HRchitect attending the 2014 HRMS Strategies Conference and sponsoring the IHRIM Foundation’s fund raising evening.

May 29, 2014

Frisco, TX (May 29th 2014) – The HRchitect team will be attending the 2014 HRMS Strategies Conference and Technology Expo in order to give conference attendees the opportunity to learn more about HRchitect’s industry leading HCM strategic consulting services. HRchitect’s experts know first hand the issues and challenges facing HCM professionals today and are committed to providing conference attendees with the resources and thought leadership needed to address their organization’s HCM technology-related needs.

HRchitect will be participating in the 2014 HRMS Strategies Conference in a variety of ways including conducting multiple educational sessions as well sponsoring the IHRIM Foundation’s fundraising event for the second consecutive year. This year the “Party Under the Palms” fund raising event will be held on Monday, June 2 at the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Patio.

“I was very pleased when HRchitect announced they would be underwriting some of the costs of our fundraising events on Monday, June 2.” said John Hinojos, president of the IHRIM Foundation. “The funds raised by the Foundation allow IHRIM to continue to create and offer the best in education.”

IHRIM educational programs enable members to enhance their professional skills, network with peers and share strategies for managing the ever-changing HR information management environment. In addition to the wide variety of courses offered for professional development, IHRIM hosts interactive webinars allowing HR professionals around the world access to highly targeted educational content.

Proceeds from Party Under the Palms, which will be held Monday June 2nd at the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Patio,will go to support these educational initiatives and expand the already extensive IHRIM educational offerings. HRchitect is proud to support this event and the educational work of the IHRIM foundation.

“As President of IHRIM, Southern California, I’m pleased that the conference is being held on the west coast this year” stated John Hinojos. “We have also been partnering with IHRIM this year to present and record our HRMS 101 series. By recording these sessions it will provide college and university students who are entering our profession access to the basics on many topics impacting HR systems. We are looking forward to future collaborative efforts between IHRIM and IHRIM, Southern California.”

The HRMS conference networking activities allow attendees to share ideas with industry leaders and professional colleagues from around the world. “IHRIM is such an important part of my personal career development that I have not missed a conference since 1991.” said Jacqueline Kuhn, EVP of HCM Consulting Services at HRchitect. “This year I am looking forward to presenting a session with our client, Empire Southwest, on their HR technology strategy project on Tuesday, as well as leading an open forum on implementing and keeping focus of an HCM technology strategy on Wednesday.”

The HRMS Strategies Conference provides attendees with a broad variety of session topics from HR system management fundamentals to specific case studies of actual system implementations. For a complete list of sessions, you may download a full sessions schedule HERE.

HRchitect is committed to providing insight and thought leadership to the HCM technology industry and is a proud partner of the IHRIM Foundation. We invite all conference attendees to come speak with members of the HRchitect team in the exhibit hall at booth #418 where our industry experts will be available to help you learn more about the benefits and cost savings of utilizing HRchitect’s strategic HCM consulting services.

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About HRchitect: HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 17 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

About the IHRM HRMS Strategies Conference: IHRIM’s Annual Conference is an exciting opportunity for attendees to get together and share ideas and solutions. Created by industry experts and senior level practitioners who know first hand the issues and challenges facing HR and HRIM professionals, IHRIM’s educational program is created with you and your organization’s success in mind. Our networking activities allow you to share ideas with industry leaders and professional colleagues from around the world. Visit the Exposition Hall to learn about organizations on the leading edge of new technologies and innovative HR delivery solutions and applications.

 

Press Contact:

Rusty Hall

Marketing Specialist

rhall@hrchitect.com


Jacqueline and Adrian Preview “HCM Technology Strategy: The Empire SW Journey” – Session 141 at the 2014 IHRIMconf

May 29, 2014


John Hinojos and Jacqueline Kuhn to Present a Variety of Educational Sessions at 2014 HRMS Strategies Conference

May 27, 2014

Members of the HRchitect team will be leading several educational sessions at next week’s IHRIM 2014 HRMS Strategies Conference and Technology Expo.

