Who will win the crown? Ms. LMS will be decided today!

April 30, 2010

This afternoon a new Ms. Learning Management Systems will be crowned.  Who will it be?  Will GeoLearning successfully defend their crown?  SumTotal Systems and Cornerstone OnDemand are ready to fight their way to the top!

For those that aren’t familiar with HRchitect’s wildly popular Beauty Pageant Webinar Series, here’s what you need to know:

  • Top vendors compete for your votes, bragging rights, and the illustrious title of Ms. Learning Management Systems
  • Each vendor has 10 minutes to present, than takes audience questions during the interview portion of the pageant

HRchitect has developed a format to help guide each vendor on an outline of what should be covered during each portion of the pageant.

Evening gown – To start off each portion, we ask the vendor to come out in their best ‘outfit’ – corporate overview, history, specific identity, financial viability, marquee clients, leadership team, etc. This will be the grand entrance.

Swimsuit – Here the vendors will show some skin in this portion – usability, configurability, etc.

Talent – This portion will cover functionality, technology/integration, global ability, etc.

Interview – This will be the Q & A section from the audience.

Don’t miss this exciting event to help crown the winner and learn more about our contestants!  The pageant starts at 11AM Central and registration is available here.


HRchitect’s Beauty Pageant Webinar Series Returns on August 21 with Talent Acquisition Systems

August 10, 2009

 

The HRchitect Beauty Pageant series of webinars, which has become the buzz of the industry, returns after a two month summer hiatus.

This series of webinars covers a different area of HR technology with each event. 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.

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 our Onboarding pageant where SilkRoad was the winner. In February we covered Employee Performance Management where SumTotal Systems won and then mid-market HRIS where Spectrum HR was the winner. In March it was all about Workforce Planning Systems and Infohrm walked away with the crown. April brought us Compensation Systems where Workstream walked away with the crown and then we finished up the first leg of beauty pageants with Time & Attendance Systems in June, where Legiant was crowned the winner.

To view any of these past pageants, please visit the beauty pageant part of our website. We have a full schedule of 2009 beauty pageants on our site for the remainder of the year, and several vendors have asked that we create beauty pageants around additional topics, which we are currently in the process of scheduling.

The next exciting pageant, the eleventh in the series, will be on the ever popular Talent Acquisition Systems and will take place on Friday, August 21. The participants will be top vendors in this space, Hodes IQ, HRsmart, iCIMS, SilkRoad, and Taleo. 

The 90-minute webinar agendas will look like this:

Intro by HRchitect

Overview of the marketplace by HRchitect

Short vendor presentations (vendor order will be determine at random)

Q&A of vendors from the audience

Crowning of the Winner

Wrap-up

The sessions are moderated by Matt Lafata, VP of Sales & Marketing for HRchitect.

HRchitect developed a format to help guide each vendor with an outline of what should be covered during each portion of the pageant.  Since we have billed this as a beauty pageant, we tried to come up with pageant categories for vendors to loosely follow. Of course each vendor is free to follow their own format as this is simply a guideline:

Evening gown – To start off each portion, we are asking the vendor to come out in their best ‘outfit’ – corporate overview, history, specific identity, financial viability, marquee clients, leadership team, etc. This will be the grand entrance.

Swimsuit – Here the vendors will show some skin in this portion – usability, configurability, etc.

Talent – This portion will cover functionality, technology/integration, global ability, etc.

Interview – This will be the Q & A section from the audience. 

These beauty pageants are designed to give the audience a quick overview of the leading vendors and we are looking for creativity in presentations. Some of the past participants have gotten extremely creative in their presentations and we thank them for their time and efforts in doing this.

Watch this blog for updates and visit http://hrchitect.com/News/Pageant for a listing of upcoming HRchitect Beauty Pageants and to register so you won’t be left puzzled by HR Technology!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect Celebrates Six Months of Success with Groundbreaking HR Technology Happy Hour WebMingle(TM)

July 7, 2009

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HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, has produced twenty-six successful HR Technology Happy Hour WebMingles™ since the live web radio program made its debut in December 2008.

The weekly WebMingle is designed to give HR professionals insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, talk about upcoming events in the HR industry and provide insightful interviews with people of the HR industry – who they are, what they do and why HR professionals should care. The WebMingle has become the most popular live weekly Internet show in the HR technology industry with thousands of listeners worldwide.

“A WebMingle is essentially a meeting over the web where we do some business, socialize and yes, we mingle over the web,” commented Matt Lafata, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for HRchitect and the WebMingle host. “The show has been tremendously successful due to the format and the guests. These aren’t boring, stuff interviews but insightful discussions with the people in our industry who make a difference through their innovative companies, products, and services. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know more about these guests who are making an impact on the lives of HR professionals.”

