Don’t Miss This Week’s HRchitect WebMingle with Karen Paterson of Patersons HR and Payroll Solutions

February 2, 2010


The weekly HRchitect WebMingle is designed to give you some insight into the puzzling world of HR technology, discuss news from around the world that we find interesting, talk about upcoming events in our industry, and provide insightful interviews with people of our industry – who they are, what they do and why you should care. The WebMingle has become the most popular live 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 Karen Peterson, CEO of Patersons HR and Payroll Solutions

Headquartered in Salisbury, U.K. with offices in the U.S., central Europe and Asia, Patersons is a leading supplier of global HR and payroll software and services. Patersons international software as a service (Saas) solution is delivered via the Internet, covering 160 countries, and is available in 30 languages. Available on a ‘pay as you go’ license fee basis, large or small headcounts can be serviced, wherever in the world an organization operates. Patersons offers one system with one global contract, and with a comprehensive reporting suite, it ensures global visibility and compliance. Patersons software can also integrate with any existing solution, so organizations are not forced to abandon previous investments.

Originally from a retail banking and then corporate finance background, Karen Paterson became interested in technology in the early ‘90s. After completing her MBA specializing in international information technology strategy and undertaking a number of complex IT projects, she then travelled internationally providing senior level strategic consultancy to many Fortune 500 companies on HR/payroll systems, workflow and processes. Paterson holds an MBA a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and Associate of the Institute of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

Visit to listen live this Thursday, February 4th at 2pm CST to the 52nd show in our WebMingle series. If you missed any of our previous WebMingles, you can also access them from that page.

Below is a list of some of our upcoming guests: 

Feb 4 – Karen Paterson, CEO of Patersons HR & Payroll Solutions 

Feb 18 – Lori Morgan, President, and Greg Strange, SVP Product Strategy, of Performance Management provider, FireWave Technology 

Feb 25 – HRchitect 30 Days in 30 Minutes 

Mar 11 – Tom Malone, CEO of Accero (formerly Cyborg), HR and payroll management providers

Mar 26 – HRchitect 30 Days in 30 Minutes

April 8 – Kevin Plunkett, Vice President of Business Development, of Talent Management vendor,

We look forward to welcoming Karen Paterson, CEO of Patersons HR & Payroll Solutions to the HRchitect WebMingle today and hope to have you join us as well.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect

January 28 HRchitect WebMingle Featured Bond Talent; Next Up is Patersons

January 29, 2010


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 WebMingle has become the most popular live weekly Internet show in the HR technology industry! It has truly redefined how people get information about vendors, trends and really anything related to HR technology.

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

The 60-minute WebMingle on January 28th, our milestone 51st show in our WebMingle series, featured Tim Giehll, CEO of Bond Talent. We discussed Talent Management, HCM, and Human Capital Supply Chains, among other things. Tim has tremendous insight into the human capital supply chain and our discussions centered around that, including: 

  • How Tim sees the Talent Management & HCM marketplace changing and how “automation” has evolved
  • Bond’s Human Capital Supply Chain strategy
  • What Walmart and Kelly Services are saying about supply chains
  • Why Tim feels current VMS solutions are wrong for supply chains
  • …and much more

About Bond International Software

Bond International Software has established an enviable position as global market leader in the talent management software industry, especially within the global staffing arena.  Bond Talent is a powerful mulit-lingual and 100% configurable web based application specifically designed for global corporations of all sizes to manage the complete online recruitment and talent management lifecycle. Bond’s 500+ employees and 16 offices around the world ensure smooth implementations and local support for Bond’s Human Capital Supply Chain solutions.

About Tim Giehll, CEO of Bond Talent

During the last 10 years, Tim has worked as CEO of and, divisions of Bond International Software. He has helped automate the operations over 800 staffing and recruiting firms. During the 1990s, Giehll was CFO for world-renowned supercomputer designer Steve Chen during their $150-million technology venture with IBM and Sequent Computers.   During the 1980s, Tim worked with Control Data and its 45,000 employees to launch their world-class manufacturing initiatives, especially just-in-time inventory processes.

