Ultimate Software's Blog https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:28:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Where to Find Ultimate Software, PeopleDoc at HR Tech 2018 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/where-to-find-ultimate-software-peopledoc-at-hr-tech-2018/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/where-to-find-ultimate-software-peopledoc-at-hr-tech-2018/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:09:57 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1508 It’s that time of year! Tomorrow marks the 21st Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition, and all of us at Ultimate Software are excited to once again join the thousands of HR professionals, tech innovators, and industry experts convening in Las Vegas to explore the latest advancements in HCM and preview what’s to come. This […]

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It’s that time of year!

Tomorrow marks the 21st Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition, and all of us at Ultimate Software are excited to once again join the thousands of HR professionals, tech innovators, and industry experts convening in Las Vegas to explore the latest advancements in HCM and preview what’s to come.

This year, we’re especially thrilled to celebrate with and welcome Paris-based PeopleDoc, who joined the Ultimate family in July.

If you’re headed to HR Tech, here’s where you can expect to find Ultimate and PeopleDoc on each day of the premier conference.

 

Tuesday, September 11

Highlighting the first day of HR Tech 2018 is a panel of accomplished HR and product executives, featuring Ultimate’s VP of HCM Innovation, Cecile Alper-Leroux. Cecile and her colleagues will share their expert insights about building the business case for a new enterprise HR technology solution. Don’t miss “The Power of a Pilot Program.”

 

Wednesday, September 12
On a jam-packed day two, you’ll find Ultimate’s Senior Director of HCM Innovation, Jarik Conrad, and Bill Jensen, CEO of the Jensen Group, sharing new and amazing 21st-century stories of brave HR pioneers—and the lessons that can be learned from them. Check out “The Future of HR—Disrupting and Establishing New HR Norms in Putting People First.”

Later, Ultimate’s CTO Adam Rodgers and Yessica Cancel, COO at PACE Center for Girls, an Ultimate customer, will present “1,200% ROI Achieved with End-to-End HCM Cloud Technology” detailing PACE’s impressive results with UltiPro®.

Then, join Ultimate and PeopleDoc for a special presentation on how to “Transform the Employee Experience with ‘People First’ HR Service Delivery.” We’ll demonstrate innovative HR service delivery technology that enables organizations to provide faster, more responsive support to its people, and reduce the administrative burden on its HR and payroll teams. Space is limited, so reserve your spot for this HR Tech experience now.

HR Tech Ultimate Software and PeopleDoc demo

 

Thursday, September 13

The excitement continues on Thursday with “The Most Interesting Companies in AI for HR Tech.” John Sumser, founder and principal analyst at HRExaminer, will showcase four intelligent software products, explain how they can be deployed, provide examples of how these artificial intelligence technologies are impacting the practice of HR today, and make the connection between cutting-edge AI technology and better people and business outcomes.

But, the AI conversation doesn’t end there. Armen Berjikly, senior director of growth strategy at Ultimate, will also deliver an insightful demo titled “AI for HR: Hype, Hope, Reality.” See how Ultimate’s “People First” AI platform, Xander®, powers UltiPro to automatically understand, predict, and prescribe personalized actions from all relevant HCM data, from text to demographics.

And, PeopleDoc will participate in HR Tech’s “Awesome New Technologies” event, highlighting leading HR technology companies and their newest innovations. PeopleDoc’s live demo will show how Robotic Process Automation orchestrates complex processes across HR and non-HR systems without human intervention, saving companies significant time, reducing errors, and providing a superior employee experience.

 

Friday, September 14

On the final day of HR Tech, Cecile returns with our “Vision for HR Technology: Ultimate Software,” presenting Ultimate’s point of view of the HCM landscape, how we see HR technology as an enabler of business success, and our ideas for what the future of work will look like and how workplace technologies will evolve and advance to help create that future.

To wrap up the conference, join Jennifer Paske, HR manager at Waterstone Mortgage Corporation, an Ultimate customer, for a panel of veteran practitioners who’ve been through multiple launches of new cloud solutions. They’ll share key lessons and hard-won advice in “Setting Up and Sustaining Success in SaaS.”

 

All Week

With HR Tech’s wall-to-wall agenda, you’ll probably want to take a few minutes throughout the week just to rejuvenate and reset. Remember to visit Ultimate at Booth #1510 and PeopleDoc at Booth #2350 to say hello, learn more about our solutions, and play our new interactive HR Tech game for a chance to win some great giveaways.

