I recently spoke with Martin VanDerSchouw, President and CEO of Looking Glass Development, who will open our Annual Meeting with his timely and transformative keynote on the Common Sense Leader in an Agile World. This keynote is not to be missed!
I wanted to share with you a bit of Martin’s background in performance improvement, business process design, IT planning and implementation, and project management training and give you sneak peek into his opening keynote at the conference.
Here are the highlights:
I recently spoke with Yamini Polisetty, Director of Product Management at SuccessFactors, who is headlining our upcoming European Community Meeting in St. Leon-Rot, Germany on September 15th.
I wanted to take the opportunity to get to know Yamini a little better and ask a few questions about her role at SuccesFactors and nearing keynote presentation at the HR Open Community Meeting.
Here’s a snippet of our conversation:
Written by: Mike Seidle
A good standard is one everyone uses.
Well, duh, right?
While I was on the board of directors for an international standards consortium (HR Open Standards), the biggest battle has always been getting developers to use the standard. When we did, we got amazing things to happen, like getting 18 states to start providing compliance receipts for job deliveries in just a few months. Like enabling entire marketplaces.
Nearly everyone who I’m aware of who launched an HR Open initiative has finished quickly for a few reasons:
As a global standards organization, HR-XML has developed most of its specification for the general population and extended those specifications for country and jurisdictional requirements. The Payroll industry is an exciting challenge as each country, province, state, city, etc. has its own rules, particularly when calculating taxes. For example, Canadian provinces utilize letters of waivers to authorize tax credits and deductions. Netherlands includes a tax credit for the elderly and Germany considers bargaining units when calculating taxes.
These and many other requirements must be discussed when developing the standard.
The HR Open Standards Payroll workgroup has been very active in developing standards for a variety of business needs. Our original scope was to focus on transactions between the HRIS as the System of Record and the Payroll System. We’ve recently decided to expand that focus to handle Distributed System of Record. Many organizations exchange data with internal or 3rd party systems and need to provision/sync those systems throughout the employment life cycle. The following diagram shows one scenario we are considering, where each system is its own System of Record.
The final specifications will include a narrative and associated xml instance(s) describing the ‘day in the life of the new hire’. We will also include business rules for each use case to help business analysts and developers with their implementations. We realize there are other environments in addition to the two noted here (HRIS as SOR, Distributed SORs). Most of them are not as common, but we invite you to share other scenarios.
Written by: Romuald Restout
Want to get the latest Florence and the Machine album or the latest “Game of Thrones” episode? There is an App store for that. Want to manage your pictures across all your devices? There is an App store for that. Want to manage your to-do list? There is an App store for that. Want to exchange files with your colleagues or family? There is a …. You get the idea.
App stores are convenient; they give you the ability to access all apps in the same virtual place, to browse apps for a particular category or function and to even discover needs that you didn’t even know you had. So it’s no surprise that App stores have become a predominant -if not the main- way for consumers to acquire (whether free or paying) software or media.It’s no surprise either that App stores are flourishing or that each social platform is creating their own. Latest to join the party is no other than Facebook.
Written by: Dave Connelly
There is a tremendous new website resource available to all called “Standards Boost Business.”
This website is hosted by the American National Standards Institute and does an excellent job of describing how standards boost business by streamlining, speeding up, and saving money for organizations.
The website describes a concept called Strategic Standardization. The website goes on to tell us that according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, standards and conformity assessment impact more than 80% of global commodity trade. From design and manufacturing to distribution and marketing, all aspects of your industry’s products and services are affected at some point by standardization.
Written by: Jasper Roes
Since the start of SETU in 2007, SETU has been active in customizing the international HR-XML standard for use in the flexible staffing industry in the Netherlands. A lot of work has been done in the nearly five years that the SETU exists. Standards were developed to exchange requests for quotes, offers, assignments, timecards, and invoices. These SETU standards define the information that is exchanged, while the technical format for the exchange is the HR-XML 2.5 standards.