February 27 WebMingle Featured Jim Ray, VP with Online Reference Checking Specialists, SkillSurvey – Next up is Talent Acquisition Systems vendor, SmartSearch

February 28, 2009

 

As you may know, our weekly web mingle is designed to give you some insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, discuss news from around the world that we find interesting, talk about upcoming events in our industry, and provide insightful interviews with people of our industry – who they are, what they do and why you should care.

 

The 50-minute WebMingle on February 27, the 11th in our WebMingle series, featured Jim Ray, one of the co-founders with SkillSurvey, and touched on numerous issues related to reference checking including:

 

·         What was the idea behind starting SkillSurvey

·         Whether  SkillSurvey was similar to doing a background check

·         How the SkillSurvey service overcomes the obstacles associated with phone based reference checks

·         Market condition impacts

·         …and more

 

About Jim Ray and SkillSurvey

Jim Ray is a vice president at SkillSurvey, Inc, the recognized leader in online reference checks.  SkillSurvey’s PreHire 360 was named a Top 10 HR Product of the Year by HR Executive based on the long overdue improvements provided for reference checks. Jim is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of leveraging third-party performance feedback to enhance the accuracy of hiring decisions.

 

If you missed this past week’s WebMingle, or any of our past WebMingles, please visit our web site at www.HRWebMingle.com. You will see a complete list of upcoming guests and will be able to listen to past shows such as:

 

February 20 – Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton, Co-Founders of Workforce Planning vendor, Aruspex

 

February 13 – Lewis Hollweg, President & CEO of Batrus Hollweg International (BHI). 

 

February 6 – Todd Premo, Director of Solutions, and Chris Lennon, Senior Product Manager, from GeoLearning

 

January 30 – Jim Fowler, CEO and Co-Founder of Jigsaw, online business directory experts

 

January 23 – Peter Louch, Founder & CEO of Vemo, a Workforce Planning Vendor

 

January 16 – Charles Coy from Cornerstone OnDemand, a leading Talent Management Systems vendor

 

January 9 – Bill Gilmyers, Senior Consultant, Jeff Higgins, Executive VP of Client Services, and Mick Collins from workforce planning vendor, Infohrm

 

December 19 – Rick Fletcher, President of HRchitect joined Matt Lafata to talk about some of the significant events that took place in our industry in 2008 along with some observations and predictions for the future.

 

December 12 – Adam Feigenbaum, Director of Sales, and Susan Vitale, Director of Marketing from Talent Acquisition Systems and Talent Management Systems vendor, iCIMS

 

December 5 – Mark Willaman, President & Founder of Fisher Vista, LLC, the owners of several companies including HRmarketer

 

Our next WebMingle will take place on February 27 with Jim Ray, Vice President with Reference Checking specialists SkillSurvey Vendor.  We look forward to welcoming Jim to the WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.

 

We hope to have you join us!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Don’t Miss Friday’s WebMingle with Jim Ray from SkillSurvey

February 26, 2009

 

 

As we hope you know by now, our weekly WebMingle is designed to give you some insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, discuss news from around the world that we find interesting, talk about upcoming events in our industry, and provide insightful interviews with people of our industry – who they are, what they do and why you should care.

 

This week’s guest will be Jim Ray, Vice President with SkillSurvey, Inc., the recognized leader in online reference checks.  SkillSurvey’s PreHire 360 was named a Top 10 HR Product of the Year by HR Executive based on the long overdue improvements provided for reference checks. Jim is also a frequent speaker and author on the topic of leveraging third-party performance feedback to enhance the accuracy of hiring decisions. 

 

Visit www.HRchitect.com/Knowledge/WebMingle to listen live on Friday, February 27 at 1pm CST. If you missed any of our previous WebMingles, you can also access them from that page. Below is a list of some of our upcoming guests:

 

March 6 – Doug Coull, President and CEO with SmartSearch/Advanced Personnel Systems, a Talent Acquisition Systems vendor

 

March 13 – Mike Carden, Co-Founder and Head of Product with Sonar6, a Performance Management vendor

 

March 20 – Brian Platz, EVP and COO of SilkRoad, a Talent Management Systems vendor

 

March 27 – TBD

 

