December WebMingle Recap, Part 2 – What’s Ahead for 2012

December 28, 2011

Note: On December 14 HRchitect conducted its traditional year-end WebMingle. Matt Lafata (President), Ron Hanscome (VP HCM Systems Strategy Consulting) and John Hinojos (VP Consulting Services) spent a lively hour discussing major HCM technology events that occurred in 2011 versus what we predicted last December, and delivered a fresh set of predictions for 2012. Part 1 reviewed major events of 2011 and how our predictions panned out. This post will cover what we expect will happen in 2012, and Part 3 will discuss what it all means for companies looking to invest in HCM technology solutions over the next 12 months.

Economics and Demographics – Critical Issues for 2012

  • Last year began with signs of economic recovery, which triggered a lot of spending on HCM technology, as organizations released budget to address some long-deferred investments. However, we saw a slowing of activity during the summer, due in our opinion to uncertainty about the strength of the recovery and some concerns over a double-dip recession combined with the normal vacation season slowdown. Activity picked up again somewhat as we moved into autumn, and it appears that many organizations are planning for strategy, evaluation/selection, and implementation projects for HCM technology in the first half of 2012.
  • Mixed messages about the economy (e.g., better housing and manufacturing data versus concerns over country debt levels in the European Union and the need for a longer-term solution there) may lead to spending reductions in the last half of 2012, as firms may choose to ratchet back spending if there are too many warning signs.
  • There is lingering impact from the economic downturn that began in 2008 – many “Baby Boomer” workers are postponing their retirement plans, and now plan to stay working for the foreseeable future. This means that there is significant participation of three generations in the workforce, with a fourth now beginning to enter.
  • Having four generations in the workplace will definitely strain HCM processes and technologies for most organizations, as each generation has different perceptions, expectations, and needs. The biggest gap will likely be from “digital natives” who want to leverage their social networks as a part of their job, perform HR processes on their mobile devices, and demand a leading-edge user experience throughout.

