June 26 HRchitect WebMingle Featured Kenexa, Next Up is Emerald Software Group

June 26, 2009

 

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 WebMingle has become the most popular live weekly Internet show in the HR technology industry!

So what is a WebMingle? It is a meeting over the web where we do some business, socialize and yes, we mingle over the web. Thus, a WebMingle.

The 60-minute WebMingle on June 26th, the 26th in our WebMingle series, featured Ron Hanscome, VP Product Strategy with Kenexa. It was another fascinating WebMingle as Ron has tremendous insights and passion around Talent Management, Workforce Analytics, and more. We touched on a number of issues related to those topics including: 

  • What’s new with Kenexa and their branding initiative
  • What Kenexa’s take is on the concept of talent management
  • How the latest economic downturn has impacted organizational approaches to managing talent
  • What Ron is seeing in today’s market regarding interest in integrated talent management suites
  • Practical steps organizations can take to properly embrace integrated talent management
  • Why so many HR technology implementations fail to truly impact the business
  • The renewed interest in workforce analytics these days and what really works
  • Kenexa’s focus on the customer in this business environment
  • What we can expect to see from Kenexa over the next year from a product and technology perspective
  • Advice to organizations contemplating a new talent management technology implementation
  • And more…

 About Kenexa

Kenexa provides business solutions for human resources. Kenexa helps global organizations multiply business success by identifying the best individuals for every job and fostering optimal work environments for every organization. For more than 20 years, Kenexa has studied human behavior and team dynamics in the workplace, and has developed the software solutions, business processes and expert consulting that help organizations impact positive business outcomes through HR. Kenexa is the only company that offers a comprehensive suite of unified products and services that support the entire employee lifecycle from pre-hire to exit.

About Ron Hanscome, VP of Product Strategy with Kenexa

Ron has been involved with HR technology for more than 25 years in a number of roles, including practitioner (United HealthCare and Medtronic), consultant (Watson Wyatt and HRchitect), software executive (Ceridian, Lawson, Oracle, and Kenexa), and industry analyst (META Group). He currently holds memberships in of IHRIM, SHRM, and HRPS.

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.

Our next WebMingle will take place on July 10 with Chuck Ros, President of Emerald Software Group, a workforce management and onboarding vendor. We look forward to welcoming Chuck to the HRchitect WebMingle.

We hope to have you join us!

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Don’t Miss Friday’s WebMingle with Ron Hanscome of Kenexa

June 24, 2009

 

As we hope you know by now, the 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 WebMingle has become the most popular live Internet show in the HR technology industry!

This week’s guest will be Ron Hanscome, VP of Product Strategy with Kenexa.

Kenexa provides business solutions for human resources. Kenexa helps global organizations multiply business success by identifying the best individuals for every job and fostering optimal work environments for every organization. For more than 20 years, Kenexa has studied human behavior and team dynamics in the workplace, and has developed the software solutions, business processes and expert consulting that help organizations impact positive business outcomes through HR. Kenexa is the only company that offers a comprehensive suite of unified products and services that support the entire employee lifecycle from pre-hire to exit. Kenexa’s integrated solutions have impacted the lives of more than 110 million people.

Ron has been involved with HR technology for more than 25 years in a number of roles, including practitioner (United HealthCare and Medtronic), consultant (Watson Wyatt and HRchitect), software executive (Ceridian, Lawson, Oracle, and Kenexa), and industry analyst (META Group). He currently holds memberships in of IHRIM, SHRM, and HRPS.

