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March 2014 HR Technology News

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Welcome to the March 2014 edition of our monthly news.   As usual, there is plenty going on in HR Technology.


Disruptive task-based work provider AirTasker announced during the month that its task runners are now covered by a “$20 million public liability insurance policy for third party injury and property damage and covers community members when they complete tasks via Airtasker.” The insurance policy is provided by Lloyd’s of London.

International talent acquisition and talent management solution vendor Lumesse has formed a global partnership with HireVue a video interviewing platform.

This partnership will enable customers to embed digital interviewing capabilities including video as an important component into Lumesse’s TalentLink talent acquisition solution and recruitment process. The integrated, plug-and-play solution will be fully scalable and can be easily rolled out across the customer’s organisation without the need of any further development.

HR Analytics

Local vendor YellowFin has debuted in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, a tremendous endorsement of their analytics and data discovery platforms.

Asia Pacific HR solution vendor HR Boss released the results of their 2014 Big Data Survey. Some highlights include:

  • 76% of Asia-based HR professionals do not know what HR Big Data is
  • 88% of all respondents spend a minimum of 2 full working days/month compiling reports
  • 79% of participants agree that HR Big Data is a priority in 2014.

International vendor Tableau plans to sell another $345 million shares on top of the $245 million they raised last year as part of their IPO. This new round of fund raising gives them a substantial war chest to compete in the very competitive data analytics marketplace.


The Australian Payroll Association will be publishing, in a webinar on April 3rd, the results from the annual payroll benchmarking study. The cost of the webinar and updated payroll benchmarking report is $249 including GST.  However members can register free of charge.

The National HR Summit is taking place in Sydney on April 1 – 2. Now in its 12th year the HR Summit brings together many of the leading HR practitioners to discuss current and future HR trends. In addition to the conference line up there is a free industry expo. If you are in Sydney next week head over to Luna Park.

Human Resource Executive’s 17th Annual HR Technology is shaping up to be as good as last year. During the month they started to confirm details on some of the speakers, including Andrew McAfee, “co-author of the recent New York Times bestseller, The Second Machine Age, as well as the influential works Race Against the Machine and Enterprise 2.0.”


TechnologyOne is again in the news after securing Glenn Walker, formerly executive director of ICT renewal at Queensland’s Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts. Reports in IT News say that Glenn’s role at TechnologyOne will be in business development focusing on moving legacy ERP systems into the cloud.

Former Microsoft executive Thomas Gudman has joined Presence of IT as their Chief Operating Officer. According to the press release he “will lead all operational aspects of the business including Shared Services, Sales Operations, HR, IT, Finance, and Legal, reporting directly to David Brookes, CEO, Presence of IT. ”

Globally SAP has appointed ex-NGA Human Resources executive Mike Ettling as Global Cloud HR  reporting directly to Shawn Price, president, Global Cloud and LOB, SAP.

Software Releases

Recruitment vendor Bullhorn announced availability of a new version their software, Bullhorn S Release. Bullhorn claim the solution now has 40% less clicks with “Data from beta users shows an average of 50% more recorded activity and up to a 43% increase in recorded placements in the first month of adoption. ”

Local talent management vendor Peoplestreme have updated their learning management offering to incorporate  Tin Can Mobile API for broader distribution of learning content.

Cloud payroll vendor KeyPay now offers both award interpretation (with pre-build awards) and employee scheduling in their KeyPay Plus product. Initially they are offering support for a  number of commonly used awards.

Cornerstone OnDemand launched their March ’14 release covering several new functions including- skills matrix, applicant screening enhancements, mobile access, SCORM1.2 and 2004 offline content and Cornerstone Connect for social collaboration.

Oracle Misses Market Expectations

Oracle told the market that they had fallen short of expectations but stated this was due to a stronger than expected US dollar not customer demand.

Without the impact of the US dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, Oracle’s reported Q3 GAAP earnings per share would have been up 10% and non-GAAP earnings per share would have been up 7%.

According to Oracle President Mark Hurd their cloud business “accelerated sharply in the quarter with bookings growth of over 60 percent.” This has resulted in almost $300 million in quarterly cloud revenue.

New Zealand Updates

There continues to be significant work being undertaken to remedy the New Zealand Ministry of Education new payroll solution Novopay, provided by Talent2. Reports from Steve Joyce the minister responsible for Novopay a “further $10 million of additional work is budgeted by the Ministry until June 2014, with costs of remediation sitting at $33 million at the end of December 2013.” He also stated that errors rates are now sitting around 0.78% for the March 5th pay period.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is also preparing to go to market in order to secure a new HRIS for its 3,000 staff. ZDNet is reporting that the tender will be “for a multi-tenanted software as a service (SaaS) HR management system” covering the expected areas of:

  • Talent management
  • Performance and Development
  • Reporting and data analytics
  • Workforce planning
  • Collaboration
  • Along with employee and manager self service

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