April 3 – Jeff Kristick, Sr. VP of Marketing with Plateau Systems, a talent management vendor

 

April 10 – Ian Alexander, VP of Marketing with SonicRecruit, a Talent Acquisition Systems vendor

 

April 17 – TBD

 

April 24 – TBD

 

May 1 – Kimberley Kasper, VP of Marketing with SumTotal Systems, a talent management vendor

 

May 8 – Henry Griendling, Founder and Managing Partner, and Joanne Bintliff-Ritchie, Chief Strategist, from DoubleStar

 

May 15 – Tim Clifford, President and CEO of Workscape, a compensation, benefits and talent management vendor

 

We look forward to welcoming Jim Ray from SkillSurvey to the WebMingle this Friday and hope to have you join us as well.

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect to Present Pre-Conference Workshop at the Spring 2009 ERE Expo

February 24, 2009

 

HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, will be conducting a pre-conference workshop at the Spring 2009 ERE Expo in San Diego on “How to Save Your Current Applicant Tracking System and get a Return on Your Investment”.

 

HRchitect has been increasingly asked to share their expertise in HR Systems and Talent Management systems consulting through speaking engagements at user and industry conferences as well as contributors to articles and publications.

 

“As the leading talent management systems consulting firm, our experience has shown us that the majority of talent acquisition and talent management systems are replaced due to customer “failure” and not due to items such as vendor viability, product roadmap or poor support,” stated Matt Lafata, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing with HRchitect. “This session focuses on helping businesses get the most out of their existing systems by showing organizations how to optimize processes and practices.”

 

The pre-conference workshop at the Spring 2009 ERE Expo will take place on Monday, March 30 from 2-5pm. This session will cover such questions and topics as:

 

  • How do you make sure you are getting a return on your existing ATS investment?
  • Have you met the business objectives and decision drivers that were defined prior to selecting a system?
  • How do you measure user effectiveness, usability, and satisfaction?
  • How do you get effective training of all types of your users (recruiters, hiring managers, employees, agencies, etc)?
  • How to achieve operational efficiency and usability with your ATS system
  • How to get adoption and increased usage of the system by all users
  • How do you continue to allow the ATS to evolve to meet changing needs and requirements of the organization?
  • What peripheral applications should you use for talent sourcing?

 

The session will be conducted by Brian Kimball of HRchitect who is considered the world’s leading ATS consultant along with Damon Lovett, HRMS Director for First American Corporation.

 

“HRchitect has a tremendous amount of collective knowledge and insight into HR systems and strategies and how to make sense of an ever-changing and confusing marketplace,” added Rick Fletcher, President and Founder of HRchitect. “I’ve been around this industry for 25 years and have found education essential to helping to avoid costly mistakes when making HR technology related decisions. Companies considering investments in HR technology should do themselves a big favor and use a consulting firm like HRchitect or at the very least, attend educational conferences or webinars conducted by industry experts to make better informed decisions.”

 

HRchitect will be exhibiting at the Spring 2009 ERE Expo at Booth #100.

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect

 


February 20 WebMingle Featured Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton, Co-Founders of Workforce Planning Vendor, Aruspex – Next up is Reference Checking specialists, SkillSurvey

February 22, 2009

 

As you may know, our weekly WebMingle is designed to give you some insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, discuss news from around the world that we find interesting, talk about upcoming events in our industry, and provide insightful interviews with people of our industry – who they are, what they do and why you should care.

 

The 50-minute WebMingle on February 20 with Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton touched on numerous insightful Workforce Planning related topics including:

 

·         An announcement that Howard Koenig joined Aruspex as their CEO

·         What the downturn has meant for workforce planning

·         What the difference is between strategic workforce planning and other workforce planning

·         What makes Aruspex different

·         What 2009 looks like for Workforce Planning

·         Business outcomes that Aruspex customers are achieving

·         Advice for customers who are just starting out, but want to get the kinds of benefits that workplace planning provides

·         Who is responsible in the organization for workplace planning

·         …and more

 

About Stacy Chapman, Tess Walton and Aruspex

Aruspex delivers Strategic Workforce Planning solutions that help organizations design and attain their future workforce. Their intuitive CAPTure planning software goes beyond simple reporting; it analyzes internal and external demographic trends, identifies future workforce gaps and guides executives and HR professionals to solve different scenarios. The Aruspex model was developed through years of practical experience, and they are very passionate about workforce planning.