Visit www.HRchitect.com/Knowledge/WebMingle to listen live on Friday, June 26th at 1pm CST to the 26th show in our WebMingle series. 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:

July 3 – No WebMingle due to holiday

July 10 – Chuck Ros, President of Emerald Software Group, a workforce management and onboarding vendor

July 17 – Chris Forman, President of AIRS, a company of The RightThing

July 24 – Jeff Whitney, VP of Marketing with OutStart, a learning management systems vendor

July 31 – Paul Forster, Founder of Indeed, an online job search provider 

Aug 7 – Joseph Impastato, President of nowHIRE, a talent acquisition systems vendor

Aug 14 – A.G. Lambert, VP of Marketing with Saba, a learning and talent management systems vendor

Aug 21 – Samantha Hanson, EVP of Products and People for Verifications, Inc., Onboarding and background screening specialists

Aug 28 – Fidel Baca, Principal with ExponentHR, an HR systems and payroll provider

Sep 4 – Dimitri Boylan, Founder & CEO of Avature, a Talent Sourcing vendor

Sep 11 – Peter Brasket, co-Founder and SVP with Jobs2Web, a Web 2.0 Recruitment Marketing Provider

Sep 18 – Samantha Hanson, EVP of Products and People for Verifications, Inc., Onboarding and background screening specialists

Sep 25 – Barbara Levin, Sr. VP of Marketing & Customer Community with Onboarding specialists, Enwisen

Oct 2 – Julia Friemering, Marketing with MyStaffingPro, a Talent Acquisitions Systems vendor

We look forward to welcoming Ron Hanscome from Kenexa to the HRchitect WebMingle this Friday and hope to have you join us as well.

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Announces Promotion of John Hinojos to Vice President of Consulting Services

June 22, 2009

HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, today announced that John A. Hinojos has been promoted to Vice President of Consulting Services.

John has been with HRchitect for 9 years, successfully serving as Director of Consulting Services, along with providing HR technology consulting services directly to HRchitect clients.  In his new role, John will be responsible for leading, enhancing and expanding HRchitect’s consulting services operation. 

“John has played an important role in the growth of HRchitect,” stated Rick Fletcher, President and Founder of HRchitect. “John’s role at HRchitect has evolved over time and he has proven himself to be a leader. John has worn many hats within HRchitect, as well as within our industry, which has prepared him for this position. His tenure with HRchitect and his involvement in the HR community has ideally suited John for this expanded role and we are very pleased to announce this promotion.” 

John has over 30 years of experience in Human Capital Management (HCM) and HCM Systems.  A frequent speaker at industry events and on webinars on such topics as HCM strategy and HCM technology strategic planning, evaluation, selection and implementation, John has also given presentations on the impact of mergers and acquisitions on HCM Systems, as well as HR technology evaluation, selection and implementation projects.

John is also very involved in the HR community. He co-developed and teaches “Introduction to HR Systems, Successful HR Systems Selection, and Fundamentals of Project Management” certification courses for the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  

John is also the president of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of IHRIM and the founding editor of The Review, HRSP’s magazine which was the predecessor to the IHRIM.Link. He also chaired the 2001 IHRIM national conference and was awarded the 2001 IHRIM Summit Award. This is an award that is given to members recognizing their significant, long-term contributions to the advancement of IHRIM’s mission and goals.  John continues to assist with the annual IHRIM Conference and was awarded IHRIM Pacific Southwest’s Member of the Year in 2008.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars on various topics regarding HR and Global systems.

“I’m really excited about the direction in which HRchitect is progressing and I am proud to work with such great people,” stated Hinojos.  “As we continue to grow, one of my goals this year was for HRchitect to have better metrics about our many consulting projects in order to better serve our past, present and future clients. Our customer satisfaction and retention rate is amongst the highest in the consulting industry because of our great people and consulting processes. That is of the utmost important to me and one of my many objectives is to see that continue and only get better. In addition, our business continues to diversify as clients are looking to us for consulting assistance in many different areas than ever before. Fortunately our consulting team is second to none in this industry, making my job that much easier.”

Visit HRchitect.com to learn about the services we provide and how we can help your organization get the most from its current HR systems as well as assist with any new HR technology related projects. Our web site will also show you where HRchitect can be found in 2009 as well as schedules of upcoming Beauty Pageants, WebMingles, and other educational events.


June 19 HRchitect WebMingle Featured Softscape, Next Up is Kenexa

June 19, 2009

 

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 WebMingle has become the most popular live weekly Internet show in the HR technology industry!