The HRchitect HR Technology Happy Hour WebMingle takes placed every Friday afternoon at 1pm Central Time. It is live where guests are encouraged to call in with questions or post questions via Twitter at #HRWebMingle. Past shows are archived on the HRchitect website and past guests have included:

Upcoming guests are listed on the website at HRWebMingle.com and include representatives from industry leading companies such as Emerald Software Group, AIRS, OutStart, Indeed, nowHIRE, Saba, Verifications Inc., ExponentHR, Avature, Jobs2Web, HodesIQ, Enwisen, MyStaffingPro, and more.

“Anyone who has an active interest in the HR technology industry should tune into the WebMingle,” added Tiffany Appleby, Director of Marketing for HRchitect and Production Manager for the WebMingle. “At HRchitect, we pride ourselves in producing innovative educational programs for the HR industry while adding some fun at the same time.  The WebMingles certainly tackle the serious issues facing HR professionals and organizations today while adding that ‘human’ element that is sometimes missing from HR.”

 HR professionals and industry experts who would like to be a guest on the WebMingle should contact Tiffany Appleby at tappleby@HRchitect.com for consideration.


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


HRchitect’s Beauty Pageant Webinar Series Continues This Friday with Time & Attendance Systems

June 3, 2009

 

The HRchitect beauty pageant series of webinars has become the buzz of the industry. This series of webinars covers a different area of HR technology with each event. The concept allows attendees to see presentations from up to five leading vendors in a fun and informative format where the audience votes on the winner at the conclusion. 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 our Onboarding pageant where SilkRoad was the winner. In February we covered Employee Performance Management where SumTotal Systems won and then mid-market HRIS where Spectrum HR was the winner. In March it was all about Workforce Planning Systems and Infohrm walked away with the crown. The last beauty pageant took place in April where Workstream walked away with the Compensation Systems crown.

To view any of these past pageants, please visit the beauty pageant part of our website. After this week’s pageant, the beauty pageants will take a few month hiatus and come back in August. We have a full schedule of 2009 beauty pageants on our site and several vendors have asked that we create beauty pageants around additional topics, which we are currently in the process of scheduling.

The next exciting pageant, the tenth in the series, will be on Time & Attendance Systems and will take place this Friday, June 5. The participants will be top vendors in this space, Associated Time, CyberShift, Legiant, and Nova. 

The 90-minute webinar agendas will look like this:

Intro by HRchitect

Overview of the marketplace by HRchitect

Short vendor presentations (vendor order will be determine at random)

Q&A of vendors from the audience

Crowning of the Winner

Wrap-up

The sessions are moderated by Matt Lafata, VP of Sales & Marketing for HRchitect.

HRchitect developed a format to help guide each vendor with an outline of what should be covered during each portion of the pageant.  Since we have billed this as a beauty pageant, we tried to come up with pageant categories for vendors to loosely follow. Of course each vendor is free to follow their own format as this is simply a guideline:

Evening gown – To start off each portion, we are asking the vendor to come out in their best ‘outfit’ – corporate overview, history, specific identity, financial viability, marquee clients, leadership team, etc. This will be the grand entrance.

Swimsuit – Here the vendors will show some skin in this portion – usability, configurability, etc.

Talent – This portion will cover functionality, technology/integration, global ability, etc.

Interview – This will be the Q & A section from the audience. 

These beauty pageants are designed to give the audience a quick overview of the leading vendors and we are looking for creativity in presentations. Some of the past participants have gotten extremely creative in their presentations and we thank them for their time and efforts in doing this.

Watch this blog for updates and visit http://hrchitect.com/News/Pageant for a listing of upcoming HRchitect Beauty Pageants and to register 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


February 6 WebMingle Featured Todd Premo and Chris Lennon from GeoLearning – Next up is Dr. Lewis Hollweg from Batrus Hollweg International (BHI)

February 8, 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.

 

The 45-minute WebMingle on February 6 with Todd Premo and Chris Lennon of GeoLearning touched on numerous topics including:

 

·         Who GeoLearning is and what does a typical organization look like that chooses GeoLearning as a vendor

·         What trends GeoLearning is seeing in the industry for 2009

·         What is on deck for GeoLearning in 2009

·         How GeoLearning’s customers are taking advantage of recent technologies like RSS Feeds, Wikis, social networking, etc.

·         How organizations are managing training in non-centralized organizations

·         And more…

 

About GeoLearning and Todd Premo and Chris Lennon

GeoLearning is the leading provider of Managed Learning Services and on-demand performance and learning platforms and the winner of the December 2008 HRchitect Beauty Pageant on Learning Management Systems. Chris Lennon is a product manager for the GeoMaestro 5 Series LMS platform. He has over 10 years of experience in the learning industry ranging from trainer to LMS design and development. Chris has been involved in managing LMS development for eight years. Todd Premo is the Director of Solutions at GeoLearning and leads a team of Solution Architects, Product Specialists, and Proposal Writers responsible for solutioning a customer’s specific learning and talent goals.  Todd has 9 years experience in the learning technology industry managing products and customer implementations.     