 

With nearly 16 years of strategic human resources experience, Tess Walton is a leading expert on workforce planning and strategy. Her expertise ranges from designing and implementing HR strategy to outsourcing and planning ahead for future workforce needs. Tess used this wealth of strategic planning experience to shape the framework of Aruspex, a strategy firm used by the world’s leading companies, which she co-founded and serves as executive director.


Stacy Chapman is a renowned human resources and software strategist with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. She is a co-founder of Aruspex, one of the world’s leading workforce planning strategy firms; she currently oversees Aruspex’s product strategy and marketing divisions.

 

 

If you missed this past week’s WebMingle, or any of our past WebMingles, please visit our web site at www.HRchitect.com. You will see a complete list of upcoming guests and will be able to listen to past shows such as:

 

February 20 – Stacy Chapman and Tess Walton, Co-Founders of Workforce Planning vendor, Aruspex

 

February 13 – Lewis Hollweg, President & CEO of Batrus Hollweg International (BHI). 

 

February 6 – Todd Premo, Director of Solutions, and Chris Lennon, Senior Product Manager, from GeoLearning

 

January 30 – Jim Fowler, CEO and Co-Founder of Jigsaw, online business directory experts

 

January 23 – Peter Louch, Founder & CEO of Vemo, a Workforce Planning Vendor

 

January 16 – Charles Coy from Cornerstone OnDemand, a leading Talent Management Systems vendor

 

January 9 – Bill Gilmyers, Senior Consultant, Jeff Higgins, Executive VP of Client Services, and Mick Collins from workforce planning vendor, Infohrm

 

December 19 – Rick Fletcher, President of HRchitect joined Matt Lafata to talk about some of the significant events that took place in our industry in 2008 along with some observations and predictions for the future.

 

December 12 – Adam Feigenbaum, Director of Sales, and Susan Vitale, Director of Marketing from Talent Acquisition Systems and Talent Management Systems vendor, iCIMS

 

December 5 – Mark Willaman, President & Founder of Fisher Vista, LLC, the owners of several companies including HRmarketer

 

Our next WebMingle will take place on February 27 with Jim Ray, Vice President with Reference Checking specialists SkillSurvey Vendor.  We look forward to welcoming Jim to the WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.

 

We hope to have you join us!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Congratulations to our Mid-Market HRIS Beauty Pageant Winner – Spectrum!

February 21, 2009

 

On Friday, February 20, HRchitect held the seventh installation in our Beauty Pageant webinar series, this time focusing on mid-market HRIS (Human Resource Information Systems). Participants included leading vendors in the HRIS world – NuView Systems, PDS, Salary.com HRMS & Payroll, and Spectrum.

 

At the end of the webinar, which featured a short overview of the marketplace and definitions of what an HRIS and HRMS actually is, Spectrum was crowned the winner with Salary.com HRMS and Payroll the runner-up. HRchitect would like to thank the vendors for participating and the attendees for judging the contestants.

 

The HRchitect Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Tiffany Appleby, does an absolutely amazing job in helping to ensure these pageants run smoothly. It’s not an easy task coordinating every vendor’s presentation, setting up practice runs, and then running the program the day of the event. I know that I say this all the time but Tiffany is a tremendous asset and I couldn’t do all this without her.

 

The HRchitect beauty pageant series of webinars has quickly become the buzz of the industry since its debut in November 2008. This series of webinars covers a different area of HR technology with each event and is presented two times a month. The concept allows attendees to see presentations from up to six leading vendors in a fun and informative format where the audience votes on the winner at the conclusion.

 

Past Winners:

In November, iCIMS won the Talent Acquisitions Systems pageant and Cornerstone OnDemand won the Talent Management Systems pageant. Then in December, GeoLearning won the Learning Management Systems pageant. In January we had our Mid-Market Talent Acquisitions Systems pageant and iCIMS was crowned the winner and then our Onboarding pageant was held where SilkRoad was the winner. In addition to today’s HRIS webinar where Spectrum was crowned the winner, SumTotal Systems won the Performance Management pageant earlier this week.