If you can’t attend HR Tech, or just want to stay connected during the conference, you can always follow Ultimate on social media—including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—for live updates and continuous coverage. Remember to use #HRTechConf.

 

We’ll see you at HR Tech!

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LightStarters: New Design Process Improves Product, Productivity, and Customer Satisfaction https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/new-design-process-constant-innovation/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/new-design-process-constant-innovation/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:22:26 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1483   Inspired by a passion for constant improvement, three Ultimate Software employees are experimenting with an innovative design process at Ultimate Software. Business Analyst Gaby Antoni, User Experience Manager Marta Guerra, and Manager of Software Engineering Chris Patullo have reshaped a design framework and methodology to suit Ultimate’s unique needs and to enhance team collaboration. The […]

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Inspired by a passion for constant improvement, three Ultimate Software employees are experimenting with an innovative design process at Ultimate Software.

Business Analyst Gaby Antoni, User Experience Manager Marta Guerra, and Manager of Software Engineering Chris Patullo have reshaped a design framework and methodology to suit Ultimate’s unique needs and to enhance team collaboration.

The framework, named LightStarters, places fierce focus on customer-centric product design, reduces meetings, helps teams collaborate better, delivers a higher quality product for customers, and does it all faster and more efficiently than ever.

In other processes, product teams work on feature requirements, functionality and design. Later, developers begin building based on these feature requirements. But developers frequently raise valuable concerns or questions as they’re building, causing designers to re-evaluate and go back to the drawing board.

After researching an alternative design sprint framework approach and attending a Design Disruptors show, team members were inspired to tweak and test this process. “At first, we followed the original design sprint methodology with some modifications so we could complete the design sprint in two or three days instead of five,” Chris said.

In addition to expediting the design process, a key element to this new methodology is that all key stakeholders need to be present: Developers, QAs, Designers, BAs, PM, Engineering Managers. The session challenges participants to collaborate and achieve a consensus on the most important outcomes before any detailed planning or development begins. By the end of a LightStarters workshop, the team produces a final sketch of the best ideas with enough detail for designers to build an interactive prototype suitable to test with customers. This allows Ultimate to obtain quick validation straight from the customer before making costly commitments.

“From a team perspective, it’s super cool because everyone is engaged, shares their ideas and these ideas make it to the final solution. We also involve customers multiple times before the session takes place to understand their needs, use cases and expectations as well as after the session to validate our final solution,” said Gaby, who guides LightStarters teams through a series of activities designed to foster creative thinking and innovation.

There have been 30 LightStarters workshops to date, and many live features in UltiPro were born through these sessions. “The motivation to create LightStarters comes from the desire to share with others something that is working great for us. We want to give everyone the chance to participate in the solution process which always results in meaningful and engaging outcomes for employees, customers, and our products,” Marta said.

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Chicago Bound: Join US at #SHRM18 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/shrm18/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/shrm18/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:21:03 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1459 The 2018 Annual SHRM Conference & Exposition starts this Sunday in Chicago, and we’re packing our bags! Attendees will enjoy a series of internationally-renowned keynote speakers and a variety of networking opportunities, both in-person and online. And with more than 200 seminars, workshops, and sessions, including two led by Ultimate Software’s own subject matter experts, […]

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#SHRM18The 2018 Annual SHRM Conference & Exposition starts this Sunday in Chicago, and we’re packing our bags!

Attendees will enjoy a series of internationally-renowned keynote speakers and a variety of networking opportunities, both in-person and online. And with more than 200 seminars, workshops, and sessions, including two led by Ultimate Software’s own subject matter experts, there’s a plethora of educational opportunities for HR professionals at every stage of their careers.

Here’s where you can find US at #SHRM18:

“How to Use AI and Data-Driven Insights to Better Understand Your Employees”—Armen Berjikly, senior director of strategy at Ultimate, will demonstrate how HR leaders can improve employee experiences with HR-driven artificial intelligence (AI) that is as sensitive to statistics as it is to emotions. Visitors will see that, by complementing human insights, they can better understand and take care of their people. Register now.
Time: Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. Central time, located at the HR Technology Solutions Theatre (Booth #463)

“Don’t Let the Best Ones Get Away! How to Entice and Engage the Best Candidates with Pre-Boarding”—Cecile Alper-Leroux, VP of HCM innovation at Ultimate, and Claire Schooley, consultant on learning, recruiting, and employee engagement, will offer tips for companies to ensure that signed candidates make it to the first day on the job. Attendees will learn how they can use technologies and techniques typically associated with onboarding to prepare their candidates and have them feeling good about the decision to join the company, by creating lasting connections that help them become passionate, productive team players—from day zero.