Trends to Watch in 2012

  • The overall Human Capital Management software market will continue to consolidate, but at a slower pace – there has been so much activity in 2010 and 2011 that the pace has to slow down somewhat, as there are fewer attractive targets left standing, and vendors have to pause and digest their purchases. We believe that further acquisition activity in 2012 will focus on ITM suite vendors “rounding out” their solutions by purchasing point solution vendors. The pace of acquisition could remain (or even accelerate) if the economy takes another hit, resulting in smaller privately-held vendors becoming distressed properties at attractive prices.
  • Marketing and development efforts around ITM suites will continue, but shift focus – vendors did a great deal of “missionary” marketing in 2009-11 to educate potential customers on the value of ITM. That work has paid off, as most buyers now have a fundamental understanding of ITM. We believe that vendor marketing over the next few years will focus on showing the market how leading-edge capabilities (e.g., social, mobile, communication/collaboration, analytics) can add value to core ITM processes.
  • Niche and ITM suite vendors will maintain their feature/function lead – much like 2011, we expect the gap to generally remain constant during the year. Vendors will invest in improving the overall user experience of their applications, as this is increasingly a critical success factor for end user adoption. Another general area of investment focus will be support of more sophisticated metrics and analytics. We also expect to see more attention paid to working with customers to enable better support of workforce planning.
  • ITM vendors will increase their investment in social, communication & collaboration capabilities – after several years of marketing hype and frenzy, solid proof points of value emerged in 2011, even though large-scale end user adoption has lagged behind the buzz to a considerable extent. Recruiting will continue to lead the ITM functions in adoption with social sourcing and candidate relationship management, but the incorporation of collaboration capability into performance management (performance “notes” and multi-rater feedback), career development/ succession planning (community feedback on strengths/opportunities), and learning(tracking informal learning events) should all see increased usage in 2012.
  • Mobile enablement of ITM processes has become the next frontier of marketing and end-user adoption – after a year of tremendous hype around mobile (particularly focused around the manager role) highlighted by the release of Workday and PeopleFluent iPad apps in Q311, we believe that 2012 will be the year of execution. We expect to see some effective pilots as well as larger scale implementations by the end of the year. Many vendors are choosing the cross-platform approach of utilizing HTML 5 over supporting specific mobile platforms; this will increase their ability to efficiently roll out mobile apps, with the downside of not being able to leverage each platform’s specific user experience functions.
  • Organizations will continue to try to rationalize their application portfolio by implementing ITM suites – the trend in 2010-11 was that the vast majority of organizations strategically embrace the ITM suite concept; however, actual suite purchases lagged due to the lack of a fully integrated set of equally functional applications. In the end, organizations (particularly in the enterprise market) are less willing to ‘trade off’ functionality in one component of ITM for the sake of integration. Market consolidation of ITM suite vendors and concrete plans for integrating acquired functionality should increase the average number of modules purchased per ITM suite in 2012.
  • SaaS has become the preferred method for ITM deployments – although some organizations (less than 2011) still want the option of on-premise deployment, we expect that over 75% of ITM deployments will utilize some form of SaaS in 2012.
  • The linkage between Performance, Learning, Succession and Career Development is increasing in importance for ITM – the change to this area for 2012 has to do with the growing need for robust career development/planning processes in many industry segments; this function also needs to leverage the rich data contained in a centralized talent profile. All four of these functions will feed the talent profile, and help drive “Talent Review” or “Talent Pipeline Planning” processes.
  • Organizations are increasingly trying to satisfy multiple types of recruiting with a single solution – this trend continues from 2011, especially in the desire to unify professional and hourly recruiting onto a single solution. We also expect some leading firms to include the contingent workforce in their definition of a holistic recruiting solution, due to their desire to use their contingent workers as a potential talent pool.
  • Talent Profile data (including competencies) has become the centerpiece of ITM – we expect to see more organizations deploying a centralized talent profile in 2012. As well, there will be a continued expansion of data beyond traditional skill / competency information to include such elements as career and geographic preferences, education, work experience, performance / potential ratings, and performance review results. The robustness of the talent profile has now become one of the critical factors driving selection of ITM Suites as we move into 2012.
  • The quality of vendor service and support remain the key to long-term customer satisfaction – solution feature/function and cost are weighted very heavily in ITM selection projects. However, wonderful inexpensive capabilities are of limited value if you are not able to partner effectively with your solution provider. The quality of the vendor’s service and support must be factored appropriately into any ITM selection project. Customer panel discussions throughout 2011 indicated that this area needs to be improved to meet expectations; it remains to be seen whether ITM vendors will make the long-term investment needed.

Stay tuned for Part 3, which will discuss the implications for any organization looking to purchase and implement ITM technology in 2012. You may also access the full audio replay of the WebMingle here.


December WebMingle Recap, Part 1 – 2011 in Review (How Did We Do?)

December 21, 2011

On December 14 HRchitect conducted its traditional year end WebMingle. Matt Lafata (President), Ron Hanscome (VP HCM Systems Strategy Consulting) and John Hinojos (VP Consulting Services) spent a lively hour discussing major HCM technology events that occurred in 2011 versus what we predicted last December, and delivered a fresh set of predictions for 2012. This blog post will focus on reviewing what happened in 2011. Part 2 will cover what we expect will happen in 2012, and Part 3 will discuss what it all means for companies looking to invest in HCM technology solutions over the next 12 months.

Major HCM Technology Market Events
2011 proved to be a very busy year in terms of acquisition; at last count 23 transactions or announcements occurred, signifying a huge influx of capital into the HCM technology marketplace. Of that total, the HRchitect team highlighted the following 6 transactions for discussion:

