InfoBox – HR and Tech Information http://infoboxinc.com HR and Tech Information Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:44:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 37833536 Seven High (and Low) Points of iOS7 http://infoboxinc.com/seven-high-low-points-ios7/ http://infoboxinc.com/seven-high-low-points-ios7/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:31:54 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1378 Today’s Special Tech Tips is a guest post from Travis Phillips.  Travis took a leave of absence from doing guest posts on this blog to go start his own blog but the siren song of providing Tech Tips pulled him back.  If you are interested in sustainable home building (green build) and being a conscientious […]

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Today’s Special Tech Tips is a guest post from Travis Phillips.  Travis took a leave of absence from doing guest posts on this blog to go start his own blog but the siren song of providing Tech Tips pulled him back.  If you are interested in sustainable home building (green build) and being a conscientious consumer, please visit his blog at http://buildingthought.wordpress.com/

Apple faithful have a shiny new operating system to gush over with iOS7, just as naysayers have fresh fuel for their gripes about everything Apple.  The more that changes, the more things stay the same, right?

apple-ios-7-logo-2Ignore these two extremes, and the rest of iOS7 users are likely to end up somewhere in the middle: some things about the new operating system that we like, and other things we’re not too crazy about.  Here’s a quick rundown of my seven favorite and not-so-favorite discoveries in iOS7:

 

Seven: Control Center
Many folks will ask why Apple didn’t add Control Center a long time ago.  Why not?  I have no idea, but I’m glad they finally got around to it.  How great to have easy access to brightness, flashlight, do not disturb, and other common settings by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen.  Of course, as airlines approve gate-to-gate usage of electronics, it may be a moot point for Control Center to include Airplane mode.  Or maybe iOS7.1 just needs to add a setting to configure what services (like cell and GPS) are turned off when Airplane mode is turned on.

Six: Clock
Yes, I realize there was a clock in the older operating systems, but there are a couple of iOS7 improvements I’m pretty happy about.  Specifically, I think it’s great that the timer now shows up on the lock screen, instead of having to unlock things and dig for the app … like when your hands are covered in flour and you’re wondering how much longer the pie is supposed to stay in the oven.  Also, the addition of a snooze feature for reminders and the alarm is long overdue and definitely welcome.

Five: Air Drop
It’s taken me a bit of time to figure out what is the point of Air Drop.  I mean, it’s not like it was that difficult (or any additional work) to email or text that awesome selfie to your buds in pre-Air Drop days.  And Air Drop is sloooow to load your nearby and drop-able friends (and doesn’t work on anything pre-iPhone 5).  As in “is this working?” slow.  But, for those occasions when you’ve got a whole bunch of photos or a video that you want to share with someone, Air Drop works great.  Sure, you still have to wait what seems like forever for your drop-able friends to appear on screen, but that’s a small price for the convenience of being able to easily and painlessly share a video that’s too big to email or a album of photos that would otherwise show up in an endless text stream.

Four: Landscape View for Music photo
iPod/Music controls have always worked best with iPhones and iPods in portrait view, but iOS7 takes usability to a new low when viewing the screen in landscape mode while listening to a playlist.  Honestly, I’m not even sure what it’s showing … and I certainly haven’t figured out how to do anything useful with this new “album wall.”  Even more frustrating is that the displayed albums aren’t even filtered to ones within the current playlist. I’d lock the screen orientation, except that Music is the only app I don’t like in landscape view.

Three:  Landscape View for Home Screens
While I’m on the topic of landscape (or horizontal) view, can I ask why the home screens on an iPhone won’t rotate when the phone is turned horizontal?  I realize this isn’t new in iOS7; iPhones have always been limited this way.  But why?  Home screens on the iPad rotate to landscape view, why can’t the iPhone?  Sure, the proportions of the iPhone screen mean that landscape view might not work as well as the more square iPad screen.  Still, it seems silly that the home screen wouldn’t rotate so it could be viewed in the same orientation as the app you just exited, for example.

Two: Calendar
Scrolling through the months is an improvement, as I was always challenged in the page-flipping skill department.  The new up-down scroll motion works more easily for me, but the change to how list view works is one I’m not as happy about.  Not only is it not intuitive (tap the magnifying glass icon, in case you’ve yet to find it), but it’s also not possible to add an appointment without exiting list view.  I’m sure some developer can tell me why this had to change in iOS7 and “list” couldn’t remain a view option just like week, month and year.

One: Apple Maps
Oh, boy.  Apple sure has made itself an easy target with its Maps app.  Still.

