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Recruiting Battles Chaos!
The current chaos in recruiting is not, unfortunately, from hiring many of the 15.1 million unemployed. It's from companies trying to deal with a constantly shifting technology landscape offering more ways to capture scarce candidates -- and setting up more opportunities for failure. SmashFly and jobs2web are two companies trying to weave all the pieces together for recruiting.
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When Will They Ever Learn?
The learning management vendors, now solidly selling talent management, are bubbling these days. Cornerstone OnDemand has announced its intention to go public; Plateau has shucked off its heritage of selling installed systems in favor of SaaS; and Saba (already public) is pioneering collaboration tools for corporate use.
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What's Still Job No. 1 for HR?
Talent management suite vendor Peopleclick Authoria held its first joint user conference recently. In addition to the usual talk of integration, social media and workforce planning common to such events, there was also attention paid to HR's Job No. 1: compliance!
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'Where's the Rest of Me?'
One talent management suite vendor no longer has to echo Ronald Reagan's famous movie line, and it's Taleo. With the recent acquisition of Learn.com, Taleo is the first large suite vendor finally to have all the applications -- and more -- but the race is hardly over.
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Great Stuff at HR Technology®
This shamelessly self-promoting column about the HR Technology® Conference highlights why both newcomers and veterans will benefit from the show, and focuses on some favorite sessions: the first public demonstration of Oracle's Fusion HCM, various aspects of social-media and "The Great Technology Debate."
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Reading Oracle's Tea Leaves
The 800-lb. gorilla of HR technology sits where it wants to, talks when it wants to and, certainly, only to whom it wants to. While its five-year-old map to Fusion is getting a little less blurry, no one who is actually in the know has indicated its final destination. We may be hearing one soon.
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Kenexa Puts Its Pieces Together
Headed by one of my favorite CEOs, Kenexa is finally integrating all its pieces, flying BrassRing's flag again, nailing down Walmart and moving upstream into the C-Suite. But it's finding company there.
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SuccessFactors Does It Again!
While its recent acquisitions of Inform and CubeTree have grabbed most of the headlines for SuccessFactors, please pay a little attention to how the company continues to hurtle down a collision course with every HRMS vendor in our world.
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The Three Faces of Workscape
All software vendors change direction, but Workscape has been known as one of the best in our world for three different things in just 11 years! Now, the company is looking to knit its pieces together into something completely new and not the same old, same old.
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After 60 Years, ADP Opens Its Doors
ADP finally lets outsiders into its annual user conference. It's part of a long-time, but intensifying effort to reposition itself as more than a payroll company. ADP now sells nearly everything HR buys, but questions remain about how well all those pieces work together.
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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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