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What if HR customers had a way of assessing the quality of the partners servicing their implementations? Would less projects run into budget and scope problems - or outright failure. Well, now they do, thanks to the upstarts at Raven Intel. During "HR tech week" in Las Vegas, at SuccessConnect 2018, Jon sat down with Bonnie Tinder and Michele of Raven Intel on the day of their official launch to dig into the motivations behind their mission - and business model. To coincide with their launch, Raven Intel released a study of 100 initial SAP customers and their experiences with consulting partners and HR vendors. Jon asks Bonnie and Michelle about the lessons they took from their study, and how troubled HR tech projects can become better HR tech projects. Bonnie and Michele explain why their approach is different than the big vendor peer review sites that are picking up steam. Jon also asks about the challenges they may face as they get customers to evaluate major consulting partners that aren't used to being publicly evaluated. Sidenote: Bonnie and Michele are childhood friends who have always wanted to work together - now they get their chance. Bonnie speaks first on the podcast.

Direct download: ravenintel-diginomica.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT
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In this in-depth on-site conversation, Jon Reed and SAP SuccessFactors expert and customer advocate Jarret Pazahanick break out what they've learned from a hectic two days in Vegas. The guys hit on the show's highs and lows, from news to executive keynotes to a powerful closer from Michael J. Fox. Jon asks Pazahanick to elaborate on his critique of the SuccessFactors partner and certification approach - and what needs to change. The 60 minute talk is a gut check from what Pazahanick heard at the SuccessFactors influencer event last spring, and where we are now. Jon asks Jarret to address the "Jarret is a Workday fanboy" jabs he gets from time to time. The guys leave with a view of where SuccessFactors needs to go from here, and some continuing mysteries around payroll as a cloud service - something Jon will be addressing more fully in an upcoming diginomica article.
Direct download: sfactors-reed-jarret-2018-review.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT
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At the Acucmatica analyst day, Jon Reed sat down with world class event troublemaker Brian Sommer not long after blowing a fuse. Jon sees if he can get Brian worked up again as the guys review current issues in HR tech, with the HR tech event season about to hit. The guys hit on problems in HR analytics and recruiting in this fairly short but spicy conversation.

Direct download: sommer-hr-tech-final.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT
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In this live conference wrap, taped on SuccessConnect day two, Jon Reed and SuccessFactors consultant Jarret Pazahanick kick around the key themes of the conference and provide a gut check. Pazahanick is known for his pesky questions, but this review catches Pazahanick in an upbeat mood. Pazahanick explains why his views on SuccessFactors have shifted, and the guys hit on multiple themes of the conference, including diversity and business without bias, Intelligent Services. mobile UX and more. The guys hit on under-reported news, keynote reviews, and Pazahanick detailed his biggest concerns going forward. Jon does manage to get Pazahanick in a feisty mood regarding ASUG's announcement of their "Partner Place" program for evaluating SAP consulting partners. 

Direct download: jarret-JR-successconnect16.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT
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In part two of their informal video hangout, Jon Reed of diginomica.com, Jarret Pazahanick and Luke Marson shift their focus to cloud HCM in the field. Using their recent podcast with Steve Bogner's SAP HCM Insighs as a starting point, Jarret and Luke talk about bad versus good practices in SuccessFactors consulting. the guys hit on the demand for SuccessFactors skills, the need for independent experts, and they hit the always-hot issue of SAP certification. Note: part one of this video chat, on S/4HANA and HCM, will be released soon.

Direct download: success-factors-field-views.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 9:30am EDT
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In the directors cut edition, Jon Reed of diginomica digs into the SuccessConnect 2015 show with outspoken SuccessFactors consultant Jarret Pazahanick. The show wrap finds Pazahanick suprisingly upbeat, but there are still key issues to discuss regarding consulting, certification, customer support, and sharing and measuring benchmarks.

Direct download: successconnect15wrap-reed-jarret.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT
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In the extended "directors cut" edition, Jon Reed of diginomica.com talks with James Sinclair of Enterprise Jungle live at SuccessConnect 2015. The guys chat on the value of cloud platforms, and specifically extensibility on SuccessFactors. The talk focuses on building apps on the HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) and why that has such an impact on customers.  Then the guys shift to challenges SAP faces on HCP adoption, and what changes are underfoot to address them. 

Direct download: hcp-sconnect15-sinclair.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT
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Sherryanne Meyer and Chris Paine join Jon Reed of diginomica.com to hash out the latest SAP HCM developments, with an eye towards the S/4 HANA future. The focus of this informal chat is customer and partner reactions and views; Meyer discusses her new role as ASUG HCM customer advocate. 

Direct download: Hashing_out_the_latest_SAP_HCM_and_S-4_HANA_developments.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT
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In part 2 of their talk on SaaS skills transitions, Jon is rejoined by Jarret Pazahanick and Luke Marson to talk about the SaaS skills transition. In part two of of this informal evening chat, the guys take a much deeper look at the impact of SaaS on customers and consulting models. They also sort through the SuccessFactors training and certification options, with opinions-a-plenty.

 

Direct download: becoming-hcm-saas-consultant-part2.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT
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In part one of a two part discussion, Jon is joined by Jarret Pazahanick and Luke Marson to get their insights on becoming an HCM SaaS consultant and the skills involved, with Luke and Jarret debunking myths about cloud consulting and sharing their view on how SaaS consultants must be different - and more current in their training. In part two, the guys will dig deeper into cloud consulting, as well as SuccessFactors training and certification issues.
Direct download: becomingsaasconsultant-partone.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 11:10am EDT
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In this informal chat, Jon talks with SAP SFSF cloud consultants Jyoti Sharma and Luke Marson about why customers are moving to the HCM cloud, why cloud consulting requires a different approach and value prop, and the do's and don'ts of successful SFSF Employeee Central implementations. A brief ASUG/Sapphire preview and SAP executive changes wraps the podcast.

Direct download: succefactorsecjonerpkickaround.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 7:35am EDT
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In this informal hangout session, Jon talks Hana Cloud Platform from the SuccessFactors side, with SAP HCM all pros and Mentors Chris Paine and Luke Marson. The guys talk about the potential of the HCP and also the issues SAP and partners need to overcome. The show wraps with a review of SAP's latest HCP announcements.

Direct download: jonerp-sap-hcm-apps.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT
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For the final edition of his "lost podcast series," Jon shares a frank summer podcast with Jarret that hits on themes of HCM lessons, blogging eithics, why independents matter, and some SAP HCM shop talk.

Direct download: jonerp-jarret-hcmfutures-lostpodcast3.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT
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​Jon and HCM ninja SAP Mentor Mentor Martin Gillet review recent HR events, and dig into Martin's passionate views on training, talent, and SAP certification​. Shoutouts to SAP HCM kung fu artists Chris Paine, Sharon Newton, Luke Marson, Jarret Pazahanick and more are included.

Direct download: jonerp-gillet-hcm.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 1:11am EDT
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