  •  SumTotal buys GeoLearning (January), Accero and CyberShift (July) – this set of acquisitions signaled SumTotal’s intent to move beyond its enterprise learning roots into the midmarket with GeoLearning, and ultimately provide a holistic solution that includes integrated talent management (ITM), core HRMS, and workforce management. However, the organization faces quite the challenge integrating its five learning platforms and Softscape (purchased September 2010) with the latest purchased applications.
  • Taleo buys Cytiva (April) and Jobpartners (July) – increased Taleo’s penetration in the midmarket with Cytiva’s SonicRecruit solution as well as providing a stronger foothold in Europe with Jobpartners recruiting and ITM solution.
  • Peoplefluent buys Aquire (April) – a prime example of investment in analytics by the ITM market, Aquire’s significant capabilities in analytics, org charting, and workforce planning are now being leveraged in the context of Peoplefluent’s ITM suite.
  • SuccessFactors (SFSF) buys, is bought, and buys some more – leading ITM suite vendor adds LMS capability (formal and informal) via the April Plateau and March Jambok acquisitions. In perhaps the biggest deal of the year, on December 3 SAP announced its intent to buy SFSF for $3.4B (a very robust valuation that validated interest in the ITM market). A few days later, SFSF announced it was acquiring Jobs2Web in order to add social recruiting and candidate relationship management functionality to its recruiting offering.
  • Technomedia buys Hodes iQ – an interesting move by this niche learning-focused vendor to add the Hodes recruiting functionality. Technomedia has a presence in Canada and France, and this purchase may help them to expand their footprint both functionally and geographically.
  • Kenexa buys Batrus Hollweg – this November acquisition of a leader in assessments for the hospitality segment highlights Kenexa’s goal of deepening their already robust assessment capabilities, a key enabler of ITM for many organizations.

In addition, the past 12 months included a number of funding transactions that further highlight investor interest in the overall HCM market in general, and the ITM market in particular:

  • SilkRoad Technologies raised $40m in November 2010
  • Cornerstone OnDemand executed an oversubscribed IPO in March 2011 that raised $137M
  • LinkedIn went public May 2011, raising an eye-popping $4.3B (21 x estimated 2011 revenues)
  • Jobvite announced in May 2011 that it had raised $15M in Series C funding
  • Kenexa conducted a follow-on stock offering in May 2011 that raised an additional $79M

The Crystal Ball Review – HRchitect’s Predictions for 2011

  • Market consolidation continues – this one was accurate as far as it went; however, the continued pace and size of activity went beyond our expectations, with the SAP / SFSF serving as the capstone of a very eventful year.
  • The link between integrated Performance Management, Succession Planning and Learning will increase for customers – we saw some increased interest in linking these processes together to improve the effectiveness of ITM, as well as some purchases of integrated enabling technology; however, adoption was somewhat slower than we expected due to the uncertain economy and the difficulty of change management in organizations.
  • There will be increased adoption of integrated Performance Management and Compensation to Support Pay for Performance Programs – We have seen some evidence of direct linkage in our client engagements, but not as much as anticipated. Clients are looking for it, but vendors haven’t yet delivered easy to use, robust capabilities. Delivering truly impactful pay for performance programs takes a lot of work – and many organizations are not able or willing to accept the increased workload.
  • There will be increased convergence of the ITM Suite and HRMS – several core HRMS vendors have delivered enhanced ITM capabilities in 2011. The most visible example is Workday, whose three 2011 releases featured expanded performance management, succession planning, and compensation functionality. Ultimate Software continued its focus on the right level of capabilities for the midmarket, and now provides recruiting, onboarding, performance management, and compensation modules.
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) continues to gain popularity – the momentum shift to SaaS clearly continued for ITM, but there was also a strong increase in SaaS deployments for core HCM and Workforce Management (WFM) applications as well.
  • Customers will not upgrade existing ERP legacy apps without investigating SaaS alternatives – HRchitect consultants experienced this in most evaluation projects; however, while SaaS was certainly considered, the uncertain economy resulted in less budget for ‘rip and replace,’ causing many organizations to stay the course with their existing ERP-based HCM solutions. Some went the route of the least expensive upgrade, while others chose to wait and only apply bug fixes and compliance upgrades, looking to re-assess the situation in 2012.
  • Niche and ITM suite vendors will continue to maintain their feature/function lead – this proved to be an accurate prediction overall; however, there were some core HCM vendors that took a big step forward, such as Workday with its ITM-focused releases, and Lawson software with its integration of the Enwisen acquisition for HR portal and Onboarding. However, Lawson’s subsequent purchase by Golden Gate (PE firm) and merger with Infor has resulted in the exodus of some key talent, and has raised doubts about its product investment strategy moving forward.
  • Mobile will play a big role in HR technology in 2011- certainly mobile enablement was one of the major marketing focus areas for vendors, with all the associated hype of early solutions. Actual adoption was pretty limited, but we expect to see more reality hit the marketplace in 2012.
  • Web 2.0 collaboration and social software tools will see increased usage – actual adoption was significantly impacted by generational workforce differences, as well as the impact of change management programs in user organizations – the overall result was less pervasive use than we expected.
  • Linkedin usage as a recruiting tool will increase – our actual experience with clients revealed that more organizations and recruiters are now using LinkedIn as the primary way to gather information on potential employees. LinkedIn has also announced several partnerships with recruiting technology vendors in 2011 to improve the integration between their applications and LinkedIn.
  • The application user experience will differentiate ITM products and impact adoption – almost every ITM engagement in 2011 focused on the user experience as a critical selection criteria, reinforcing the notion that great functionality is not adopted if it isn’t easy to use.
  • Increased vendor focus on customer service/support is critical to customer satisfaction – most trade show events that we attended in 2011 included some form of customer panel. Without exception, panel attendees gave their vendors less than stellar grades, and called for them to “up the ante” on service and support. The question is, are the vendors listening?
  • ITM solution price points will rise after the “dust settles” from vendor consolidation – in many respects the dust is still settling, given the pace of acquisition activity. Therefore, we saw continued price pressure due to economic conditions and competitive selections.
  • ITM vendors with holistic solutions that drive business results will gain share versus technology-focused providers – HRchitect clients certainly focused on both tangible ROI projections and qualitative benefits in their selection projects. Vendors have responded with more robust support of business impact justification during the sales process. In the end, the pace of consolidation (every major vendor trying to get to a more holistic solution) made it difficult to validate the accuracy of this prediction. Rest assured, however, that this remains an area of high interest to all current and potential users of ITM technology.

