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HR Technology Interviews

What to Consider When Choosing an Applicant Tracking System


Susan Vitale, CMO of iCIMS, Looks at the HRIS Marketplace, the Surveys, the Hype, and What Matters When Evaluating an ATS

Published on April 13 2017
Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer iCIMS,TotalPicture interviewSusan Vitale

We are back talking about Applicant Tracking Systems - ATS. Why? Because love them or hate them, they are a key piece to the talent acquisition, recruiting and HR puzzle. Applicant tracking systems not only impact talent acquisition, recruiters, HR, employer branding, and hiring; but job candidates as well.

If you are applying for a job on a company website with more than 100 employees, chances are very, very good you're using an applicant tracking system to do so.

We are also going to talk about surveys regarding ATS' today. As with most things involving choice architecture, you really need to look at the methodology, the data sets, and read between the lines. There are many surveys done each year ranking applicant tracking systems: the 'best' systems, the fastest growing, the largest in terms of market share, the most popular, etc. You need to ask yourself, "who conducted this survey, and what is their objective?" More on this later.

Two years ago, Josh Bersin wrote about the significant growth and importance of the $400+ billion HR marketplace in the U.S., estimating that between 5-8 percent is spent on tools and technology. So we're looking at something close to a $3 billion industry here in the U.S. As Josh points out, companies who invest heavily in their HR departments and systems, see a significant return in terms of happy employees, better retention, better engagement, less turnover, and a much stronger employer brand. Making it far easier to hire high-potential candidates.


Ranking the Top Applicant Tracking Systems


Rob Kelly, CEO of Ongig, Shares the Methodology His Company Used to Rank the Top 70 ATS's

Published on March 25 2017
Rob Kelly, CEO Ongig,TotalPicture interviewRob Kelly


I met Rob Kelly, CEO of Ongig through Jonathan Duarte. In speaking with Rob, I quickly realized I had used his company's ATS Survey in an interview with Bill Kutik, discussing two of the better-known Applicant Tracking Systems, Taleo and iCIMS.

Ongig first began reporting on top applicant tracking systems in September 2014 and after 30,000 people read one post on it, they decided they had found pretty good Internet flypaper, and updated it for 2016.

Part of my conversation with Bill (and you'll find a link to that podcast in the sidebar), had to do with the fact that there are numerous surveys out there ranking ATS market share - and they are remarkably different in their results.

So I asked Rob to join us for an HR Technology Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio to discuss Ongig's methodology in creating their list of the Top 70 Applicant Tracking Systems used by Companies.


Vendor to Vendor: The Growth of HR Technology Alliances


Examples and Statistics on the Growth of Solution Stacks and Technology Alliances in HR and Talent Acquisition from Industry Expert Ward Christman

Published on March 06 2017
Ward Christman, HR Tech Alliances - TotalPicture Radio interview with Peter ClaytonWard Christman

As everyone in HR, talent acquisition, sourcing, and recruiting knows whose paid attention over the past decade, the $14 billion HR technology industry has seen a massive amount of mergers and acquisitions. The 'big three' players: Oracle, Workday, and SAP SuccessFactors, continue to grow their suites and solutions through acquisition. Hardly a week goes by without a new deal being announced.

There's another strategy, however, that many vendors in HR and TA technology are pursuing behind the scenes, outside the headlines and hoopla generated when another merger or acquisition is announced. These vendors are creating partnerships, alliances, and solution stacks to better serve their clients, add new capabilities, and better compete. The TAtech Spring Congress has an entire track called TAtech Business Accelerator, facilitating scheduled meetings and interaction between the many venders attending. Other regional conferences are creating vendor 'speed dating' opportunities as well.


Executive Profile: Leela Srinivasan, CMO Lever


Lever is on a mission to help companies fundamentally improve the way they hire.

Published on January 31 2017
Leela Srinivasan, CMO Lever-TotalPicture Radio interviewLeela Srinivasan

"Companies that view recruiting as a transaction are missing the point... Recruiting has always been about relationships."

Leela Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer at Lever, brings a wealth of industry, marketing and general business experience to her company. Previously, Leela served as VP of marketing at OpenTable, where she built product marketing from scratch and established the foundations of a B2B marketing team.

Leela spent four and a half years as a marketing leader in LinkedIn's Talent Solutions business, co-founding the Talent Connect conference and contributing to the business scaling from $200M to $1B in revenues.

Additionally, she worked in management consulting for Bain in San Francisco and London, and has several years of experience in sales and sales management. Leela earned her MBA in general management from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her MA in history and English literature from the University of Edinburgh in her native Scotland.

According to Leela's LinkedIn profile, Lever is "on a mission to help companies fundamentally improve the way they hire. I joined the team because I am, frankly, nuts about talent acquisition. I think the world is ready for a better ATS that helps teams collaborate much more effectively in recruiting the best talent."

At LinkedIn, she joined "as the first product marketer for LinkedIn Talent Solutions (LTS), the company's largest and fastest-growing business. I was the third marketing employee for LTS; when I left there were over 55 globally."

Welcome to an Executive Profile, HR Technology Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio, I'm your host, Peter Clayton. I'm excited to have Leela Srinivasan on the show today, whom I met at a conference several years ago, when she was leading the Talent Connect conference for LinkedIn.

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Bill Kutik - The Little ATS That Could


His latest HR Executive Magazine Column: Imagine Chasing Taleo for 18 Years?

Published on January 24 2017
Bill Kutik - HR Executive Online columnist -TotalPicture Radio interviewBill Kutik

Imagine Chasing Taleo for 18 Years?

Bill Kutik is considered the leading independent analyst of the HR technology marketplace with specialties in HCM, Recruiting, Talent Management, SaaS, mobile and social networking.

In 2015, he started Firing Line with Bill Kutik®, the first independent broadcast-quality video interview series about HR technology. New episodes appear monthly on YouTube.

Since 1990, he has been Technology Columnist for Human Resource Executive (and for HREOnline™ since 2006,), also serving as founding co-chairman of the magazine's famous annual conference, HR Technology Conference & Exhibition, since it began in 1998 until 2013. In 2008, he started The Bill Kutik Radio Show®, a bi-weekly online talk show with industry leaders, currently on hiatus but with 183 episodes in the archive.

For 20 years, he was consulting editor for Esther Dyson's leading computer industry newsletter, Release 1.0. Previously he was the founding editor of the monthly magazine, Computers in HR Management; managing editor of Ziff-Davis' Computer Industry Daily; and a reporter for The New York Times and The New York Daily News. He has also published articles in Newsweek, Washington Post, Institutional Investor, New York Magazine, Business Month, IHRIM Journal, Cruising World and Backpacker (where he was the founding editor).

He has a B.A. degree from Harvard University and is president of Kutik Communications, a strategy, marketing and editorial consulting firm in Westport, Conn.


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