So what is a WebMingle? It is a meeting over the web where we do some business, socialize and yes, we mingle over the web. Thus, a WebMingle.

The 45-minute WebMingle on June 19th, the 25th in our WebMingle series, featured Dave Watkins, CEO and Co-Founder with Softscape. It was another fascinating WebMingle and Dave has great insight and passion for Talent Management Systems, HR, and his company. We touched on a number of issues related to those topics including: 

  • What does HR need today and what HR will need tomorrow
  • How social networking has changed the game
  • Softscape’s take on SaaS in regards to HR technology
  • What it takes to support a truly global technology implementation
  • What type of data should be included in the system of record for employee information
  • What the market landscape will look like over the next 12-18 months
  • How Softscape has contributed to the HR Technology Market
  • The future of HR technology
  • …and more

About Softscape

Softscape is the global leader in complete people management solutions that enable organizations to more effectively drive their business performance. Softscape’s vision and history of innovation is consistently recognized by industry analysts and luminaries. Our complete, end-to-end platform natively connects all human resources (HR) and talent functions, including performance management, succession planning, learning and development, compensation, hiring and recruiting, workforce planning, social networking, and core HR records. By providing a single platform and interface into all these functions, organizations achieve unprecedented analytic insight into their HR operations which leads to improved decision making.

About Dave Watkins, CEO and Co-Founder with Softscape

Dave Watkins is CEO and co-founder of Softscape, and leads the strategic direction and vision of Softscape which has made the company a category leader in the HR technology industry. Dave brings over 20 years of deep domain expertise in human resources, enterprise software, and professional services consulting. 

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.

Our next WebMingle will take place on June 26 with Ron Hanscome, VP of Product Strategy with Talent Management Systems Vendor, Kenexa. We look forward to welcoming Ron to the HRchitect WebMingle.

We hope to have you join us!

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


The Final Day of theHRshow 2009 Provided Us With Six More Great Presentations

June 17, 2009

 

After many months of anticipation, planning, and buzz throughout the entire HR industry, theHRshow 2009 virtual event came to a completion on Friday with six different presentations for a total of 16 presentations over two days and 5 vendor panels on the first day. The presentations that took place on the final day include: 

  • Insource, Outsource, Cosource
  • Workforce Analytics: Key to the new HR Decision Science
  • Linking Competencies to Compensation
  • How Web 2.0 is Driving Employee Engagement Across Global Audiences
  • Enhancing Job Fit – What Managers Can Do
  • From Structure Planning to Succession Planning

One of the many comments received from attendees to the show summed it up nicely:

“Kudos to you and the rest of the HR Show planning team on a job very well done.  I think you’ve set the stage for others to follow your lead with providing insightful sessions in an interactive, engaging and creative manner.”

The show was completely free, thanks to the generosity of HRchitect and our sponsors which included: 

  • ADP VirtualEdge
  • Assess-Systems
  • Authoria
  • HRchitect
  • HRmarketer.com
  • iCIMS
  • IHRIM
  • Manera Group
  • NuView Systems
  • PDS
  • Peopleclick
  • Plateau Systems
  • Taleo

HR professionals can visit www.thehrshow2010.com for preliminary details on the planning stages for theHRshow 2010, which is an on-site event that will take place February 4-5, 2010 in Frisco, TX. It will be the largest regional HR technology event in our industry and the one HR technology event you simply can’t miss!

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Attention HR Technology Vendors!

June 14, 2009

 

As you know, HRchitect is one of the most influential consulting firms in this industry when it comes to HR systems, Talent Management Systems, etc. – basically anything to do with HR technology. Here are some tips on maximizing our relationship with us: 

