Thursday, June 20, 2013

Farewell, #SHRM13: You Were Like a Movie of a Concert

A poignant scene in cinematic history concludes 1970’s Woodstock, the part documentary, part concert film chronicling the storied Woodstock Festival, which left its mark on civilization the previous year. A bluesy number that famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix performed during his, the final muscial set of Woodstock, plays over the audio as the camera trains on stragglers who had yet to leave the festival, observes staff and volunteers cleaning up the premises, and follows several hippie couples as they scavenged the waste and navigated their way off Max Yasgur's farm and back to regular life.

Leaving #SHRM13 yesterday was kind of like being in the final scene of the film Woodstock. ...

#SHRM13 was another world. Human resource professionals who’d traveled to Chicago from domestic destinations as far as Anchorage, Alaska, and from myriad points international left the tedium of their day-to-day lives for three-plus days of camaraderie and cheer. SHRM leadership and keynote speakers of the highest order spoke of a future that is bright, and a can-do attitude permeated the educational sessions and parties, too. The sea of people stretched as far as you could see, everywhere. There was even a concert, performed by Kelly Clarkson.

And then #SHRM13 drew to a close. With a flight leaving Chicago later than those most of my peers had booked, I was a straggler and watched the clean-up crew for a while. SHRM’s attendees left the premises far, far cleaner than Woodstock’s did, but I still heard the music in my head. I marveled that, just hours earlier, the sea of HR covered Chicago. SHRM’s spirit surely accompanied HR professionals as they returned to the day-to-day realities of managing human capital. Surely they were already looking forward to next year’s SHRM Conference & Expo. I know that I am.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Exciting News: I Have Joined CeridianHCM as Marketing Manager

I am thrilled to announce I am joining CeridianHCM as marketing manager working full-time on the division’s full range of products, with special emphasis on the SaaS application, DayforceHCM. As a business writer covering human capital management, I have had many wide-ranging discussions with some of this marketplace’s finest innovators and disruptors. These conversations have led me to conclude that Ceridian Corporation, through its acquisition last year of Dayforce, is poised to change HCM technology irreversibly and for the better.

It has been a pleasure, as a researcher, business journalist and blogger, to observe and cover human resource technology from the perch of impartiality. Most know me for my work these past couple of years as tech editor for HRO Today and as co-founder and lead co-host of #HRTechChat. My experience in this market space dates back, in fact, to 2006, when I joined Kennedy Information to write for Executive Recruiter News and conduct research into the executive search profession and talent management technology. That focus, on technology, sharpened as I became editor in chief of TalentManagementTech, a website launched by Tarsus Group plc and later acquired by the publishers of HRO Today.

In aggregate, my experience has been the precursor preparing me to join CeridianHCM. I look forward to being a part of the team as the company delivers DayforceHCM, technology that does what HR departments and the organizations they serve have long needed.