Things started out very promisingly last week. On Monday, I had a few client inquiry calls, but much fewer than normal. I was able to finish up a presentation for the Gartner Outsourcing Summit in March. On Tuesday, I flew to Las Vegas to Gartner's annual Research Offsite and then attended some meetings around research agenda management. I am taking over responsibility for management of the Financials, HCM, and Procurement research agenda so it was a good learning experience. I agreed to take on the role only if we hired an additional person to cover HCM applications. So, that is what we are doing (e.g., good candidates are always appreciated -- especially if they are located in Europe and have a background in ERP as well as HCM).
On Wednesday, the Offsite kicked off proper. We had the usual 2006 corporate review and priorities for 2007. In addition, there was a meeting with the broader Software team to discuss 2007 priorities. This was all good. During one of the sessions, my wife called and informed me that one of her relatives had passed away. This particular relative had been very kind and helpful when my Father-in-Law and Grandmother-in-Law had passed away and we wanted to be there. So, I picked up my wife and Mother-in-Law in Chicago and flew to Miami on Thursday. It was a full day of travel. We attended the funeral on Friday and flew back to Chicago on Saturday night.
It was a long week. I am just now getting back in the swing of things now. We are starting the vendor briefings for the update to the MarketScope for Employee Performance Management Software today. Over the next three weeks, I will be spending a lot of time with the many vendors who offer EPM solutions. I am looking forward to digging into the details on performance, compensation, and succession management. However, given the time required for briefings and the additional responsibilities, I will probably be posting a little less frequently for the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience.