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    Thursday
    Dec132018

    HRE Column: HCM Trends for 2019

    Heading into the final stretch of 2018 and I wanted to share with you, gentle reader, the latest installment of the monthly Inside HR Tech Column that runs on Human Resource Executive Online.

    The piece is titled HR Technology Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore, and is a look at some imporant HR and HR Technolgy trends inspired by a recently released report, 2019 HCM Trends Report, from three of the best independent HR and HR tech analysts in the space.

    Here's an excerpt from the piece on HRE:

    With the end of the year fast approaching, it is natural to turn our attention to the coming year, which means reading, thinking and talking with HR-technology leaders about the trends, developments and new technologies they think will have the most impact for HR organizations in the new year. Fortunately for me, three industry experts who are regular speakers at the HR Technology Conference—George LaRocque, Ben Eubanks and Trish McFarlane—recently released the 2019 HCM Trends Report, which identifies several of the big-picture HCM and workplace trends that will impact organizations and shape the direction of HR-technology innovation in 2019.

    I recommend downloading and reading the entire (free) report here, but I also wanted to highlight three of what I think are the more important HCM trends that the authors lay out in the report. I’ll also suggest some ways HR-technology innovation will reflect these trends in 2019 and offer recommendations for HR leaders on how to move forward.

    Practical Applications of AI at Work

    If there was one term that seemed to shape much of the HR-technology conversation in 2018, it was artificial intelligence. Like many macro-technology trends that have come before (SaaS, mobile, UX, etc.), AI is now increasingly applied to support HR and talent-management functions. But like many emerging technologies of the past, AI seems more like just a cool set of capabilities still in search of the right problems to help solve.

    In the 2019 HCM Trends Report, Eubanks makes a great point about where the AI conversation needs to head in 2019 stating, “The thing that’s going to change in 2019 is a greater focus on the actual, practical impacts of AI. It’s no longer enough to shout that your technology has machine learning or automation capabilities if you want attention—you’ll have to explain the problems it solves, or risk being overshadowed by those that do.”

    The takeaway for HR leaders who are thinking about how to make AI-enabled HR-technology plans for 2019? Make sure you press any potential technology provider for demonstrable examples of real-world applications of these AI tools, and the ability to see quantifiable results of these projects. In 2019, AI must move past the “hype” and begin to deliver real returns, or as Eubanks correctly implies, the technologies—and your efforts using them—will not be successful.

    Read the rest at HRE Online...

    You can also subscribe on HRE Online to get my monthly Inside HR Tech column via email here. I promise it will be the most exciting email you will ever receive. 

    Thanks for checking out the column, the blog, the podcasts, the 'Alexa' show, and all the nonsense I'm now in my second decade of churning out. 

    Have a great day!

    Monday
    Nov262018

    HRE Column: Navigating #HRTech Mergers and Acquisitions

    Shaking off the post-Thanksgiving holiday turkey coma to share with you, gentle reader, the latest installment of the monthly Inside HR Tech Column that runs on Human Resource Executive Online.

    The piece is titled Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions in HR Tech, and is a look at some recent M&A activity in the HR Tech space, and offers some suggestions for HR leaders as to how to best protect their organization's investments in HR tech in this climate.

    Here's an excerpt from the piece on HRE:

    Recently, several significant mergers and acquisitions in the HR-technology market have made news. From Ultimate Software acquiring PeopleDoc to Saba Software acquiring Lumesse (and Halogen Software before that) to the latest and largest announcement that SAP will acquire Qualtrics for $8 billion in cash, there has been no shortage of wow-inducing developments in HR tech.

    But while these announcements certainly produce headlines and get analyzed for their impact on share prices, market share and the software company’s long-term futures, we often tend to overlook one really important constituency that is impacted by these M&A events: the customers of the company that gets acquired.

