I am sitting at my desk in my hotel room at the end of day one of Oracle OpenWorld 2006. It has been a long, but productive day. I had two presentations today, one solo and one as part of a panel. Thanks to all who attended. I hope I have made amends to the Disney folks for my faux pas from the Workbrain conference last week with my opening anecdote.
I thought the panel discussion on HCM Intelligence/Workforce Analytics was very interesting. Jason Averbrook from Knowledge Infusion and Lexy Martin from CedarCrestone were also on the panel moderated by Row Henson. It was very much of a surprise to see how many in the audience were HR professionals who had a background in statistics. It was a much higher number than I would have suspected. I still get the feeling that many companies think that Workforce Analytics is about implementing technology to create neat dashboards of HR efficiency metrics. Hopefully, the tide is changing. A couple of people talked to me after the panel discussion about how much they appreciated the "real world" point of view we provided. One of the things we discussed is that you can start with smaller, well-defined workforce analytic projects to show the value for additional larger infrastructure investments (like a HCM data warehouse/data mart).
I have also started to see more interest in Workday (both at the HR Technology Conference and from Gartner clients). The big launch is scheduled in the very near future. I have a had a chance to a do a little bit deeper dive into the product, technology, and vision. Given the interest, I expect to do a First Take.