Time: Wednesday, June 20, 10:00–11:15 a.m. Central time

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow #SHRM18 and @UltimateHCM on Twitter for real-time updates from the conference.

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The Business Case for UltiPro Perception at SPS Companies, Inc. https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/drivers-of-employee-engagement/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/drivers-of-employee-engagement/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:00:01 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1451 by Corey Kephart, VP of HR, SPS Companies, Inc. At SPS, we have thrived for 80 years by maximizing value in our business and by investing in our people. When we selected UltiPro for our human capital management in 2016, we found a platform that would do both—help us save costs and increase productivity, and […]

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by Corey Kephart, VP of HR, SPS Companies, Inc.

drivers of employee engagementAt SPS, we have thrived for 80 years by maximizing value in our business and by investing in our people. When we selected UltiPro for our human capital management in 2016, we found a platform that would do both—help us save costs and increase productivity, and elevate our employees’ work experience.

When I discovered UltiPro Perception in 2017, I saw endless opportunities to harness value from the tool and drive transformational change in our organization. The business case for UltiPro Perception is clear: if we can understand the drivers of employee engagement, we can make the right investments to boost engagement, and these investments will lead to better business results. I was excited to get started, and we launched UltiPro Perception in about two weeks.

To date, we have used UltiPro Perception to power surveys on almost 20 topics, such as benefits, engagement, and leadership development, through more than 30 surveys overall. Our ability to receive instant feedback through the solution has helped our leaders take action quickly, and be responsive to the needs of our employees.

Beyond the ability to impact organizational performance, my favorite part of UltiPro Perception has been the positive response and genuine enthusiasm from decision makers at SPS, from the chairman and the CEO, down to the senior managers that oversee our different facilities. They often describe the UltiPro Perception reports as the best resource they have ever seen from an HR department, and I take great pride in the ability to provide this level of value.

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“People First” Software Key to Merging People, Tech in Future of Payroll https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/apa-congress-future-of-payroll/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/apa-congress-future-of-payroll/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 13:12:59 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1419 Payroll is like the heart of an organization: when everything’s running smoothly, it’s occasionally taken for granted; but if something goes wrong, the results can be disastrous. Considering the tremendous accuracy and coordination required, coupled with the daunting task of countless variables changing each pay period, it’s not difficult to understand how and why payroll […]

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Payroll is like the heart of an organization: when everything’s running smoothly, it’s occasionally taken for granted; but if something goes wrong, the results can be disastrous. Considering the tremendous accuracy and coordination required, coupled with the daunting task of countless variables changing each pay period, it’s not difficult to understand how and why payroll mistakes can happen.

Historically, payroll provided the perfect opportunity for organizations to begin experimenting with software technology, especially considering these substantial demands. Standard applications, which became more mainstream in the 1980s, used source code designed for rule-based and repetitive processes.

Over the years, these solutions have become increasingly sophisticated. Today, automation has reduced a significant amount of payroll’s manual strain, simultaneously improving overall accuracy. These systems can execute data transactions, generate reconciliations, and even draw conclusions from their findings. As a result, complex tax and payroll calculations are instantly simplified, and most tedious accounting tasks are eliminated.

These innovations were met primarily with excitement, but as AI’s evolution continues at breakneck speed (launching us into the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”), some payroll professionals have grown concerned. It’s clear that jobs will be impacted—just like they’ve been in every industrial revolution—but most agencies predict that AI, and other emerging technologies, will create far more jobs than they disrupt.

Millions of individuals, including payroll professionals, will require new skills, additional training, and more support during this process. But rather than becoming intimidated by emerging solutions, payroll should focus on learning to optimize these solutions, reskilling teams, and homing in on strategy.