 

The Beauty Pageants schedule continues in March as follows:

 

March 13 – 11am CST – Time & Attendance 
March 27 – 11am CST – Workforce Planning
April 10 – 11am CST – Compensation Management
April 17 – 11am CST – Succession Planning

 

In case you have missed any of our Beauty Pageants, you can view them here. The Beauty Pageants have become the buzz of the industry because of the way they provide exposure to a handful of leading vendors in a 90-minute fun and informative format. Watch this blog and our web site for updates on all of our upcoming Beauty Pageants and register today so you won’t be left puzzled by HR Technology!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Congratulations to our Performance Management Systems Beauty Pageant Winner – SumTotal Systems! Mid-Market HRIS pageant takes place Friday, February 20.

February 20, 2009

 

On Friday, February 19, HRchitect held the sixth installation in our Beauty Pageant webinar series, this time focusing on Performance Management Systems. Participants included leading vendors in the EPM world – Cornerstone OnDemand, Salary.com, Sonar6, SumTotal Systems, and Workscape

 

At the end of the action-packed webinar, which was rescheduled from February 6, SumTotal Systems was crowned the winner with Cornerstone OnDemand the runner-up. The presentations were fantastic and HRchitect would like to thank the vendors for participating and the attendees for judging the contestants.

 

I would also once again like to extend my personal thanks to Tiffany Appleby, HRchitect’s Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, for her incredible work in making sure these pageants run smoothly. It’s not an easy task coordinating every vendor’s presentation, setting up practice runs, and then running the program the day of the event. Tiffany is a tremendous asset and I couldn’t do all this without her.

 

The HRchitect beauty pageant series of webinars has quickly become the buzz of the industry since its debut in November 2008. This series of webinars covers a different area of HR technology with each event and is presented two times a month. The concept allows attendees to see presentations from up to six leading vendors in a fun and informative format where the audience votes on the winner at the conclusion.

 

Past Winners:

In November, iCIMS won the Talent Acquisitions Systems pageant and Cornerstone OnDemand won the Talent Management Systems pageant. Then in December, GeoLearning won the Learning Management Systems pageant. In January we had our Mid-Market Talent Acquisitions Systems pageant and iCIMS was crowned the winner and then our Onboarding pageant was held where SilkRoad was the winner.

 

The Beauty Pageants schedule continues as follows:

 

February 20 – 11am CST – Mid-Market Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
March 13 – 11am CST – Time & Attendance 
March 27 – 11am CST – Workforce Planning
April 10 – 11am CST – Compensation Management
April 17 – 11am CST – Succession Planning

 

The Mid-Market HRIS pageant will take place on February 20 and participating are leading vendors NuView Systems, PDS, Salary.com HRMS & Payroll and Spectrum HR.

 

In case you have missed any of our Beauty Pageants, you can view them here. The Beauty Pageants have become the buzz of the industry because of the way they provide exposure to a handful of leading vendors in a 90-minute fun and informative format. Watch this blog and our web site for updates on all of our upcoming Beauty Pageants and register today so you won’t be left puzzled by HR Technology!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect’s HR Technology Educational Webinar Series Continues – “Little to No Budget? Get More Mileage from Your Existing HR Systems”

February 19, 2009

 

Join HRchitect on Tuesday, February 25, 2009 at 11am CST as we show you how you can get more benefit and return on your investment in your current HR systems.

Is your system actually “broken” or do your processes and practices need to be improved? Technology is not the silver bullet that many people think it is. Automating an inefficient process just creates an inefficient system. How do you optimize your processes and practices so that your current HR Systems helps rather than hinders your organization?

Here’s what you will learn:
• How do you make sure you are getting a return on your existing HR Systems investment?
• Have you met the business objectives and decision drivers that were defined prior to selecting a system?
• How do you measure user effectiveness, usability, and satisfaction?
• How do you get effective training of all types of your users (recruiters, hiring managers, employees, agencies, etc)?
• How to achieve operational efficiency and usability with your HR Systems system
• How to get adoption and increased usage of the system by all users
• How do you continue to allow the HR System to evolve to meet changing needs and requirements of the organization?

 

To register for this great event, please go here.

 

Solving another piece of the puzzle…

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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