HR transformation: Four takeaways from HR Tech World San Francisco

Diletta D'OnofrioBy Diletta D’Onofrio

Some might argue data is an organization’s most valuable asset. Others will unequivocally say it’s your people. But few will debate this: those companies who manage to bring together the latest in technology with the best of the employee will outperform the competition and be the leaders in the marketplace.

This intersection of people and tech was on full display last week at HR Tech World in San Francisco. I had the privilege of attending the two-day event, where I mingled with Human Resource Officers (HROs), learned from keynote speakers and thought leaders, and tested the latest tech solutions at the vendor booths. From SAP SuccessFactors to Workday, IBM to Cornerstone, Deloitte to ADP – they were all there, making this conference a must-attend for those like me who are interested in exploring the latest ideas, best practices, and technologies to transform HR in the digital era.

Here are a few of my takeaways from my two days at HR Tech World:

  • “Breaking HR”:  So much has changed in the last five years, say nothing of the last 30 years. And yet, as Cisco Chief People Officer Francine Katsoudas explained in her presentation, many global, Fortune 100 organizations are still running HR processes and technologies that were developed for a 1970’s workplace. Katsoudas argued that to capitalize on the promise of the digital age companies must think and work differently, which means incremental HR improvements may need to be pushed aside in favor of a complete overhaul. In other words, we must have the courage to “break HR” if we want to truly lead the Future of Work.
  • Put people at the center: An organization’s digital transformation initiative cannot succeed without effective workforce transformation. Internal processes need to follow the employee experience and not the other way around. Tech-native millennials have new expectations around what makes for a great workplace. Saddling them with archaic processes or legacy systems is a recipe for failure, a sure-fire way to doom any transformation effort. As HR thought leader, author, and LeapGen CEO Jason Averbook noted on stage, “HR technology drives culture,” so invest in the best tech.
  • Tech is getting smarter, faster, easier: It seems like just yesterday that vendors at events such as this one were touting their cloud capabilities as a tech differentiator, but now the cloud is table stakes. Today, the new tech battleground is around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) – you couldn’t walk five feet without hearing new vendor strategies and technology capabilities to help automate and accelerate routine tasks that were once the domain of only humans. “Rethink processes with machine learning,” demanded Yvette Cameron, SVP and Global Head of Strategy at SAP SuccessFactors, in her presentation. She asked, “are your systems and processes ‘continuous, connected, intelligent, and live?'”
  • Data integration – The keys to unlocking HR transformation: To be honest, I got lost a few times in the Exhibition Hall, what with the dozens of vendor booths touting their solutions for recruiting and onboarding, payroll and compensation, learning and development, performance management, workforce planning and analytics, and more. While many vendors offer “HR suites,” with several applications that are said to seamlessly work together, I spoke with several HROs who admitted they’ve got dozens of HR applications in place across their enterprise, and often from multiple vendors. Maybe ADP for payroll, Cornerstone for performance management, Workday for talent management, and so on. Getting them all to work together remains a struggle for most companies, putting a strain on budgets, resources, productivity, and time-to-value. Time and again, I heard – “Integration, integration, integration!” – the companies I met, across all industries and of all sizes, repeatedly said it was a top priority to find better, faster ways to integrate apps and data sources across complete, end-to-end business processes, such as hire-to-retire, for example.

It was a great two days. Lots learned, and lots to do as we continue to help our customers in HR integrate their applications and data sources to accelerate HR transformation. I look forward to next year’s HR Tech World event.

Diletta D’Onofrio leads the Digital Transformation Group at SnapLogic. Follow her on Twitter @ddonofrio13.

SnapLogic recognized by Mogul as top workplace for millennial women

By Laura Selig

At SnapLogic, we know that a diverse workplace powers innovation and drives growth. Only by bringing in people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives can we truly build an innovative company for the ages.

So we were thrilled to learn that SnapLogic has been recognized as a top employer for millennial women by Mogul, a leading technology platform and recruiting site that enables professional women around the world to connect, share information and knowledge, and network. We’re proud to report that SnapLogic was ranked #21 on Mogul’s list of the Top 100 Companies For Millennial Women in 2017.

Based on two years of interviews, surveys, and research, Mogul set out to identify the top 100 companies worldwide that are actively leading initiatives to achieve gender equity in the workplace. Mogul notes, with millennials increasingly joining and impacting the workforce, these 100 companies “collectively have the opportunity to shape workplace innovation and accelerate cultural transformation.”

At SnapLogic, more than 30 percent of our global employees in engineering or technical roles are women – higher than the industry average – and we’re working hard to drive this number even higher by fostering a work environment that is focused on inclusiveness and continuous career development. Additionally, SnapLogic’s affinity group, Women@SnapLogic, provides an internal networking group for women to build community and discuss topics relevant to women in the workplace. Female engineers at SnapLogic are working on breakthrough projects in cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and more, helping to drive our innovation agenda forward.

Are you passionate about technology and looking to put your skills and experience to work at a dynamic, innovative enterprise software upstart? Be sure to check out SnapLogic’s current job openings.

Laura Selig is Vice President, People at SnapLogic.

 

Introducing SnapLogic Community

We are happy to announce that our new SnapLogic Community is live!