Yes, Apple Maps still has problems finding correct addresses.  And Siri (or Suri, depending on whose voice you want to hear) needs to head back to school for some pronunciation help.  Hawaiian locals and natives, for example, will be appalled when they hear her butcher Kamehameha, who established the Hawaiian kingdom in 1810 and for whom the entire Hawaiian school system is named, among other things.  He’s not exactly obscure.

But Apple Maps isn’t all bad news.  While I usually prefer Google Maps for navigation (mostly because I actually like to get where I’m going, but let’s set that aside for a moment), Apple has two features I really appreciate: after dusk, it switches to a less-bright “night” view, which is helpful to reduce distraction and glare when navigating after dark.

The second feature is even more helpful: in the iPhone’s settings, there are three volume adjustments for Apple navigation.  Even though both Google and Apple navigation mute other audio when offering guidance, Google’s audio often was at a lower volume than my music and wasn’t adjustable, meaning guidance was hard to hear if I didn’t have overall volume at a moderately high level.  In contrast, the highest volume setting for Apple Maps (which boosts or quiets guidance compared to the volume selected for general output) was much easier to hear when the general volume was at a moderate or lower level.  That would be enough to justify using Apple Maps, if its navigation was actually accurate.

In Summary

All in all, I think iOS7 is a worthwhile upgrade from iOS6.  There are a few tweaks I’d love to see, of course, but you can’t make all the people happy all the time, right?

If you’re looking for more tips and tricks, you can find a couple good resources at pocket-lint.com and techcrunch.com.

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Is HR Technology Conference Co-Chair Bill Kutik actually Bill Kutik? http://infoboxinc.com/is-hrtech-conf-bill-kutik-actually-bill-kutik/ http://infoboxinc.com/is-hrtech-conf-bill-kutik-actually-bill-kutik/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:05:28 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1354 Three years ago I thought maybe HR Technology Conference co-chair Bill Kutik was The Old Spice Guy, but I was wrong.  Two years ago I was pretty sure Bill was The Most Interesting Man In The World but yet again I was wrong.  Last year I certain Bill was Donald Trump but again I was […]

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Three years ago I thought maybe HR Technology Conference co-chair Bill Kutik was The Old Spice Guy, but I was wrong.  Two years ago I was pretty sure Bill was The Most Interesting Man In The World but yet again I was wrong.  Last year I certain Bill was Donald Trump but again I was wrong.  This year I pondered deep within (thus the delay in sending out this blog post), meditated for weeks, sought technology counsel and with the help of a therapist have finally decided to face facts.  Bill Kutik is actually Bill Kutik.  How did I reach this enlightened conclusion?  Let’s take a look at some of the notable quotes from Bill over the years:

Below is what I’ve been saying lately about HR Tech. Not that you need any of it. But feel free to steal it for yourself, quote me by name, or fougeddaboutit!

You have been one of the people best articulating why the conference is important for everyone in HR, where smart people realize everyone needs to learn more about tech or climb into the dumpster.

The major value proposition of HRT has always been: “Hey, VP, you’re scared by technology and don’t know dick about it. Which means you’ll be out of a job in five years. Come learn about it from colleagues at your level at a conference focused on getting the business benefits out of technology, not on the bits and bytes.

My phone?!?! You mean my clamshell?

Trip me and introduce yourself in Chicago

Is there any way I can subscribe except through RSS? I don’t use a reader and prefer to get those slightly late e-mail blog notifications from FeedBurner or FeedBlitz. Most folks seem to offer that. Everybody here in the HR nursing home wants to subscribe that way.

You know if we don’t break attendance records after all those posts and discounts (and your double), it will be proof positive that it’s just you guys reading each other!

You’re a techie. You do the math.

Chaos and madness await you. Just think of it like those prison movies where the guards have no power or control (except where it counts: trips to the “hole” a/k/a airplanes) and it’s every man for himself with the barter system and cigarettes the coin of the realm. And you’ll do fine.

Our first conversation was described as a strip search and body cavity search.

Given these quotes, it is pretty clear that Bill Kutik is one of kind and definitely not the Old Spice Guy, the Dos Equis Man or Donald Trump. On a side note, Bill will be retiring after the conference this year and passing the torch to Steve Boese.  Bill is one of a kind and will definitely be missed.

