HR Technology Conference Summary

Las Vegas, October 7-9 2013 – This was the largest conference ever with 8000 attendees and 300 exhibitors! BTR had 4 team members attend this year.

Theme “Drivers for change” The next generation has no fear of technology! Employers need to embrace it within their corporate culture or employees will not see your company as one they want to work for.

Updates on providers:

Workday continues to lead the Global HRIS space.

  • They highlighted a case study with Johnson& Johnson (130,000 employees).
  • Workday offers revenue modules, procurement, time tracking, recruiting, data tracking, expense tracking, financials, HRIS, talent management, and payroll.
  • This system is Global at the core.
  • Today Workday has 500 clients
  • Single version of system, which is good
  • Workday has 2100 employees (300 recent college grads, 325 non-us based employees)

Empowered Benefits – Benefits admin and private exchange platform

  • 4/1/14 looking to roll out National marketplace
  • BCBS is offered in NC and SC today
  • UHC available in some markets.
  • Target 50-100 ees looking for large numbers of small groups.  They offer group products.
  • No call center  – this needs to be provided via 3rd party or Broker.
  • Broker can alter client by client Plans, and feeds to carriers are pre built
  • 1/1/14 decision support for core medical will be available.
  • Empowered is partnering with Aflac for Voluntary
  • 2 pricing strategies no imp fee, tiered pepm $6.00 under 1000 ees.
  • Or a commission split 70/30 all plans. Can aggregate pricing

Paychex debuted their “Next Generation” product

  • It has centralized reporting HRIS, a unified database, payroll, time keeping and data integration
  • They can also offer integrated FSA and COBRA Admin
  • The new system has no more “batching” and “blockouts” periods
  • Benetrac still is not single sign on, but it is on the roadmap
  • Better reporting functionality is being rolled out as well. Standard reports are still available in PDF, but can now be exported in Excel.
  • Reports can now be set up by user, and can cross report across multiple years.
  • Geared to 1-1000 employees
  • They are rolling out mobile apps

Ceridian – DayForce was named a Top HR Product of the Year by Human Resource Executive Magazine

  • Their legacy system leveraged a mainframe, Dayforce does not.
  • The product was built in Microsoft Silver Light, for real time data processing.
  • Time and attendance is now part of payroll
  • The new system has better audit capabilities
  • Better ease of use (they had 4 user logins before now 1 through better integration)
  • Applicant tracking will be forthcoming
  • Reporting is now combined (payroll, HRIS, Time, etc.)
  • It was built for North America & Canada
  • For existing customers they have set up “My Move” handles transitions

HR Cloud –

  • New provider
  • They are known for their on-boarding technology
  • Mobile and cloud based
  • They can capture digital signatures
  • The system can track goals and competencies
  • They have online forms
  • App market
  • HR Cloud is geared to small and large companies
  • Tiered pricing
  • No payroll component

Ebix – Benergy

  • Benergy portal (communication only will be updated in 2014)
  • They are working on a Mapping tool to move older clients to the new platform.
  • The enrollment engine will be reviewed later, they are looking to combine two platforms into one.






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….and many others attended as well

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