HRExaminer v10.45

Sexual harassment is a nearly tone-deaf label for what happens in the workplace. In Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill, John Sumser explains how the stories of complicity through silence, intimidation by leaders, and the executive desire to look good will leave you feeling nauseated. If you are in HR, please read this book and then look around you and see what’s happening.

Why haven’t job board products evolved? Jeff Dickey-Chasins is a good person to ask (he’s known as The Job Board Doctor after all). With Recruitment Product Offerings, Change is Slow.

Data sourcing, quality, and control are at the heart of SwoopTalent and they’re doing a spectacular job of managing the quality of large volumes of sourcing data. The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: SwoopTalent — Automated Data Lake Management, Sourcing.

Talespin’s most observable offering is Barry, the AI character you can fire over and over again. Talespin is important because we’re entering an era where full productivity can be reached in radically reduced time due to XR-powered practice environments. The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: Talespin — Best Virtual Reality Deployment.

On HRTech Weekly: IHRIM launches Refreshed HRIP Certification, Symphony Talent Acquires SmashFly Technologies, Workday Announces Intent to Acquire Scout RFP for $540M, ServiceNow To Acquire Cognitive Search Capabilities of Attivio, and JPMorgan tests its Amazon-Berkshire health venture on bank employees.


HRExaminer v10.44

If you were designing a future-orientated review of a well-regarded, high performing HR function how would you do it? Dr. Chris Andrews wants us Shooting for the Stars and shares his Criteria for a Review of a Well-Regarded HR Function.

Phenom People is the largest provider of the next generation of recruiting tools. The co-founders insist that they are more interested in reaching their goal of “helping a billion people find the right job,” than making lots of money. The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: Phenom People — Talent Experience Management.

Modern Hire are thoughtful and ethical technologists that provide Predictive Hiring through Assessment and Interview Technology. They’re on The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist. Modern Hire — Open Standards Leadership in AI for HRTech.

John Sumser talks with Eric Sydell the EVP of Innovation at Modern Hire (formerly Shaker and Montage). Eric has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is passionate about applying machine learning, and deep learning in particular, to candidate data. Listen to Eric Sydell from Modern Hire.

On HRTech Weekly: A New Twist on Employee Tenure, Workforce Logiq acquires ENGAGE Talent, Benevity Funding and Corporate Social Responsibility, Creepy or Game Changing: HireVue’s AI Facial Recognition, and Kincade Fire Donations. Plus, our industry bids a fond farewell to Charles Coy.


HRExaminer v10.43

“You can have a flight risk calculator up and running in no time. Whether or not it actually works and whether or not you really want to use it are separate things,” writes John Sumser. You can take your chances with Flight Risk Thinking.

Oleeo is the fifth of twelve organizational profiles appearing on The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist. Oleeo focuses on candidate engagement from when someone enters the recruiting pipeline. Check out Oleeo and their Candidate Engagement Platform.

Paychex has well over half a million clients, delivers payroll services to nearly ten-percent of the American population, and is busy proving that large databases and use of broad-spectrum AI tools can make a big impact. The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: Paychex - Payroll and Basic HR Services.

John Sumser talks with Don Sull, cultureX co-founder and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Author of five books and ten best-selling Harvard Business Review articles, The Economist named him “a rising star in a new generation of management gurus.” Listen to Don Sull.

On HRTech Weekly: Stacey and John talk about Ceridian INSIGHTS, Research Headroom, Calculus and Probabilistic Decisions, ServiceNow and Bill McDermott, Oracle, SAP, Analyst Relations, Pay on Demand, and #BlameItOnTheFire.


Flight Risk Thinking

“Used as a lens through which you can understand your organization better, flight risk analysis is a powerful tool. Like many things in the new world of intelligent tools, it’s not as useful in individual cases as it is in the aggregate.” - John Sumser

HRExaminer v10.42

John Sumser picks up where we left off last week with his reviews of the 12 award-winning technology wizards that make up The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist. Athena Karp’s HiredScore makes an amazing AI candidate discovery and matching “brain” that’ is used for sophisticated silo-specific search with results that seamlessly integrate with their client’s HR Tech stack.The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: HiredScore - Data Driven Sourcing Technology.

KeenCorp is next up on The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist. John Sumser explains how KeenCorp analyzes a company’s digital communications to identify cultural ‘hot spots’ in need of attention. Check out KeenCorp’s Cultural Management Tool.

Mya is a well known chatbot that exemplifies the part of intelligent tool development that learns from doing. John Sumser has the details on Mya Systems - Conversational AI.

John Sumser talks about bias with Judd Kessler & Corinne Low who are both Associate Professors in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department at The Wharton School. They’ve just published a ground-breaking study on a new way to evaluate employer preferences for job candidates that they call Incentivized Resume Rating. Listen to Corinne Low & Judd Kessler on HRExaminer Radio.

On HRTech Weekly: Stacey Harris and John Sumser talk about the Workday Rising Event, SAP, and Glassdoor.


The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: HiredScore — Data Driven Sourcing Technology

This is the second of twelve organizational profiles appearing on The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist. Founded in 2012, Athena Karp’s HiredScore is one of the foundation elements in New York’s burgeoning tech scene. Their AI candidate discovery and matching “brain” is used for sophisticated silo-specific search with results that seamlessly integrate with their client’s HR Tech stack.
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The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist: Capacity — Knowledge Management with Conversational Interface

This is the first of twelve organizational profiles appearing on The HRExaminer 2020 Watchlist. Recently known as ‘,’ Capacity is a St. Louis-based knowledge management company. They provide intelligent process automation, business process automation, and robotic process automation.
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Maintenance: The Heart of #AI Utility in HRTech

On September 23, 2019, in AI, HR Technology, HR Trends, HRTech, Intelligent Software in HR, John Sumser, by John Sumser
John Sumser writes, “Maintenance. At the heart of intelligent tools (AI), deployment is a super-challenging question. Since all algorithms and models ‘drift’ (wear out), maintenance is a natural and important part of usage. But, maintenance is the hardest part of digital life.”

How Google Converted Joy Into Long Term Customers

“Great companies (think Apple app store) follow their customers to the value with periodic fits of leadership. The meaning of the software is what the users do.” – John Sumser

The Human Side of Implementing Artificial Intelligence

For buyers of AI technology, the two largest gaps in expectations vs. reality are the capability of AI today and what implementation of these tools looks like.