SOURCE: Firing Line with Bill Kutik

Firing Line with Bill Kutik

July 21, 2015 07:00 ET

Big Data and Mobile Apps Will Fundamentally Change How HR Does Its Job, Leading Consultant Brian Sommer Tells 'Firing Line with Bill Kutik'

Says HR Execs Need to Become More 'Cosmopolitan' or Get Left Behind

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Jul 21, 2015) - Brian Sommer, a leading Human Capital Management and HR technology expert for 32 years, says that Big Data analytics, mobile applications and other fast-emerging technologies will fundamentally change how HR does its job.

Sommer's predictions highlight the sixth edition of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®", the new web video series for the HR community, which debuts today on You Tube at

"I think what's really interesting at this time is that besides just the Cloud, things like Big Data analytics, in-memory database technology, all new kinds of mobile technology -- all this is coming and it's coming at the same time," Sommer tells Kutik.

"And that creates kind of a competency of technology change hitting all at opportunity for HR technology vendors as well as HR executives to take advantage of some very profound things that will change their processes. It's going to change their technology. It's probably going to change their perspective about what HR really should be doing going forward."

Sommer also issues a call to action and a warning for HR execs who don't stay abreast of these fast-developing innovations. "Those best HR executives I run into are the ones who play in traffic frequently, who invite a lot of vendors and stuff into their office and see a lot of demos," Sommer said.

"They get to all the right shows, and they're taking chances and experimenting with this stuff because they're looking to see things that are transformed. So, if you don't get out there and become cosmopolitan, you're going to be road kill." 

To date, the monthly "Firing Line" series, which began in March, has received 10,000 views on YouTube.

"Brian Sommer is an industry veteran with 18 years as an Andersen/Accenture partner and 13 as an independent consultant at TechVentive. With his perspective, Brian always delivers invaluable insight for everyone in the HR community," said Bill Kutik, host and managing editor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®.

"Our interview with him is typical of Firing Line's commitment, as well as our sponsor SAP's, to bringing our audience information and opinion that helps them stay ahead of the curve. This approach has already made our series an important resource for our subscribers and HR practitioners."

SAP (NYSE: SAP) is the inaugural sponsor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®," and other vendors will be sponsoring in the future.

About Bill Kutik

As the HR industry's leading independent analyst, Bill Kutik is considered one of the top four influencers in the HR technology marketplace. For more than 25 years, he has been Technology Columnist for "Human Resource Executive®" and served as founding co-chair of the magazine's famous annual HR Technology® Conference & Expo, since it began in 1998 through 2013.

The Bill Kutik Radio Show®, a bi-weekly online talk show with industry leaders, now has 180 programs in its archive and continues to be produced in its eighth year at Kutik has also created and moderated 103 industry panels.

In 2012, Human Resource Executive named him one of the 10 "Most Powerful HR Technology Experts" and The Huffington Post in 2013 listed him in "Top 100 Social HR Experts on Twitter."

Previously, he reported for "The New York Times" and "The New York Daily News." He has a BA degree from Harvard University. He can be reached at