Is your vendor certified?

With the HR-XML organisation announcing over a dozen new certifications under the HR-XML program “HR-Certify” users of HR technology need to begin to take note of if their vendor is on the list and if not why not. allows users of technology to check to see if their vendor (or proposed vendor) is certified and against which specifications. In addition to the specification the site provides some background information of how the integration is provided. This allows users to validate vendors claims of integration through a unbiased third party. For example if you have Taleo, you can check which HR-XML specifications they support and see they support the BackgroundReports ( xsd -version 2.0) message. Now if you wanted to automate the background checking process you can use the service to find a supplier who can receive the request and send the results back. For example Truescreen is certified to use the BackgroundCheck.xsd (version 2_0) and BackgroundReports.xsd (version 2_0) specifications.

Now this is not the end point in your investigations and nor does it mean that every single instance of these two vendors products will work together. You still need to go through further technical analysis around communication methods, ensuring firewalls, and other such technology do not get in your way. However because both vendors are certified you can at least be sure that given the right environment the technology will work. And this my friends should reduce your overall implementation time and cost.

Future ideas for

I am growing slowly and while I have a large list of what I would like to see on the site, time just does not allow for everything in one go. Following this theme I noticed a “review” of sorts on scale|free a week or so ago with some very useful ideas and thoughts. The register your HR blog idea is along the lines of what I did with the HR Bloggers OPML file, I even hacked up a self registration system but did not use it because I could not secure the process from spammers. A couple of the other ideas are in the works and I hope to leverage the work from WPMU community to get these up and going.

iTunes Music Store is here

Guess what, today iTunes Music Store launched in Australia!!

After a very very long wait Australia has joined many other countries with an iTunes Music Store, and not surprising SonyBMG are not yet participating, too bad for them and their artists. I was a little slow off the mark getting the news today as I have been in a two day workshop but as soon as I got home :-

I am now busy at purchasing music! I listened to Adam Curry’s DSC 265 heard The Doors Riders on the Storm and tonight I now have the song.

Organisations that influence

While I was out for a walk on Sunday morning I caught up on some listening, one of the shows I listened to was Episode 19 of the Cranky Middle Manager from The Podcast Network. During this show Wayne interviews Gary Neilson about his new book, “Results”, they talk about 7 types of organisations and the impact they have on an organisation. This got me thinking about grey zones again and that the size of a grey zone would likely be directly related to the type of organisation. I am sure the Passive Aggressive organisation would have a larger grey zone than the Military Precision organisation.

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