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The $5 Billion Funding Frenzy: There’s Never Been A Better Time To Rethink Your HCM Investments

Mark Brandau September 9, 2019
Estimates of venture capital funding for HR technology point to record levels of more than $5 billion in 2019. Some of the recent activity in talent acquisition includes: Entelo acquired ConveyIQ along with new funding and management changes; HireVue received another round of funding via new majority investor The Carlyle Group; Jobvite received a $200M […]
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Sixty Days & Over 100 Inquiries And Briefings — Four Things You Should Know

Mark Brandau July 30, 2019
If you missed my intro blog, A New Rhythm in HCM, here’s the summary: I’m new to Forrester after more than 25 years working for software vendors including, most recently, SAP, where I was a part of the SAP SuccessFactors product leadership team. I’m very excited to be leading the reignition of Forrester’s human capital […]
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Recruiting Market Update: Top Three Things To Know About iCIMS Acquisition Of Jibe

Mark Brandau June 27, 2019
In case you’ve been keeping score, you know the recruiting market has been evolving rapidly. A slew of new marketing-oriented, AI-fueled innovations has blossomed, helping businesses to improve candidate experiences, boost the quality of talent acquired, and reduce overall recruiting costs. And while this has been happening, the overall human capital management (HCM) market, including […]
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A New Rhythm In HCM

Mark Brandau June 13, 2019
Maybe I’ve been in the software world for too long. Or maybe I’m a product of my earlier years. You might remember the old Russian proverb, “Doveryai, no proveryai,” which President Reagan made famous in the context of nuclear disarmament. Translated: “Trust, but verify.” Either way, I’m curious about a lot of things, question everything, […]
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Let’s Address Cybersecurity’s Gender Disparity

Stephanie Balaouras February 27, 2018
The most infuriating advice I’ve received about succeeding in cybersecurity is to, “Have a thick skin,” usually followed by, “Don’t take him seriously, he doesn’t even realize what he’s saying.” These are not words of wisdom—they’re a defense of predatory behavior that belittles the issues women face every day and normalizes sexual harassment. For my […]
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In the war for talent, traditional enterprises must pick fights they can win

Paul Miller May 4, 2017
(St. Rollox Chemical Works in Scotland by D.O. Hill, 1831. Image source: Wikipedia) The world of work is changing, with my colleague JP Gownder among those doing a great job tracking the shift. Despite — or perhaps because of — digitisation, robots, globalisation (and its opposite), and a less loyal workforce, competition for digital talent […]
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Finding the Best Developers: Separating the Me’s From the We’s

Dominique Whittaker August 10, 2015
Everywhere you go, you hear the news stories about the talent shortage of qualified software developers. This isn’t just a Silicon Valley problem or even a US problem—-it’s a global problem. We have an explosion in demand for talented software developers and higher education institutions unable to keep up with that demand. This is only […]
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How to make your company the most awesome place to work. #EVAR!!!

Martin Gill July 6, 2015
We are constantly told that millennials are breaking the workplace rules. They refuse to work 9 to 5. They demand iPhones. They can’t work unless there’s a fridge full of beer and a pool table in the office. And with a growing war for digital talent, many digital leaders are setting their sights firmly on […]
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Find, Support, And Keep Emerging Touchpoint Talent

Forrester February 12, 2014
Traditional marketing organisation structures are failing touchpoint innovation. With marketing teams largely organised by channels such as search, display, social, and customer care, there is little incentive to think laterally about problems and opportunities across the group.  Emerging touchpoints often redefine and cross channel boundaries, which can quite quickly cause problems for teams with restricted views, budgets, […]
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People Make All The Difference: Optimize Your Talent With The Right Processes And Technology

Claire Schooley June 27, 2013
As businesses work to differentiate their products or services, grow the bottom line, and expand globally, they need to think seriously about the important role that their employees play in helping the business achieve successful outcomes. Businesses must invest in processes and technology to recruit and onboard the best people, address performance gaps with key […]
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HR Wave On Talent Gets New Name

Claire Schooley April 13, 2013
Last month, I published an update to my 2011 Forrester Wave™ on talent management because the human resource management (HRM) market has experienced tremendous consolidation and many top-rated vendors have become part of other very large organizations. I defined “talent management” as encompassing performance, learning, succession planning, and career development. When I published my current […]
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Company Career Sites Engage Candidates Early In The Recruiting Process

Claire Schooley September 17, 2012
  Today’s top career sites do more than list jobs available. The best ones give a glimpse of what it’s like to work at the company, communicate the company values, and introduce the company brand. These sites use multimedia to communicate messages about the company culture, the people, professional growth opportunities, and more. Join me […]
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New Job? Look For ‘Career Accelerating’ Qualities

Forrester June 29, 2012
My colleague David Johnson wrote a good blog earlier in the week on ‘Your Best Chance for Long-Term Employability as an I&O Professional’in which he discussed the key areas that I&O Professionals should focus on for employability. This and the recent wash of articles, especially in the UK, in regards to the IT skills gap […]
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Oracle Throws In The Towel And Acquires A Cloud Talent Management Vendor

Claire Schooley February 9, 2012
The rumor circulating for the past few weeks has now been confirmed: Oracle is buying Taleo, a global talent management vendor, for $1.9 billion. This is just another — albeit important — acquisition in the strategic talent management space. All companies must have core HR systems in place, but now it’s equally important to look […]
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Oracle Moves Solidly Into SaaS With Taleo Acquisition

Paul D. Hamerman February 9, 2012
Oracle Corporation announced its purchase of Taleo for $1.9 billion on Feb. 9, 2012, signaling a major shift in its stance on software-as-a-service (SaaS) and talent management applications. The transaction is expected to close midyear 2012, subject to regulatory and stockholder approvals. Oracle has long held a “we can build it better” position on talent […]
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Putting HR Into I&O – Future Skill Requirements For I&O Leaders

Forrester November 30, 2011
As we move toward 2012, I can guarantee that many I&O leaders will have reviewed/defined what their strategy priorities are for the coming year, 3 years and maybe 5 years are. Hands up though: Who has had in-depth planning conversations around I&O people skill requirements? I am not just talking about what technology skills are required […]
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