The HRIS World HR Dog Series™

What Have We Learned About Cloud Security? Myth and Threats

| Garrett O'Brien - Cloud computing is shaking the technology tail of more than just the HR dog - so this post can be a reference for HR technologists, HRIS administrators as well as your IT department. Hens we have elected to have this post as part of our HR Dog Series (#HRdog). let's start off by clarifying some myths first -- that will present a better frame of reference on what we have learned about cloud security so far. We're also breaking every role in the book of blogging as this post is huge - but it is concise and can be used for future reference when dealing with cloud security. This has turned out to be a bit lengthy as we are covering the myths first -- this will help isolate what is a real problem and what isn't. To make things easier for you the myths are listed with a link to ...

Our Top 25 Viewed Posts for 2016

| Garrett O'Brien - From Whence We Came While scanning over our top 25 viewed posts for 2016, I was humbled yet amazed we did as well as we did this year. They say it's not the fall that matters but that it is the bounce that counts. We bounced good! It always helps to step back and measure where one has grown, maintained ground... lost ground... As well as assess just how high we bounced. Truthfully, the last 2 years have been a huge challenge as many projects we started failed before they could even take off, or they took off and crash landed. We knew the risks for trying a lot of new things at the same time - not the most conducive environment for stability so thankfully we get bored easily here! For those that make themselves available to learn during the process, doing a lot of things at the same time builds character, strength, insight, discernment -- ...

Introducing Our Features for Everyone

| Garrett O'Brien - With this post we are launching with our new features and services - there are features for everyone, features for our members, as well as services for vendors. We are also officially relaunching with a new server, new theme, along with a ton of work performed on the back end. You will be introduced to the features for everyone in this post, and in our next post you will be introduced to the features for our members and a third post for our vendor services. And before we get started, we do want to offer our apologies to all for the abrupt downtime this month - the previous theme broke something resulting in not being able to accomplish anything on the back end without resorting to another theme during the process, bouncing back to the original and/or massaging the database. We already had the theme you see now started in ...

Clear Content, Foggy Context, Skewed Perspective

| Garrett O'Brien - Knowing the Content Does Not Equate to Knowing the Context Knowing the full context of the content we use as well as discerning why decisions were made they way there were in that context is fast becoming a lost skill. And given the amount of information available to us doubles every 60 hours, what does that really say about us? Could it be the quality of the information being added is equivalent to junk and trash?? Or is it we are just settling for what feels and sounds good to the situation at hand as well as the current argument (meaning we have abandoned virtues, principles, and integrity)???… And maybe, just maybe… many of us just don’t test our beliefs well enough to discern all this????

Why We, Not Technology, Are the Problem

| Garrett O'Brien - Editor's note: This post was published as a draft by the writer on another social media platform; David Chaney, the author, provides professional services to corporate decision makers while his words always provide thoughts to ponder... His draft focuses on technology and character and how the latter plays a role on the former and is republished here with his consent...     "Throughout history technology has either been a friend or foe of human development and advance."Today's technologies, and those of the last several decades that have led to the explosion of information availability and global communication, are no different. "Our challenge today, then, as those who wish to repel tyranny in any form and expand freedom and liberty, is to insist upon the free and unfettered development and trade of technologies that address this challenge.

Is Your Dataset What You Think It Is?

| Garrett O'Brien - About this video... Talking at the U.S. State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows. About Hans Rosling Though his talk is geared towards dynamic statistics vs perspectivs being tested, there are principles here that are applicable to systems of any sort... With the ever present question being, "Is your dataset representative to your perception?"

People and Technology, Just What Are We Pretending Not to Know?

| Garrett O'Brien -   Our post Symptom? or Problem? Don’t Know How to Use Big Data... initiated this series by focusing on 3 points (you can read why in the post)… Nearly all businesses are all revved up with no place to go Most are really asking the wrong questions and need to learn to ask the right questions What we ignore, what we believe, what and whom we are willing to listen to is the human element contributing to this lack of understanding All this is knowledge heavy, which means there is a balance that needs to be made. In our more detailed 2nd installment, we discussed understanding how to use big data can be dependent upon one trait and why…

Understanding How to Use Big Data Is Dependent Upon One Trait

| Garrett O'Brien - Are We Focused Upon the Means? or Ends? Earlier this month, I presented a high level view of how our not understanding how to use Big Data is a symptom, not a problem on the HR Tech World blog, closing with the following statements... "Well, the first step towards any success is the always rooted in the willingness to listen – but to whom? Those that impart knowledge are also capable of imparting error, yes? "Qualifying who we listen to is important. What we hear repeatedly we eventually believe – and there has been a lot of concepts, ideas and thoughts repeatedly shared nearly everywhere. So what does one do when there are so many beliefs, thoughts, suggestions as to what will work?" This view evolved from what we have been reading and experiencing at The HRIS World, which is this...

Symptom? or Problem? Know How to Use Big Data…

| Garrett O'Brien - All Revved Up... and No Place to Go Questions determine our direction – ask the wrong question, or even the wrong type of question, we could end up with answer that may feel good, may look good, but provide an answer that gives us a direction that proves to be ineffective nor efficient in the long run. Learning to ask good questions versus the right questions is something with which many struggle. There is also the matter of knowing what to do with what you have, least you have something that will only be a burden and not an asset. Personal example: when I first knew I wanted to learn to drive… I had a very positive attitude about learning to drive a car I knew it would be a useful tool in my life I knew absolutely nothing about how to drive nor how to take care of a ...

There’s a Need for Businesses and Educators to Collaborate

| Garrett O'Brien -   Education... There is a definite importance to this endeavor. Often, that importance is lost to those who need it the most - our youth. Whether you have children or not, eventually the quality of their education -- or lack thereof -- is going to affect our lives, their lives, personally If not now, it will definitely later. Some of today's youth will be leading us in our later years, some will be business owners, and some will be innovators -- others will be content on an assembly line. Life - without any deviations - is nothing but a straight line. And just how boring is that? Anyone that has driven on such roads knows there is minimal stimulation to keep you alert never mind interested. So, we invite deviations -- some are fun, entertaining... Others are like seeds -- they do not look like much, probably do not taste ...

HR Needs: How To Effectively Work With IT

| Dawn Altnam - Dawn Altnam lives & works in the midwest and loves following the business tech world where spends her time researching her interests and then frequently sharing her discoveries in blogs. Links of interest : Social performance management software : good communication : Copmuter backup software : focus on implementation ________________________________________ The term "human resources" can mean very different things depending on its context. At large, multi-national corporations, dozens of individuals might work in HR to keep the corporate machine moving. For small and midsized companies, however, HR probably means one or two very talented, very hardworking people doing their best to help keep employees happy and safe. Working as HR for a smaller business means you'll also likely run into many challenges and have to find creative and innovative solutions. Often these solutions—things like social performance management software end up encompassing technology, which means you will have to work closely with ...