    While the M&A announcements and subsequent comments from executives of the acquiring company usually talk a little about what the future may hold for the acquired product and its customers, there definitely can be some uncertainty about the future direction of an acquired company and product set. For customers of those products, it is important to understand what an M&A event may mean for them, and to be as prepared as possible for any impacts—including changes that can significantly alter the customer’s HR technology platforms and future direction.

    If your company is a customer/user of an HR-technology solution that has been acquired by another HR-tech provider, here are three things to consider as you react to the news:

    Read the rest at HRE Online...

    You can also subscribe on HRE Online to get my monthly Inside HR Tech column via email here. I promise it will be the most exciting email you will ever receive. 

    Thanks for checking out the column, the blog, the podcasts, the 'Alexa' show, and all the nonsense I'm now in my second decade of churning out. 

    Have a great week!

    Friday
    Nov162018

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 347 - Technology at Work: It's Complicated

    HR Happy Hour 347 - Technology at Work: It's Complicated

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Guest: Dan Staley, PwC

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish were joined by Dan Staley, Partner, US HR Technology Leader, PwC to talk about Technology in the Workplace, and how HR and Business leaders can better support employees with technology. PwC recently released a new report titled 'Our Status With Tech at Work: It's Complicated'

    PwC asked 12,000 people from Canada, China and Hong Kong, Germany, India, Mexico, the UK, and the US to share their views about the digital tools they use in their daily work. We heard from all generations, from C-suite titles to administrative roles, and from a range of industries including consumer markets, health industries, financial services, manufacturing, and technology and media. On the show, Dan shared some of the interesting findings from the report as well as offering some recommendations for HR leaders for improving the employee experience with technology at work.

    The report showed that their often is a disconnect between what employees want from their workplace technologies and what their organizations are providing. Additionally, we discussed some deas to improve technology selection and deployment processes to better align employee expectations and goals with management's eventual decisions around workplace technology.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    You can access and download the PwC report here.

    Thanks again for Dan for joining us!

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour show wherever you get your podcasts.

    Wednesday
    Nov072018

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 346 - Implementing a New HR Technology Strategy

    HR Happy Hour 346- Implementing A New HR Technology Strategy

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Host: Trish McFarlane 

    Guest: Alex Smith, CHRO for The City of Memphis

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Trish recorded live from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, to talk with Alex Smith, CHRO for The City of Memphis.  Alex talks about her role withing a government position and how human resources and the technology approach are a bit unique.  

    The City of Memphis is going through a HR transformation journey and it is being supported by the technology they are putting in place.  Ms. Smith shared some of the challenges, their approaches to those challenges, and some of the early results.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a really interesting and fun show - thanks to Alex and everyone at Oracle for having the HR Happy Hour Show at their event.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.

    Wednesday
    Oct312018

    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 344 - Make Work Simpler, Smarter, and More Agile

    HR Happy Hour 344- Make Work Simpler, Smarter and More Agile

    Sponsored by Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com

    Host: Trish McFarlane 

    Guest: Emily He, SVP of Marketing for Human Capital Management at Oracle

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Trish recorded live from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, to talk with Emily He about themes Oracle is embracing in developing solutions to support the workplace of the future. How are they approaching this? There are a few ways:

    Make Work Simpler: Artificial intelligence and machine learning deliver an easier and more familiar user experience for employees. Oracle is innovating with scalable HR Concierge with digital assistants, a mobile- responsive experience and configurable action lists for represented worker processes.

    Make Work Smarter: Powerful AI-based tools help organizations make smarter, more strategic business decisions by taking a data-first approach to talent management. Oracle is using smart sourcing with Best-Fit Candidate and self-Learning Risk Management with Advanced HCM Controls.

    Make Work Agile: New innovations help employees collaborate, improve skills and experience a unique, consistent company culture across all platforms.

    Listen to the show on the show page HERE, on your favorite podcast app, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a really interesting and fun show - thanks to Emily and everyone at Oracle for having the HR Happy Hour Show at their event.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.