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How New Recruiting Entrants Differ from the Older Guys
The applicant tracking system is the new HRMS -- necessary but largely administrative. Now value is in the recruiting "edge" applications and how companies are using them to find, build and maintain relationships with candidates. It involves more than social recruiting and candidate relationship management. It's a new war for recruiting-software leadership.
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New War Gathering Over Recruiting Tech
Not the War for Talent. This new war is over whom will be the next generation's Taleo, BrassRing, Peopleclick, Virtual Edge and others: the new leaders in recruiting technology. Companies of all sizes are building brand new systems, and the battle will benefit smart end-users, turning others into collateral damage.
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Mike Gioja's Second Act in HCM -- at Paychex
Mike Gioja has made a major impact in HCM. First at SAP and PeopleSoft and now, after a comparative lull at smaller companies, at our third big payroll provider, Paychex. Remarkable similarities in what he's done at each of the three, and now he's transforming Paychex (like ADP and Ceridian) into a technology company.
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Is ADP's Transformation Really on Track?
The ADP I first got to know in 1990 has changed into something almost unrecognizable. The fifth in a series of annual Analyst Days in New York City revealed the state of its next generation integrated SaaS products, ADP's ambitious global plans, the state of its new talent-management suite and the most telling indication yet whether it's really becoming a software company.
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NYT Catches Up on Recruiting Innovations
No one reading this needs to be told recruiting has been the greatest source of innovation in HR technology for almost two decades. Now "the newspaper of record," which still means something to me, at least, has published two long articles on successive Sundays catching the world up on the new technologies being applied to that wildly inefficient process.
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Infor Debuts New HCM -- Will It Be Truly New?
Infor, once a classic aggregator, has been quietly changing its stripes for two years and now will noisily debut its new look on April 21. If you recognize its new Infor HCM 10x as Lawson, Workbrain and Enwisen, it may have failed. But how well the three work together is a lot more important than whether they're beautiful.
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What Does SMB Really Mean?
It stands for "small and mid-sized business," but what it means depends on whom you ask. Whatever the range of employees defining an SMB, it is the hottest segment in HR technology first because of the huge number of companies that size. Established vendors have served it successfully for years, but endless start-ups want some of their fruit.
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Rudy Karsan Planning Great Things at IBM!
Kenexa CEO Rudy Karsan has always had the most highly developed social conscience of any business leader I know. He really wants to change the world. And now as a senior executive of IBM, one of our richest companies and long famous for spending on experimentation and innovation, he may be getting the chance he's always wanted.
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Deloitte Buys Bersin: Are We Winning or Losing?
The ground we all stand on is constantly shifting. Wouldn't business get boring otherwise? The latest tremor is Deloitte's acquisition of HR research and analyst firm Bersin & Associates. Yes, we're losing another one of our younger, nimble firms, but the new "Bersin by Deloitte" may be better than without Deloitte.
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Secrets of HR Tech's Success
The author is "retiring" only as founding co-chair of the HR Technology® Conference, not from the industry. Join him on this trip back to the beginning, but expect no trenchant insights into how the conference reflected (or even hastened) the changes in HR, technology or business. No, mostly it's just about him and how the conference became successful.
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Ce-le-bra-tion, Come On! Workday Rising
Workday had many reasons to celebrate at its recent annual user conference, Workday Rising: its wildly successful IPO, its seemingly delighted 350+ customers and its continuing sales momentum. Plus, with three releases a year, Workday is filling the holes in its software faster than customers can fall into any of them.
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Kutik on KI's Next Step
I got the biggest news of the HR Technology® Conference Sunday morning before it opened: Knowledge Infusion, the hottest consultancy in HR for the last seven years, is being acquired. CEO Jason Averbook sees KI continuing on its current path, but going much wider than before with new owner Appirio.
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Awesome New Technologies for HR
Discovering new trends in HR technology doesn't take rocket science, just a long-term time commitment. The companies selected for this year's "Awesome" session at the conference, along with the runners-up, speak volumes about what entrepreneurs are doing and what they think HR needs.
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There is Another! SilkRoad
Just what Yoda told the worried spirit of Obi-Wan-Kenobi as Luke Skywalker cut short his Jedi training to rocket off to save his friends in the second original "Star Wars" movie. There is another vendor offering a unified SaaS HRMS and a full talent-management suite: SilkRoad.
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Storm Clouds over Silicon Valley
Just as Workday filed its long-expected bid to go public, Oracle and SAP are furiously integrating their acquisitions of Taleo and SuccessFactors with a refrain from one song in mind: "Gotta stop that man. I've gotta stop that man cold. Or he'll stop me." (In this case, the lyrics, from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," are referencing Workday's co-CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri.)
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Software Secrets from the North
Canada is a wonderful country, which I've explored from coast to coast and to the north. More HR software companies come from there than you may realize -- Taleo, Rypple, dayforce to name just three -- but one of my favorites has always been Halogen Software. Call it scrappy, but that doesn't make it small, like a terrier.
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ADP Changes Strategy for Integrated Talent Management Suite
ADP had an integrated set of SaaS HCM talent management products from partner Cornerstone OnDemand, but is now finishing building a second one called ADP Talent to compete with its partner. How ADP got to this juncture is an illuminating story of how the software industry has always worked.
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Ceridian Pivots Widely
"Pivots," a marvelous Silicon Valley term, means making a major change in a company's business direction without judgment on the success of the earlier one. That's exactly what Ceridian is doing now, slowly abandoning its heritage as a payroll service and becoming a SaaS software vendor -- with a new leader!
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