Congratulations to our Talent Management Systems Beauty Pageant Winner – Salary.com!

February 12, 2010

 

On Friday, February 12, 2010, HRchitect held the 12th installation in our Beauty Pageant webinar series, this time focusing on talent management systems. Participants included leading vendors in the talent management systems world – Jobpartners, Salary.com, and Workstream. Others were invited but apparently frightened to get up on a worldwide stage and unfortunately one was scheduled but dropped out at the last moment due to nerves, or perhaps scandal – we just don’t know.

At the end of the webinar, which featured a short overview of HRchitect and some definitions and observations on the HCM and talent management space, Salary.com was crowned the winner. HRchitect would like to thank the vendors for participating and the attendees for judging the contestants.

HRchitect’s Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Tiffany Appleby, once again did her usual tremendous job in ensuring the pageant ran smoothly. It’s not an easy task coordinating each vendor’s presentation, setting up rehearsals, and then running the program the day of the event!

The HRchitect beauty pageant series of webinars has 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. 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.

As an interesting side note, Human Resource Executive columnist, Bill Kutik, must have somehow seen this victory in his crystal ball as he wrote in his column this week about Salary.com widening their “functional footprint faster than any other in the market.”

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 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. Last August (2009), HodesIQ walked about with a  Talent Acquisition Systems crown.

To view any of the past pageants, please visit the beauty pageant part of our website.

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


HRchitect’s Beauty Pageant Webinar Series Continues on September 4 with Talent Management Systems

August 24, 2009

 

The HRchitect Beauty Pageant series of webinars, which has become the buzz of the industry, returned with a bang last week after a two month hiatus. Next week will be another action-packed Beauty Pageant, this time covering Talent Management Systems.

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.

Last week, Hodes iQ took the crown for Talent Acquisition Systems, previously held by iCIMS.

The next exciting pageant, the twelfth in the series, will be on Talent Management Systems and will take place on Friday, September 4. The participants will be top vendors in this space, Jobpartners, Saba, Salary.com, SumTotal Systems, and Workstream. Two of those contestants have won Beauty Pageants in other categories in the past. 

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.

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.

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’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’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 Compensation Management Systems Beauty Pageant Winner – Workstream!

April 17, 2009

 

On Friday, April 17, HRchitect held the ninth installation in our Beauty Pageant webinar series, this time focusing on compensation management systems. Participants included leading vendors in the compensation management world – HCR Software, Salary.com, Workscape and Workstream.

 

At the end of the webinar, which featured a short overview of the marketplace and definitions of what a compensation management system does, Workstream was crowned the winner. HRchitect would like to thank the vendors for participating and the attendees for judging the contestants.

 

HRchitect’s Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Tiffany Appleby, once again did a fantastic job in ensuring the pageant ran smoothly. It’s not an easy task coordinating each vendor’s presentation, setting up practice runs, and then running the program the day of the event!

 

The HRchitect beauty pageant series of webinars has 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 five 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. In February, Spectrum was crowned the winner of the mid-market HRIS pageant and SumTotal Systems won the Performance Management pageant. In March, Infohrm won the Workforce Planning pageant.

 

The Beauty Pageants schedule continues in May as follows:

 

May 1, 11am CST –  Succession Planning

May 8, 11am CST – Talent Sourcing 

May 22, 11am CST – Assessments 

 

In case you have missed any of our Beauty Pageants, you can view them here. 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


HRchitect’s Beauty Pageant Webinar Series Continues This Friday with Compensation Systems

April 16, 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 and is presented two times a month. 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.

 

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, the ninth in the series, will be on Compensation Systems and will take place this Friday, April 17. The participants will be top vendors in this space, HCR Software, Salary.com, Workscape, and Workstream.

 

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


What’s Up With Workstream?

October 2, 2008

 

 

 

 

Earlier in the week we talked about the Authoria acquisition and the infusion of capital by a private equity firm. It was another clear sign that the Talent Management space is really, really hot.

 

However, the picture isn’t rosy for all vendors.

 

Take Workstream, an Ottawa, Canada based company with stock pricing issues over the past few months. They received a delisting notice from NASDAQ in late September (which they have appealed) for failing to file its annual report. Couple that with the fact that they have been facing the very real possibility that their shares will be taken off the exchange for trading at too low of a price. They have been given until November 17 to regain compliance with a $1 minimum bid price that has been set forth by NASDAQ but things are not currently looking good as they have been trading at less than 40 cents a share since June and are currently under 10 cents a share.

 

Workstream also pulled out of a planned merger with HR and Payroll vendor Empagio in June which resulted in litigation between the two companies.

 

Let’s back up a little bit and take a look at who Workstream actually is, and how they got here.

 

Workstream was founded in 1996 by Michael Mullarkey and originally started out by pulling together several distressed niche players in the talent acquisition space (Icarian, Perform, and Pure Carbon), which helped them gain market share. They expanded into other Talent Management areas with further acquisitions such as Kadiri for compensation planning, HR-Soft for performance management and Exxceed for competency management. With more than 14 acquisitions, Workstream ended up with a mixed bag of non-integrated applications in a market that was increasingly demanding integrated solutions. As a result, their revenues grew only 1-2% for 2005-2007.

 

This led to a multi-year integration effort on their part where the first phase culminated in the release of TalentCenter 7.0, which unified their best-of-breed talent management solutions through a Web 2.0 user interface, while providing built-in advanced analytics and dashboards, out-of-the-box multi-language and multi-currency support, a common reporting engine, a common security infrastructure, and user-definable, personalized workspaces.

 

So what does all this mean? Well, for starters, I don’t believe Workstream is going anywhere as they have over 400 customers including some big names such as Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Dell, and Nordstrom. They also claim a 96% retention rate so they must be doing something right.

 

Add to that the fact that a few months ago they were claiming growth in their business with fourth quarter revenue (their fiscal year ended in May) up 13% over the previous quarter and annual bookings growth of 50% year-over-year, and you have some of the right ingredients for success.

 

Further, Workstream also owns 6figurejobs.com and combined with their TalentCenter solution should be an attractive solution for the right company or investor to come along and put some money behind what looks to be a company that is on the path to turning things around. Of course you never know what will happen in this dynamic and changing world of Talent Management solutions and our continuing word of caution to companies looking to purchase Talent Management solutions in these uncertain times is to hire HRchitect to help take the risk out of your evaluation and selection and choose the system that is right for your firm…the first time.

Solving a piece of the puzzle… 
Matt Lafata, HRchitect 

 


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