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Workday acquires Peakon

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Those of you who follow the Human Capital Management market will have read that Workday have acquired Peakon this week press release here. A move like this was inevitable with the shift to Human Experience Management (HXM) over the last couple of years with the conversation being led by the SAP SuccessFactors and Qualtrics ecosystem. It’ll be interesting to see how Workday incorporate Peakon’s technology into their product, how it’s priced, and how they’re going to spin Qualtrics’ recent IPO as a key differentiator with their product (continuing to spin of the “power of one” mantra the sales team rely upon).

An area that workday can likely get ahead is deep integration. The promises of deep integrations between SAP SuccessFactors and Qualtrics haven’t entirely been met, and the separation of Qualtrics from the SAP banner, spinning off on its own, is something that Workday ought to jump on immediately. Workday ought to be working with some key implementation partners on demonstration environments that meet customers’ HXM needs now to demonstrate how the Peakon technology, embedded within Workday, can deliver on some areas that are difficult to build-out using the SAP SuccessFactors and Qualtrics ecosystem.

Workday, however, still need to work heavily on the time and attendance limitations within their product, particularly if they are going to make a dent on the large industrial businesses that rely on rosters, contractors, and a workforce dispersed across geographies. SAP SuccessFactors isn’t strong in this space either, however SAP have a strong partnership with UKG Kronos integrating their Workforce Dimensions product in a meaningful manner with SuccessFactors. Workday don’t yet offer anything similar, with the best current offering being an integration of a near end-of-life Kronos product, white-labelled as “e-time” and sold with ADP‘s payroll solution. The problem here (ignoring the end-of-life issues) is that the integration is shallow and transacts on a lot of out-of-date information.

The acquisition of Peakon is an excellent move by Workday to get in front of the HXM marketplace, however the product still has some development required to get ahead in the time and attendance space.

If you have an interest in the HCM/HXM market and are currently looking for your next employment opportunity, I’m currently recruiting to fill a number of project roles on an exciting global HCM/HXM transformation for the Glencore Copper business. Details of the project and the roles being recruited for can be found here.

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Global HCM/HXM Project Recruitment: Glencore Copper

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 note: This post originally appeared on LikedIn and is reproduced in a different format below.

In December I was given the amazing opportunity to lead one of the most exciting people-tech transformation projects of 2021 and beyond. In February we’ll be commencing the project in Australia as phase one – recruitment is now underway.

The project is focused on building a Human Capital Management / Human Experience Management (HCM / HXM) ecosystem for Glencore’s global copper business that will transform the way in which the Company and its workers engage. The technology mix is driven by SAP SuccessFactors and includes both Kronos Workforce Dimensions and Qualtrics products. These will integrate with existing corporate systems to modernise HRPayroll, and Training enabling a shift from transactional Human Resources Management to end-to-end employee experiences and empowering a more flexible, engaged workforce and a more resilient business.

Project Employment Opportunities

We’re currently recruiting to start filling out the “owner’s team” of the project. An overview of each role we’re looking to fill is included below, and I’ve got a LinkedIn post with dedicated links to these roles as well.

Change Lead

This is a leadership role on the project that will work closely with the implementation partner to define and deliver project change initiatives into the organisation. The role will supervise a small team in order to deliver the change initiatives required, and you’ll have the opportunity to recruit this small team upon commencement. This role is critical in ensuring the success of the transformation and assisting the organisation to be ready to receive the new solution.



Systems Integration and Testing Analyst

There are two Systems Integration and Testing Analyst roles we’re looking to fill that will be responsible for bespoke integrations not covered by the implementation partner, along with supporting the user acceptance testing process using test software from Audacix. A key deliverable will be the creation of test cases and scripts that can be reused across future phases of the project.



Data Migration Analyst

There are three Data Migration Analyst roles we’re looking to fill that will be responsible for data extraction and transformation ready for inclusion in the future-state technology mix. Source systems include Ellipse, Pronto, and Spreadsheets.



Technical Support Advisor

This role will work closely with all project members and the local operational IS&T teams to provide tech support within the project. This will include access provisioning across the various software environments, supporting network troubleshooting, and coordinating IS&T support between Glencore and the implementation partner.



Support Officer

This role will provide administrative support to the project team as well as being responsible for the administration of project files, project schedules, and scheduling supports.



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Visit the Glencore Careers Portal to view employment opportunities across the business.

About Me

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I’m a full-stack HR professional with an interest in both strategic & operational human resources focusing on people-driven business transformation, particularly with a technology focus. I’ve been leading teams of experts for nearly two decades and have strong depth and breadth on transformation projects. I’ve worked on large-scale transformations including Virgin Australia‘s UNIFY project and QLD Health‘s SAP modernisation projects (Integrated Workforce Management Project, Integrated Safety Information Management Project, SAP HR MyHR Implementation Project etc.), through boutique transformations including LMS implementations and business process transformations.

I take a non-traditional approach to leadership, focusing heavily on servant leadership. I am committed to collaborative mentoring throughout the project life-cycle and recognising the valuable contributions of all.

There’s more information about me in my LinkedIn profile and on my About Me page on this website.

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David Epstein On Why Generalists Are More Successful Than Specialists

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This was a really enjoyable podcast episode and is a great listen for anyone interested in their own Full Stack Human Resources journey.

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Studying the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists, David Epstein demonstrates why in most fields – especially those that are complex and unpredictable – generalists, not specialists are primed to excel. No matter what you do, where you are in life, whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, business analyst, parent, job hunter, retiree, you will see the world differently. You’ll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You’ll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The podcast was hosted by Linda Yueh.

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The Einstellung effect

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Have you ever worked with someone who’s brilliant in their field, however has been completely unable to find and develop creative solutions to problems? It could be a brilliant surgeon who’s been promoted into a leadership role and is stumped by administrative problems, or a cook trying to prepare a meal using ingredients they’re unfamiliar with, or an engineer trying to understand why HR turnover data was unreliable in their civil construction project. Cross-domain problem solving is a widely studied phenomenon, and what you may have witnessed is the Einstellung effect. Read More