Industry Trends
Benefits and Compensation Buyers Guide
Volume XIV, Issue 4  
August/September 2009 US$10.00
A Publication of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management •

Bettina Rodriguez Flick, Meta4
Department Editor
Yazmin Oliveira, Cox Enterprises
Guest Editor

In My Opinion
The Continuing Power of Private Equity Firms in HR Technology
By Bill Kutik, Human Resource Executive®

Functional Focus
Keeping your Employees Motivated in a Financial Downturn
By Pamela Webb, Jobpartners

Executive Corner
When HR is in the Major Leagues
By Rosana Morillo, ArabellaStarwood

Global Perspectives
The Perfect Storm in Human Resources
By Jaime García Cantero, IDC España

Tech Notes
The Impact of Object Orientation on XML Data Representation
By Eduardo Fernandes Vieira, Meta4

New in the Market
Interview with Gilles Bobichon of Dimo Gestion

In Review
A Sense of Urgency
A book review by Marcia Barkley, MBarkley Consulting

The Back Page
Some Hidden Talents Should Stay That Way
By Elliott Witkin, Ultimate Software
Building a Data-Driven Framework for Workforce Planning
By Mick Collins and Peter Howes, Infohrm
Despite the challenging economic environment, the importance of workforce planning has never been greater. However, if workforce planning is to become a sustainable business process, it requires that HRIT adopts technologies to automate the forecasting procedure and ensure that the data is properly sourced, maintained and refreshed.

The Upswing of Virtual Trade Shows and Learning Centers: Using Virtual Tools to Increase Productivity and Revenue
By Denise Persson, ON24, Inc.
Given the affordability, flexibility and customizability of virtual trade shows, learning centers and conferences, organizations and their employees increasingly see the added benefits of hosting, sponsoring, and attending these events, which provide increased competitive visibility, a stronger market presence and aids in recruiting top talent.

Leveraging Online Benefits Enrollment Solutions to Meet Human Resources Challenges in Today’s Economic Climate
By William Smith, Benefit Software, Inc.
Human resources professionals need to engage employees in the communications process and deliver information in a clear, concise and user-friendly format. As the experiences of the organizations highlighted in this article demonstrate, leveraging bestof- breed benefits enrollment and administration solutions can meet that need and deliver value to Human Resources and employees.

Corporate Social Networks: Getting Beyond the Hype
By Charles Coy, Cornerstone OnDemand
From social networks, blogs and IM, to wikis, user groups and discussion boards, collaboration tools already are being used by today’s workforces. They’re no longer just a fad. Organizations have an opportunity to embrace these technologies and supplement their talent management strategies in practical and effective ways for managing and developing high-performing workforces.

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