HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, announced the return of the wildly popular and groundbreaking webinar series entitled, “Assessing the Talent Management and HR Systems Landscape, an HRchitect Beauty Pageant.”
HRchitect conducted ten successful Beauty Pageants from November 2008 through May of 2009 and took a short hiatus for the summer months. The events will return on August 21, 2009 with Talent Acquisition Systems followed by Talent Management Systems on September 4, 2009. Best of all, these are free to the HR community and any other interested parties.
Each ‘Beauty Pageant’ focuses on a different category of HR technology such as Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, and HR/Payroll Systems and will feature up to six contestants. The contestants are all top vendors in each specific category.
The Talent Acquisition Systems Pageant is up first and will feature Hodes IQ, HRsmart, iCIMS (last year’s winner), SilkRoad, and Taleo. Talent Management Systems follows and at press time the confirmed vendor contestants are Jobpartners, Saba, Salary.com, and SumTotal Systems.
“The world of HR technology continues to puzzle many people,” commented Matt Lafata, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for HRchitect and the host of the Beauty Pageants, “and what better way to try and help solve that than through a fun and informative beauty pageant? Our continuous mission is to educate the public about HR technology options and we feel that these short, 8-10 minute presentations from multiple vendors, is a great way to do it AND keep people’s attention. The feedback we have received from these Beauty Pageants is absolutely tremendous and we are looking forward to producing many more of these events.”
HRchitect developed a format to help guide each vendor with an outline of what should be covered during each portion of the pageant. HRchitect came up with pageant categories and a guideline for vendors to loosely follow but of course leaves it up to each vendor to follow their own format:
Evening gown – To start off each portion, we are asking the vendor to come out in their best ‘outfit’ – corporate overview, history, specific identity, financial viability, marquee clients, leadership team, etc. This will be the grand entrance.
Swimsuit – Here the vendors will show some skin in this portion – usability, configurability, etc.
Talent – This portion will cover functionality, technology/integration, global ability, etc.
Interview – This will be the Q & A section from the audience.
At the end of each Beauty Pageant, the audience votes to determine who walks away with the crown and industry bragging rights.
“These beauty pageants are designed to give the audience a quick overview of the leading vendors and showcase their uniqueness and creativity,” added Tiffany Appleby, Director of Marketing for HRchitect and Production Manager for the Beauty Pageants. “Past participants have gotten extremely creative in their presentations and we thank them for their time and efforts in doing this. We truly believe this is a really great opportunity for anyone who is looking at purchasing any kind of HR technology solution to be able to learn more about several of the top systems in each category in a fun and informative format.”
The upcoming schedule of Beauty Pageants is as follows, and registration is available on the HRchitect web site:
August 21, 2009 – Talent Acquisition Systems
September 4, 2009 – Talent Management Systems
September 25, 2009 – Learning Management Systems
October 9 – Background Screening
October 16 – Mid-Market Talent Acquisition Systems
October 30 – Onboarding
November 6 – Performance Management Systems
November 20 – HR/Payroll Systems
December 4 – Workforce Management
December 11 – Compensation Management
Visit www.HRchitect.com to register for any of these free Beauty Pageants and learn more about some of the exciting educational and innovative events that HRchitect has coming up over the coming months.
Matt Lafata, HRchitect