Frisco, TX (May 27th 2014) – John Hinojos, V.P. of Consulting Services, and Jacqueline Kuhn, E.V.P. HCM Consulting Services, will both be presenting sessions at the upcoming HRMS Strategies Conference and Expo in Anaheim Ca. beginning Saturday, May 31st. These sessions will cover a variety of topics ranging from the fundamentals of HR information management, to specific case studies of real world applications and actual client projects. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from HRchitect’s leading experts how organizations are addressing today’s complex HCM technology- related challenges.

“I am always excited about speaking at IHRIM,” said John Hinojos when asked about the upcoming conference. “It is still the best conference for education about HR systems and technology. The attendees ask excellent questions and there is always interesting discussions both in the sessions and during networking time.”

John will be facilitating several of this year’s pre-conference courses which offer a variety of topics. These specially designed pre conference workshops provide an in-depth look at the topics and issues of importance in HR and HR information management. With real-life examples and case studies, these courses give attendees information and solutions that will make a difference in their careers and their organization’s bottom line.

The IHRIM HRMS Strategies Conference provides attendees with exceptional educational and networking opportunities with leading industry experts from around the world.

“IHRIM is such an important part of my personal career development that I have not missed a conference since 1991.” stated Jacqueline Kuhn, E.V.P. of HCM Consulting Services at HRchitect. “This year I am looking forward to presenting a session with our client Empire Southwest on their HR Technology Strategy project.”

Pre-conference educational sessions begin on Saturday May 31st when John Hinojos will be co-presenting IHRIM’s Fundamentals of HR Information Management at the Anaheim Marriott. This course will cover the various system delivery options, the components of HR systems and the uses and advantages of technology and systems to support the HR function and the major system life cycle steps. The course is designed for those new to HR systems and others who just need a refresher on the ever- changing technology landscape. The following day John will be presenting Keys to Understanding Global Organizations and Systems, a course which will provide attendees with an understanding of the nuances and best practices when dealing with a global, multicultural and multilingual workforce. Both courses are presented as a part of the HRMS Strategy Conference Pre-Conference series. Registration for this series is available at: http://bit.ly/IHRIM2014_Courses

Monday June 2nd will be the first full day of educational sessions offered at this year’s conference. John Hinojos will be helping co-facilitate an open panel discussion on Understanding the Positives and Negatives of Using SaaS. This open discussion will be a part of the HR Technology Solutions educational track and will take place from 11:00am to 12:00pm. The discussion will cover lessons learned, challenges faced, and insights gained from real-world implementations of HCM technology.

Jacqueline Kuhn, E.V.P. of HCM Consulting Services at HRchitect, will be co-presenting HCM Technology Strategy: The Empire Southwest Journey in partnership with Adrian Reaux of Empire Southwest on Tuesday June 3rd. This presentation will cover the steps taken to create the Empire Southwest HCM technology strategy, what was learned along the way and how the strategy is being used to make subsequent software purchases. This session will provide a detailed study of how Empire Southwest is transforming their current HCM systems into a more efficient system which will be able to meet the needs of their organization now and into the future. This session will take place from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and is a part of the Business Strategy educational track.

The following day, June 4th, Jacqueline will be co-facilitating an open forum on Implementing and Keeping Focus of an HCM Strategy. This open discussion will cover best practices when implementing a new HCM technology strategy and the challenges of maintaining the strategy going forward. Attendees will be able to ask questions to the expert panel and share their experiences and the issues they face when implementing a new strategy.

Attendees at this year’s HRMS Strategy Conference and Expo will gain unparalleled access to educational opportunities and resources from across the entire HCM landscape. HRchitect is proud to participate in these educational opportunities and will continue to provide insight and thought leadership to the HCM technology industry and our partners in IHRIM.

Members of the HRchitect team will also be available during the HRMS Strategies Conference & Expo in the expo hall at booth #418. We encourage you to stop by and learn more about HRchitect’s industry leading HCM strategic consulting services.

Download the full conference schedule HERE

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About HRchitect: HRchitect is the leader in HR systems strategic consulting.  As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HR systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 17 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust as your one-stop shop for all your HR technology consulting needs.