Of course it is that time of year when I remind the 3 people who are not aware that the HR Technology Conference is just around the corner.  The siren song of show girls, magicians and underwater circus shows compelled the conference organizers to move the conference back to Las Vegas. Pretty sure the casino floor shenanigans will be in full force and not to be missed.

#HRTechConf

It’s the 16th year of the conference and it will be held October 7-9, 2013 at Mandalay Bay. As in previous years, Bill Kutik has granted me the magic discount code.  Just use the Promo Code INFOBOX13 (all caps) when you register online www.HRTechConference.com to get $500 off the rack rate of $1,895. The discount does not expire until the conference ends on Oct. 9.

Taking a look at the agenda, I can’t wait for the HR Tonight Show session with hosts Bill Kutik and Naomi Bloom and staring Pat Milligan, Leighanne Levensaler, John Sumser and Brian Sommer. Making a return appearance to talk about Workforce Analytics in a session called Abandon All Guilt, Ye Who Enter Here! A Starter’s Guide to Workforce Analytics will be Brian Kelly and Julia Howes.  Their Workforce Analytics 101 session last year was the largest non-shootout breakout audience in 15 years.

I titled my wrap up blog post of the 2012 HR Technology Conference as “HR Technology Conference 2012-I’ll take Social Clouds for $500 please”.  Who knew I could see into the future, but this year the Jeopardy-winning IBM Watson Computer will be represented on stage the final morning of the conference for a conversation with industry luminary Rudy Karsan.

Here is what Bill Kutik has to say about this year’s conference:

Technology has crept into every function (maybe not sexual harassment hearings), and everybody needs to learn more about it. Generalists and Recruiters to get their jobs done and get promoted out of there. HR leaders to have their strategy enabled by technology and maybe get a few weekends off. HR-IT to get up on the latest and greatest. And CHRO and others to make technology decisions based on what they know, rather than what their reports know!

Plus there’s the international community that gathers only there, only once a year. Just about everybody you want to talk to – because you already care about HR technology or want to learn more – is there: HR leaders from world class companies; every industry analyst, consultant, influencer, thought-leader; press/bloggers; and just about every vendor that matters (often with its CEO or product people).

If you still need more information, head over to the conference website at www.HRTechConference.com or you can download the PDF of the full conference brochure. Don’t forget my promo code of INFOBOX13 (all caps) when you register online at http://www.HRTechConference.com/register.html to get $500 off the rack rate of $1,895.

If you still need a few more reasons why you should attend the conference watch this video.  I hope you see you in Las Vegas and as Bill Kutik would say: Trip me and introduce yourself in Las Vegas.

p.s. The Twitter hashtag for the conference is……wait for it……drumroll…#HRTechConf.

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BlackBerry 10 Jamboree Part 1 http://infoboxinc.com/blackberry-10-jamboree-part-1/ Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:13:17 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1339 Well it’s 2013 and RIM BlackBerry actually/seriously/finally released their new BlackBerry 10 Operating System and the BlackBerry Z10 & Q10 Devices.  Time will tell if the new devices are selling especially due to the delay between the announcement and the availability of the devices in the U.S. With the announcement of the BlackBerry 10 OS, […]

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Well it’s 2013 and RIM BlackBerry actually/seriously/finally released their new BlackBerry 10 Operating System and the BlackBerry Z10 & Q10 Devices.  Time will tell if the new devices are selling especially due to the delay between the announcement and the availability of the devices in the U.S.

With the announcement of the BlackBerry 10 OS, the Z10 and the Q10 I thought I would break up all the information into multiple blog posts.  I know you all have short attention spans so I didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much information all at once. In Part One I will cover the announcement of the new OS and the new Z10 and Q10 smartphones.  In future posts, I will cover more in depth reviews and tips.  Sit down, grab your reading glasses and a tasty adult beverage and prepare to immerse yourself in all things BlackBerry 10!!

Straight out of the gate is the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to hit the market known as the Z10.  Not surprisingly I turned to the experts at Crackberry.com to get the scoop on the Official Z10 Specs and Features.

Whoa. I think I got a bit ahead of myself and jumped right into the devices without stopping first at the new Operating System.  Oops.  Let me rectify this situation and send you next to the article with all the good information about the new BlackBerry 10 OS.  Go ahead and click the link. I’ll be waiting when you get back to serve up more juicy details about the new devices.

I don’t want you to think I am biased toward the Crackberry.com team so to round out the reviews of the new Z10, let’s pay a visit to the Z10 review from the gadget gurus at Engadget.com.  Two reviews not enough you say?  Well okay then, how about one more review of the new Z10 from the team at BGR.com.

