The HR Systems Survey is Live

By Archive User posted 05-30-2012 10:47 AM


I’m really excited to let you know we have just launched our 15th Annual CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey. Fifteen years…yikes, that means I’m fifteen years older. But I’m still pretty excited as we have some great things going on.

The survey is still a comprehensive research effort providing organizations with data to plan, justify, benchmark, and execute HR technologies. The survey questionnaire collects responses from HR and IT management and business leaders with knowledge of the HR technologies in use and planned. CedarCrestone invites representatives from organizations with over 300 employees to participate. Responses will be kept confidential and only used in aggregate results. BUT – IT IS SHORTER! And Prior Respondents from 2011 can access their responses from last year! Very cool. I estimate it will take you just 20-30 minutes to complete.

So, the 15th Anniversary CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey continues to track the adoption, deployment approaches, and value achieved of 30+ HR technologies. It will add three new or recharged technologies of projected importance to HR: big data, collaborative knowledge sharing (aka electronic content management), and work management software.

My hypothesis for 2012 is that this year marks an inflexion point for three areas:

  1. The switch from more organizations doing upgrades of the core system of record to more doing replacements.
  2. A stronger-than-ever focus on integrated talent management as an equally key technology that further drives workforce contributions – talent management is positively correlated with great business outcomes!
  3. An increasing impact from all things social, mobile, and analytical. Yeah…everyone says this, but we can show it.

I have to giggle about the following: As a former New York Times reporter, Bill Kutik, technology columnist for Human Resource Executive for 23 years, has long been a fan because the survey answers his most burning industry questions. He says,

Doing a survey is easy. Doing a survey that the HR community trusts and lines up to learn the results takes an indefatigable Queen Bee like Lexy Martin, who for 15 years has sweated, wheedled, and cajoled to make the annual CedarCrestone survey the most authoritative in the country.

All respondents will receive an advance copy of the results in early October 2012.

The first 100 respondents to complete all questions will receive a $5 Starbucks card. The 15th, 150th, and 1,015th respondents will receive a $100 Visa gift card in celebration of our 15th year. All who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for an in-depth benchmark service. The survey results will debut at the HR Technology Conference in Chicago on October 8, 2012. Upon completion of the survey, CedarCrestone will send you a special conference discount code granting $500 off the regular registration price of $1,795.

You will get an invitation and maybe multiple invitations. Try not to hate us. As Bill says, I wheedle a lot of organizations to distribute our survey invitation. But if for some reason you don’t receive an invitation, send me an email at or check our website for a direct link to the 15th – best ever!!CCI HR Survey 15th Aniversary Seal


About Lexy Martin

As Vice President, Research and Analytics, at CedarCrestone, Lexy Martin is responsible for its annual HR Systems Survey, now in its 15th year. When not working on the survey, she provides strategy, business case, and metrics and analytics services, along with deep dive benchmarking in all industries. Working with many of the leading HCM vendors, she has helped develop their value propositions and conducted numerous surveys of their customer bases. Lexy is also managing editor for the IHRIM Workforce Solutions Review. A sought-after thought-leader and speaker, few researchers in the field of HR technology can match the experience that Lexy has accumulated during her career in introducing emerging technologies. From the pioneering days of introducing office automation and PCs in the early 80s, groupware in the late 80s, self service in the early 90s, and to continuing technology introduction this decade, Lexy is a consistent contributor to the industry's continuing evolution.

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