About the IHRM HRMS Strategies Conference: IHRIM’s Annual Conference is an exciting opportunity for attendees to get together and share ideas and solutions. Created by industry experts and senior level practitioners who know first hand the issues and challenges facing HR and HRIM professionals, IHRIM’s educational program is created with you and your organization’s success in mind. Our networking activities allow you to share ideas with industry leaders and professional colleagues from around the world. Visit the Exposition Hall to learn about organizations on the leading edge of new technologies and innovative HR delivery solutions and applications.

 

Press Contact:

Rusty Hall

Marketing Specialist

rhall@hrchitect.com


Which Talent Management Vendor is the Best?

May 14, 2014

-HRchitect helps you navigate the Talent Management Vendor Jungle-

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Really? You thought I would make it that simple? I wonder what Siri would have to say about this. Well, for starters, Talent Management processes encompasses anything from acquiring and developing talent to measuring and recognizing performance to simply identifying the talent need. So with that in mind, the best Talent Management system is…………………..…….the solution that surpasses your business requirements and conquers your team’s fear of use of the product as well as respects your wallet. But no worries, finding that animate being is a lot easier with some help from the king of the jungle.

At HRchitect part of our daily hunting ritual is tracking not only Talent Management vendors but all HCM vendors who are fearless. So why use a tour guide like HRchitect, in the jungle? Because we know how to navigate through the waterfalls and avoid dangerous terrain. Let’s face it, in the jungle everything looks the same, so finding streams and rivers is our expertise! At HRchitect we benchmark data to justify your strategic direction while conducting audits of current systems and processes.

Our Methodology is Simple –

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If there was one best solution out there, then we would have just one best song ever or one best movie ever. So you see, the best solution for your organization starts with the simple understanding that although you can be your own Indiana Jones, wouldn’t it be nice to have Jungle Jane as a side kick?

  May Huffer

  Regional Sales Manager at HRchitect

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HRchitect Celebrates 17 Years of Providing Industry Leading HCM Technology Consulting Services to Clients

May 5, 2014

-Company looks back on 17 years of serving clients and continuous growth-

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Frisco, TX (May 5th 2014) – HRchitect, a leading provider of full-lifecycle HCM technology consulting services, is celebrating 17 years of assisting clients with their HCM technology-related needs. Founded on April 30th 1997, HRchitect entered the HR industry to provide organizations with unbiased assessments of their recruiting and talent acquisition system needs. Founder Rick Fletcher sought out to create a company which would be able to assess and evaluate an organization’s talent acquisition system needs while remaining vendor neutral. This principle of remaining truly vendor agnostic remains one of the key principles of HRchitect’s client-centric approach today.

The diversification of HRchitect’s service offerings has been a key contributor to the growth the firm has seen over the previous 13 quarters. While HRchitect was started to service talent acquisition technology, the full breath of their service offerings – strategy, selection, implementation and support – are now offered for the complete catalog of HCM technologies including HRIS, payroll, benefits, workforce management, talent acquisition and talent management.

“Seventeen years is a long time in this business, and although we’ve seen many changes, it sometimes feels like we are just getting started.” said Matt Lafata, president at HRchitect. “The growth of HRchitect, particularly in the past few years has been tremendous.”

Lafata credits HRchitect’s team of consultants, most of whom are former Human Resource practitioners, with being a key contributor to the organization’s success.

“Our people are the best of the best and I couldn’t be more proud of the work they do on behalf of our clients, which is the driving reason why organizations keep coming back to us for new projects.”

The firm is experiencing growth in all service areas – strategy, selection, implementation and support.

“As one of the few remaining vendor-neutral firms in the market today, we’ve seen our Strategy and Evaluation practices grow tremendously over the previous 18 months,” continued Lafata. “Implementation and support also continue to grow at a similar rate as organizations are relying upon the added consulting expertise that HRchitect brings to implementation projects and ongoing support of their system after the implementation is complete.”

