By Cindy Ridley, Vice President

Being responsible for bringing in 15 Breakout speakers and 65 HCM Solution Vendors to the Region’s Largest HR Tech Expo in Minnesota, I am constantly asked ‘What are you seeing for Trends in HCM Solutions’. 

In reviewing the speaker presentations for the April 10th 2019 event, I can say there


It took a couple of few weeks to pull this together, but I wanted to recap some of my learnings from Unleash in Amsterdam October 23-24.

Setting the Stage on the Main Stage

Josh Bersin nicely kicked off some themes for attendees to focus on. He talked about the evolution of the market, as follows:


By Jeremy Ames, CEO

En route to UNLEASH Amsterdam to lead their Digital Transformation (DX) stage, I wanted to take a moment to express some thoughts on one of the hottest terms of 2018.

1. It ain’t new, but it sure has accelerated and is rapidly taking us to new levels

First, permit me


By Mark Feffer

Originally published on on April 13, 2018

When Peter Sandford and Bob Christensen founded NXLevel Solutions in 2004, they envisioned a company whose structure would be relatively flat and offer ample development opportunities for its staff.

So when the Lambertville, N.J., learning-solutions provider decided to incorporate technology into its


I didn’t drink coffee today. Maybe that’s mellowing me out? Or maybe it’s the conversation just now with a client deciding if they could cram in a January 1st go live of their HR/Payroll system, despite not yet having selected a new system.

5 years ago, I


By Cyanne Rohlf and Jeremy Ames

A couple of weeks ago, we attended NACE’s conference and expo at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. We can happily report that we left eager to book our tickets for Florida next year. When walking into the conference you could feel the energy greet you at the door. 


As usual, the Unleash conference series (formerly HR Tech World) got attendees’ workplace technology juices flowing. Unleash America, held at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas from May 14-16th (the second of its kind held on US soil), saw a clear theme emerge of “innovation by everyone, from anywhere.”

The value of the conference can be


[Originally published on 3/8/2016 on the Wekudo Blog]

For the past 5 years, around this time of year, I get flashbacks as we help our clients buzz through the performance and compensation management processes. Whether we’re defining requirements for a future system (our Phase New), implementing the one they’ve already chosen (our


As the New England Patriots of the National Football League advance to their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years, I’m presented with some internal conflict. Admittedly, stories of sport are “first world problems,” but this scenario contains some poignant parallels to the world outside the sidelines, so let’s dig for a few.

 Underdog vs. Behemoth


By Jeremy Ames

One thing I’ve learned in 20+ years of systems work is that implementations can sometimes suck…if you aren’t careful. There’s no sense in sugar-coating it for those about to embark on one – otherwise you won’t know to prepare yourself.  So as not to present all doom and gloom, you may


By Jeremy Ames, with contributions from Leon Sariah

A couple of months ago, my friend and colleague at SHRM asked me for the most noteworthy topic to explore as she embarks on her first trip to India, her destination being the SHRM Tech Conference in Hyderabad. Having served as closing keynote speaker at



The reasons I get asked why I chose the Twitter handle @TheHCMGuy tend to fall into 3 buckets:

The asker thinks the handle is slightly arrogant, as if anointing oneself as “the guy” of anything is pretty presumptuous. Fair point well madebut bear in


As 2016 ramps up, there’s one more prediction I’m going to cast on the world of HR Technology. Apologies in advance for the first person in all of this…these are my own views and not to be confused with the views of my co-workers and industry peers. I predict a year of great change. Here are


There appears to be a fear that the world would cease to exist without Trends and Predictions. Seriously, January 1st will come if we don’t predict what the New Year will bring. After all, they predicted mayhem for Y2K, and 01/01/00 still went off without a hitch…and not simply because we spent billions preparing for


The 2015 exploration of HR Tech world domination travels on, and today we’re looking at domination via sales. As a company grows, one would assume that it’s doing an exponentially better job of attracting new business. Let’s specifically look at how that breaks down in the HR Technology software market. In my last post, I


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