About The HRExaminer


What We Do


The team at HRExaminer offer an in-depth understanding of the broad HR Technology market, the Recruiting silo, and the spectrum from People Analytics to Intelligent Tools. We actively research the arena. We serve both the vendor and practitioner communities. contact us here for more detail.

  • Advisory and Consulting Services
    We offer ongoing advisory services that can cover positioning, messaging, implementation, and strategy. Recently, we’ve been called to pressure test algorithms before deployment. Advisory services can take the form of a day of messaging validation, an evaluation of HRTech strategy, ongoing assistance with product development.

  • Workshops
    Currently, we offer three onsite workshops:

    • Practical Planning and Implementation for HR AI Projects
      Led by the team of John Sumser and Heather Bussing, this day-long workshop includes a review of intelligent tools in HR, a simulation of bias in digital models, a strategy for harnessing the recommendations of intelligent systems, and an exercise in road-mapping a department level intelligent tools game plan.
    • Market Landscape
      HRTech is a complex and fragmented marketplace. Its many niches are filled with vendors offering solutions to fix specific problems. The workshop examines the 100 different types of HR Software and their market-specific utility.
    • Messaging and Positioning
      Messaging and Positioning are the twin disciplines needed to communicate your value in contemporary settings. This day long workshop is useful for groups ranging from Recruitment Marketing / Employment Branding to vendors with go to market challenges.
  • Research
    HRExaminer is a research company at heart. We investigate aspects of the HRTechnology ecosystem with the objective of illuminating things for vendors and practitioners. You can see some of the work in our (mostly free) reports section. We develop research projects in collaboration with clients.
  • Publications
    HRExaminer produces a weekly newsletter, two weekly podcasts, an annual report on the state of intelligent tools in HRTech, and various independent research projects. We develop white papers, articles, and original research for our clients. See more detail under the Publications section below.
  • Public Speaking
    John Sumser, Heather Bussing, and many of the members of our Editorial Advisory Board are available for hire as speakers for conferences and in-house events.
  • Advertising and Sponsorship
    Each of our publications can serve as a platform for commercial messages. We reach 40,000 thoughtful HR practitioners each month online. Our email newsletter reaches 11,500.
    HRExaminer is an analysis and publishing house focused on HR Technology. Like most analyst firms, we examine the industry up close. We publish reports and regular updates. We examine the state of the art in HRTech and report back to our audience.

    We are different than the others because we combine technology analysis with overall industry observations. We aim to provide an up-to-date, cutting edge point of view designed to make our audience think. We look to define the edge in technology and HR practice.

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    Articles, Podcasts, and Weekly Email Newsleter
    We deliver our insight in a variety of forms across a variety of media.

    Field Reports: Much of our analysis takes the form of reports from the field. John interviews about 300 companies per year. The best make it into our news flow. View Reports »

    HRTech Weekly: One Step Closer with Stacey Harris and John Sumser: On Thursday mornings, Stacey Harris (the driving force behind the industry’s longest running survey) joins John for a rollicking discussion of the week in HRTech. View Episodes »

    HRExaminer Radio – Executive Conversations: On Friday mornings, John interviews key executives from around the industry. The conversation covers what makes the executive tick and what makes their company great. View Episodes »

    Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) Articles: The EAB is an august group of seasoned executives who work in HR or the ecosystem that supports it. The team includes brilliant minds in analytics, HR Practice and Technical design (among many other things). View EAB Bios »

    Weekly Newsletter: Each Friday, we submit a précis that covers all of our work that week. It’s sent by email and archived on the website. Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter »

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    John Sumser is a principal analyst for HRExaminer

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    Heather Bussing is our Vice President of Strategy

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    Bonnie Henthorn is our Master Scheduler.

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    Julian Gude is our Director of Digital Production and Operations


    John Sumser

    John Sumser is a principal analyst for HRExaminer, an independent analyst firm covering HR Technology and the intersection of people, tech, and work. John’s mix of experience over the course of his career gives him a broad and unique perspective on the industry. Like anyone trying to process a lot of information, he is two or three steps ahead in some areas and still learning about others.

    Sumser’s work includes deep research into the nooks and crannies of HR Technology to identify and explain rapidly evolving trends. Built on a foundation of engineering, design, and philosophy, John seeks to understand and advise clients on where their technology works best, for whom, and in what context.

    Each year, John examines the insides of hundreds of companies, their products, and ecosystems. He delivers vendor analysis by building the framework from which to deliver the critique. He is constantly connecting and making visible the front-end of change. He can help you see the path of evolution and the risks on the journey.

    The HRExaminer is Sumser’s vehicle for understanding and explaining the inner workings of the industry. With three weekly podcasts, and written commentary, he covers emerging ideas, the state of the industry, and the executives who operate it.

    Heather Bussing

    Heather Bussing is our Vice President of Strategy. An employment Attorney by day, she brings crisp analytics to topics that range from policy to engagement.

    Bonnie Henthorn

    Bonnie Henthorn is our Master Scheduler. Bonnie makes the trains run on time.

    Julian Gude

    Julian Gude is our Director of Digital Production and Operations. He oversees our technical and creative execution and is our secret weapon.



    Editorial Advisory Board


    We also work extensively with our Editorial Advisory Board. This group of global HR and HRTech professionals offer groundbreaking content and occasionally help us in consulting and other content creation.

    You can see the members of the Editorial Advisory Board and their bios here and catch up with all their latest articles here.



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