This week, we’re thrilled to be attending our 20th annual APA Congress, where our product and industry experts will discuss AI and a variety of payroll-related topics. If you’re attending, please be sure to visit Ultimate Software at Booth 523 throughout the conference and attend Thursday morning’s general session, “The Future of Work and Pay: How Will Artificial Intelligence, Data, and Predictive Analytics Change the World?” featuring Ultimate’s VP of Products, Martin Hartshorne.

The future of payroll is coming. At Ultimate, we’ll continue delivering the best HCM technologies, so your people—and your business—can grow at the speed of technology.

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10 Places to Find US – Connections Edition https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/10-places-to-find-us-connections-edition/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/10-places-to-find-us-connections-edition/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 10:00:16 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1399 Last year, we debuted our “10 Places to Find US” series, designed to showcase the latest Ultimate Software mentions and news in the HR community. Back by popular demand, we’re thrilled to share this special “Connections” update on the latest places to find Ultimate: Surviving Leadership is a blog authored by HR leader and Influencer, […]

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industry influencer ultimate softwareLast year, we debuted our “10 Places to Find US” series, designed to showcase the latest Ultimate Software mentions and news in the HR community. Back by popular demand, we’re thrilled to share this special “Connections” update on the latest places to find Ultimate:

  1. Surviving Leadership is a blog authored by HR leader and Influencer, Mary Faulkner, a renowned industry influencer with significant experience in leadership, management, talent, and more. She attended our Connections conference and shared her thoughts in several blog posts, including When Tech and HR combine: What I saw at UltiConnect. Additionally, Mary partnered with analyst Ben Eubanks (#8 below) to film an exciting conference introduction video. Take a look, and if you’re not already, follow Mary on Twitter at @mfaulkner43.
  2. Red Branch Media is a marketing company specifically designed to assist HR professionals! CEO Maren Hogan, @marenhogan on Twitter, is an awesome marketer, but she’s also an amazing HR pro. She shared her insight about recruiting for tough positions at the conference and discusses her Connections experience in this blog post, Making connections at the Ultimate Software user conference.
  3. Tim Sackett, author of The Tim Sackett Project, is a legendary HR influencer who makes a point to blog every single day. Make sure to follow him on Twitter, @timsackett, as well as his blog for daily doses of HR related content! He’s already shared some awesome Ultimate content, including posts like Are HR conferences responsible for ensuring you connect? #UltiConnect. HR blogging is about making HR connections #UltiConnect features a video with Tim Sackett and Ultimate Software customers and new blogger, Cheryl Nelson!
  4. Kolor Me HR is a new blog by up-and-coming influencer Cheryl Nelson, @CherylNelsonPHR on Twitter. We’re thrilled that Cheryl included us in her post Down Memory Lane, and can’t wait to see all she has to write about!
  5. If you don’t already know Robin Schooling, @robinschooling, she’s a great HR leader with a wealth of insightful HR stories. She authors com and manages a long-standing HR series, Carnival of HR. We’re honored to be mentioned in one of the posts mentioned in March Madness Circa 2018 #HRCarnival.
  6. HR expert, Janine Truitt, authors the blog CzarinaofHR and live streams on Periscope at #AskCzarinaLive. She speaks to a variety of HR and life topics, and recently shot an episode at our Connections conference. Make sure to follow her on Twitter, @CzarinaofHR, and online.
  7. Employment Lawyer from tHRive HR Law, Kate Bischoff, also attended Connections this year. She live tweeted her thoughts on Twitter, @k8bischHRLaw, and shared more thoughts in her blog post, UltiConnect. Be sure to take a look!
  8. UpstartHR is an HR blog authored by Influencer and Analyst, Ben Eubanks, @beneubanks on Twitter. Ben focuses on HR technology, leadership, and even innovation in HR. He attended Connections and shared his experience in AI means HR can be more human. Separately, Ben is writing a book on AI technology in HR. Check out the preview in LinkedIn post, What is your workforce thinking? Leveraging #AI for employee sentiment analysis.
  9. While at Connections, Ben Eubanks also led a podcast discussing the importance of the HR/IT relationship and steps these departments can take to achieve their mutual goals. Ben interviewed Gregg Paulk, CIO for Anderson Center for Autism and long-time UltiPro customer, who shared a plethora of insights into the importance of HR technology in the post CIO shares How HR Can Build Better Relationships with IT.
  10. Jason Lauritsen is an admired influencer and member of HRExaminer’s Editorial Advisory Board. Jason attended Connections and actually moderated our “Women in Leadership” panel, which featured Janine Truitt, Mary Faulkner, Kate Bischoff, and Maren Hogan. Read about his (somewhat uncomfortable) experience here in Gender at Work.

