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Top three top things I have learned through my association engagements these past few months:

  1. Don’t wait for your data to be perfect – just start analyzing what you have. If you wait for everything to be perfectly cleansed, you may never get started.
  2. Start small with one example that can demonstrate proof of value. Identify a business challenge that needs data input to solve. Focus on understanding what data will support that one issue and what yourneed to know about that data to contribute value to the discussion. Find the data and analyze it — any way you can. That’s right: use any tool currently at your disposable even if it’s Excel.
  3. The answers HR can contribute to the business are not necessarily within the HR database. Expand your view to the business data: sales, production, locations, peak times, slow times, geographic demand etc. Understand the business and then apply HR expertise to contribute solutions.

Now it’s your turn to learn.


These are the crucial topics that I feel we need to understand in order to progress into business partners that contribute to our organizations’ future successes — and this is what we’re going to be talking about on September 20-21 in San Francisco:

  • Taking HR Analytics: from the Back Room to the Board Room – hear David Swanson, Executive VP of HR, SAP, discuss his own experiences at SAP.


  • We often hear that HR should use data & analytics to help support business performance. But how do you build a sustainable organization to do this? RJ Milnor, Head of Global Talent Analytics at Chevron will discuss the HR Analytics Transformation at Chevron.


  • Using Data to Open the Door: It is the familiar question of “which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” Do we provide data in response to questions asked or do we use data to elicit questions and start a conversation. Kaiser Permanente’s Bill Gilmyers, Director of Workforce Planning & Analytics and Brande Gentry, Senior Consultant, Workforce Planning, discuss how to tackle both.
  • Where and how can Open-Sourced Workforce Analytics help?  Data Scientists, Nery Castillo-McIntyre from SanDisk and Jason Noriega from Chevron, explain algorithms they have found useful to filter variables and visualize results and will also demonstrate using open source software with sample data.
  • How do you begin to approach problem-solving?  Mick Collins will conduct interactive problem-solving sessions in which audience members are encouraged to share their workforce analytics and workforce planning challenges, and obtain feedback from the group.
  • Know that storytelling helps your data story stick. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic discusses the untapped potential of combining the magic of story with best practices in data visualization for communicating results.
  • Debunk the Myths, identify how challenges become opportunities. Dr. Kevin Carlson from Virginia Tech will discuss and prompt the audience to challenge their current thinking to rise above your current mindset limitations.


  • What do other companies do?  Facilitated discussions and plenty of time for networking with peers and experts, help to spur your own innovation.

Americas’ SAP Users’ Group’s HR Community is collaborating with IHRIM to host the summer

Workforce Analytics Forum

on Sept 20-21 in San Francisco.


This is a non-product-specific education event — eligible for SHRM Professional Development Credits –

and absolutely sure to enable HR and IT to create analytics solutions that will contribute to the bottom line.


Attendance is limited intentionally to enable productive conversations and to

ensure attendees leave with practical solutions that can be implemented back at their desks. 


ASUG and IRHIM members, of course, receive discounted registration. To learn more visit ASUG’s event site for the Workforce Analytics Forum:  ASUG.com – Events .  We’re collaborating to help YOU collaborate to debunk myths, rise above your challenges, and become a people analytics rock star.

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