 

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 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 13 when Dr. Lewis Hollweg, President and CEO of Batrus Hollweg International (BHI) joins us. BHI is a human capital consulting firm specializing in Talent Gauging™ — assessing and developing people to drive organizational results. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Hollweg to the WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.

 

We hope to have you join us!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect

 


HRchitect’s Beauty Pageant Webinar Series Continues This Friday with Performance Management

February 5, 2009

 

Our beauty pageant series of webinars has become the buzz of the industry. 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. 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. So far this month we had our Mid-Market Talent Acquisitions Systems pageant and iCIMS was crowned the winner and our Onboarding pageant where SilkRoad was the winner.

 

To view any of these past pageants, please visit the beauty pageant part of our website. We also have a full schedule of 2009 beauty pageants on our site and several vendors have asked that we create beauty pageants around additional topics, which we are currently in the process of scheduling.

 

The next exciting pageant will be on Performance Management Systems this Friday, February 6 where the participants will be Workscape, Sonar6, Cornerstone, SumTotal Systems, and Salary.com.

 

HRIS will take place on February 20 and at this point we have Lawson Software, NuView Systems, Salary.com HRMS & Payroll and Spectrum HR. Several other invites are out but we know how hard it is for some vendors to get up on stage and strut their stuff.

 

The 90-minute webinar agendas will look like this:

 

Intro by HRchitect

Overview of the marketplace by HRchitect

Short vendor presentations (vendor order will be determine at random)

Q&A of vendors from the audience

Crowning of the Winner

Wrap-up

 

The sessions are moderated by Matt Lafata, VP of Sales & Marketing for HRchitect. HRchitect developed a format to help guide each vendor with an outline of what should be covered during each portion of the pageant.  Since we have billed this as a beauty pageant, we tried to come up with pageant categories for vendors to loosely follow. Of course each vendor is free to follow their own format as this is simply a guideline:

 

Evening gown – To start off each portion, we are asking the vendor to come out in their best ‘outfit’ – corporate overview, history, specific identity, financial viability, marquee clients, leadership team, etc. This will be the grand entrance.

 

Swimsuit – Here the vendors will show some skin in this portion – usability, configurability, etc.

 

Talent – This portion will cover functionality, technology/integration, global ability, etc.

 

Interview – This will be the Q & A section from the audience. 

 

These beauty pageants are designed to give the audience a quick overview of the leading vendors and we are looking for creativity in presentations. Some of the past participants have gotten extremely creative in their presentations and we thank them for their time and efforts in doing this.

 

Here is the schedule of upcoming beauty pageants along with instructions for registering:

 

February 6 – 11am CST – EPM (Employee Performance Management)  
February 20 – 11am CST – Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
March 6 – 11am CST – Time & Attendance 
March 27 – 11am CST – Workforce Planning
April 10 – 11am CST – Compensation Management
April 17 – 11am CST – Succession Planning

 

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


January 30 WebMingle Featured Jigsaw CEO and Co-Founder, Jim Fowler – February 6 WebMingle welcomes GeoLearning

February 2, 2009

 

The month of January contained some great WebMingles featuring Talent Management vendor Cornerstone OnDemand, Workforce Planning Vendors Infohrm and Vemo, and most recently, online business directory experts, Jigsaw. If you have missed any of these, visit our site and listen to the recordings as we have captured some great information.

 

As you may know by now, 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 40-minute WebMingle on January 30 with Jim Fowler of Jigsaw touched on numerous topics including:

 

·         How the evolution of the social Web changed the landscape of HR

·         How HR professionals use technology and Web-based services to get ahead in the economic downturn and how an HR professional can leverage these specific tools

·         What kind of candidate that has emerged because of online networks and communities such as Facebook, Jigsaw and LinkedIn.

·         Some best practices and best approaches to making the first connection, whether for a recruiter, a job candidate or a salesperson

·         How the role of HR is evolving as influenced by the influx of tools such as Jigsaw, LinkedIn and Plaxo

 

About Jigsaw and Jim Fowler

Jigsaw provides an online business directory of company information and more than 11 million business contacts. Over 500 corporations and more than 750,000 members turn to Jigsaw, including HRchitect. Jim is a veteran sales executive and has 12+ years experience selling software for marketing and collaboration applications. Before starting Jigsaw, Jim served as VP of Sales at Digital Impact, Paramark and TightLink. Prior to his career in software sales, Jim owned and operated Lookout Pass, a ski resort in Idaho.

 

Our next WebMingle will take place on February 6 when Todd Premo and Chris Lennon from GeoLearning, the leading provider of Managed Learning Services and on-demand performance and learning platforms and the winner of the December 2008 beauty pageant on LMS joins us. We look forward to welcoming them to the WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.

 

We hope to have you join us!

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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