Dovetail Software
Dwane Lay
June 22, 2017

Discussion and Confusion about the Difference

There is a healthy amount of discussion (and an unhealthy amount of confusion) over the difference between configuration and customization where software is concerned. If you are one of our clients (and if you aren’t, there’s way to fix that), you probably know this already, but we think it is a big enough deal that we thought we’d talk about it more. And we’ve done a quick 30-min presentation on this same topic.

If you’ve had more than two conversations with me, you’ll know that I love analogies.  In fact, my love for analogies is like a simile. I’m not always great with either of them. But to explain the difference between customization and configuration, I have just the analogy for the job.  We will use the wardrobes of two


Rayanne Thorn
February 2, 2017

The Employee Portal

Dovetail Software was very excited to launch our updated employee portal last September. As we continue to help organizations with employee communications and interactions, we understand the need to listen to what is important to employees because this assists our clients, the employers.

Empower Employees

Does it make sense to empower the workforce with “self” access to information? We think it does. Making  knowledge readily and easily available, they are able to get answers quickly and easily. I have always felt that an informed and smart workforce is a productive and loyal workforce. The information shared with employees becomes another notch toward employee engagement, which we know leads to less attrition and retention of talent – obviously quality talent because they have chosen to become or stay informed about their own employment and ask questions they need


Dovetail HR
December 6, 2016

Dwane Lay, “There’s Nobody Busier than the HR Practitioner”

Dwane Lay, VP – Customer Experience – Dovetail Software

Dwane Lay

“I think that everything after the sales process, you are building the relationship upfront, but it’s the management piece after that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. We hear a lot of people talk about their relationship with vendors never gets better than right before they sign the contract. The whole, You’ll do anything to get me as a customer, why won’t you do anything to keep me as a customer? We try to make sure we do everything to make our customers happy.” – Dwane Lay

Check out this great interview and learn what’s on Dwane’s mind: Customer Experience is


Dovetail HR
October 20, 2016

Charlie Judy talks Culture on intrepidHR!

Charlie Judy, Founding Partner with Work XO, LLC, talks about the work he does at Work XO – a “culture shop” – at a genetic level providing data and intelligence to helping clients align culture with potential and growth.

“Human doesn’t happen organically, it is a little ironic and – but it doesn’t happen when its enveloped in this institution we call work.” 

Check out this great interview and learn what’s on Charlie’s mind: Being Intentional about Your Culture The Right Culture The reinforcement and clarification of Culture The Evolution of Culture The Institution of Work Remaining Relevant in the World of Work Tuning Out the Noise Unleashing Human Potential

Charlie Judy

 

On Culture: “You can’t look


Dovetail HR

Stacey Harris on intrepidHR!

Stacey Harris, VP of Research and Analytics at Sierra-Cedar, talks about the work she does at Sierra-Cedar, as well as the research they have been doing for the last 19 years.

“Some great thought leadership research called The Annual HR Systems Survey, with results launched every year at the HR Technology Conference & Exposition.”

**Check out this year’s results here.

Check out this great interview and learn what’s on Stacey’s mind: Nine years ago, we weren’t even talking about “the cloud” Are we making employees’ lives better? Payroll in the Cloud Globalization of Business Today “Paying it Forward” – is the HR industry more connected than others? New to the Survey – Social Responsibility The Benefits of Diversity The true impact of real data

Stacey Harris


Dovetail HR
October 17, 2016

HR Tech Industry Icon: Bill Kutik

Bill Kutik stopped by the Dovetail booth at the HR Tech conference in Chicago recently and shared his insights and expertise. What keeps Bill invigorated?

“These are the people who know the most about a field I’ve been heavily involved in for the 27 years. You just don’t give that up in a flash. You play the edges of it, so I’ve found good edges to play and it’s worked out quite well.”

Check out this great interview and learn the latest and greatest on Bill’s mind:

HR Technology today The HR Tech panel with Naomi Lee Bloom, and Brian Sommer What Bill envisioned when he launched HR Tech The “Town Meeting of this Industry” “Technorati” of HR Tech Firing Line with Bill Kutik – Bill’s show on YouTube – check it


Kane Frisby
September 7, 2016

SMAC

Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud or SMAC-enabled HR technologies are revolutionizing our industry, smacking human resources with powerful tools to support their company’s Digital Workplace vision by providing Digital HR applications which connect with the modern workforce.

We have all been told, by now, of the millennial rock stars who won’t work for us unless we connect with them in the world they rock – and it’s true!

You not only need to empower employees and managers to keep them engaged, but you must also enable them – people enablement is key to productivity.

People Enablement

HR Technology is a big driver for people enablement. Alas, the reader is likely feeling troubled with the notion of costly technology investments, a platoon of expensive onsite technology consultants, and months turning into years of project timescales that never seem to


Rayanne Thorn
August 17, 2016

Wellness

Each season, I like to create content to support our marketing efforts for the year and upcoming conferences. After 30 live broadcast interviews at HR Tech last year, we discovered that everyone was interested in and talking about “wellness” – I started thinking about this and all that entails for a company and its talent…

Employee Health: Physical / Mental Wellness Job Satisfaction Job Stress Employee Engagement A Strong HR Department Employment Branding Employee Referrals Supportive Management Quality Leadership

And so much more. We live and work in a time where our resources are stretched thin – job seekers and employees are more aware now than ever of the importance of balance. Wellness – whole wellness – can be directly correlated to our work and how we are treated by our employer, organizationally and individually. And this does not


Matt Yunker
August 15, 2016

Honesty and Trust Are Integral to Integrity

People who demonstrate integrity draw others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. They are principled and can be counted on to behave in honorable ways even when no one is watching…

So, my last blog was about a sales person and integrity in sales, honesty and pushing the boundaries of honesty in dealing with customers. So what drives a sales person to act this way or gives them the authority to behave this way?

Leadership

I think it stems from leadership. I have been in sales for over 20 years; I once said I would never sell software again. Back in the early 90s, I worked for a software company that sold a product into the IBM world. They had unethical work practices and as a young man, I adopted


Matt Yunker
July 26, 2016

Beg forgiveness or ask permission???

So, this comes up a lot in life and in business. With my wife, I tend to do both really, very selectively picking my battles. In my profession, I will also do both. Pushing the envelope – so to speak.

How many of us do this? Recently I came across a professional, who in my opinion, pushed a little too far, at the cost of ethics.

My question is then, when we knowingly push the boundaries, knowing that what we have said is not true, knowing that we will just come up with a wordy apologetic email, call, or post… does this, in your mind, seem to be lying or do you believe you are simply pushing boundaries?

Personally —

Personally, I think it’s a lie. If I knowingly tell, post, or put in writing


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