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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.
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.
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.
More 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.
More 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.
More 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.
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.
More 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?
More 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.
More 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.
More 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.
More 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.
More 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!
Both Good and Troubling Signs for HR IT
Both Good and Troubling Signs for HR IT | Human Resource Executive Online
The 11th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition may have been incredibly successful, but nagging questions about the economy hung over the conference. Electronic polls of attendees revealed important insight into current business conditions, plus some expectations for the future.
More Cool New Technologies for HR
Cool New Technologies for HR | Human Resource Executive Online
Five vendors have been chosen to blow your mind at the "Cool New Technologies for HR" session at the HR Technology Conference® in Chicago. Beyond being fun and entertaining, their products are all available now to help improve the work of recruiting, performance management, training and social networking.
More Gunfight at the OK Corral
The "Industry's First Talent Management Shootout" at the HR Technology Conference® will feature the software-slinging CEOs of Authoria, Cornerstone OnDemand, Salary.com and Softscape. Beyond being a sign of the segment's maturity, the event will be bloody, as usual, though not fatal.
Reading Tea Leaves at Oracle
Oracle, the 800-pound gorilla of ERP, is helping customers predict -- and react -- to future business demands, while continuing to keep everyone guessing about its own future: namely, the three-years-and-counting development of new Fusion applications.
My Grudge Against LinkedIn
The most successful social network for business people, LinkedIn was much in the news recently following $53 million in new funding. What no reports said, including The New York Times, is how LinkedIn has betrayed the trust of its members.