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Trying to find those nuggets of insight in the world of HR and Big Data?


The future of HR begins here and now, and SuccessConnect 2014 is a great forum to join SuccessFactors and our partners, customers, and thousands of your peers in Las Vegas September 9 – 11 to get a glimpse of the latest in HR product and solutions, and see how they are being leveraged by world’s top organizations.  Check out the conference agenda, breakout sessions, and venue details.


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Of course, HR and talent analytics continue to be a hot topic, and along with that Infohrm continues to be a critical part of the SuccessFactors and SAP DNA in driving workforce planning and analytics strategy.

The size of the give-away memory sticks has definitely grown over the years, and the Infohrm tag line InformationInsightImpact resonates ever stronger.

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This year’s SuccessConnect conference will feature a great line up of speakers and presentations that will give you the opportunity to hear, see and discuss workforce analytics and planning with experts from SuccessFactors and SAP, our partners, and your peers.  Please consider attending if you can and bring your questions.

Here’s a quick run-down of the sessions in the Workforce Analytics and Planning track:

Session 1 is on the necessity of workforce planning and analytics to successful execution of business strategy.

Title:  The necessity of workforce planning and analytics to successful execution of business strategy

Wednesday, September 10, 10:15 – 11:15 AM


Description: Learn why strategic workforce planning and analytics are critical tools to help your HR organization impact your company’s ability to execute on its business strategy. Ensure you have the right talent to execute business strategy, bring visibility into areas of risk and opportunity, and identify future gaps in your workforce for critical job roles by using workforce demand and supply forecasting.

Speaker: Peter Howes is the Vice President of Workforce Analytics and Planning at SuccessFactors. He will share from his experiences and answer your questions.

Session 2 is about using workforce analytics to raise the conversation level on people and strategy.

Title:  Royal Bank of Canada uses workforce analytics to raise the conversation level on people and strategy

Wednesday, September 10, 11:30 – 12:30 PM


Description: The Royal Bank of Canada is transforming its talent discussions and decision making through integrated people analytics. In this session, hear how HR better supports the business by using SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics to identify issues in real time, debunk persistent workforce myths, increase confidence in analysis, and more effectively use facts in action planning.

Speaker: Robert Carlyle is a Director of Strategic Workforce Management at Royal Bank of Canada.

Session 3 is on using analytics to assess talent-review risks.

Title:  Travelers insures its future with SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics to assess talent-review risks

Wednesday, September 10, 1:45 – 2:45 PM


Description: Building internal capabilities to meet the talent analytics needs of the business does not come easy. In this session, hear about Travelers’ experience in implementing talent and succession analytics combined with insights from core HR to prepare for talent review meetings. And, learn how executives use this information to make talent decisions that will shape and drive the future of the company.

Speaker: Evan Wells is a Director of Workforce Analytics at Travelers.

Session 4 focuses on product innovations, roadmap and vision for SuccessFactors reporting, planning, and analytics.

Title:  The road ahead: Product innovations and vision for SuccessFactors reporting, planning, and analytics

Wednesday, September 10, 3:00 – 4:00 PM


Description: Discover exciting advances in reporting, dashboards, analytics, and planning and get insights into what’s being planned for future releases of the SuccessFactors HCM Suite. This session will describe the latest developments in the methodology, technology, integration, and best practices for HR reporting, analytics, and planning.

Speakers: Tony Ashton, Vice President of Product Management for Workforce Planning and Analytics is joined by Anastasia Ellerby, Vice President of Workforce Planning and Analytics, SuccessFactors

Session 5 is about leveraging analytics applications to advance the HR analytics journey.

Title:  Unwrapping a Kiss: Leveraging SuccessFactors in Advancing Hershey’s HR Analytics Journey

Thursday, September 11, 10:15 – 11:15 AM


Description: Building a strong appetite for workforce analytics and securing leadership commitment are crucial to driving the use of analytics across the organization. Hershey has been particularly successful in formulating a recipe for the adoption of HR analytics while fostering process and culture changes. Join this discussion of how the world’s largest chocolate company is tasting success in helping its managers make more effective talent management decisions.

Speakers: Holly Paine Magnuson, Director of the HR Analytics and Insights Center of Excellence at The Hershey Company, and Mick Collins, Principal Consultant of Workforce Planning and Analytics, SuccessFactors

Session 6 will implementation lessons and example of metrics that could be considered key to leading a diverse workforce.

Title:  People on the move: Amtrak gets on the insight track with SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics

Thursday, September 11, 11:30 – 12:30 PM


Description: Learn how Amtrak propels toward organizational and financial excellence through its My CareerTrak initiative for the company’s 20,000 agreement and non-agreement personnel. Amtrak will share the insight gained after its implementation of SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics, Workforce Planning, and other SuccessFactors solutions. Amtrak also will present perspectives and metrics it considers key to leading a diverse workforce.

Speakers: Uzma S. Burki, Corporate Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development at Amtrak is joined by Michael Boedewig, Principle, and Charles Bachman PhD, Specialist Leader from Deloitte.

