SOURCE: Firing Line with Bill Kutik

Firing Line with Bill Kutik

August 11, 2015 07:00 ET

'Firing Line with Bill Kutik' Hears New Strategies to Optimize HR Cloud Systems Implementations Through New Thinking

Leading System Integration Consultants Say Bigger Does Not Mean Better

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Aug 11, 2015) -  Two leading HR Cloud systems integration experts tell Firing Line with Bill Kutik®, the new web video series for the HR community, that optimizing Cloud system implementations requires new ways of thinking and methods of choosing consulting help.

The two appear on the seventh edition of the video series beginning on YouTube today.

Jarret Pazahanick, Managing Partner of EIC Experts, and Luke Marson, Chief Cloud HCM Architect at Hula Partners, tell Firing Line Host and Managing Editor Bill Kutik that many customers need to adopt new practices, different from their on-premise experiences, when they move to the Cloud.

To make the best choices, says Marson, customers need to do extensive due diligence both on the applications and technology they will be implementing, and also on the systems integrators they are considering. "Customers are still approaching Cloud implementations like on-premise applications, even though they have a different makeup," Marson says.

Without this kind of careful consideration, the two systems integrators say, potential costly mistakes can occur. "Some software integrators are still overpromising. They're overestimating their expertise and experience to win new project work," Pazahanick tells Kutik. "And ultimately when that happens, the customer's implementation can turn out to be the training grounds for a team of junior consultants, which is never a good thing."

Pazahanick gives an example of one of his clients using 21 consultants on-site for an on-premise HR installation 17 years ago but only five people -- many of them working off-site -- for an equally full-blown HR Cloud system today.

To date, the monthly "Firing Line" series, which began last March, has received more than 11,000 views on YouTube.

"The message from Jarret and Luke that customers also must stay more deeply involved in Cloud implementations is another example of Firing Line's -- and our sponsor SAP's -- commitment to bringing our audience information and opinion that helps them and their organizations stay abreast of the latest and best thinking," Bill Kutik of Firing Line with Bill Kutik® said.

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 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 more than 182 programs in the archive and continues to be produced in its eighth year at Kutik has also created and moderated 104 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