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Having Fun and Learning at HR2013

by David Wisor

February 27, 2013

 It's Wednesday, February 27th and another beautiful morning here at the Bellagio. Yesterday was an extremely productive one. I think back to the beginning of the general session yesterday morning and what was said, it really is true-as you look at the conference goers, it's a group of people that really want to be here. Lots of smiles and handshakes. 

After the general session, I listened to Doug Whittle talk about muti-generational workforces. It was a fascinating discussion, not just about the differences in generations (Generation X here), but also about differences in values-found out I'm also purple. Bottom line is that diversity matters, and diversity in the workforce can help you to be productive, especially when you understand the prism you are seeing things through.
After lunch, I sat in on a session with Kellie Fitzpatrick, of Symphony, who talked about OM processes. I am happy to report that my company is on the right track, but we have some clean up to do, and the transactions Kellie mentioned near the end will really help with that cleanup. Ultimately, the biggest takeaway for me was that fixing your OM structures, especially the often misused "Job", will make any future SuccessFactors implementation smoother.
Danielle LaRocca did an excellent job discussing PA structures. My company doesn't use customer specific status, and this discussion really got me thinking of the benefits. In case you are wondering, I didn't win a book. But I really did enjoy the open way that Danielle discussed the topic with the audience. I even got the chance to meet a couple of people in the room-it's all about networking, right?
M y last session of the day was learning about BNSF's implementation of SAP's Learning Solution from Ruthe Douglas and Mary Beth Shatto. They did a great job of spelling out the process, as well as the roadblocks they encountered. I particularly enjoyed the fact that they swapped back and forth while speaking, and that they seemed to be having so much funny with the topic. I also liked the chart that they presented that spoke to the emotional roller coaster that is implementation. As they said, it's not always sunshine, rainbows and unicorns!
Finally, I got the chance to enjoy a couple of drinks and network at the reception. It was great to meet a few new people and catch up with some old friends.
That's all for now, remember to follow me on twitter @SAP_HR_Guy

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