For the latest Ultimate news, updates, and happenings, visit www.ultimatesoftware.com, look for Ultimate on your favorite HR blogs, or connect with US on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

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World Poetry Day the UltiWay https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/world-poetry-day/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/world-poetry-day/#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:29 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1263 Today is World Poetry Day. To celebrate with a poem—why, there’s no better way! So in an effort to quench your poetic thirst, let Ultimate Software present: An Ode to Putting People First You’ve got a great product, an all-star team All’s well for a while, then you start to lose steam You check the […]

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world poetry dayToday is World Poetry Day. To celebrate with a poem—why, there’s no better way!

So in an effort to quench your poetic thirst, let Ultimate Software present:

An Ode to Putting People First

You’ve got a great product, an all-star team
All’s well for a while, then you start to lose steam
You check the numbers, there’s a problem with retention
Your most important asset, your people, need more attention

There’s trouble with your culture, frustration seems to brew
You sent an engagement survey last year, what more can you do?
To truly make a difference, take the path better traversed
Adopt Ultimate’s core principle. Put your people first.

You like how that sounds, onboard with the theme
But still a little unsure, “What does it all mean?”
It’s focusing on employees, far beyond the paycheck
It’s cultural transformation, with help from HR tech.

Sentiment analysis, BI, artificial intelligence
Our solutions are both innovative and elegant
Xander™ powers our platform, so the AI’s immersed
And it all comes together to put people first.

But did you know most people regret their HCM purchase?
It’s not product functionality; they’re disappointed with service.
That’s why we’re always available, meaning 24/7
To improve your experience and answer your questions.

Our personalized approach goes beyond software support
To help you optimize solutions and design your reports
We solve problems proactively, eliminate strife,
You’re more than a customer. You’re our “Partner for Life.”

It’s never too late to adopt a new perspective
Happier employees, better bottom lines, “Now that’s effective!”
For over 25 years, it’s been the Ultimate way
Respect and care for all; everyone, every day.

We’ve made the commitment, and so can you—
To achieve great success, put people first in all you do.

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Connections 2018 Preview: Plethora of “New Perspectives” https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/connections-2018-preview-new-perspectives/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/connections-2018-preview-new-perspectives/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:00:04 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1259 After months of anticipation, it’s finally here! Connections 2018, Ultimate Software’s annual customer conference, starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. This year promises to be one of our most engaging, productive, and exciting events yet, with a jam-packed agenda and more than 3,900 HR executives, administrators, practitioners, and industry influencers scheduled to attend. If you’re joining […]

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connections 2018After months of anticipation, it’s finally here!

Connections 2018, Ultimate Software’s annual customer conference, starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. This year promises to be one of our most engaging, productive, and exciting events yet, with a jam-packed agenda and more than 3,900 HR executives, administrators, practitioners, and industry influencers scheduled to attend.

If you’re joining us in Vegas, here’s a preview of what to expect at Connections 2018.

Interactive Breakouts

This year’s Connections theme is “New Perspectives,” and we have more than 135 breakout sessions covering over 65 different topics all designed to increase your knowledge of Ultimate’s HCM solutions and show you how to get the most out of UltiPro®.

Led by our subject-matter experts, these interactive sessions cover the complete HR spectrum—from managing payroll and time, to engaging and managing people, to reporting and analytics, to configuring and integrating UltiPro with third-party solutions. We even have breakouts tailored to Canada-based organizations and our customers with global employees. No matter which sessions you attend, you’re sure to learn plenty of useful tips, tricks, and strategies you can take back to the workplace.

Innovative Presentations
The conference officially kicks off Tuesday morning with presentations by Ultimate’s Chief Technology Officer, Adam Rogers, and Ultimate’s VP of Products, Martin Hartshorne. Get an inside look at the latest HCM technology Ultimate is offering to customers, as well as the game-changing innovations and UltiPro functionality you can expect to see in the coming months.

Connections has marked the debut of many Ultimate products and services. Last year, we unveiled our portfolio of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, Xander™, the next step in data science for HR. We’re primed and ready to share our newest solutions at Connections 2018, providing organizations with even more ways to enhance the employee experience and put their people first.

On Wednesday, you’ll hear from Scott Scherr, CEO, president, and founder of Ultimate. Discover the true power of making employees your number-one priority, as Scherr shares personal stories from Ultimate’s 25-plus-year history, highlighting our successes and challenges. Whether this is your first time at Connections or you’re a veteran attendee, Scherr’s talk is one you won’t want to miss.

Thursday brings results from the third-annual Connections 2018 Code-A-Thon. Witness what Ultimate’s skilled software engineers developed in a matter of days onsite at the conference, showcasing new UltiPro concept functionality based on attendees’ own ideas. And, we’ll announce the winners of our prestigious Innovation Awards, honoring our customers who’ve gone above and beyond with their use of UltiPro and Ultimate’s services in the past 12 months.

Inspiring Keynotes

Year after year, Connections features memorable keynotes from inspirational individuals, and 2018 is no exception. Come expecting to be entertained and enlightened. Leave with new perspectives on work and life.

On Wednesday, you’ll hear from Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Roberts has more than two decades of broadcasting experience, covering sports and news throughout her storied career. In 2012, she battled a life-threatening bone-marrow disease, but refused to give up her fight. She returned to the GMA anchor desk the following year, ready to achieve even more as a broadcaster. Now, Roberts will share her remarkable story and the life lessons she’s learned at every turn.

Bestselling author and impassioned speaker, John O’Leary, will deliver Thursday’s keynote. As a child, O’Leary sparked a massive explosion in his home that burned 100% of his body. Determined not to die, but to live a full life, O’Leary has spent adulthood as a source of inspiration for thousands of people, challenging each and every one to view their lives differently. Through his book On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life and his thought-provoking talks, O’Leary travels the world, helping individuals overcome personal challenges while celebrating the joys of life. 

Impressive Performances

Connections is also known for its incomparable evening events. In addition to our energetic Welcome Reception on Tuesday night, this year, we’re thrilled to welcome country-music all-star Kenny Chesney, who’ll perform a private concert during our Customer Appreciation Party on Thursday. Enjoy an eclectic setlist pulling from Chesney’s extensive catalog of country hits, guaranteed to have you singing along. It’s the perfect way to go out on the last night of Connections.

Plus, our conference emcee and Ultimate’s Chief Relationship Officer, Bill Hicks, always has a few surprises planned exclusively for Connections attendees, so you never know just what to expect from Bill and his friends throughout the week.

Philanthropic Efforts

It’s a Connections tradition to partner with inspiring organizations that change the lives of people around the world. This year, we’re partnering with Operation H.O.P.E., Inc. (Helping Other People Everywhere), a local Las Vegas organization that provides services and support to homeless and disadvantaged residents. Please stop by the Wynn registration desk #1 to learn more about the organization and write a personalized letter of encouragement to help empower and support those who truly need it.

We’ll see you in Las Vegas!
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Can’t make it to Connections, or want to catch up on any parts you might have missed during the week? Follow Ultimate and #UltiConnect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn for live coverage, photos, videos, and more throughout the entire conference.

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Industry Influencers Bring “New Perspectives” to Connections 2018 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/industry-influencers-bring-new-perspectives-connections-2018/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/industry-influencers-bring-new-perspectives-connections-2018/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:48:50 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1255 Every March, Ultimate Software hosts its annual customer conference, Connections. This year, in addition to dozens of workshops, breakout sessions, a full lineup of inspiring keynote speakers, and an intimate live music performance, we’ve partnered with a variety of world-class HR influencers and bloggers to share the latest research and trends with you. During the […]

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influencers connectionsEvery March, Ultimate Software hosts its annual customer conference, Connections. This year, in addition to dozens of workshops, breakout sessions, a full lineup of inspiring keynote speakers, and an intimate live music performance, we’ve partnered with a variety of world-class HR influencers and bloggers to share the latest research and trends with you. During the course of interactive sessions, panels, and hands-on workshops, these industry leaders will provide guests with “New Perspectives” while sharing their expert opinions on compliance, recruitment, talent, and leadership best practices.

While most of these sessions filled within days of registration, we’re thrilled to announce that each session will be Livestreamed on Twitter.

Kate Bischoff

Attorney, tHRive Law

Kate is an energetic and enthusiastic HR professional, employment/labor law attorney, and technology aficionado. She wants to make companies better – not just compliant. With both domestic and international HR experience, she helps organizations create, revamp and implement effective HR policies and practices to drive innovation and business.

Connections sessions:

  • Compliance and Employee Communication
  • Women in Leadership Panel

Matt Charney

Chief Content Officer, Allegis Global Solutions

Matt has over 10 years of experience in HR and recruiting, working at organizations like Warner Brothers, the Walt Disney Company, and Monster.com. In 2013, Matt founded Recruiting Daily and has been writing for the site and acting as Managing Editor ever since. His impact on the industry continues to grow as he speaks globally on HR technology, recruiting, and the future of work.

Connections sessions:

  • Sentiment Analysis and the Future of Work

Ben Eubanks

Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Recovery and Advisory

Ben is an HCM industry analyst helping companies and vendors with strategy, content, and more. He has worked as an analyst for more than seven years, with five of those in an independent capacity. Ben specializes in HR technology, the future of work, recruiting, benefits, employee relations, and more. He also co-founded HRevolution.

Connections sessions:

  • Innovation Sprints: Discover the Potency of Applying a “Hacking” Mindset to Your Work

Mary Faulkner

Director of Human Resources, Denver Water

Mary is a talent strategist and business leader with almost 15 years’ experience in helping organizations achieve their goals through operations, as well as learning and development, with extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, coaching, key talent planning, talent acquisition, performance management, business partnering, HRIS, process and policy creation, and instructional design. In addition to her work within companies, Mary authors survivingleadership.blog and co-chairs the Denver chapter of DisruptHR.

Connections sessions:

  • Transforming Your HR Department: Implement Changes Today to Achieve Business and HR Results
  • Women in Leadership Panel

Maren Hogan

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Red Branch Media

Maren is the Founder and CEO of Red Branch Media, an agency offering marketing strategy and outreach as well as thought leadership to HR and recruiting technology and services organizations internationally. She is a consistent advocate of next generation marketing techniques with over 15 years of experience in the HR and recruitment space. She has built successful online communities, deployed brand strategies and been a thought leader in the global recruitment and talent space.

Connections sessions:

  • 10 Ways to Draw Interest in Less Than Desirable Jobs and 50 Discrete Benefits
  • Women in Leadership Panel

Jason Lauritsen

North American Advisor, The Employee Engagement Awards

Jason has dedicated his career to helping leaders build organizations that are good for both people and profits – first as an entrepreneur, then a corporate HR executive, then as a consultant, researcher, and speaker. He has over 10 years experience in HR and is passionate about employee engagement, culture, leadership, technology, and talent management.

Connections sessions:

  • The Relationship Comes First: Discovering the True Path to Employee Engagement
  • Women in Leadership Panel

Tim Sackett

President, HRU Technical Resources

Tim is the President of HRU Technical Resources, where he employs his 20 years of HR and recruiting experience to run his $40M IT and Engineering contract staffing firm and RPO. He resides in Lansing, Michigan and works to improve the local, national, and global HR communities. In his free time, Tim writes for popular HR blogs like The Tim Sackett Project and Fistful of Talent.

Connections sessions:

  • When Your HR Metrics Fail to Connect with Your Organization

Janine Truitt

Chief Innovations Officer and Founder, Talent Think Innovations LLC

Janine is the Founder of Talent Think Innovations, LLC, a business strategy and management consulting firm. She has 10 years experience in talent management, technology, diversity and inclusion, and HR strategy that has taken her through staffing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and R&D.

Connections sessions:

  • Women in Leadership Panel

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Bobsledding Couple Looks to Bring Home Gold from PyeongChang Together in Latest #UltimateTeamMoment https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/bobsledding-couple-looks-bring-home-gold-pyeongchang-together-latest-ultimateteammoment/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/bobsledding-couple-looks-bring-home-gold-pyeongchang-together-latest-ultimateteammoment/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:51:06 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1246 Taking teamwork to another level, bobsledding pair and married couple, Elana Meyers Taylor and Nic Taylor, are on their ways to PyeongChang, going for gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In today’s #UltimateTeamMoment, read how the full-time partners and part-time teammates motivate each other on and off the bobsled track, and how they both could […]

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Taking teamwork to another level, bobsledding pair and married couple, Elana Meyers Taylor and Nic Taylor, are on their ways to PyeongChang, going for gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In today’s #UltimateTeamMoment, read how the full-time partners and part-time teammates motivate each other on and off the bobsled track, and how they both could end up celebrating on the podium this month in South Korea.

Bobsled Teammate, Husband Nic Taylor Is Ultimate Teammate as Elana Meyers Taylor Goes for Gold, presented by Ultimate Software

By Karen PriceTEAM USA Ultimate Team Moment

Elana Meyers Taylor is set to compete in her third Olympic Games, and her career path has seen her team up with a number of talented brakemen, and drivers in her early career, who’ve helped her reach her goals.

Her ultimate teammate, both off and even sometimes on the bobsled track, however, is her husband and fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor.

Married in April 2014, the two support each other in every way as they pursue their dreams, from cheering one another on to helping stay on track with nutrition and sleep to even embarking on a road trip when a bobsled doesn’t show up on time. That’s what happened back in December when Meyers Taylor’s sled got held up in customs before the world cup in Winterberg, Germany.

“When our sled didn’t show up, he and a teammate were the ones who drove to Munich six hours one way to pick up a new sled, so it was pretty incredible of them to do that,” Meyers Taylor said. “Then they had to turn around and get back in time for training. He’s always doing little things—although that was a big thing—to make sure I have what I need. He serves as my sports psychologist, coach, therapist; he does everything for me.”

Being an elite bobsledding couple means little twists on the everyday issues that other couples face. They don’t have a house or an apartment anywhere because they’re on the go so often, which also means they don’t have the utility bills that go along with that. But they do have Airbnb’s to find and pay for along with credit card, phone, and other bills. They also have to think about cell service and internet reliability in the areas where they’ll be traveling and staying and making sure everything’s paid in case they can’t—or shouldn’t—be accessing financial information while on the road.

Then there’s meal preparation. With both of them training and racing, nutrition is critical for both, but in different ways.

“When we’re at a hotel, usually the hotel provides food, but when we’re at Airbnb’s one of us has to do the cooking,” she said. “He does most of it so I can focus on training, even though he’s training, too, and our food habits are different as well. I have to lose and he has to gain (weight), so he has to measure food and make sure I have the nutrients I need while he eats double what I need to eat and still loses weight.”

Although her focus is the women’s two-man sled, which is the Olympic event, Meyers Taylor has also had the opportunity to pilot a four-man sled with Taylor as a teammate.

After Meyers Taylor won a silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi in 2014, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) began allowing women to push four-man sleds for the first time. Since then, the two have raced together with results that this year included fourth- and fifth-place finishes at the North American Cup in Park City, Utah.

“It’s so awesome and so much fun, and one of the coolest things we’ve gotten to do,” she said of racing together. “Driving a four-man is in general amazing, but he takes care of everything with the sled so I can focus on driving the race. With him I know there are minimal things I’ll have to do as far as preparation. He takes care of it all and he knows what I need before I know I need it. With two-man you have a lot more responsibility as far as equipment goes, so it’s nice to have that break.”

When the two are away from the sleds, Meyers Taylor said, they try to minimize their shoptalk. At home, it’s the “B” word, and they have a rule about it.

“In order to bring up the ‘B’ word you have to ask permission,” she said. “Sometimes he’ll ask or I’ll ask and the answer is either, ‘No, we’re not talking about that right now,’ or sometimes it’s a yes.”

In addition to her Olympic medal, Meyers Taylor is also a two-time world champion. In short, she’s one of the best in the world at what she does. Yet one thing she was hoping for perhaps even more than making the 2018 Olympic team herself was that Taylor would make the team. Taylor, a former college track and field athlete who has pushed for pilots including the late Steven Holcomb and 2018 Olympian Codie Bascue, will travel to PyeongChang, but as a replacement athlete.

“(Trying to both make the Olympic team) is a lot of fun but it’s also hard,” Meyers Taylor said. “I want him to reach his goals sometimes more than I want to reach my own goals, and when he does or doesn’t it’s an emotional rollercoaster.

“Part of the reason I’m a driver is because I’m a bit of a control freak and in his career, there’s nothing I can do to control it. I can’t control if he’s put on the team or anything other than directly racing with him, and sometimes that’s hard. But when he does reach his goals, it’s better than anything I can do.”

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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