I highly suggest you pour your second adult beverage of the day before continuing.

Wrapping up the coverage of the Z10 from ABC to USA today (with some WSJ and CIO thrown in for good measure), find out what the Tech Pundits are saying about Z10.

On the homestretch now so grab your third and final adult beverage (and possibly a magnifying glass).

BlackBerry Q10Not content with releasing just one new BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the over eager folks at RIM BlackBerry announced a second device with a very familiar looking hardware keyboard known as the Q10. Let’s mix it up this time and send you off to Engadget.com first for their hands-on review of the new Q10.

 

And finally, back to the Crackberry.com site for a wrap-up of the specs and feature of the new Q10 device.

Don’t forget to check back in soon to catch Part Two of my BlackBerry 10 Jamboree series.

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Tuesday Tech Tips http://infoboxinc.com/tuesday-tech-tips-121812/ Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:35:03 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1323 As we head toward the end of 2012 my brain sure is getting tired.  Too many irons in the fire as they say.  Speaking of irons. Oh wait, we are supposed to be speaking of tech tips.  Sorry got a little distracted.  On with the Tuesday Tech Tips show! Tired of your super secret text messages […]

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As we head toward the end of 2012 my brain sure is getting tired.  Too many irons in the fire as they say.  Speaking of irons. Oh wait, we are supposed to be speaking of tech tips.  Sorry got a little distracted.  On with the Tuesday Tech Tips show!

Tired of your super secret text messages showing up on your iPhone and iPad screen for all the world to see? Well it seems that Apple has an option for this if you know how to configure it correctly in notifications.  Fortunately I stumbled across this post on imore.com to show you How to increase the privacy of iMessage previews and alerts on your iPhone and iPad.

A day late and a dollar short but if you were wondering why you had some new toggle switches on TweetDeck, I can tell you why.  Head over to this timely October post on the TweetDeck blog for an explanation of the new look.

Are you thinking of moving to the next level of productivity with your iPad? Well then grab an external keyboard and hold on tight for the iWork vs. Documents To Go vs. Quickoffice Pro HD review.

Wait no more my Android fan boys and girls.  Facebook has finally released a native app for Android devices.  No more playing second fiddle to iOS.

Do you use Blogger or WordPress for your blog?  Love to bang out your posts while on the go? Have an iPad?  Well dang, have I got an article for you!  Click on over to read about the Posts iPad app for Blogger and WordPress.

Should you find yourself in a fleabag hotel with flakey power you might be thinking, I sure wish I had a surge protector with me but who wants to pack a bulky device?  Looks like USA Today tracked down an ultra portable Surge Protector!

WaxVacAnd finally I leave with one of my most important gadget finds this year.  Something never talked about in public but whispered about in dark alleyways.  My friends, I give you the one, the only, the WaxVac!

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Tuesday Tech Tips http://infoboxinc.com/tuesday-tech-tips-120412/ Mon, 03 Dec 2012 23:39:12 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1308 Wow, it’s already December and 2012 is fading quickly in the rear view mirror.  Thanksgiving is behind us which of course means that Jingle Bells is being played in every elevator, restaurant and call center on-hold line.  I’m feeling a little Bah Humbug this year so don’t count on a holiday oriented tech tips post.   […]

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Wow, it’s already December and 2012 is fading quickly in the rear view mirror.  Thanksgiving is behind us which of course means that Jingle Bells is being played in every elevator, restaurant and call center on-hold line.  I’m feeling a little Bah Humbug this year so don’t count on a holiday oriented tech tips post.   For this post I dug up some “mobile oriented” gadgets so buckle your seat belt…

I’ve been hearing all sorts of good stuff about this new iPhone dock from Elevation Labs.  It’s beautifully machined from a block of aluminum and iMore.com has a great review and some great pictures of the Elevation dock.

Not a fan of the iPad?  Looking for an alternative with a built in stylus?  Maybe you should take a quick look at the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.  This tablet won’t appeal to everyone but maybe the Galaxy Note feature set is what you are looking for so head over to Engadget for their review of this interesting 10” tablet.

Do you have multiple Google accounts? Tired of manually switching between accounts and manually typing in your password?  Fortunately the tech sleuths at The Verge have uncovered the Google “Account chooser”.  All bow to the Google.

For all of you Urban Warriors that find yourself on your cell phone in the wind tunnels between tall buildings, Jabra has a new Bluetooth headset called the “Wave” that has sophisticated wind reduction technology.  Our friend Gary at Android Central has all details of the Jabra Wave including a quick video.