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Created by popular demand - it’s been running in alpha and beta for a few months – the community is a place where we encourage customers to ask questions about SnapLogic’s software integration tools and share their expertise and best practices. Whether you’re looking for help or have tips or tricks, the goal is to provide a community that helps each other.

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  • Want assistance configuring a particular Snap? Post a question in the Snap Packs category.
  • Interested in sharing a pipeline you have found to be particularly useful? Write about it in the Designing Pipeline category.
  • Want to build your own Snap Pack? Go to the Developing Snaps category.

And yes, we are involved. SnapLogic developers, product managers, field teams, and others review the posts as they come in and when they are updated, but we will rely on the community to support each other.

How to get started

The SnapLogic community is currently for SnapLogic customers only. If you’re a customer with a verified customer email domain, it won’t take us long to approve you and grant you access. 

Go to https://community.snaplogic.com/ to request access. 

When approved, look out for an email with further instructions.

Once you’re approved and logged in, take a look at the content already provided by customers and SnapLogic employees who took part in the alpha and beta releases. Find something particularly useful? Go ahead and “Like” the post. Want to contribute to a thread or have a question? Please do! This community is for you. You will help drive the direction the community takes as it evolves. As your Community Manager, I will occasionally ask for suggestions for the site, but feel free to post ideas that you might have as they come up to the Community Info category.

We’re looking forward to growing this community. Sign up today and let us know what you think.

Request access at  https://community.snaplogic.com/.

SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon Shares His “Founder Story” with Ignition Partners

Founding a startup is not for the faint of heart. Raising capital, building product, managing teams, winning customers, fending off competitors — the list goes on and on. Every successful entrepreneur knows you can’t go it alone, you’ve got to find strategic, committed, supportive partners that will help you through the tough times and propel you forward in good times.

SnapLogic found exactly that in Ignition Partners back in 2012. In the trenches together now for the past four years, the two have grown SnapLogic into what it is today and look forward to helping the company along its path to becoming a world-class cloud software company for the ages.

Reflecting on the partnership, SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon sat down with the team from Ignition to share his thoughts on the daunting fundraising process, overcoming bumps in the road, and why Ignition is the ideal partner for SnapLogic. Gaurav is joined in the “Founder Stories” video by other Ignition portfolio executives including Laura Mather of Unitive, Godfrey Sullivan and Erik Swan of Splunk, Kumar Sreekanti of BlueData, Jonathan Gray of Cask and Amy Chang of Accompany.

Below are excerpts from Gaurav’s conversation with Ignition Partners.

On the daunting fundraising process:

“Your product gets examined, people need to take apart the idea and put it together again in front of your eyes. For a lot of founders and entrepreneurs, it’s very difficult to have someone sort of decompose your baby right in front of you.”

On what makes for a good venture partner:

“There are certain firms and certain partners who approach you as ‘the boss’; no bad news is ever allowed. The joke in the Valley is if you take money from ‘that guy’ you need a ‘VP of Management of That Guy’.”

On overcoming bumps in the road:

“At SnapLogic, we had to make some tough choices, we had to really take a different product approach than we had started with.”

On why SnapLogic partnered with Ignition Partners:

“A lot of folks in the venture capital business are well connected but less and less of them have the sense for how to build a great company, how to build something that is durable, who really take pleasure in helping someone grow. That’s when you start to say – ‘who’s going to be the best person for us on our journey’. And make no mistake, all companies, especially successful ones, are on a journey and they have to deal with the twists and turns of what is going to happen in the marketplace. In the case of Ignition, this team had all come from operational backgrounds, they had been in my shoes, they had run big products and big companies.”

To watch the full videos, please click here and here.

 

 

Making Workday Faster for Vassar College

Last week we attended Workday Rising in Chicago where we talked to attendees about integrating Workday with the rest of their IT ecosystems. The real stars of the show, however, were our customers from Vassar College who gave a brief presentation at our booth to discuss their journey from finding the need for an integration vendor, to assessing different platforms, to ultimately choosing SnapLogic’s elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS).vassar-college-image-edited

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Big Data Game-Changers at Strata + Hadoop World NYC

Next week our team of integration experts will be in New York for Strata + Hadoop World to demonstrate how our big data integration platform as a service (iPaaS) allows customers to quickly ingest, prepare and deliver data to other sources within their IT ecosystems. We are also hosting a networking event for big data game-changers on demystifying data lakes, Hadoop and hybrid architecture. Learn more here.

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SnapLogic’s Summer Internship Program

Here at SnapLogic, we launched our very first Summer Internship program. This summer we employed five interns, each working in a different area of the company: Rakesh Dammalapati, a Professional Services Intern; Dave Gan, an Engineering Intern; Gracie Walters, a Human Resources (HR) Intern; Michael Westra, a Business Development (BD) Intern; and Natalie Wiser, a Marketing Intern.

2016 Interns

All five of these interns got to be part of an up-and-coming startup company in Silicon Valley. They not only gained that well desired real world experience, but the internship also came with a lot of profitable perks. The interns were given their own managers in which they were able to establish a professional relationship that taught them about the company’s values of innovation, intensity and integrity. They were also given the opportunity to meet with some of the top executives of the company who shared details of their past career paths.  Each executive shared valuable stories, advice and resources that will give the interns a huge advantage when they start making decisions about their own careers.

With the summer coming to an end, we asked our interns to reflect on their past 12 weeks spent here at SnapLogic. Here is what they said:

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