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

Our next WebMingle will take place on February 4th with Karen Paterson, CEO of Patersons Payroll & HR Systems. We look forward to welcoming Karen to the HRchitect WebMingle next Thursday.

We hope to have you join us!

Matt Lafata, HRchitect

theHRshow 2009 Has a Great First Day of Vendor Panel Discussions

June 11, 2009


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Matt Lafata, HRchitect

Are You Attending the 11th Annual HR Technology Conference?

October 10, 2008

Next week in Chicago, hundreds of HR and IT professionals will make the trek to McCormick Place for the HR Technology Conference. As one of the biggest technology conferences in the HR industry, many vendors spend lots of hours (and money) preparing for the big event.


This year’s conference and exposition will feature almost 250 companies showcasing the latest in HR systems and solutions in Talent Management and Human Capital Management (HCM). As many vendors use this event to launch, or at least announce new technology products, we thought we would touch on a few companies in the Talent Management and HCM marketplace that we so closely follow.


For starters, HRchitect is launching two new Webinar Series that have just been announced:


Where Should Vurv Customers Go From Here? Assessing the New Landscape of the Talent Acquisition Systems (TAS) Market” and “Assessing the Talent Management  and HR Systems Landscape”. Both of these are described in more detail, along with instructions for registering, on the HRchitect web site.


Along with that, HRchitect has also launched its “Vurv Customer Care Program”. HRchitect is offering a two hour consulting session to any Vurv customer absolutely FREE! This is not a sales presentation but a real opportunity to help make sense of the options that have presented themselves in light of the acquisition of Vurv by Taleo. HRchitect will provide one or more consultants to assess each company’s current ATS and talent management applications and unique situation. For those Vurv customers who are having issues with their current system, HRchitect will provide recommendations that can help.


Be sure to stop by and see us at Booth #427 and if you are finding the Talent Management Software market confusing, we will help you solve the puzzling world of HR Technology!


Some of the other exciting announcements and product launches at this year’s conference that we have become aware from companies we work with or closely track include:




Aquire will unveil a preview of OrgPublisher 9, which features new visualization advances in workforce analytics, organizational modeling and succession planning. OrgPublisher is a trusted organizational charting solution, relied on by thousands of companies worldwide to improve information visibility and simplify access to workforce data.




Available in Q4 of 2008, the next release of Authoria Talent Management will help organizations build a pipeline of top performers to fill critical positions. With an easy-to-use Web interface, HR professionals and managers can search employee talent profiles for specific qualifications, create slates of candidates, and analyze the pool of talent available for key roles. The new release also helps employees and managers better align individual goals with corporate objectives and track progress against those goals throughout the year.


Cornerstone OnDemand


Cornerstone OnDemand is adding a new social networking platform to its integrated talent management suite of software and services. Cornerstone Connect helps organizations reach both internal and external audiences via Web 2.0 features ranging from communities of practice, blogs, wikis and user profiles, to rating/sharing content, knowledge management (including alumni), podcasts, RSS feeds and more. Using Cornerstone Connect, organizations can improve employee performance, foster connections, cultivate informal learning, and engage customers and partners to drive innovation and lower support costs.   




The all-new SonicPerform Enterprise performance management system delivers a flexible, visual “drag and drop” org structure, allowing organizations to configure multiple processes by organizational unit. This platform delivers cascading goals, performance tracking, intelligent review creation, development planning and more. 


Halogen Software


Halogen’s Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite, Version 9.0, delivers the company’s first performance-based learning management system, eLMS, and also features a series of usability improvements within all modules that streamline the experience for end users with a role-based, minimalist approach. The latest version shortens the time for users to complete their tasks within the suite and provides easier data access, as well as the power to drive more intelligent employee performance information.