If you are like me and use your Smartphone as a GPS device or for playing music/podcasts you might want to take a peek at the new hands free car kit from TomTom. This updated car kit claims to have higher quality audio.  It works for both iPhone and Smartphones with a micro USB port.

I have a feeling this next “device” just might blow the minds of all my coffee loving friends.  Fiat has announced that their new 500L will offer a Lavazza espresso machine as an option.  It sits right between the front seats ready to dispense espresso at will.  Autoblog has all the details including pictures and video.  Should this option make its way into U.S. Fiat 500Ls, I would remind my readers that hot coffee, cars, laps and spillage are not compatible.

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Thanksgiving Tech Tips http://infoboxinc.com/thanksgiving-tech-tips/ Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:25:19 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1290 For all of the procrastinators out there, I thought I would nudge you out of the La-Z-Boy and into the kitchen to start prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner. What did you just say?  You don’t have the appropriate Thanksgiving gadgets and apps for a tech dude/dudette?  Don’t despair, I did a little research for you and […]

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For all of the procrastinators out there, I thought I would nudge you out of the La-Z-Boy and into the kitchen to start prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner. What did you just say?  You don’t have the appropriate Thanksgiving gadgets and apps for a tech dude/dudette?  Don’t despair, I did a little research for you and came up with a couple of ideas:

Electric-Wine-OpenerNo Thanksgiving celebration is complete without a glass of wine at hand at all times to take the edge off of the family gathering.  I don’t want anyone to break a nail so check out this electric wine opener from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute.  Any gadget that says it has “perfect worm insertion” is on the top of my gadget list.  Now go drink a bottle of wine and then say “electric wine opener from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute”. Don’t forget to come back and leave a comment and let me know what you actually said after drinking the bottle of wine.

Next up on the list is perusing all the apps related to Thanksgiving on your mobile device.  Fortunately the folks at e-junkie.com have already complied 5 Must Have Apps To Enliven Your Thanksgiving.

362651-belkin-chef-stand-stylusWith your menu all figured out, it’s time to get down to brass tacks and start the cooking.  You don’t want to get your tablet iPad all dirty so make sure you have the Belkin Chef Stand. This tablet iPad stand will keep your tablet iPad safe from food splatters and comes with an oversize stylus.

Talking-ThermoWith the turkey in the oven, you have better things to do (see electric wine opener above) than stand around in the kitchen waiting for the Turkey to cook.  I suggest the flipping the on switch for the Oregon Scientific Talking Thermometer and let the gadget call you back into the kitchen when the bird is ready.

KitchenPadFinally, should you decide to actually serve up more than just a turkey you probably have a need for kitchen timer. Why bother with a separate gadget when you already have your tablet iPad sitting on the Belkin Chef Stand.  With 9 total timers and cute graphics, the iOS KitchenPad Timer is the perfect timer gadget.

That’s it for another Tech Tips. As Ferris Bueller would say:

Bon Appetite and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Another year, another HR Technology Conference in the bag.  Congratulations as usual to Bill Kutik, David Shadovitz and LRP.  Hard to believe this year was the 15th Annual HR Technology Conference.  Straight from the mouth of official website:

“With record-breaking attendance and record-breaking exhibits plus attendees from dozens of countries around the world, it truly was an international annual Town Meeting!”

I must agree on the record-breaking attendance and record-breaking exhibits.  The conference felt HUGE this year. Really really HUGE.  I half expected to see Naomi Bloom riding an elephant through the Expo Hall.  Hmmm. Mental note: Expo Hall, Elephant, Naomi Bloom. Check. As we head back to Las Vegas for next year’s conference the challenge will be how to provide a meaningful conference experience for everyone as attendance creeps towards Oracle OpenWorld status.  With this challenge maybe we should subtitle the conference for next year to be “Survivor Las Vegas”.

In my blog post for last year’s conference I mentioned we were at a tipping point on the Social Media factor.  This year, we flung ourselves over that tipping point to where every fourth word at the conference was “Social”.  The Twitter stream was actually a firehose on Monday and Tuesday.   I would be interested to know if people found the tweets helpful/informative or if they were overwhelmed by the sheer number of tweets in the #HRTechConf stream.  On the conference technology front, the Wi-Fi was pervasive throughout McCormick Place and was rock solid. The HR Tech 2012 Mobile app was great and so very helpful to us mobile-techno-junkies.

