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National Labor Exchange Standards Presentation

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Presentation originally delivered in February 2012 to the National Labor Exchange (NLX) on HR data interchange standards and HR-XML in specific. The presentation is still very relevant as standards are still not widely adopted in Government, leading to higher costs for everyone.

The NLX is a public-private partnership that collects and distributes job openings exclusively found on over 15,000 corporate career websites and state job banks growing on a daily basis.

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National Labor Exchange Standards Presentation

  1. 1. Standards Mike Seidle Director of Development - DirectEmployers Board of Directors - HR-XML Consortium mike@seidle.net
  2. 2. Let's all do things the same way. That way, your electricity can power my light bulb... ... and fit in the fixture designed by someone else.
  3. 3. Why Standards Matter "Standards contribute more to economic growth than patents or copyrights" -- IEEE ● Reduces research and development costs ● Stimulus for innovation ● Government: Better regulations. ● Private Sector: New markets, growth and profits. ● Individuals: products and services that work.
  4. 4. Why Technology Standards Matter to HR ● Easier to adopt new technologies like mobile. ● No technology barriers to new HR services. ● Software is not in control of your business. ● Less costly & time consuming to integrate acquired workforces. Ultimately: ● Lower cost per hire.
  5. 5. Kinds of Standards International & National: ISO, ITEF, IEEE, ANSI. Ultimate in managed evolution and change control. Consortia: MPEG-la, OASIS, USB, DVD, W3C, Schema.org. Managed evolution, change can be rapid. de facto: Just kinda happen. No real control. Don't evolve well. Everyone just does it this way.
  6. 6. What is a good standard? One that everyone uses. (a bad standard is one that only you use)
  7. 7. Exhibit: SmartPhone Licensed: ARM Processor ETSI GSM Cell Phone De Facto: Open Source Unix De Facto: WebKit web browser EMCA: JavaScript Language W3C: HTML & HTTP Industry Consortia: OpenGL Industry Consortia: MPEG ITEF: SMTP Email ITEF: POP3 Over 500 standards used in most smartphones
  8. 8. Why Does it Matter to NLX?
  9. 9. Vendor Lock In Stuck with one vendor. Locked in to contract. Change is too expensive. (standards make it easier to let more than one vendor work together, too)
  10. 10. Incompatibility Can't exchange data. Models are different. Expensive and time consuming to move data that should be a snap in 2013. (Secret weapon for vendors who want to extract dollars from you.)
  11. 11. Enable Innovation Stand on the back of giants. Quickly innovate. Evolve to meet the challenges of the future. (We all spend a lot of time reinventing wheels. Let's invent something new.)
  12. 12. HR-XML: Why It Matters ● Industry Consortia Driven. o Oracle, SAP, ADP, Kronos, Taleo o US Office of Management & Budget, US Postal Service o Most of the background screening industry o and as of 2013, DirectEmployers o Future: hopefully, your state or company. o 43% of ATS Industry o 50% of HRIS Industry
  13. 13. HR-XML: Why it Matters ● Standard Model Developed By Experts o Recruiting (Candidates & Positions) o Compensation ● Already Implemented o SAP, Oracle, ADP, candidate screening industry o Low cost to adopt ● Certification Suite Exists o Vendors can validate their products. o Data has to be structurally clean. o Still no cure for bad data.
  14. 14. Standard Model 1. No need to waste project dollars on developing data model and vocabulary. 2. Off the shelf tools for validating. 3. Simplifies interoperability a. Think "PDF" or "Word Document". HR-XML is the document format for position openings & candidates 4. RFPs: All data can be imported and exported as valid HR-XML version 3.2
  15. 15. Developed by Experts Today's HR-XML was developed by the most successful and widely used HR software vendors. Tomorrow's HR-XML can be molded by... YOU. Just join the consortia, and you have an incredible amount of influence.
  16. 16. What DE is doing with HR-XML ● Adopting the HR-XML model for our next generation software. ● Adding support for HR-XML input and output to APIs & Feed processing. ● Will take time but have HUGE payoffs o Better compliance data o Better LMI data o New products like My.Jobs o Compatibility
  17. 17. Other Standards schema.org - markup for your job postings that make it easier for search engines to index your jobs. Very important to Google, Bing, Yahoo Open Graph - Social markup. Tells social sites about your web content. Very important to Facebook

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