HR Reporting: Still Getting a Bad Rap


A successful HR data practice addresses the needs of the business by providing a rigorous process for managing a body of data that begins as nebulous, unstructured, and not consumable. It does so through a cycle of reporting, analytics, and planning. In this entry we will discuss the first of these, reporting, which is concerned… Read More

Ray Rivera     @rayjrivera

How [topcoder] Protects Your Intellectual Property Rights During Crowdsourcing


One of the most important set of questions you can ask about crowdsourcing concerns the intellectual property rights of the work that the community completes for you and how [topcoder] ensures those rights. The formal answer can be found in [topcoder]’ main legal documents that govern intellectual property, confidentiality, security, and indemnification. Each of these… Read More

Ben Kerschberg     @BenKerschberg

Does Big Data Really Solve the Lack of Data Problem for HR?


  Big data is likely here to stay. Most companies, though not yet fully transformed by big data, are at least adapting to it. They are finding innovative ways to apply data science to critical parts of their value chains, and transforming with varying levels of success the ways critical parts of the businesses are… Read More

Ray Rivera     @rayjrivera

Call Deflection: The Key to Customer Satisfaction


In 2010, the famous entrepreneur Stefani Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga) produced the song “Telephone.” In addition to being a catchy tune, the song’s chorus carries an important observation for today’s Customer Service Managers: “Stop callin' Stop callin' I don't wanna think anymore I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor.” Increasingly,… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn

The Trap of HR Business Intelligence for Everyone

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Many organizations find themselves stuck with sprawling business intelligence (BI) solutions that are underutilized and costly to maintain, thereby failing to deliver full value. Though highly capable BI and analytics technology are already available for use throughout business organizations, effective BI remains incompletely distributed, serving as the go-to tool for only a few roles, such… Read More

Ray Rivera     @rayjrivera

How [topcoder] Retains 82% of its Clients for Future Crowdsourcing Projects


A Five-Part Series -- Part Three  Customer retention is no easy feat. Some companies fail miserably, ignoring the benefits of loyal customers. Others, such as Amazon, under the prescient-yet-iron fist of Jeff Bezos, from the start elevated customer service to its top priority without regard to either the company’s bottom line or employee retention. This… Read More

Ben Kerschberg     @BenKerschberg

Data and Talent: Time for a Better Drill Bit, not Bolder Prospecting


Companies competing globally are finding they have fewer resources by which to distinguish themselves in increasingly crowded fields of competition. For most companies, there are really only two resources that matter: data and people. And although there is no shortage of either, there is scarcity in the business value companies are able to generate from… Read More

Ray Rivera     @rayjrivera

Eradicating Small Frictions through Smarter Software


Perhaps it was said best in the mid-90’s when Hootie crooned, “Time, you ain’t no friend of mine.” Twenty years on, multi-billion dollar valued businesses like Uber are being created with the sole purpose of giving back humans our most precious resource, time. You can also look to traditional industries like car insurance and banking… Read More

Clinton Bonner     @clintonbon
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Understanding the Crowdsourcing Community


No Leap of Faith Required: Crowdsourcing with [topcoder], the World’s Finest Innovation Partner A Five-Part Series -- Part 2 Over the course of its 13-year history, [topcoder] has mastered how to tap into the extraordinary potential of crowdsourcing with data scientists, app developers, and designers. In the process, it has built the largest (650,000 members)… Read More

Ben Kerschberg     @BenKerschberg

Customer Service IS Marketing


  Despite our scientific, internet-enabled world, many eternal mysteries persist. Questions like, “Why was the Great Sphinx of Giza built?” or “Does Sasquatch really exist?” or “How effective is advertising?” have plagued thinkers through the ages. John Wanamaker, the brilliant turn-of-century merchant, famously said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn
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