The expo floor as always was chock full of vendors.  The floor seemed a little more relaxed this year versus previous years.  I didn’t see vendors actively body blocking people walking down the aisles to make their pitch and I didn’t see attendees doing a hit and run at the booths to fill their bag with conference swag but I also didn’t walk the Expo floor with Dwane Lay and Paul Smith but I’m getting ahead of myself.  Could it be that people where more grown up this year?  I think SAP gets the award for what appeared to be the largest booth covering both SAP and SuccessFactors.

iPads were the preferred device in the expo hall and for the attendees taking notes.  There was no contest. Apple wins this note taking device segment hands down.  On the smart phone front, the preferred device was…..drum roll please….white.   Yes white. White iPhone 4, white iPhone 4S, white iPhone 5 (I saw plenty of iPhone 5’s), white Samsung Galaxy S III, white HTC One X.  White is the new black.  I did see one yellow Nokia Lumia Windows phone but that was attached to someone attending at different conference so I guess that doesn’t really count.

So enough frivolities, let’s get down to brass tacks.  Major themes at the conference: Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud.  Last year gamification was big and while I personally didn’t see it have a big presence this year, others have told me otherwise. Lest we forget about poor little Core HR in the info blast regarding social, mobile, analytics and cloud, vendors such as Oracle, SAP, Workday, ADP and Ceridian had ginormous booths to remind us that Core HR and Payroll are still relevant.  Core HR User Interfaces have been modernized and you can have it in the cloud.

Any vendor that wanted to be in the game showed off their social capabilities.  Any vendor that wanted to be in the game showed off their mobile capabilities. Any vendor that wanted to be in the game showed off their analytics capabilities. Any vendor that wanted to be in the game talked about their cloud strategy.  Wait, cloud?  What happened to SaaS?  Oh silly readers, SaaS is so Q1 2012.  Catch-up!! It’s called “The Cloud” now.  #whatever.  Speaking of clouds, one of my best overheard conversations was:

“We are all in the cloud, can’t we all get along?”

So what does this all mean?  Generally speaking it means most vendors are now on board with Social, Mobile, Analytics and SaaS/Cloud.  Their offerings will be in various states of maturity but they have now moved past the whispering in the product management meeting halls.  As for HR Executives, it means your options in HR software are probably getting exponentially larger.  That 5 year HR Technology roadmap that I am sure you already have and update every year now needs to be updated. As usual, your HR Technology roadmap is used to specify the technology needed to solve a business issue.  Don’t just throw up the social, mobile, analytics and cloud offerings of your existing software without first understanding the when, where, why and how first.

It looked to me like the panel sessions generated the most interest (and tweets) from the attendees.  Notable among these were the Talent Management panel, Social Media Panel and the CHRO panel.  The Big Kahuna panel was the “Bringing HR Into The Cloud – Naomi’s Master Panel” moderated by duh Naomi Bloom.  If you were hoping for a tech brawl between Steve Miranda (Oracle), Mike Capone (ADP), Sanjay Poonen (SAP), John Wookey (Salesforce.com), Stan Swete (Workday) and Adam Rogers (Ultimate Software) you were probably disappointed.  The panel agreed about the cloud more than they disagreed.  That aside it was an amazing panel and a full house for an 8:45am session the morning after the majority of the vendor parties.

One of the more popular customer sessions was Ben Brooks and Laurie Ledford from Marsh who led a session on implementing and using social technologies at Marsh University.  Engaging and honest.  As always the Awesome New Technologies session played to a packed house with the usual tweet zingers for some of the products.

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Fascinating takeaways from this year:

  • Taxi drivers who sing Motown in falsetto can be very entertaining on a long drive from the airport to the hotel.
  • I have no sense of direction inside shopping malls and convention centers.
  • The chairs on the stage for Naomi’s master panel looked like they belonged on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
  • Holding an HR Technology Conference and the Chicago Marathon at the same time makes for some very interesting taxi rides from befuddled taxi drivers.
  • The Press room really needs some windows or maybe a nice string quartet playing in the corner.
  • Last year in my blog post I suggested Bill Kutik needed a smart phone advisor.  Apparently Marcia Conner took up the challenge.  Good for her (and for Bill).
  • You can easily gain 10 pounds from eating at all the great restaurants in Chicago.
  • A number of vendors were in “Deep Beta”.

