The intersection between HR strategy and HR technology

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I was adamant this year about not putting out a list, so instead I’ll borrow from someone else. Jeitosa is an interesting organization built with industry experts with strong ties to organizations such as ADP and Workday. In fact, the Jeitosa President and CEO Karen Beaman was listed as the Workday HCM strategist (something like that) until recently.

I love Karen’s frankness in her list as she states, “Many of these things will not come as a surprise to anyone — life/business, after all, really is an evolution — revolutions in a true sense are rare.” ((Beaman, Karen, January 3, 2006. “Looking Forward to 2007.” Retrieved from on January 4, 2007.)) Her list is so close to what I’ve been talking about for the last 12 months that I thought it worth mentioning… with my usual commentary of course.

Sourcing Strategies
I also believe that SaaS is a strong contender to be the next step in systems deployment. In fact, I’m not sure what other competing technologies are viable. The advantages that these organizations bring not only in deployment but in best practices and a potential for them to use drill through analytics across their entire client population to really understand trends, utilization, requirements, etc…

Talent Management

Sometimes I feel like I talk about talent too much. I agree with Karen’s comments, but I somehow wish we could move past performance management into a cohesive integration of performance with succession, compensation, talent acquisition, competency management, and workforce strategy. It also really goes to my vision of innovation networks which I talk about below.

Social Networks
More than social networks, I’m trying to figure out how we apply social networking, web 2.0 technologies and our HR practices in talent management and workforce management to create systematized innovation networks. I’ll write more about this soon.

Globalization and Workforce
Overall workforce trends and the globalization theme are a huge concern for the U.S. The movement of work and the growth/decline of skill and talent in specific geographies is going to drive the next This also has been one of my major topics of conversation over the last 12 months. As we move forward in 2007, I’m going to focus a bit more on this generation we’re calling the “Millennial” and how to deal with them. That’s not to say that Karen is also right about language being a challenge and source of conflict. India has the benefit of being an English speaking country, but China might put a giant twist on the global workplace.

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