Thirties" going at it in Talent Acquisition with already solid results. And you can get some of their content for free!
Great News: LinkedIn Gets Bought
Normally when a giant company such as Microsoft buys an application I actually depend on to get my work done (such as Skype), I shudder and fret about what will happen. But LinkedIn has been so wrong-headed for so long that I clicked my heels upon hearing the news.
Finally, Cornerstone Adds Core
For years, experts have been waiting for Cornerstone, the leading provider of a talent-management-only suite, to build an HRMS, or Core HR, to create a unified system. With eyes firmly on SAP SuccessFactors, which did the same thing five years ago, the company has finally announced its plans, but just as the game could already be changing!
Surprising State of HCM in China
Between Oracle HCM World in Chicago and SAP SuccessFactors' second annual HCM Influencer Summit in San Francisco, I attended the first HR Tech China in Zhuhai: 12 time zones away from home so exactly half-way around the world. But it felt like Silicon Valley.
Made in Japan: Enterprise HCM
After recovering from World War II, Japan had a breathtaking time of technical innovation that many thought ended with its economic troubles. Now its long-time leading HCM vendor, Works Applications, has opened an office south of Los Angeles and is hunting for U.S. early adopters.
Why I Feel Sorry for IBM
Feel sorry for IBM? What an absurd notion. Perhaps the first great tech company ever! Respected and doing business everywhere in the world! Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM. Fact is IBM's effort to become an enterprise-applications software vendor, especially now in HCM, has sometimes been a struggle.
Let's Applaud the Encore of!
HR technology is full of "Second Acts," most famously Dave Duffield starting Workday with Aneel Bhusri after losing PeopleSoft. But I don't know many encores we've had like Kent Plunkett buying back the company he founded in 1999, lost 11 years later and is now busily re-inventing. It's quite a yarn.
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