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Return with Us to the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear -- Via SAP
For years, the chattering classes in HCM have almost unanimously declared SaaS applications in the cloud to be the inevitable next stage of computing. All of them should have the reality check of being in a room with 1,000 HR-IT folks still wondering whether the cloud is secure and reliable, as I did at the annual SAP HCM user conference. But there were innovations there, too.
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A New Corporate Medical Benefit -- Via Email!
Why don't more doctors use email? With office visits averaging 12 minutes, it would seem a useful extension of their practice. New York-based Sherpaa has joined a handful of other startups creating a virtual medical service restricted to email and phone. Not to replace traditional healthcare, but as an overlay that could save your company money.
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IBM Joins the Shifting Talent-Management War
IBM is using its acquisition of Kenexa to enter the talent- management war just as it seems to be shifting to unified systems. Without a core HRMS, the new IBM Kenexa Talent Suite will go to market with some very flashy technology (including parts of Watson) and a distinctly modern notion of what "integrated" applications mean.
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Harvard Business Review Becomes an HR Journal
CEOs must finally be starting to care about talent when the Harvard Business Review publishes a package of profiles of three companies, and their very different paths to maximizing talent. Surprise, shock and awe await you. And some useful tips for your own organization.
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Another Bullet Fired at the Beating Heart of the Resume
Resumes have dogged our entire professional lives and occasionally maddened the recruiters among us. But now, following several failed attempts to standardize or kill them, a new company, 1-Page, has introduced a fresh idea aimed at altering the recruiting process.
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David Steps Up Its Game Against Goliath in Workforce Management
How would you like to compete against Kronos, the fourth largest HCM vendor right behind ADP, according to research firm IDC, and nearly as dominant in its field? Workforce Software (plus others) have successfully been doing it for years, and those two companies' recent back-to-back user conferences in Florida revealed a lot about the challenges each faces.
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My Final HR Tech Conference
Finally, after reading and writing about it for 10 months, I've finished my 16 years as founding co-chair of the HR Technology® Conference. Now the truth can finally be told: I didn't do it all myself! And all the people who have made it such a runaway success will be working with my replacement Steve Boese.
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Workday Rising: Higher and Higher!
Who was so clever years ago to name this annual user conference, "Workday Rising"? The meeting last week in San Francisco certainly showed the company rising in every respect, including a new User Interface, new applications and a bright future battling vendors 10 to 20 times its size for the hearts and minds of HR executives at companies large and small.
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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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