HR Shared Services Summit

Dovetail Software is a sponsor of the 15th HR Shared Services and Outsourcing Summit in Chicago, May 19-21st. The show itself provides an opportunity for HR professionals to network with vendors and other HR Shared Services leaders as well a gain insight from industry leaders on a vast array of topics facing today’s HR shared service organizations. The conference is being held in downtown Chicago at the Marriott.


My colleague and friend Dwane Lay will be leading a pre-conference workshop Monday afternoon at 3:30 on data security in a session titled “Data Data Everywhere”. For those of you that haven’t met Dwane, this is your chance and you’re in for a treat. Dwane heads up our HR Process Design at Dovetail, he’s a Six-Sigma Black Belt and a LEAN HR guy. In other words, he knows his stuff and he’s quite the entertainer. If you miss the pre-conference workshop, you can catch him again in a session titled “Are You Smarter than a CEO” on Wednesday at 9:45. Mark your calendars, this room is bound to be at capacity, and rightfully so.


Are you one of those conference attendees that attend the sessions but avoids the Sponsors and Exhibitors? Well, in this case…you don’t want to. Outside of meeting Dwane and maybe getting a signed copy of his book “Lean HR”, ask Kane or David about our Employee Engagement Suite. They will give you the short version and you could walk away with a new friend and an HR Case Management solution that provides a way to seamlessly close the service delivery loop by:

  • Leveraging existing workforce technologies, providing a consolidated snapshot of vital employee data.

  • Dramatically improving the way HR engages and interacts with stakeholders (your employees)”.

  • Providing tangible metrics that demonstrate the benefits for the entire organization.


Outside of all the wonderful networking opportunities the conference provides, you may want get away from all the shared services, metrics, and “best practice” talk and stretch your legs to see the city (especially if it’s your first visit). A few suggestions if you have 2-3 hours in the evening on your hands and aren’t into the typical touristy things like “The Miracle Mile”, “Navy Pier”, or “The Bean” include:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago – see the Grande Jatte, Chagalls, Monets and other masterpieces and you can grab a quick snack on premise. If you want to do it right, admittedly it requires more than three hours to take-in and ENJOY the museum to its fullest.

  • Signature Lounge at Hancock – Grab an adult beverage and dinner on the 95th floor, the view is indescribable.

  • Have Tea at The Peninsula – Get the $16 pot of jasmine tea, it’s fabulous and worth the money.

  • Wendella Boat TourThis is the best way to see Chicago and all its wonderful architecture.


Hit me up, if you took me up on one of my suggestions. I’d love to know what you thought. It’d also be great to know what your impression of the conference was. How were the speakers, sessions, sponsors, and exhibitors? Did you have a favorite session? What provided the most ROI? Did you learn anything? What were a few of your key take-aways? How were Dwane’s jokes? Was the show well organized? How were the accommodations?


Safe travels and enjoy the show!


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