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What Does iCIMS Actually Mean?
iCIMS does things differently than most other recruiting vendors, which may have led it to second place in the United States with 800 mostly mid-market clients after nearly 10 years. But now it's at a tipping point, and its name speaks volumes about the company's ambitions.
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What Does Salary.com Actually Do?
The talent management suite vendor is another unfortunate example of a "best kept secret" in HR technology. That will change soon, following its victory at the HR Technology® Shootout, as it widens its functional footprint faster than any other in the market.
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The Talented (and Popular) MrTed
Recruiting software vendor MrTed has established a major presence in Europe and China during the last 10 years but has never managed to crack the U.S. market. Now it's looking for vendor partners in the United States, which is finally making it very popular here.
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Collateral Damage in Software Battles
HR software and service vendors fight for your business every day, sometimes with collateral damage. They fight in the pages and Web sites of publications and in company boardrooms during vendor selections -- but most fiercely, in the reports issued by industry analysts. And you can get bloodied by any one of them.
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What I Learned at HR Technology®
Every year, about 2,000 HR practitioners, vendors, executives, consultants, analysts, investors and academics flock to their "field of dreams" -- the HR Technology® Conference -- our annual industry town meeting. Mostly they seem to love it, returning in good times and bad. But as Kevin Costner asked late in that movie: "What's in it for me?" Surprisingly, the answer for me also applies to you, whether or not you attended.
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Oracle Opens the Kimono -- A Tad
After nearly five years of official silence, Oracle finally showed little bits of its next-generation Fusion applications, including some HCM. With speculation rampant for so long, it's impossible to avoid making judgments about the elephant after getting a glimpse of just its tail. To me, Fusion HCM performs like our current generation of software, not the next.
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Taleo and SuccessFactors Go to War
When Talent Management started, we were all agape at the different application origins of the competing vendors. Five years ago, none seemed more separated than Taleo and SuccessFactors. But now they have clearly broken away from the pack -- and the greatest weapon they bring to their coming war is lots of new products announced in September.
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St. Valentine's Day Massacre
St. Valentine's Day Massacre | Human Resource Executive Online We all missed Chicago's original shootout in 1929, but now the Windy City will be the site of the "Second Annual Talent Management Shootout" at the HR Technology® Conference featuring senior executives from SAP, Lawson, Plateau and Salary.com who will come armed with their software.
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Our Software Jurassic Park
Our Software Jurassic Park | Human Resource Executive Online The mainframe HRMS dinosaurs of 20 to 30 years ago continue to roam our earth, most being used by large companies for their bulletproof payrolls. If it ain't broke, why replace it? But one, Cyborg, after a painful recent history, is being brought back to life as Accero.
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SuccessFactors Puts on a Smart Show
SuccessFactors Puts on a Smart Show | Human Resource Executive Online Talent management suite vendor SuccessFactors split its usually lavish user conference into a more Spartan three-city road show in June that was free to customers! Each was a launching pad for its new application, Employee Central, which -- by integrating official record-keeping into the suite -- sets a collision course with HRMS vendors.
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Who Are These 'Analysts' Anyway?
Technology vendors spend enormous amounts of time and money keeping industry analysts up-to-the minute on what they're doing. Unfortunately, HR practitioners don't know what these important people do and rarely benefit from their reports.
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HR Conference Season Opens!
HR Conference Season Opens! | Human Resource Executive Online While not as exciting as the opening of baseball season, the opening of this spring's HR conference season is being closely watched as an economic indicator of the industry's health and a reflection of corporate travel policies -- for this year, at least.
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Still Trying to Get Recruiting Right
Still Trying to Get Recruiting Right| Human Resource Executive Online Yup, the sector is still berserk with innovation, despite the downturn, layoffs and hiring slowing to a crawl. So what better time to debut something completely new, as industry veteran Rob McGovern, founder of CareerBuilder and current CEO of Jobfox, just did?
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Vital International Affairs
Vital International Affairs | Human Resource Executive Online Sorry, nothing new to report from Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan, unless you need to pay employees in those countries. A UK company called Patersons is offering U.S. HR departments a different way to get their arms around global payroll.
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Kronos: Not So Boring Anymore
Kronos: Not So Boring Anymore | Human Resource Executive Online Kronos is breaking out of its niche as the country's leading provider of time clocks and associated software to push the envelope of the "Workforce Management" category. And in the current economy that couldn't be better news for customers and Kronos -- and worse news for the ERPs.
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Signs of Bad Times Ahead
Signs of Bad Times Ahead| Human Resource Executive Online You can call it girding your loins, battening down the hatches, or another cliche you prefer, but HR technology companies are facing what nearly all assume is going to be a very tough year. There have already been layoffs, but also some original thinking for coping with hard times.
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Authoria Enters Third Life
Authoria Enters Third Life | Human Resource Executive Online No, it's not a new virtual world, but the third stage of its 24-year existence. After bringing artificial-intelligence technology to HR, then becoming a talent-management suite vendor, Authoria has been acquired by a private-equity firm. It could be the best (or worst?) stage of its life.
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Recruiting Software Goes Berserk -- Again!
After seeming to settle down and consolidate for a while, recruiting software has once again become the most competitive, contentious and confused sector in all of HR technology. Why? Because they still haven't gotten it right!
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