  • Send us news about your company on a regular basis. Add mlafata@HRchitect.com to your media distribution list. The more we know about what you are up to, the better we can message you to the industry. Plus if we find the news particularly interesting, we will blog about it.
  • If you have an Analyst day of any kind, or do any kind of analyst briefing, be sure to include us.
  • Invite us to participate and give a presentation at your annual user conference, if you have one. We can provide great value to your users and prospects.
  • Invite us to any sales group meetings you may have. We have great insight into the industry and what buyers are looking for. We would love to network with you and your team.
  • If you conduct regional seminars for prospects, include us as subject matter experts on almost anything related to HR technology, especially talent management systems. We can add tremendous value to your event and use our marketing prowess to increase attendance.
  • Keep us up to date on your product offerings and your value proposition to the marketplace

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


The Second Day of theHRshow 2009 Provided Us With 10 Great Presentations

June 12, 2009

 

After many months of anticipation, planning, and buzz throughout the entire HR industry, theHRshow 2009 virtual event completed its second full day yesterday with ten different presentations:

 

  • Web 2.0 Recruitment Marketing
  • Managing a Global Workforce with Global HR and Payroll
  • Secrets to Building a Successful Social Media Policy
  • Leveraging Assessment Technology
  • Building a Performance Based Culture Despite Economic Cycles Using Talent Management Best Practices
  • Employer or Big Brother – IM’ing, Blogging, & Other Off-Duty Conduct
  • Managing HR Risk Through Workforce Planning
  • How Do I Motivate My Employees During an Economic Downturn?
  • Six Degrees of Separation – How Technology Changes the Landscape of Recruiting
  • Emerging Trends: Anticipating the Future of Work

 Day 3 will continue today with 8 great sessions throughout the day from leading experts in the HR industry.

 One of the many comments received from attendees to the show summed it up nicely:

 “Kudos to you and the rest of the HR Show planning team on a job very well done.  I think you’ve set the stage for others to follow your lead with providing insightful sessions in an interactive, engaging and creative manner.”

 The show is completely free, thanks to the generosity of HRchitect and our sponsors. All you need to attend is access to a computer with an Internet connection!

 HR professionals can visit www.thehrshow2009.com and select “Agenda” on the right of the screen to see a complete list of sessions. Simply register online for as many sessions as you’d like.

We’d also like to let you know that we are deep into the planning stages for theHRshow 2010, which is an on-site event that will take place February 4-5, 2010 in Frisco, TX. It will be the largest regional HR technology event in our industry and the one HR technology event you simply can’t miss!

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


theHRshow 2009 Has a Great First Day of Vendor Panel Discussions

June 11, 2009

 

After many months of anticipation, theHRshow 2009 virtual event finally arrived today with five different vendor panel discussions.

The day got started with the Onboarding Systems vendor panel. Dan Katavola, EVP of Consulting Services with HRchitect was the moderator and the vendors included Emerald Software Group, KMS Software, SilkRoad Technology, and Verifications, Inc.

Then I moderated the Talent Management Systems vendor panel that included Authoria, HRsmart, Kenexa, Taleo, and Workscape.

John Hinojos, the HRchitect VP of Consulting Services then moderated the HR Systems Vendor Panel which included NuView, Patersons, and Spectrum HR. Two last minute cancellations made this the smallest panel of the day.

I was then up again as the moderator of the Learning Management Systems Vendor Panel which included Cornerstone OnDemand, GeoLearning, Plateau Systems, Saba and SumTotal Systems.

The final panel of the day was moderated by Rick Fletcher, President and Founder of HRchitect and was all about Recruiting Systems Vendors. This panel included HRsmart, iCIMS, Kenexa, nowHIRE, Peopleclick, and Taleo.

Day 2 will continue on Thursday with 10 great sessions throughout the day from leading experts in the HR industry.

Multiple tracks of sessions will take place on June 11 and June 12 around:

  • Talent Acquisition including Onboarding, Assessments, Background checking, and more
  • Talent Management including Compensation, Performance Management, Workforce Planning, and more
  • Emerging Trends and Technologies including Social Networking, Web 2.0, HCM portals, and more
  • HCM Strategy
  • Managing HR Systems
  • Professional Development

The show is completely free, thanks to the generosity of HRchitect and our sponsors. All you need to attend is access to a computer with an Internet connection!