Hopefully you found this look back at 2011 to be interesting and useful. Part 2 will cover our predictions for 2012.

To listen to the show in its entirety, click here for the audio archive.


HRchitect’s Market Minute – SAP Announces Acquisition of SuccessFactors

December 6, 2011

Over the weekend, SAP, an enterprise application software vendor, announced the acquisition of SuccessFactors, a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions provider, for $40/share representing $3.4 billion and eight times the projected 2012 revenue for SuccessFactors.  Members of HRchitect’s executive team – Matt Lafata, Rick Fletcher, Ron Hanscome, John Hinojos and Alex Tellez – met to discuss the transaction, on the implications to the talent management marketplace, during the most recent Market Minute.  To listen to the audio from the briefing, click here.  Key takeaways are always posted to The Puzzling World of HRtechnology blog and appear below.

Initial reactions:

  • Wow factor at the price that SAP is paying to get access to the ITM cloud capabilities of SuccessFactors.  Price of $3.4 billion is very robust and validates the ITM market as a market that bares investment.  We should see the impact from a price perspective on a number of the other ITM vendors that are publicly traded (Kenexa, Taleo, Cornerstone OnDemand, TowersWatson, and several others).
  • There is some concern around what it will take to integrate all of these SAP platforms into the landscape for SuccessFactors.
  • This is a really good thing for the SAP customer base.  SAP has always been a more transactionally-strong application, very much an on-premise play, and had been slow to move successfully into the SaaS role.  We could see a paradigm shift for SAP with the impact¸ influence and expertise from development on the SuccessFactors side.  With Lars Dalgaard coming on to help round out the rest of the product line, long term we’ll see some tight integrations between the core SAP HRIS modules with the SuccessFactors talent management suite, bringing together a much more integrated app.  SuccessFactors brings to SAP are much stronger talent management applications.
  • Initial concern from current users on what this means to them.  It is too early to know exactly the effects that this will have on customers and how SAP is going to integrate these products.  It will be interesting to see how they do it, as these are two very different product lines.

Should existing SuccessFactors customers be concerned about this merger?