In 1997, HRchitect began seeking out vendor specific certifications in an effort to better support clients’ HCM technology needs and vendor specific solutions. These system certifications allowed HRchitect to provide clients with more comprehensive services throughout the entire system lifecycle. HRchitect continues to pursue certifications in the latest solutions providing clients with expert consultants for any HCM system they may utilize.

“The vendor market place is constantly evolving, both with players in the space and features and functionality.” said HRchitect EVP of Business Development, Tiffany Appleby. “The better we know the systems in the market, the better we can service our clients. Partnering with vendors to stay educated on their platforms is a critical focus for our organization.”

HRchitect continues to grow in service offerings, market segments, and geography. With more and more clients benefiting from HRchitect’s vendor agnostic approach to HCM consulting services, the next 17 years promise to bring even more expansion and growth to the company.

“I wholeheartedly want to thank the HCM community and our clients for the trust they put in HRchitect.” says Matt Lafata. “I’m very much looking forward to the next 17 years!”

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About HRchitect
To learn more about HRchitect and how they can help your organization, please visit http://www.HRchitect.com. HRchitect is the leader in HCM systems strategic consulting. As the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) Systems consulting firm, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation/selection, project management and implementation of HCM systems, Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and Workforce Management software. After more than 17 years in business working on over 2000 successful engagements for more than 900 clients across the globe, HRchitect is a name you can trust for all your organizations HCM technology-related consulting needs.


It’s Always A Good Time to Invest in Talent Acquisition Systems

April 10, 2014

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People often ask HRchitect, why would my company want to invest in a new talent acquisition system during debatable economic times and when we have few open requisitions to fill, low turnover and plenty of active candidates?

The simple answer is that leading companies invest in strategic initiatives during both good and bad economic cycles. During challenging economic times, while their competitors are busy freezing budgets and putting projects on hold, industry leaders continue to selectively invest in strategic new systems. During robust times, the need is more apparent.

Strategic C-Level executives understand that in order to successfully execute the company’s business plan, they need the right people, in the right positions, at the right time, independent of the current economic environment. Qualified talent must also be available at the right cost. Savvy staffing and human resource executives understand that they are responsible for delivering a continuous supply of qualified talent at the right cost. This future global talent pool will include qualified external candidates, internal candidates (i.e., employees) and a flexible contingent workforce.

In order to be recognized as a strategic member of the executive team, staffing and human resource executives also need to communicate in business terms and analyze their results using strategic metrics. These visionary executives are sponsoring projects to evaluate, select and implement new generation talent acquisition systems (or finding ways to get more out of existing systems) as the technology foundation for future success. In addition to traditional metrics like time-to-fill, cost-per-hire and revenue-per employee, metrics are evolving to become more actionable and predictive.

Many organizations now focus on quality not on quantity. For example, your sourcing analysis may tell you that most of your new hires for a certain position are coming from social talent sourcing. However, after a year on the job, the top performers with the highest performance ratings were almost all employee referrals.   This type of actionable information helps recruiters implement the most cost effective sourcing strategy. In addition, identification of your top performers and the screening and interview processes that they went through will help you to refine, as necessary, those processes to help increase your quality hires.

Companies are also looking at metrics like new hire turnover, failure rates and employee longevity as strategic measures of quality. Predictive analysis is driven by prior trending results that can be used to reduce risk in making future human capital management expenditures. For example, if turnover of employees with 5 years experience continues as expected, the company will experience succession issues within 3 years.

During a down economy, most companies focus on streamlining business processes and reducing costs.Also, from the employee’s standpoint, this economic environment tends to not only discourage job changes, but also create more pressure to perform. Employees are being asked to deliver more with fewer resources. Many employees, including top performers, will opt to stay in their current jobs until the economy shows a clear sign of recovery. If their employer has not treated them well, they will actively seek new opportunities as soon as the economic expansion is clearly underway. Leading companies invest in new systems that allow them to establish relationships with these passive candidates and build a global talent database. As the economy recovers, these companies will leverage the database to recruit the top talent and gain an advantage over their competitors.

