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Has HR Tech Been Changing? Do You Think?
In the last five years alone, HR technology has moved from one era to another. The cloud, social applications in the enterprise, analytics and mobile are changing its course for everyone.
Zenefits Founder's Next Act!
Just about 14 months after leaving the company he founded, Zenefits, more or less in public disgrace, Parker Conrad has launched his next company called Rippling. There, he is trying to repeat the same amazing smartphone-like integration and ease-of-use, only this time for onboarding at small companies. And don't believe everything you've read about him. (Except here, of course.)
Changes in Oracle's Report Card
Self-reported, to be sure, Oracle delivered its twice-a-year report card in February at its HCM Cloud Analyst Day. Every year, I get one six months earlier for my annual "horse race" feature, in which I compare progress among the Big Three (the other two being Workday and SAP SuccessFactors, of course. Most startling at Oracle was hearing that, after 20 years, the Taleo name and product could be dying!
ADP Buys Something Really Cool
Is your HR department still fretting and fussing for the third year over re-inventing the dreaded annual performance review with its numerical rankings? And has its two-year hysteria eased over low employee engagement, and how to measure it, let alone raise it? Well, all that time The Marcus Buckingham Co. has had some clever solutions and now ADP owns it.
Imagine Chasing Taleo for 18 Years
Recruitsoft, Taleo, Oracle Recruitment -- it's had several names -- but that recruiting software has been the favorite of large company multinationals for years. Many competitors under various leaders have butted up against its brick wall. But for 18 years, only one company run by one man has consistently tried to be Avis to Taleo's Hertz -- iCIMS. Can it possibly become No. 1?
Who is the Fifth Largest HCM Vendor?
ADP has long (and justifiably) complained about being the fourth after our Big Three HCM vendors. Are you surprised to learn that Kronos follows them as the fifth? After making its bones building and renting time clocks, that's a difficult transition to make, especially changing public perception. But in more than annual revenue, Kronos has finally done it, and here's how.
Oracle Keeps on Innovating
This marks the end of my three-month cycle examining the new-product innovations of the Big Three HCM vendors. With reports of 1,300 signed HCM clients in the cloud (as of last June), Oracle is in a virtual dead heat on that basis with Workday and SAP SuccessFactors. Here are the latest details of what its customers and prospects are getting and can expect.
Workday Puts on the Brass Knuckles
Even private presentations from the Big Three HCM vendors used to be gentlemanly affairs: never naming, let alone bad-mouthing, the competition. That's been changing lately, but now, fougeddaboutit! At its September user conference, Workday beat up the competition for hours in front of the Wall Street analysts. Right after announcing three major new products!
SAP SuccessFactors' Next Act
Despite losing its brilliant head of products, Dmitri Krakovsky, to Google about 10 months ago, SAP SuccessFactors continues to build out Dmitri's road map of new products without him and come up with new surprises covering the entire employee lifecycle.
Read This Book!
Get to know Vinnie Mirchandani, with 30+ years of experience in our world. Vinnie now churns out inexpensive books (rather than pricey analyst reports) based on extensive interviews and analysis. His sixth book, Silicon Collar, is a Renaissance man's view of automation in the workplace, bringing rare historical perspective and balance to the cry: "The robots are coming!"
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