Wait, what about Dwane Lay and Paul Smith? Oh yes. Thanks for reminding me.  With their hysterically funny SWAG video from last year’s HR Technology Conference, Dwane and Paul decided to give us an encore performance.  I give you the 2012 HR Technology Conference SWAG video:

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Tuesday Tech Tips http://infoboxinc.com/tuesday-tech-tips-073112/ http://infoboxinc.com/tuesday-tech-tips-073112/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 05:00:28 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1214 Hey Gmail users! Are you used to doing the copy/paste dance to create emails instead of clicking on an email link on a website to avoid having the wrong email client pop up?  Via the magic of HTML5 and the magic of Gmail, you can open those email links via a Gmail compose window. Head […]

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Hey Gmail users! Are you used to doing the copy/paste dance to create emails instead of clicking on an email link on a website to avoid having the wrong email client pop up?  Via the magic of HTML5 and the magic of Gmail, you can open those email links via a Gmail compose window. Head over to official Gmail Blog to learn how to open email links directly in Gmail using Chrome.

If you were living under a rock you might not have heard the news from a couple of weeks ago about Facebook changing everyone’s default email to a Facebook.com account. In light of this change, Lifehacker created a post on a number of things you can do to get your Facebook account under control.

My iPhone 4S sucks the battery down like crazy so I turn Bluetooth on only when I need it and then turn it right back off.  iOS does not provide an easy method to do this BUT there is an app call Bluetooth OnOff that will turn Bluetooth on or off with just one tap of the App Icon.  You can find more information about Bluetooth OnOff over at imore.com.  For best results using the App, go to App Settings (after installing it) for Bluetooth OnOff and set the slide to “ON”.

Have you been using the redesigned Gmail the last couple of months and still not happy with the changes?  Maybe some density or theme changes might help you. Check out Jason Crawford’s post on How to cope with the Gmail redesign for some great tips.  Even if you don’t need the tips check out the lively comments following his post.

I love my Nike+ sensor and Apps for my iPhone, especially when Lance Armstrong congratulates me on a new personal best.  Given the meteoric of Android smartphones, Nike has released the Nike+ running App for Android. Not wanting to leave out their loyal fan base of iOS users, Nike also released a new iOS version with a major UI overhaul.  Lifehacker has a video and write-up of the Android and iOS Nike+ Running App.

joeybra_iphone_carrying_braAnd with another Tech Tips post just about wrapped up, I leave you with something for all the dancing ladies out there. It’s called the JoeyBra and it gives you discreet pockets on the side to stash your cell phone, credit cards, IDs and keys while you are out and about on the town. I think I will just let you click on over to the imore.com site where they give you all the details about the JoeyBra.

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Is HR Technology Conference Co-Chair Bill Kutik Donald Trump? http://infoboxinc.com/is-hr-technology-conference-co-chair-bill-kutik-donald-trump/ http://infoboxinc.com/is-hr-technology-conference-co-chair-bill-kutik-donald-trump/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:30:06 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1181 Two years ago I thought maybe HR Technology Conference co-chair Bill Kutik was The Old Spice Guy, but I was wrong.  Last year I was pretty sure Bill was The Most Interesting Man In The World but yet again I was wrong.  So I went back to the InfoBox secret bunker and put the best minds […]

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Two years ago I thought maybe HR Technology Conference co-chair Bill Kutik was The Old Spice Guy, but I was wrong.  Last year I was pretty sure Bill was The Most Interesting Man In The World but yet again I was wrong.  So I went back to the InfoBox secret bunker and put the best minds together.  I’m sure I nailed it this year.

Here are some notable quotes from The Donald:

A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.

Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big

I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.

I get up, take a shower and wash my hair. Then I read the newspapers and watch the news on television, and slowly the hair dries. It takes about an hour. I don’t use the blow dryer. Once it’s dry I comb it. Once I have it the way I like it — even though nobody else likes it — I spray it and it’s good for the day.

I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding… I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can.

Some notable quotes from Bill:

A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.

Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big and use Promotion Code INFOBOX12 to get $500 of the HR Technology Conference rack rate.

I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.

I get up, take a shower and wash my hair. Then I read the HR Technology Conference Group on LinkedIn and watch the news on television, and slowly the hair dries. It takes about an hour. I don’t use the blow dryer. I go out on my sail boat and let the wind be the blow dryer. Once it’s dry I comb it. Once I have it the way I like it — even though nobody else likes it — I spray it and it’s good for the day.

I have people that have been studying [Duffield’s S-1] and they cannot believe what they’re finding… I would like to have him show his S-1, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can.

