HR Open Standards is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. We want to share some of our milestones with you and show you how we got to be the only independent, non-profit, volunteer-led organization dedicated to the development and promotion of a standard suite of specifications to enable human resource related data exchanges.
HR Open Standards hosted a webinar on Thursday, October 18th as a follow up to our meetings at HR Tech. This informational webinar was designed to give an in-depth overview about HR Open, our workgroups, networking opportunities, and the benefits of becoming a member.
Daniel Debow - CEO and Co-Founder of Helpful.com - Impacts of AI and HR Technology on Business Strategy
Daniel continued our discussion of AI and HI and how it impacts business strategy. From “HAL 9000” fiction to “Alexa” reality, AI has fascinated the masses for decades. AI now surrounds us in everyday life yet is hard for most of us to fully grasp or understand how it can be applied to our daily work. If you are involved with HR technology, your inbox is no doubt being inundated with webinar invites for the latest, greatest AI thing but how does it apply to HR? Daniel lead a candid discussion addressing questions that all leaders ask: what is the implication of AI for my business and talent strategy? How are new tools reshaping employee engagement?
Daniel Debow is the CEO and Co-Founder of Helpful.com, a video performance app for work. Most recently, he was SVP, Emerging Technologies at Salesforce. Previously, Daniel was the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Rypple, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011. Prior to Rypple, Daniel was on the founding team of Workbrain, which was acquired by Infor in 2007. Daniel has made over 50 angel investments and in 2015 was recognized as Canada’s “Angel Investor of the Year”.
If you're interested in the presentations given during our 2018 Annual Meeting in Toronto SAVE THE DATE for our 2019 Annual Meeting, April 11-12th at the Westin Crystal City in Washington D.C. This meeting is a great opportunity to learn about emerging HR trends and the impact of human resources integrations in government and business.
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Benoit Hardy-Vallée, Canadian Lead - HR Reinvention, Talent & Engagement, IBM Global Business Services -Artificial Intelligence and Human Experience in the Workplace
As our Friday Keynote Speaker, Benoit lead a talk about that in the new world of work HR departments are increasingly expected to become “experience designers” – i.e. ensuring that the physical, digital, and cultural environments enable employees to perform optimally throughout their career. A positive employee experience involves a higher level of personalization, transparency, simplicity, authenticity, and responsiveness in the delivery of HR services. Both within IBM and with our clients, we are now increasingly using AI-based systems to provide employees with a tailored experience. Flip through the slideshow below to see some examples of how organizations can initiate their own journey to transform their employee experience.
Benoit Hardy-Vallée consults with IBM clients to bring innovative practices, evidence-based techniques and digital best practices to HR leaders. As a consulting leader in the IBM Canada Talent & Engagement practice, he leads a team that develops strategies for digital change, HR cloud, HR reinvention, and Cognitive HR. Benoit has applied his expertise in organizations of all types, from Global 2000 to industrial consortia to public organizations. Through white papers and speaking engagements, Benoit has contributed to thought leadership and best practices sharing with IBM clients, and regularly shares his perspective on workforce science, engagement, and collaboration with various business audiences. With his wife Aurélie, he raises 2 daughters in Toronto, Estelle and Adèle. His personal and professional missions are the same: to create workplaces where they can have fulfilling careers.
Somen Mondal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ideal - When AI meets HR: Data, Trends and the Future of Recruiting
How can the everyday HR professional harness the power of AI?
Somen lead our 2018 Annual meeting by discussing how artificial intelligence works and it interacts within an HR environment and how that will lead to future trends in recruiting. Using real-life examples (think: Netflix, Amazon), Somen explained complex new technology into simple, relevant concepts. His talk contained data-backed analysis on what is possible right now and even more compelling, what the future holds for AI and HR.
Prior to Ideal, Somen served as Co- Founder and CEO of Field ID until it was successfully acquired in 2012. Somen’s accomplishments include spots on both the Profit Hot 50 and Deloitte Fast 50 lists. In 2012, Somen received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Today, Somen works with his team at Ideal to build software that recruiters love. Ideal uses artificial intelligence to automate time-consuming, repetitive recruiting tasks including sourcing, screening, and engaging candidates. Ideal eliminates human bias, improves quality of hire, enhances the candidate experience, and increases recruiter efficiency.
For more view Somen Mondal, Ideal Presentation
HR Open Standards Consortium Approved 4.1 HR-JSON Standards Available for Download
HR Open Standards Consortium has issued the approved release of the 4.1 data exchange specifications. This release includes JSON specifications for: Assessments, Benefits, Compensation, Interviewing, Recruiting, Screening, Timecard, and Wellness schemas.
Jason Sole from Direct Employers states, “This is an exciting time for HR Open Standards! For the last 18 months, dozens of volunteers from across the world, representing experts in many different domains of the HR Industry, have been working with dedication to build an industry leading standard. The 4.1 release is a full conversion of our XML standard to JSON and represents a step into the future. Leading with a simpler and easier to understand structure, the JSON standard is designed to easily integrate into the software development process. 4.1 solves both the need of data transfer across systems, and ease of use by the people who work with it.”
Jeff Grann, in his Credential Engine blog, describes the benefits of the new standards. "As HR products support open data specifications, HR professionals can expect continued innovations that help them be even more effective and valuable to their organizations."
HR Open Standards Consortium and PESC have worked together in the past. However, the new formal partnership will allow more fluid collaboration. Both organizations are excited about how this new level of co-operation will greatly benefit members of both organizations as well as the HR standards industry as a whole through the sharing of knowledge, development efforts and education.
Background screening potential candidates for employment can be a long and daunting task. “Many of these challenges will be addressed by evolving industry standards that will create greater uniformity in the background screening process,” said Kim Bartkus, Executive Director at HR Open
Standards Consortium. Read more about standards and streamlining the screening process using HR technology in Workforce.com.
Written by: Romuald Restout
A Quick Look into the Past
Towards the end of the 19th century, electrical engineering became one of the core engines of the second industrial revolution. As Nicholas Carr put it, in "The Big Switch," manufacturing energy provided factories "with a decisive advantage over other manufacturers. The company was able to expand the yield and efficiency of its factory. [...] Like other factories of the time, they were as much in the business of manufacturing energy as manufacturing goods". This of course, quickly changed, as power plants started to rise and provide energy at a low-cost to everyone.
An aspect that is often overlooked in that story is that none of this could have happened without the emergence of standards.
Written by: Mike Seidle
A good standard is one everyone uses.
Well, duh, right?
While I was on the board of directors for an international standards consortium (HR Open Standards), the biggest battle has always been getting developers to use the standard. When we did, we got amazing things to happen, like getting 18 states to start providing compliance receipts for job deliveries in just a few months. Like enabling entire marketplaces.
Nearly everyone who I’m aware of who launched an HR Open initiative has finished quickly for a few reasons: