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Firing Line with Bill Kutik

March 24, 2015 02:00 ET

Top HR Tech Exec Tells 'Firing Line with Bill Kutik' That Instant Access to Innovation Is Key Cloud Benefit

Second Program in New Online Video Series Begins Today

Debut Episode of 'Firing Line' Passes 2,000 Views on YouTube; Receives Favorable Comments From Viewers and Influencers

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2015) - A top HR technology executive tells "Firing Line with Bill Kutik™," the new broadcast-quality HD video interview series for the HR community, that HR executives risk missing out on innovation by not moving to Cloud applications.

The comment by David Ludlow, Group Vice President, HR Line of Business, SAP (NYSE: SAP) came during his appearance on the second edition of the new video series on YouTube -- available today at http://bit.ly/KutikFiringLine.

"You risk falling behind," by not moving to the Cloud, Ludlow tells Kutik, adding that the Cloud provides access to innovation in HR applications on an almost "instantaneous" basis, as compared to longer lead times for upgrades to be installed to get innovation from on-premise software systems.

The Ludlow interview is the second program in the monthly "Firing Line" series, which debuted in February with an interview of Mike Ettling, President, HR Line of Business at SuccessFactors, an SAP company.

"The response from viewers and industry influencers to the first five-minute video has been overwhelmingly positive," said Bill Kutik, host and managing editor of "Firing Line" and technology columnist for "Human Resource Executive®" for 25 years.

To date, Kutik added, the debut edition of "Firing Line" has received more than 2,000 views on the series' YouTube channel. "This audience response to a serious program shows it is resonating in the HR community," Kutik said.

The new monthly online series features HD video interviews with thought-leaders from the HR tech community including practitioners, vendor executives, analysts and consultants.

SAP is the inaugural sponsor for "Firing Line." Other vendors will be sponsoring in the future.

"Just like the sponsored seven-year-old Bill Kutik Radio Show®," Kutik said, "this video series is old-fashioned journalism: bringing authoritative information and opinion relevant to the audience's work lives in a balanced way, with no overt or covert marketing agenda. Guests talk about what they're thinking and doing, not what they're selling or which software they use."

Industry Influencer Response to 'Firing Line' Debut

"Bill Buckley meets Charlie Rose for HR tech," says John Sumser, analyst at KeyInterval and the industry's first blogger. "The thing about Bill is his relentless obsession with perfection. The five minutes you see are likely the result of hours of work. What you get is what it should be -- hours of value for an investment of five minutes."

Jason Averbook, author of "HR from Now to Next," says, "I love the format and style...a great interview...a huge asset to the community."

"...unsullied by vendor propaganda..." says Lexy Martin, creator of the industry's leading survey of the usage of vendors' technology for 17 years.

Jac Fitzenz, father of HR Analytics, says, "...never fails to surprise...always refreshing...my time well spent."

"Don't expect any fluff here. All substance and no question unasked," says leading IT analyst Ray Wang of The Constellation Group.

Full comments and others can be read on the Discussion page.

The interview with Ludlow is available now at http://bit.ly/KutikFiringLine, in addition to the first interview with Mike Ettling.

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 industry leading annual HR Technology® Conference & Expo, since it began in 1998 through 2013.

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."

The Bill Kutik Radio Show, a bi-weekly online talk show with industry leaders, now has 175 programs in the archive and continues to be produced at http://bit.ly/KutikRadio. Kutik has also created and moderated 103 industry panels.

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 Bill@Kutik.com.