The Change-Culture Connection – Where to Start?

The study of organizational culture is nothing new, but it is finally getting more consideration in the practice of Change Management—and this raises a lot of questions. What are the connections between culture, business leadership, and transitions? How can this information be used in strategies? What approaches should be applied when culture is x, y, or z? It’s often hard to know where to start to understand a client’s complex culture, so I thought I’d share my favorite change-culture resources. Read more

Oracle PeopleSoft Fluid is better than sliced bread. Really.

If you’ve made the move to Fluid, the rest of this blog will just make you smug. For those who haven’t moved to the latest PeopleSoft user interface, let me provide you with both practical reasons and financial reasons on why you’d want to update your PeopleSoft to a modern user interface (UI).

The #1 reason organizations change from PeopleSoft to another system is the UI. Thousands of organizations have self reported this fact through the Sierra-Cedar HR Systems Survey[1]. Read more

PeopleSoft Commitment – Indefinitely, That’s Definite!

Recently, I met with Marc Weintraub from Oracle to discuss some ideas that may not be crystal clear to PeopleSoft customers or the public at large. At the top of our list was, “What did Oracle mean when it said, ‘Oracle is fully committed to supporting and investing in its PeopleSoft solutions indefinitely’?”1 That’s a long time—“indefinitely.” Read more

Hosting PeopleSoft in the Cloud

There is some uncertainty about what it means to move PeopleSoft “to the Cloud.” The simplest description is running your PeopleSoft (PSoft) system outside of your facility—in someone else’s facility. There are many options available. There are options regarding what you are responsible for and what the vendor is responsible for (e.g., patching SW, security, where/what country you want the facility, among many others). I see PeopleSoft in the Cloud as really how ERP services were provided in the past and how ERP services can be provided now—moving from the physical data center you grew up with to a more effective environment in the Cloud. Read more

You’ve Come a Long Way, Survey

Reflections on Technology, Transparency, and the Changing Culture of People and Work through the Eyes of a 20-Year-Old Survey    Take a moment and look back to where you were 20 years ago, in 1997… I was a young mother, working on a graduate degree, applying for an internship that would eventually change my life. […]

Survey Says: Payroll, HRMs, and Talent—Oh My!

survey_says-4It might be hard to believe, but at one point in time, watching a favorite classic movie once a year was a real treat. Growing up in a little Ohio town in Midwest USA, not only did we walk to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm, but we also had a distinct lack of streaming videos. In the dark days of broadcast TV, one of my favorite annual events was watching Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.” And yes, I understand that today there is a great deal of meaning placed on that movie for what it did and did not do well in handling sensitive political and social issues of the time—nonetheless, it also made a big impression on me.
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Survey Says: Mobile and HR Self Service Make a Great Couple

survey_says-3The women in my family have faithfully passed down a very special skill from generation to generation. While other families pass down amazing cooking skills or timeless gardening capabilities, my family passes down bargain hunting. The polite terms are “frugal” and “thrifty,” but to each successive generation, the women of my family teach their bargain-hunting shopping skills—the art of tirelessly tracking down the best quality products at the lowest prices no matter the miles walked. I bring this up to share that shopping for my family is truly a sport. Read more

Evaluating the Cloud: Cloud World and HCM World

Cloud World and HCM World—have you heard of them? They’re not what you might first think; not OpenWorld and definitely not a mythical world up above. These are real-world conferences focused on all things “Cloud” and HCM. Top thought leaders discuss what they’ve seen; and better, what they see coming for services in the Cloud.

Sierra-Cedar has attended several Cloud World conferences in the past and found them very worthwhile. At HCM World this year, we will have a kiosk where we’ll discuss our HCM expertise, Cloud experience, and share our HR Technology Survey. Read more

Survey Says: Workforce Management, the Unsung Hero of HR

survey_says-2The passage of time is relative to the topic. When we think about our families, children, and partners, they grow and change so much in what seems like the blink of an eye, the years that pass by so quickly are expected. On the other hand, when looking back on our days at work, we are utterly shocked when we realize that we can begin to share work-related experiences in terms of decades. So, it is with some chagrin that I can honestly say that it has been more than a decade and a half since I was educated on the importance of the Workforce Management Application to an organization’s operation. Up till then, I had seen the direct value of Payroll applications, core HR data, learning solutions, and even early Talent solutions—but as a member of HR, it wasn’t until I was asked to work with the operations team for a large retail organization that I came to understand how central the Workforce Management applications were to all other areas of HR. Read more

Survey Says: HR’s Plans for Technology in 2015

survey_says-1Every year those “in the know” spend time gazing into the future (or their navel, depending on their creative process) with the hopes of picking out those pearls of wisdom that will enlighten and prepare their audience for the coming year. Every industry has its pundits, wise ones, and data collectors, each of them looking at the challenge from a different perspective; the HR community is certainly no different.

For 2015, we at Sierra-Cedar chose to forgo the crystal ball (or LCD monitor) for our predictions and instead have decided to share a few unpublished nuggets from the Sierra-Cedar 2014–2015 HR Systems Survey analysis, kicking off this Survey Says article series with our Survey participants’ actual plans for 2015. Read more


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