There you have it.  Pretty sure Bill is really Donald Trump in hiding.  All kidding aside, it’s that time of year when I do my best to convince you to attend one of the most important HR technology conferences known as the HR Technology Conference & Exposition.  The conference is back in Chicago in October so bring a hearty appetite and no fear of heights.

HR Technology Conference

15th Annual HR Technology Conference & Expo

It’s unbelievable but it is the 15th year of the conference. I was going to write up some snappy commentary about this year’s conference but I will let Bill Kutik explain in his own words:

A generational shift is happening in computing – have you felt it? – making this the most important year ever for you to attend the HR Technology® Conference. Why? Both to hear what the experts think – they will all be there, as usual – but also for you to help our international community figure out what it all means.

The major drivers are The Cloud and Social Technology in the Enterprise. Make no mistake. Only HR Technology® brings enough of our community together to make it collectively wise enough to help you plot your future, while solving the problems you still face today.
If you joined us in Vegas last year, you know the facts:

  • 30% more attendees than the 2010 record
  • 27 countries represented, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and South Korea (with eight executives from four organizations)
  • All 10 of the “world’s most powerful HR technology experts,” as selected by Human Resource Executive®, attended
  • A record 220 exhibitors in our largest Exposition ever

I am looking forward to Naomi Bloom’s Master Panel on Bringing HR into The Cloud. How she managed to get all these Application Vendor Titans on one panel is a tight lipped secret. Other notable sessions include A Starter’s Guide to Workforce Analytics by Brian Kelly and the Sixth Annual Talent Management Panel hosted by Jason Averbook.

If you still need more information, you can download the PDF of the full conference brochure or read the post-conference blog posts from last year’s conference. I highly recommend my post-conference blog post: HR Technology Conference 2011 – You had me at Swirl

Don’t forget my promo code of INFOBOX12  (all caps) when you register online www.HRTechConference.com to get $500 off the rack rate of $1,795.  Bonus for this year is my discount code does not expire until the conference ends on October 10th.

Still not convinced?  Watch this video from Bill Kutik on what other influential people have written about the conference.

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Tuesday Tech Tips–iOS 5 Special Edition http://infoboxinc.com/tuesday-tech-tips-ios-5-special-edition/ Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:33:06 +0000 http://infoboxinc.com/?p=1163 In my last Tech Tips post I mentioned I had been saving up a few tips.  With iOS 6 rapidly approaching, I thought it best to deliver all my iOS 5 tips before they become outdated.  No snarky comments please about timing. You will get your tech tips when I feel like it and you […]

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In my last Tech Tips post I mentioned I had been saving up a few tips.  With iOS 6 rapidly approaching, I thought it best to deliver all my iOS 5 tips before they become outdated.  No snarky comments please about timing. You will get your tech tips when I feel like it and you will like it!

Cut the iTunes syncing cord!  Check out this article from Lifehacker on How to setup Wi-Fi Sync in iOS5.  Watch the video as it has ALL the necessary steps to get this working.

Everyone has a cloud these days even Apple.  Don’t be left out by watching this video on How to setup iCloud in iOS 5.

Did you know you had some options on how Notification Center works on your Apple mobile device?  No?  Well goodness me, go watch this video on How to change Notification Center in iOS 5.

If you have been living under a rock you might not know that Twitter was integrated into iOS 5.  The iMore team has 4 simple steps to setup iOS 5 Twitter integration for iPhone or iPad.

It’s no Letterman Top 10 list but when you are hiding in your secret bunker you might want to know about the Top 10 Secret Siri commands.

Now that you know secret Siri commands, I command you to read Siri: The Ultimate GuideEverything you need to know about setting up Siri securely, and all the Siri commands for phone, email, messaging, alarms, timers, reminders, calendars, weather, music, maps, and more!

Cut the iTunes cor…oh wait, I already have a tip that starts like this. Oops.  Well here is another great tip on how to update your iPhone or iPhone OS software over the air instead of having to connect your device to your computer.

If you are like me you probably have an iPod Touch, an iPhone and an iPad and want  iMessage to see all your devices as if they were one device. No problem, the steps to enable iMessage syncing between iPhone iPod Touch and iPad can be found on the macgasm site.

I’m sure you poured over all these iOS tips and took copious notes. Right?  Well I hope you at least bookmarked this blog post and added a task in your To-do list to review these tips every week (at least until iOS 6 comes out).

For all you BlackBerry users out there…sorry, I got nothing.  Check back again in January 2013 when BlackBerry 10 devices launch.

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