HumanConcepts 1

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
When you look out at the market for workforce planning tools, HR Analytics and other leading edge offerings, what you see is an emphasis on sameness. HumanConcepts, a Sausalito, CA based operation (On the same floor as GlassDoor), takes a different approach. Rather than predefined question sets, the HumanConcepts system makes the core data visible so that intelligent hypotheses can be made after the data is in the system. It’s the difference between standardization and ad hoc query development and it works.
 

Employer Popularity Index (AfterCollege)

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
Scant attention has been paid to the fact that an employer brand is only relevant to the people who care about it. How they care and what they care about is a function of demographics, geography, and organizational role. Engineers from Georgia are different enough from Accountants in Manhattan that separate branding initiatives are likely necessary. It may even be the case that the department is the proper level for brand initiatives.
 

iTalent – a new idea for curating talent related startups

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
I just finished up at HRDemo this week in Las Vegas which is about experiencing HR technology and innovation directly through demonstrations of the actual product. More on HRDemo soon. HRDemo puts me in mind of a local event taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area next Tuesday – it’s called iTalent. It reminds […]
 

Review: Saba Collaboration

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
Review Saba I’ve only seen half of the Saba enterprise suite and I’m blown away. If the company doesn’t emerge from this year’s HRTech with a pocketful of awards, it will have more to do with the show that the merit of the Saba offering. They have advanced the profession of HR by decades with […]
 

Review: Sonar6

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
ent. So far, 3,065 organizations have looked in a different place to find their performance management solution. Sonar6, an Australian based (though they have US offices) Software as a Service company is setting up an entirely different conversation about performance management. While SuccessFactors takes much of the media, the folks at Sonar6 are seriously perfecting the SaaS approach and maintaining focus.
 

Review: StrictlyExecs

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
The essentials of great recruiting are graciousness, good judgment, good conversation and persuasion. The fundamental transaction is a great relationship that matures into a career opportunity. In order to get there, recruiters sift, sort, evaluate and struggle to stay ahead of the curve. That’s where StrictlyExecs, the latest project from industry great Hank Stringer, makes its stand. The web recruiting tool is simplicity at its best. The service is a relationship gateway. Recruiters offer opportunities; candidates offer credentials; matching ensues; relationships are started.
 

Review: New Tools

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
Much of what passes for social recruiting is neither social nor recruiting. The high value pieces of the recruiting process involve judgment, assessment, selection, evaluation, interaction and conversation. Most internet eased recruiting tools don’t do much more than publicize opportunity and collect data. Ultimately, the recruitment advertising model is going to change. Job ads, regardless of the setting (your website, a job board or in the flow of social media) have a very low conversion rate. As other methods mature, the generation old practice of matching traffic with opportunity will give way to better targeting. It’s not clear whether any of that evolution will have a meaningful social component.
 

Review: WorkForUs

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
And then Le Viet showed me WorkFor Us. (TechCrunch covered it about 60 days ago) WorkForUs is the simplest and most proper of things. You know all of that fuss about social Recruiting? You’ve got to admit that there’s a lot of fluff and not much substance. Everyone is so busy trying to figure out the meaning of life that they seem to have overlooked the simplest thing: a repeatable interface that stands in between a fan page and the ATS; a simple application process; the fundamental recruiting tool.
 

Review: Beyond.com

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
Beyond.com is sort of the opposite of the great job aggregators. They take all of the data they develop and use it to deploy clearer and clearer understandings of the market. Rather than starting with the goal of making a great big pile of stuff, beyond.com begins with a huge pile of job boards and uses traffic patters to clarify. Their very design produces meaning and anticipates the data structures of the semantic web.
 

Review: JobScience

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
JobScience is the first Recruiting as CRM tool to be built on a major CRM platform. The company, which has legacy ATS products in the health-care niche, is spreading its wings. Their toolset is the second largest application in the Salesforce.com ecosystem and a pioneering design effort to keep the wheels greased while Salesforce.com. does its thing.