Hiring an HCM SaaS consultant – tactics for the savvy customer

Hiring a good HCM SaaS consultant isn’t a simple as setting aside budget. I talked to two SaaS consultants about why hiring HCM consultants is tricky, and got their tips on how to do it right.

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Jon Reed has been involved in enterprise communities since 1995, including time spent building ERP recruiting and training firms. These days, Jon is a roving blogger/analyst, and also counsels vendors and startups on go-to-market strategy. He is a diginomica co-foun



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In Weakness, There is Strength-Particularly with Influencers – by @barmes_hank

“Our research into the technology buying cycle continues to highlight how important buyers view influencers at all stage of their buying process. Whether an influencer comes from academia, the analyst community, associations, government, or the blogosphere, if customers trust them, then they highly value their advise and insight (Gartner clients-check out research that published recently “Tech Go-to-Market: Trust Drives the B2B Technology Buying Cycle“). Tech providers that ignore, or discount this impact, often struggle to get traction.”

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Email opt-outs and pop-up fails – a graphic display of missed opportunity – by @jonerp

“Email opt-out is a high stakes moment. Too many companies are ruining the relationship when they could be advancing it. Here’s an illustrated tour of what works – and what fails. Bonus section: pop-up content marketing from hell.”

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Twitter and What Might Have Been – by @monkbent

“It’s interesting to ponder why it is that Twitter is able to monetize effectively – and if they can keep it up – even as they are surpassed in active users by social networks like Instagram and (soon-if-not-already) Snapchat, never mind Facebook. I made this argument at the time of Twitter’s IPO offering:”

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Enterprise mobility – five trends that matter in 2015

In Enterprise mobility – where do we go from here? I grappled with issues around mobile cost of ownership that were lingering after the Mobile World Congress. To recap the event and extract the enterprise content from the consumer gadget lovefest, Kevin Benedict of Cognizant was good enough to join me for two videos, both […]

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Google’s mobile friendly algorithm change on deck: The case for blowback – by @ldignan

“Google next week will roll out what could be its one of its biggest algorithm changes in years as it uses a site’s “mobile friendliness” as a ranking signal. The problem: 67 percent of Fortune 100 companies are not mobile friendly, according to research firm SumAll.”

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To go digital at speed you must rip and replace – by @philww

“It no longer makes any sense to demonize rip-and-replace in IT. The pace of digital change is so rapid that it’s the only way to evolve fast enough to survive”

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Accenture’s Deal to Move $45B Rio Tinto to the Cloud – The Risk of the “Unknown Unknowns”

“John_20150415_Rio TintoAccenture announced on April 12, 2015, that they won a ground breaking “As-a-Service” deal with Rio Tinto, a UK based $45B dollar diversified mining company. Under the deal, Accenture will migrate all of Rio Tinto’s core information technology systems to an “As-a-Service” delivery model in the public cloud, leveraging Accenture’s cloud platform”

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Enterprise hits and misses – performance mismanagement and HR disruption edition – by @jonerp

“Jon’s cheeky weekly review of which articles hit (or didn’t) – on diginomica and beyond. This week: enterprise HR disruption – exploitation versus empowerment, plus automotive industry upstarts, and, as always, some choice whiffs.”

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News Analysis – Workday supports UK Payroll – now speaks (British English) Payroll – by @holgermu

“Payroll and related services are somewhere beyond 80 to 90% of HCM enterprise spend, and making sure that an enterprises is compliant with legal and statutory updates, as well as it can pay its employees correctly and on time is a ‘must have’ for HR Leaders… so big news today comes from Workday – as the vendor is adding Payroll support for the UK in Workday 24, its 3rd vendor supported country (Workday supports USA and Canada already). “

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White House CTO: Government Needs Tech Industry to Show Up

“United States’ chief technology officer, says the U.S. government is still years behind countries like the United Kingdom in terms of embracing technology. And while she believes it’s possible to catch up, first, she says, the tech industry here needs to “show up” for its government.”

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An IT failure unicorn: Endless 19-year project in Massachusetts – by @mrkigsman

“Deloitte claimed similar success on other Massachusetts state projects that observers called failures. During hearings on the failed unemployment system project where Deloitte was contractor, for example, the company declared, “We fully believe that the system is a success.” I strongly disagree with Deloitte’s self-assessment and testified at a subsequent Massachusetts legislature hearing: “On which planet can this project be considered a success?””