Session 7 is on the importance of building workforce analytics and planning capabilities in your organization.

Title:  Tesoro fuels its future by building workforce analytics and planning capabilities

Thursday, September 11, 2:00 – 3:00 PM


Description: A strategy for workforce analytics and planning is critical to a company’s success. But success requires more than just purchasing systems, deploying solutions, and evaluating the workforce—you need a game plan that extends beyond the basics to deliver real business impact. Join this session to learn about Tesoro’s journey toward data-driven decisions for managing resource deployment and efficient utilization.

Speaker: Irfan Haque is an HR Business Partner and Workforce Analytics and Planning Manager at Tesoro.

Session 8 is a discussion on how workforce analytics helps unlock the value of data captured from talent solutions.

Title:  SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and talent solutions: The Hartford transforms silos of data into integrated insight

Thursday, September 11, 3:15 – 4:15 PM


Description: The Hartford has broken down silos between data systems and business functions to draw a holistic view of its workforce. In this session, The Hartford and its implementation partner, Aasonn, will discuss ways to use SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics and talent solutions to achieve integrated talent management from an implementation perspective, as well as through process alignment and change management.

Speakers: Marguerite Barrett, Assistant Vice President HRIS at The Hartford is joined by Rana Hobbs, Senior Director of Workforce Analytics and Planning at Aasonn.

Session 9 is on harnessing the power of predictive analytics in HR, using flight risk predictors as example.

Title: Harnessing the power of predictive analytics in HR — Visualizing flight risk predictors

Thursday, September 11, 4:30 – 5:30 PM


Description: Workforce analytics are changing — today’s appetite for sophisticated analytics transcends reporting, trending, and engagement. Now HR must tap advanced statistical techniques to boost its strategic influence with the power of predictions. In this session, learn one approach to creating a predictive model for turnover and visualizing the retention risk metric by using SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics.

Speaker: Scott Pollak is a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

There are also a couple of other sessions in the Recruiting & Onboarding and Industry tracks that touch on workforce analytics and planning:

  • This session in the Recruiting & Onboarding track is about using data for optimizing targeted recruiting campaigns and the success of social referrals.

Title:  Boosting the talent community and the hiring success at Time Warner Cable

Wednesday, September 10, 10:15 – 11:15 AM


Description: Although Time Warner Cable is well known, it still must compete effectively to land top talent. Hear how Time Warner used SuccessFactors Recruiting Marketing to make its career site more attractive to ambitious, tech-savvy workers. By building a talent community of more than 800,000 members, the company has a much bigger talent pool. It also knows the exact source of the most promising candidates.

Speaker: Travis Triggs is a Senior Manager of Sourcing Strategy at Time Warner Cable.

  • The next session is a panel discussion on achieving HR excellence in the financial services industry with workforce analytics identified as one of the enablers.

Title:  Achieving HR excellence in the financial services industry

Wednesday, September 10, 3:00 – 4:00 PM


Description: Banking, insurance, and capital markets companies strongly compete for the best talent in the industry. To plan for future talent needs and train employees better, leaders require a consolidated global view of their workforce. Join PNC Bank, Allstate Insurance, Royal Bank of Canada, and Western Financial Group as they discuss how they transformed their workforce to support their business objectives.

Panel Speakers: Robert Carlyle is a Director of Strategic Workforce Management at Royal Bank of Canada.  Brett Winchell is a Director of Workforce Insights & Technology in Human Resources at Allstate Insurance.  Lesley Aquin is a Director of Total Rewards at Western Financial Group. Amy L Smith is a VP of Talent Architecture at PNC Bank.

Also worth highlighting is preconference training available from the SuccessAcademy on Tuesday September 9, 2014:

  • Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on computer lab work, this course on SuccessFactors Workforce Planning and Analytics uses the concepts and terminology associated with SuccessFactors Analytics admin functionality, and helps develop a working knowledge of user and role access options to best disseminate human resource centric analytical information to the business.  In the course, you will gain skills in how to design security roles for different HR and business users. Workforce Analytics will be covered in the first half of the session, and customers also utilizing Workforce Planning should attend the second half of the session.
  • There’s also a great workshop covering Online Report Designer (ORD), providing an overview of how to use the ORD to build queries and create pivots. This data may be used in published data reports and format list reports, pivot tables, and pivot charts. Additionally, you will be able to share reports with end users and help end users export reports, use actionable analytics, and distribute reports.

While you’re at SuccessConnect 2014, make sure to looks us up to talk about analytics and planning.  We’re very interested to hear your strategies and stories, and answer your questions. I will be there along with Peter Howes, Tony Ashton, Anastasia Ellerby, Mick Collins, and many more from the extended analytics and planning team and our great partners.

These sessions are final as of the time of posting this blog; however, sometimes there are last minute changes.   Make sure to download the mobile application for SuccessConnect 2014 to keep up with the latest.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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