  • Over the short-term, we would caution anyone against doing anything radical and moving off of their SuccessFactors platform.   The structure of the deal will not be complete until 1Q12 and we will understand a lot more about the exact roadmap sometime during that quarter.  The structure that is being communicated is that SuccessFactors will continue to operate as a separate organization, but as an SAP company.  Things will continue as-is, at least over the short term.
  • For SuccessFactors customers who do not own SAP as a core system, they may want to be aware of possible energy spent on a deeper level of integration to SAP than with Workday, UltimateSoftware, PeopleSoft or Oracle.  In the end, SuccessFactors has had to integrate with multiple back-end HR systems since there beginnings as an organization.  That toolkit doesn’t disappear with this acquisition.
  • If organizations are currently evaluating talent management suites, it is certainly something to take into account.  For customers who are considering SuccessFactors and do not own SAP, they need to take a clear look at how the tools align with their requirements.  If it is a close split between systems, it may give pause and companies are going to make decisions based on if they are on one of the other core systems.  In the future, the SuccessFactors product will be geared to work very well with whatever SAP has.  How well is it going to work with other tools?
  • No concerns with SuccessFactors as they will be very autonomous.
  • SAP marriage brings great global customer support, stronger development standards and testing, HR record expertise in the integration between the employee record with the talent management record.

Will other ERP’s follow suit?

  • Cause ERP’s to look at finishing out the suite.
  • ERP systems have historically looked at talent management differently than the stand-alone systems.  ERP’s look at all of the business functionality plus core HR and payroll, the reason that the talent management best-of-breed vendors started out there was because customers were not getting the services and the products they needed from the ERP vendors.  How well will the ERP vendors, if they start to create this overall product, be able to bring in the innovation that they talent management groups have been looking for and needing?

Does this action help or hurt the other vendors?

  • SuccessFactors is now going to have a much greater audience within the SAP client base of 176,000 customers.  There is enough of a market there, especially due to the fact that SAP customers have deep pockets and have budget for talent management apps, that it will have a bit of an effect on some of the other vendors out there in terms of market share.  However, it will depend on the execution of the deal and whether or not SuccessFactors talent remains or bolts.  Also, we have to look at the fact that SAP is driven off of a perpetual license and maintenance revenue model versus the subscription-based revenue model.  There have been other organizations that have had tremendous issues with getting sales forces and the leadership within the organization to reconcile the differences between sales compensation with a subscription based model vs. a perpetual license revenue model.
  • For the short-term, the other vendors might have the advantage when it comes to the less-educated buyer.  There is a window of opportunity for the other vendors to pray upon some fears in the marketplace and swoop in and talk to prospects about the stability of their organizations and that they are truly SaaS.
  • Long-term, one thing to think about is the opportunity cost of innovation.  How much innovation energy that might be spent on delivering new capabilities to the market will now be spent on tying the two companies’ applications together?  This might be an opportunity for other talent management suite vendors.

Final thoughts:

  • Don’t overreact and run away from SuccessFactors right now, just wait and see how everything unfolds as the deal won’t be complete until 1Q12.  As always when evaluating systems, use a Decision Drivers approach to reduce risk.
  • We believe that no short-term changes will occur over the next 6-12 months.  SuccessFactors and SAP will continue to run as two separate organizations with a common ownership.
  • It will be very interesting to watch the blogosphere over the coming weeks and months for talk of potential acquisitions.
  • SuccessFactors current shareholders should be very happy right now, as well as shareholders of other talent management vendors.

To hear more from our team on further implications of this acquisition, and the many others that have taken place over the recent months, join us for the HR technology Year in Review & Tech Trends for 2012 WebMingle next Wednesday, December 14 at 1PM Central.


Don’t Miss Thursday’s HRchitect WebMingle with Charles Coy of Cornerstone OnDemand

December 3, 2011

The HRchitect WebMingle is designed to give you some insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, 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!

The WebMingle has truly redefined how people get information about vendors, trends and really anything related to HR technology and we are very proud of that.

This week’s guest is Charles Coy, Senior Director of Analyst and Community Relations. Charles previously appeared on HRchitect’s WebMingle in early 2009.

Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of a comprehensive learning and talent management solution. We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud (early 2012), the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to develop employees throughout their careers, engage all employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. We currently empower over 7.1 million users across 179 countries and in 29 languages.

As Senior Director of Analyst & Community Relations, Charles serves as the “voice” of Cornerstone, discussing company vision and momentum with analysts and evangelizing the company through social channels and speaking opportunities. He has worked in a variety of positions at Cornerstone since the early days of the company more than a decade ago.

Visit www.HRchitect.com/Knowledge/WebMingle to listen live this Thursday, December 8 at 2pm CST. If you missed any of our previous 85 or so WebMingles, you can also access them from that page.

We look forward to welcoming Charles Coy with Cornerstone OnDemand to the HRchitect WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.

If you would like to be considered as a guest on an upcoming WebMingle, please contact Tiffany Appleby at tappleby@HRchitect.com

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect’s Influence in the HR technology World Is Far Reaching

December 3, 2011

I take a lot of pride in what we do at HRchitect. Day in and day out we make a difference in the lives of many leading organizations and the people that are at those organizations today and those who will be there in the future. We do this through the HR technology services we offer around strategy, software selection and implementation.

After 14 years, and well over 800 clients, including many of today’s most successful companies, many who keep coming back for additional services, we have developed a leadership position. This position comes from trust and a definition of trust that I like is “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.”

Something I absolutely love about what we do, and the companies we serve, is that I see reminders everywhere I go, and with everything I do. It is almost impossible to go anywhere or do anything, without using a service or a product from one of our customers.

I wrote about this last December, as we were in the midst of the holiday season where you just can’t go anywhere without being subjected to holiday commercials on TV and holiday music every time you enter a store. I thought this would be a good opportunity to expand on that because it really is something we are extremely proud of.

Think about some of the constant reminders about the tremendous influence that HRchitect has in the HR technology world…

Chances are you are going to do some shopping for friends and loved ones this holiday season. You will likely visit a company in person or online that HRchitect has performed HR related technology services for – Best Buy, Target, OfficeMax, L.L. Bean, RadioShack, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Lowe’s, GAP, Wal-Mart, Dell, Totes, Fossil, Barnes and Noble, Blockbuster, Kodak, Dollar General, Sony Playstation, Sur La Table, Crate and Barrel, Family Dollar, Finish Line, Levin Furniture, Orchard Supply Hardware, or numerous others. Yes, chances are very high you will shop at a store that is an HRchitect client.

Don’t you need some money to visit these stores? Chances are good you will get money from an HRchitect client – Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, Bank of America, Bank of Oklahoma, U.S. Bank, Capital Bank, Capital One, TD Bank, First Citizens Banc, OMNI Bank, or many others. Then of course it’s time to use a credit card that might come from Citigroup, First USA, American Express, or Visa.

Maybe you will need to check with your credit union such as Texans Credit Union, BMI Federal Credit Union, Boeing Employee Credit Union, First Community Federal Credit Union, Space Coast Credit Union, or Mountain America Credit Union. Or maybe before that you need to talk with your financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, or Barclays Global Investors before you spend any money.

Naturally all this running around will make you hungry or thirsty so why not visit one of HRchitect’s clients. Grab a Dr Pepper Snapple product to quench your thirst, or maybe Pepsi is your thing. Or chow down on a Burrito at Chipotle. Maybe something from Panera Bread or Yum! Brands? How about having Domino’s Pizza or Papa John’s deliver to you? Or how about something from Nestle, maybe some hot chocolate to stay warm? Chances are pretty good you will eat or drink something from one of HRchitect’s clients.

Are you traveling to visit relatives this holiday season? What if you don’t want to stay with them, because they don’t have room or they drive you crazy? Not a problem. You can stay at Hyatt hotels, or a Starwood Property, Marriott, Wyndham, Choice Hotels, Sea Pines Resort, Hooters Casino Hotel, Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa, or one of many other fine locations.