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It’s not about Bitcoin, it’s the blockchain stupid

“Bitcoin’s ups and downs are well documented but that isn’t the real disruptor. It’s the blockchain.”

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Recruitment Does Not Have To Suck – by @vijayasankarv

“Many of you know that I hold a strong view that nothing is as broken in HR like recruiting ( close call with performance appraisals for the cake) . I am not talking about the technology behind it – just the process and people that are involved . But it doesn’t have to be that way – And having been recruited the right and wrong way, and having recruited several folks over the years I have led teams , I thought I will share some thoughts “

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Email opt-outs and pop-up fails – a graphic display of missed opportunity

Email opt-out is a high stakes moment. Too many companies are ruining the relationship when they could be advancing it. Here’s an illustrated tour of what works – and what fails. Bonus section: pop-up content marketing from hell.

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Jon Reed has been involved in enterprise communities since 1995, including time spent building ERP recruiting and training firms. These days, Jon is a roving blogger/analyst, and also counsels vendors and startups on go-to-market



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GetSatisfaction: The Controversy Cannot Hide The Facts – by @ekolksy

“Communities are (should’ve been) the only reason we started social networks and why social matters to organizations. And they are the (renewable) power source for business transformation going forward. Communities is something you, Mr/s. business person, should care about deeply – and yet, more than 85% of “youz” don’t.”

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Hillary 2.0 and the futile pursuit of social media politics – by @whostu

“Hillary Clinton announced on Twitter that she’s running for President. How potent really is social media in the electoral process?”

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IBM cloud chief LeBlanc on OpenStack, analytics, PaaS, in-country data – by @ldignan

“IBM’s cloud leader Robert LeBlanc talks about IBM’s cloud future, why public infrastructure-as-a-service matters to Big Blue and hybrid deployments led by analytics.”

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Enterprise hits and misses – performance mismanagement and HR disruption edition

Jon’s cheeky weekly review of which articles hit (or didn’t) – on diginomica and beyond. This week: enterprise HR disruption – exploitation versus empowerment, plus automotive industry upstarts, and, as always, some choice whiffs.

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Jon Reed has been involved in enterprise communities since 1995, including time spent building ERP recruiting and training firms. These days, Jon is a roving blogger/analyst, and also counsels vendors and startups on go-to-marke



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Investing in More Organic, Sustainable and Ethical Food Supply Chains – by @bob_ferrari

“Supply Chain Matters has featured numerous prior commentaries regarding the difficult challenges and structural business challenges facing large consumer packaged goods producers and their associated supply chain ecosystems. Yet while the industry continues to respond with severe cost cutting and a sense of crisis, the industry may well be overlooking the more important strategic need for meaningful investments in organic and sustainable food supply chain capability and supplier development.”

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Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform? – by @msuster

“We went into our relationship with Twitter knowing they would eventually shift from just selling ads to trying to build a broader business. We planned for this with VEDO and tools to allow customers to ingest data directly. We planned for this by integrating many datasets and in particular Twitter’s much larger competitor, Facebook.”

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As More Say ‘No’ to Ads, It’s Time to Immunize Content Marketing

“People don’t want to process the clutter of 5,000 advertising messages each day. Yet, customers are willing to receive or view content that is a real help. That’s how content marketing can win attention even as hard-sell advertising loses potency. Consumers are getting better and better at resisting the marketing they don’t want. It’s up to us content marketers to create what customers do want – and thereby immunize content marketing against “unwanted-ad disease.””

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Brainstorming With Marc Andreessen

“Andreessen sat down for an interview with Fortune senior editor Dan Primack, in front of an invited group of Silicon Valley CEOs and investors, as part of a walk-up dinner to our annual Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. What follows is a lightly-edited transcript of the conversation, in which Andreessen addresses bubbles, robots and his own firm’s dearth of female partners. But we begin with current events…”

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Diving into Data Lakes – by @robbdrew

“There is a lot of hype out there about the wonders of data lakes, as well as cautions about the dangers of them turning into data swamps. Much of this debate about the true value of data lakes is premature. After all, we are in the very early stages of the development of this technology. What we can say, though, is that the potential of the data lake concept fills an existing need.”

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3 ways cutting us off harms Twitter’s business – DataSift CEO – by @philww

“DataSift is broadening the appeal of its social data platform in the enterprise, its CEO told me this week. Losing access to Twitter’s firehose won’t derail that”

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