The intersection between HR strategy and HR technology

SaaS Is Here: Get Over It IT!

SaaS Is Here:  Get Over It IT!

Apr 17, 2013

There was a long time ago I could pretty much build my bike from scratch.  Yeah, I could assemble everything, that’s easy.  Putting on gears, lacing up spokes onto wheels, getting the brakes on.  I even used to pick out the individual ball bearings that went into my bikes.  Then came a day when the ball bearings got sealed into cartridges making them last...

Is Cloud The Way To Go?

Is Cloud The Way To Go?

Mar 6, 2013

So I had to upgrade my cell phone contract.  I used to be on this thing where I had a bucket of minutes and text messages to use, and now I’m on exactly the opposite.  I have unlimited phone and text and about 10 GB of data I can use every month.  It really points to a shift in how we as users of wireless devices are working.  Less and less of our days are...

Feedback and Calling BS in Social

Feedback and Calling BS in Social

Oct 15, 2012

An interesting thing happened at the recent HR Technology Conference.  During Naomi Bloom’s “Master Panel,” when Mike Capone noted that ADP had the first SaaS application, before anyone else and before anyone called it SaaS, many of my compatriots on twitter decided to tweet this statement.  I have no issues with announcing to the world what a panel...

HR Technology Conference Reactions: Naomi’s Master Panel – SaaS

HR Technology Conference Reactions: Naomi’s Master Panel – SaaS

Oct 12, 2012

Talk about a stacked panel.  This one was moderated by a thought leader, and staffed by thought leaders.   They included:  MODERATOR: Naomi Lee Bloom (Managing Partner, Bloom & Wallace), Steven Miranda (SVP, Applications Development, Oracle), Mike Capone (VP for Product Development and CIO, ADP), Sanjay Poonen (President Global Solutions, SAP), John...

Stop Selling Apps: SaaS is a Service

Stop Selling Apps: SaaS is a Service

Jan 19, 2011

Increasingly, I’m seeing organizations change their buying habits, at least in theory. Vendor selections are no longer the total domain of functional requirements as they once were. We don’t care nearly as much about feature functionality and our ability to customize the software to our specific needs. Instead, we’re shifting to a couple of different...

Differentiation in SaaS

Differentiation in SaaS

Jan 12, 2011

A while back, I was an SC for a large vendor organization.  It was a lot of fun highlighting the great stuff in my applications (actually – those were the fun parts).  But our jobs were to help find solutions as well as workarounds to things that could simply not be done.  Given this is a decade ago when functionality had not really arrived yet, Still, the...

Time to Upgrade

Time to Upgrade

Sep 6, 2010

Today I got the following message on my browser: Unfortunately your web-browser is from 2001, which is really, really old in web years. If you would take a moment to upgrade you will find the web has a lot more to offer. First of all, let me point out that this was not actually my computer or any computer issued by my employer, just in case those of you who know...

Screen Flicker and End User Annoyances

Screen Flicker and End User Annoyances

Aug 30, 2010

There has been so much publicity around e-readers and the Apple iPad lately. In truth, I’m totally captivated by both of these technologies, but have not jumped in the market yet. The iPad seems wonderful since it is basically the next evolution of the net book, or mini-laptop. It has a great user interface, is generally lighter than a net book, but...

What’s Next?

What’s Next?

Aug 4, 2010

Just a few short years ago, it really seemed like the vendor space was leading the market with all sorts of great new functionality and new ways to think about the world.  After all, what would we have done if SoftScape had not coined the term “Talent Management”?  (I’m pretty sure it was them, but I’m not 100% sure, so if I’m wrong, don’t crucify...

Defining SaaS

Defining SaaS

Jul 21, 2010

Since I defined Web 2.0 already, I thought I’d also define SaaS for the masses.  Again, this is actually a fairly easy and straightforward technology to put some boundaries around.  First of all, I don’t actually like the moniker “Software as a Service” because it confuses most HR people.  At the core, SaaS does not add any additional “service”...

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