What if you get sick with all the stress and germs that are in the air this time of year? No problem. HRchitect clients can help you such as Mayo Clinic, Kindred Healthcare, BJC Healthcare, Tenet, Texas Health Resources, Legacy Health System, Moses Cone Health System, California Pacific Medical Center, Austin Regional Clinic, Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and dozens more. No matter where you are, we are sure you can find a healthcare system that has relied on HRchitect.

You might also utilize an HRchitect client to get your oil, gas, electric or some other form of energy (either directly or indirectly) to keep you warm or get you where you need to go. Companies such as Aera Energy, Cenovus, Conoco Phillips, Baker Hughes, Oklahoma Gas and Energy, Peabody Energy, Regency Energy, Westar Energy, Pride International, or many others.

Let us not forget how you will communicate with loved ones this year. I can almost guarantee you will do that through a product or service from Sprint, AT&T, Motorola, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, Qwest Communications, T-Mobile, L3 Communications, or use that shiny new iPhone or iPad. You got it, all clients of HRchitect.

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. HRchitect clients are everywhere, every industry, and of every size. You can see some of them here.

If you are reading this and are one of our clients, we’d like to give thanks to you for making us the leading HR technology consulting firm. If you are not yet one of our clients, let’s talk as we would love to add you to the list and share our wonderful experiences with companies just like yours. Join our growing list of over well over 800 clients who made the decision to get the best risk insurance policy and peace of mind that any organization can buy.

HRchitect will help to ensure you select the right HR technology product (talent acquisition, talent management, workforce management, HR/payroll, etc.) for your unique needs and when you do get that right HR software product, we will make sure you get the most out of your investment by ensuring a sound implementation.

This leadership position you have helped us achieve is not to be taken lightly, and simply makes us strive to do more. Watch for some exciting blogs, reports, webinars, and WebMingles (our radio show) in the coming weeks and months.

2012 is going to be another very exciting year in this industry, and no doubt another very puzzling year in the world of HR technology. Don’t go it alone. Seriously. HR technology decisions are not to be taken lightly. In one way or another, they have an impact on your most important asset – your people! Utilize HRchitect’s services today and you will have the peace of mind you, your employees, and your company deserve.

To learn more about how HRchitect’s HR systems strategy, selection and implementation expertise visit www.HRchitect.com.

Happy Holidays!
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


Don’t Miss The Annual HCM Technology 2011 Recap/2012 Predictions From the Experts at HRchitect

December 2, 2011

The world of HR technology continues to puzzle many people. Fortunately, HRchitect, the industry’s leader in HCM technology consulting, is on its continuing and never-ending mission, to go where no one has gone before, and help make sense of it all.

If you do nothing else this December as it relates to the HR technology world, attend the annual special edition of the HR technology WebMingle with HRchitect on December 14 at 1pm Central Time. It is THE live event of the year that looks back on all the big events of 2011 AND looks forward to 2012 and the Integrated Talent Management (ITM) trends that matter to you.

While we certainly don’t have a crystal ball, we have been doing this long enough to know we have the pulse on the HCM community. This helps us to weed through all the hype to talk about what is really happening while keeping YOUR best interests at heart. Our leadership position and tenure in this industry brings with it an obligation to share our knowledge and thoughts with the community at large and we hope you can join us at this special event.

Listen as members of HRchitect, including Matt Lafata, President; Ron Hanscome, VP of HCM Systems Strategic Consulting, John Hinojos, VP of Consulting Services; Alex Tellez, VP of Implementation Services, and Rick Fletcher, VP and Founder, give their thoughts on a number of items facing us today. These include:

  • Recap of merger, acquisition and funding activity that took place throughout 2011
  • Market Dynamics
  • Evolution of ITM
  • Executing ITM
  • Assessing the Vendor Landscape
  • 2012 Predictions
  • …and more

Clear your schedule and don’t miss this event! Seriously, do it now. It’s THAT important! The registration link is below.

We’ll even have a great holiday gift for you – a fresh off the presses copy of our latest edition of our report, “Integrated Talent Management Technology Trends”.

To add this exciting FREE event to your calendar, please visit http://gurl.im/3ad12eG

To learn more about how HRchitect’s HR systems strategy, selection and implementation expertise visit www.HRchitect.com.
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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