SaaS Revolt II (Renter vs Owner)

On October 11, 2011, in HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Industry Analysis, by John Sumser
SaaS: As long as you are willing to ride the horse of endless unpredictable upgrades, renting makes it possible (though not likely) to always have the latest tools and techniques at a marginal cost.
 

SaaS Revolt (Revisited)

On October 10, 2011, in HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, by John Sumser
Right now, SaaS Salespeople feel perfectly comfortable selling their ability to update software across the user base as a benefit. From one perspective, this offers the ability to innovate with amazing agility. From another perspective, features are produced without any friction.
 

Moneyball

On September 26, 2011, in HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Reviews, by John Sumser
Seven years ago, this review appeared in the pages of the Electronic Recruiting News. It’s reprinted in honor of the final arrival of the movie. In the intervening years, some elements of the HR and Recruiting world have paid attention and begun to use metrics to figure out hiring problems. It’s not another exercise in […]
 

Recruiting Is Local

I don’t think much of best practices and big generalizations about our profession. Recruiting practices that work famously at Google are recipes for disaster in a factory near Macon, Ga. What works as personality assessment in Minneapolis is downright dumb in Baton Rouge.
 

Facebook Career Apps – Another Look at the Race

On September 19, 2011, in HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, by John Sumser
Last week, I told you about the fact that BeKnown‘s basic Facebook traffic had caught up with Branchout. I can share more detail today on what these numbers might mean.
 

HRTech Conference Final Push

On September 15, 2011, in HR Influencers, HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, by John Sumser
I’ll be sitting in the audience at HREvolution on Sunday October 2, 2011. It’s like the warm up band for HR Tech. Imagine that it’s Lucinda Williams opening for Dean Martin. It’s like that. If you want to understand where HR is headed, check out HR evolution and HR Tech (Oct 3-5). I hope to see you there.
 

Your Friends Are Not A Network 5

On September 14, 2011, in HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Industry Analysis, by John Sumser
We are at the edges of the second generation of social media. Much of the original hype has been tested and found a wanting. It turns out that we don’t really like seeing job ads in the middle of the flow of descriptions of last night’s burritos. It seems like we don’t really want to flood our personal brag-a-thons with the story of our struggle to find meaning and work. We are not really the company’s solution to its staffing problems nor are we our friends’ gateway to work.
 

Advantage BeKnown

On September 13, 2011, in HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Industry Analysis, Job Boards, by John Sumser
BeKnown’s user count has surpassed Branchout’s. It’s not much of a surprise. One of a job board’s primary skills is candidate acquisition. As the company that wrote the book on the subject, Monster is uniquely prepared to build an online network.
 

Your Friends Are Not A Network 3

On September 9, 2011, in Futures, HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Industry Analysis, by John Sumser
Really. Your friends are not a network. The mafia is a network. A union is a network. The computers in your house are a network. Your phone runs on a network. Electricity flows though a network. Parts of political parties are networks. Friends are different.
 

Your Friends Are Not A Network 2

On September 8, 2011, in Five Scenarios, Futures, HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, by John Sumser
Collaboration is nearly always championed by people who want to be in charge of stuff. This year, I took a series of experimental classes with a number of geniuses in educational technology and reform. Their ardent belief in the collaborative god initially gave me the willies. I soldiered on, but did I change my mind?