Leading companies also recognize that internal mobility, the movement of employees from one position to another within a corporation, is an efficient and cost-effective method of talent deployment and can be a significant component of a company’s staffing and employee-retention strategy. Making job opportunities available to existing employees (i.e., internal candidates) leads to greater employee satisfaction and retention, while at the same time lowering staffing costs and filling positions more quickly.Retaining your top performers requires more than just posting jobs on the internal career site. Today’s next generation talent acquisition systems provide employees with the capability to create electronic profiles that include their skills, competencies and career aspirations. Employees can set up personal search agents and be automatically notified when their “dream job” becomes available.

We believe, whatever the current economic cycle, but especially during times of economic growth, that there will be a major shifting of talent. Leading companies that have implemented new generation talent acquisition systems will leverage the relationships they have fostered with the best candidates to gain a competitive advantage. They will also be in a better position to retain their top talent because they have identified their top performers and put in place career development initiatives to retain them. Having a talent acquisition system that meets your organizations needs and requirementscould be your first step towarddelivering a continuous supply of qualified talent at the right cost and being recognized as a strategic member of the executive team.

So now that we have you thinking about either automating your current manual processes, replacing the system you have, or simply optimizing your current system, turn to HRchitect before you do anything. HRchitect has assisted hundreds of leading companies in the evaluation, selection and implementation of talent acquisition systems (and actually human capital management systems of all types), and we stand at the ready to help you.

Matt Lafata2Matt Lafata

HRchitect president

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10 Tips to Help You Avoid an Awkward Initial Client Site Visit

April 3, 2014

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Walking into the unknown of an initial client site visit can be nerve-wracking for both the client and the consultants. The sales process has probably gone on for months and normally the client is anxiously wondering…..what now? It is the consultant’s job to arrive onsite and bring positivity to the next phases of the project and follow through with what sales has sold the client.
If these steps are taken in the next phases of the project, it should move smoothly (well at least we would hope).
5 things consultants need to consider/review before going onsite for Kickoff meetings and requirements gathering:

  •  Review all documents related to the project; including SOW, Timelines, Client Org Chart (if available) and Sales Notes. Make sure to read the SOW the night before you are on client site to make sure it is fresh in your brain. Also keep a copy in your briefcase for reference.
  • Provide the client with a thorough agenda so that they are able to bring the key decision makers in. Make sure to add adequate breaks and time for lunch.
  • Make sure that a demo environment is setup so that you can reference it in the requirements meetings. If it is another client; make sure their name is kept out of the screens and screenshots. Provide an initial training (core concepts) to the client if available; this is where you would discuss the basic terminology.
  • Create a list of questions that seem unclear from the SOW or sales handoff meetings.
  • Have a logistical understanding of the area where the client is located. Make sure the hotel is close to the client; and anticipate traffic on your first day.

5 things clients need to consider and review before consultants come onsite for Kickoff meetings and Requirements gathering:

  • Determine the correct resources needed for the initial meetings. (HR, Payroll, Operations, Mgmt team). Make sure all of the key decision makers are able to attend the meetings.
  • Ask the consultant for the items that are needed for a successful requirements session. The items usually consist of: Comfortable conference room, enough chairs, snacks, laptops, paper, projector, and dry erase boards with pens.
  • Setup a shared drive for the project; Set up an implementation folder that includes the SOW, notes from the meetings, and project documents.
  • Determine the concerns that you are presently facing with your current system (or lack of system). Make a list of items that you intend to get out of the new system. Bring these to the Requirements gathering sessions.
  • Attend all meetings, including project kick off, course training (core concepts). Keep an open mind. The implementation consultant will help guide you towards the best practices for your company to have a successful implementation; keep that in mind before you say no to their ideas.

While some of these steps may seem obvious, remember, your client is getting to know you and your team for the first time. A missed step early on can start off a client/ consultant relationship on the wrong foot. It is often the obvious steps that get overlooked but should be the easiest steps to remember. You can never plan for every contingency but by taking care of the basics right off the bat, you can gain the confidence of your client and establish a positive working relationship which will foster positive results for both parties.

Erica Thorn
Assistant Director, Senior Consultant Services
HRchitect
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