HR professionals can visit www.thehrshow2009.com and select “Agenda” on the right of the screen to see a complete list of sessions. Simply register online for as many sessions as you’d like.

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


theHRshow 2009 Arrives this week in the Comfort of Your Office…or Home!

June 8, 2009

 

HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting, and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, announced that over 1,000 registrations have been received for theHRshow 2009.

theHRshow takes place this year on June 10-12, 2009 as a virtual three-day event. It is being offered completely FREE to the HR community through the generosity of HRchitect and our sponsors.

“The decision to move this year’s event to a virtual event is proving to be a very wise decision,” stated Matt Lafata, Conference Chair for theHRshow and the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for HRchitect. “With travel budgets still tight and the growing desire of many people and organizations to be able to learn more about HR technology choices and trends without having to be out of the office during these tough times, attendance has far surpassed our expectations.”

theHRshow will include 18 virtual sessions and five moderated panel discussions of invaluable information on the puzzling world of HR Technology over a three day period.

Moderated panel discussions on June 10 will feature the following:

 

  • Onboarding Vendor Panel – Join Emerald Software Group, KMS Software, SilkRoad Technology, and Verifications, Inc.
  • Talent Management Systems Vendor Panel – Join Authoria, HRsmart, Kenexa, Taleo, and Workscape
  • HR Systems Vendor Panel – Join Lawson Software, NuView, Patersons, and Spectrum HR
  • Learning Management Systems Vendor Panel – Join Cornerstone OnDemand, GeoLearning, Plateau Systems, Saba, and SumTotal Systems
  • Recruiting Systems Vendor Panel – Join HRsmart, iCIMS, Kenexa, nowHIRE, Peopleclick and Taleo

18 tracks of sessions will take place on June 11 and June 12 around Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, Emerging Trends and Technologies, Social Networking, HCM Systems Strategic Planning, Professional Development, and more.

“We are pleasantly overwhelmed by the interest in theHRshow and the assistance that the HR and vendor community has provided in promoting this great industry event,” added Tiffany Appleby, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for HRchitect and theHRshow. “We believe that for anybody with an interest in HR technology, this is THE must attend event of the year as theHRshow offers something for everybody.”

HR professionals can visit www.thehrshow2009.com to see a complete list of panels and sessions and register online for those of interest to them.

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


June 5 HRchitect WebMingle Featured Lawson Software, Next Up is Softscape

June 5, 2009

 

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 WebMingle has become the most popular live weekly Internet show in the HR technology industry!

So what is a WebMingle? It is a meeting over the web where we do some business, socialize and yes, we mingle over the web. Thus, a WebMingle.

The 50-minute WebMingle on June 5th, the 24th in our WebMingle series, featured Larry Dunivan, SVP of Global HCM Products with Lawson Software. It was another fascinating WebMingle and Larry has great insight and passion for Talent Management Systems and how important it is to be tied in with the core system of record. We touched on a number of issues related to those topics including:

 

  • Why a core system of record is essential to successful talent management implementations and why organizations without one are going to struggle in the long-term.   
  • Why a system of record so important?
  • What Lawson is seeing in this area as they are talking to customers about where the risks are
  • The challenges of interfacing a customer’s system of record data to any talent management system
  • What are the key integration points and why is maintaining them so expensive?

 About Lawson Software

Lawson provides software and service solutions to 4,500 customers in the manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson’s mission is to make your company successful by spending a lot of time with customers, measuring their progress. Based on these measurements, Lawson believes they offer more value per dollar invested than any other ERP company.

About Larry Dunivan, SVP of Global HCM Products with Lawson Software

Larry Dunivan currently serves as Lawson SVP of Global HCM Products, where he is responsible for product strategy and development for Lawson HR products. He has 20+ years experience in the design, implementation, and support of HR information systems.

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.

There will be no WebMingle next week, June 12, due to theHRshow 2009. Our next WebMingle will take place on June 19 with Dave Watkins, CEO with Talent Management Systems Vendor, Softscape. We look forward to welcoming Dave to the HRchitect WebMingle.

We hope to have you join us!

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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