May 1 WebMingle Featured SumTotal Systems, Next up is DoubleStar

May 2, 2009


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

The 50-minute WebMingle on May 1, the milestone 20th in our WebMingle series, featured both Kimberley Kasper, VP of Marketing, and Jon Ciampi, VP of Product Management with SumTotal Systems. It was another fascinating WebMingle and we touched on a number of issues related to talent management and learning management including:


  • The recently announced proposed acquisition of SumTotal Systems
  • Some exiting new customer wins and customer case studies
  • The learning market and SumTotal’s leadership – i.e. highest ranking company in Gartner’s LMS Magic Quadrant, leader per Bersin & Associates, previous HRchitect Employee Performance Management Beauty Pageant winner
  • Social Networking’s impact on Learning
  • The performance management market and SumTotal’s leadership position
  • SumTotal’s upcoming user conference (TotalConnection)
  • Why tying learning to performance is critical
  • …and more

About SumTotal Systems

SumTotal Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUMT) is the market leader and a global provider of talent development solutions. SumTotal deploys mission-critical solutions designed to align goals, develop skills, assess performance, plan for succession and set compensation. SumTotal’s solutions aim to accelerate performance and profits for more than 1,500 companies and governments of all sizes, including six of the world’s 10 biggest pharmaceutical makers, six of the 10 largest automotive companies in the world, four of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, three of the world’s top five airlines, five of the six largest U.S. commercial banks and two of the world’s top five specialty retailers. Mountain View, Calif.-based SumTotal has offices across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information about SumTotal’s products and services, visit

About Kimberley Kasper, VP of Marketing with SumTotal Systems

Kimberley Kasper joined SumTotal in March 2008 as vice president of Marketing. She is responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing, including branding, messaging, corporate communications and demand generation. Additionally, she guides marketing initiatives and strategies for online and customer channels.

About Jon Ciampi, VP of Product Management with SumTotal Systems

Jon Ciampi is the vice president of Product Management for SumTotal Systems. In this role, he oversees activities for all of the company’s product marketing and management organizations, while driving the ongoing development of corporate product strategy.

If you missed this past week’s WebMingle, or any of our past WebMingles, please visit our web site at 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 May 8 with Henry Griendling, Founder and Managing Partner, and Joanne Bintliff-Ritchie, Chief Strategist, from DoubleStar. We look forward to welcoming Henry and Joanne to the WebMingle and hope to have you join us as well.

We hope to have you join us!


Matt Lafata, HRchitect

Congratulations to our Onboarding Systems Beauty Pageant Winner – SilkRoad Technology!

January 24, 2009


On Friday, January 23, HRchitect held the fifth installation in our Beauty Pageant webinar series, this time focusing on Onboarding Systems. Participants included leading vendors in the Onboarding world – AllegroHR, KMS, SilkRoad, and Verifications, Inc.


If you are interested in Onboarding, I’d recommend you view the presentation on our web site. We covered definitions of Onboarding, reasons you would want to invest in Onboarding technology, benefits of Onboarding (both administrative and strategic), how Onboarding is a key enabler of ITM (Integrated Talent Management), and some predictions around ITM.


silkroadAt the end of the webinar, SilkRoad was crowned the winner with AllegroHR 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 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 and I honestly could not even imagine doing these beauty pageants without her. She does a phenomenal job coordinating the vendor practices and presentations as well as being the production manager during these events and I can’t say enough great things about her.


Past winners included iCIMS in the Talent Acquisitions Systems pageant on November 14 with Authoria the runner-up. Cornerstone OnDemand won the Talent Management Systems pageant on November 21 with Plateau Systems the runner-up. GeoLearning won the Learning Management systems pageant on December 19 with Cornerstone OnDemand the runner-up. iCIMS (their second pageant win) won the mid-market TAS pageant on January 16 with the runner-up.


The Beauty Pageants will commence again in February 2009 as follows:


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
May 8 – 11am CST – Mid-market HRIS


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


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