Infohrm’s Workforce Planning application includes a host of new forecasting and modeling features designed to increase the flexibility and power of your workforce plans. Users can now simultaneously forecast internal labor supply by up to 5 dimensions (Job Family + Salary Band + Employment Status, for example), while cross-business unit mobility metrics predict how internal movements impact enterprise-wide forecasts. Integrating external recruitment data boosts the accuracy of your workforce plans by reflecting current hiring trends.




Kenexa will demonstrate its recently released Kenexa Learning Management (KLM) solution. KLM further expands Kenexa’s global talent management offerings, enabling customers to rely on the company as a single source of recruiting, onboarding, assessment, learning, performance, career development, succession planning and employee lifecycle survey solutions. KLM also includes standard and ad hoc reporting to determine course completion patterns, critical learning gaps and certification compliance. KLM can be delivered as a SaaS solution or behind a corporate firewall.


Patersons HR and Payroll Solutions


Patersons HR and Payroll Solutions will unveil its newly integrated U.S. Payroll and HR Solution. This addition to Paterson’s global solution will expand its “one stop shop” stance, while also addressing the U.S. HR and Payroll requirements. The Patersons’ solution incorporates global payroll processing, compliance and reporting in one system with one contract SAS70 level II certification. Patersons also embraces SaaS strategies by offering their solution in a hosted environment.




Plateau’s Plateau Talent Management Suite 5.8 (SP5) is the latest version of its flagship talent management suite. Key features include: an expanded Talent Profile that captures additional information from Plateau Talent Management and employee social interests and communities; dynamic Talent Pools that enable advanced talent and succession planning; a fully integrated report designer that allows users to create interactive reports using a visual design environment; and enhanced global commerce capabilities that provide full support for multiple currencies.




Saba plans to announce the general availability of Saba Enterprise 5.4 SP3. This latest release of Saba’s people management solution manages key people processes like performance, succession, workforce planning and learning on a unified platform with embedded collaborative capabilities. Highlights of this release include: enhanced organizational charting, a new module – Saba Workforce Planning – with powerful workforce scenario modeling capabilities and enhancements to Saba’s open Content Integration Framework, including support for OLSA Asset Integration.’s  Succession Planning module helps employers build a strong pipeline of internal leaders. Planners can easily manage candidates to create succession plans. The system builds comprehensive employee profiles with key data for each potential candidate, such as work history, job title and responsibilities, education, salary and performance history. Planners can evaluate candidates for succession based on competencies, performance, readiness “promotability,” and configure the profile views to zero in on information most relevant to the succession planner.




Softscape will introduce the new science of Talent Management – Softscape TalentGenetics™. This latest innovation from Softscape provides a new level of talent visualization never seen before to capture and share employee knowledge. The bottom-up nature of knowledge sharing provides the basis to better socialize change and recognize future leaders. Softscape TalentGenetics™ provides real-time, line-of-site visibility; enabling organizations to more effectively leverage and retain their top performers.  




SuccessFactors will announce and demonstrate new succession management functionality, in addition to other enhancements across its fully-integrated, on-demand Performance and Talent Management suite.




Taleo will announce the launch of Taleo Business Edition Perform, a software solution for automating the performance management and goal-setting process. The product is built on the company’s new Taleo Business Edition platform, and is fully integrated with the company’s existing small and medium business (SMB) recruiting product. The new product offering provides SMBs with a comprehensive set of tools to attract, retain, assess and develop staff.




Leveraging its workforce planning expertise, Vemo is introducing Enterprise 3.5, which features a significant new dashboard module that contains a library of analytics. Vemo Enterprise 3.5 can be up and running within weeks, providing companies with strategic talent measures and a sound workforce plan. 




Workscape introduces OBA-Express, an outsourced benefits administration solution for mid-sized companies; HR Central, which provides employees and managers with a single point of online access and communication for all HR applications (including non-Workscape solutions); and HR Express, which combines OBA-Express, Talent Management Express and HR Central. Also debuting is Succession Planner, as well as major updates to the Performance Manager and Compensation Planner offerings, which are included in its integrated Adobe Flex-based Talent Management Suite. 



We hope to see you in Chicago!



Solving a piece of the puzzle… 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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