Wednesday, April 6

11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.

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Richard George

Vice President of Strategic Services


Richard George is the Vice President of Strategic Services at Sierra-Cedar. He also leads Sierra-Cedar’s initiative with Oracle’s Fusion system. Richard’s management capabilities encompass strategic HCM systems road map, HCM technology needs assessment, systems evaluation, vendor selection, process reengineering/innovation, implementation, organization change management, and comprehensive end user training. His knowledge of both HR and Financial systems spans many vendor solutions. His systems knowledge, accompanied with 25+ years of experience with systems integration enables him to offer clients effective solutions. Richard presents HCM subjects to national groups and authors HCM articles in industry publications. He holds the following degrees, BS Finance and MBA University of Utah, MS Computer Science DePaul University.

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Joe Almodovor

Senior Dir Global HRIS, Payroll, and Knowledge Sys


Joe Almodovar is senior director of global HRIS, payroll, and knowledge management for A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm located in 40+ countries with more than 3,500 employees and US$1 billion in sales. He has more than 25 years experience in the HRIS industry as a practitioner and consultant. Some past employers include Kraft Foods, Sears, Unisys, and the Hunter Group (Cedar Crestone/Sierra).

Tomorrow’s HR technology environment is one that is cloud-based, mobile-enabled, and data-driven—but getting from where we are today to where we need to be tomorrow can seem fraught with hazards. Join Richard George, Vice President of Strategic Services for Sierra-Cedar, and Joe Almodovor, Senior Director of Global HRIS, Payroll, and Knowledge Systems for ATKearney, as they discuss key practices for modernizing HR technology environments. Almodovor shares ATKearney’s journey to a hybrid cloud environment and focuses on business outcomes, and George shares research insights into the multiple pathways forward gathered from the 1,200 organizations around the world that participated in Sierra-Cedar’s Annual HR Systems Survey.

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.

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Anton Rzhanov

Program Manager, Cloud Services

KBACE Technologies

Anton Rzhanov is program manager of cloud services at KBACE. He has more than eight years as an Oracle consultant on Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle HCM Cloud. He is a certified cloud expert, and a past presenter at OHUG, NEAOUG, Oracle HCM World, and Oracle OpenWorld.

Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) transforms the way top professionals share and learn, so they don't have to spend time running processes in an HR system. For this reason, the small HR team at GLG was an early adopter of Oracle HCM Cloud in 2012. The company's cloud footprint of core HR, benefits, talent, and compensation enabled it to automate its HR business, providing more time to innovate its revenue-generating business. Outsourcing portions of its HR business including integration, functional support, and reporting also ensured fewer daily headaches. This session outlines the pros and cons of outsourcing an Oracle HR system for the midmarket. Presenters include Chelsea Kaden, VP of HR at GLG, and Anton Rzhanov, Program Manager of Cloud Services at KBACE Technologies.

2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.

Allen Cai

Regional CoE Leader


Allen Cai is the regional leader at the Oracle HCM Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE). As part of the Oracle HCM Cloud Product Development organization at Oracle, the CoE is responsible for developing best practice resources, tools, and content for Oracle HCM Cloud customer success and partner enablement around the globe.

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David Gacon

Director-Deputy Head of PeopleSolutions


David Gacon has 17 years of experience as an international program manager. He joined AXA in 2006 and became a master black belt (six sigma). In 2011 he joined the team in charge of the delivery and deployment of the group HRiS. Since 2015 he has supported the head of people solutions, leading the program management of the new Oracle HCM Cloud solution, and he is responsible for the HRIS project delivery from inception to completion.

This session highlights the experience of a global HCM cloud rollout at AXA with focus on the global nature of the deployment.

3:00 p.m.3:45 p.m.

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William Tincup

Principal Analyst

KeyInterval Research

William Tincup is a cofounder and principal analyst at KeyInterval Research. He is one of the leading thinkers on the intersection of HR and technology, and has been writing about HR issues for more than a decade. Tincup serves on the Board of Advisors / Board of Directors for 15 HR technology startups. A graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History, he also earned an MA from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

KeyInterval Research just completed a major research study on successful implementations of HR technology (copies of the report will be available to session attendees). The goal of the research was simple: to discover what makes some implementations successful and others not so successful. Of course implementing new software and/or new business processes IS hard work. And it is a commonly held belief that implementations fall into one of four categories when they are over: completely successful, adequately successful, inadequately successful, and complete failure. This session explores transformational projects versus optimization projects, and the all-important successful implementations checklist.

4:15 p.m.5:00 p.m.

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company, has more than 85,000 employees in 1,650 offices across 150 countries. It launched an ambitious HRIS project to implement Oracle HCM Cloud (core HR, recruitment, talent management, learning, and compensation modules) for the entire employee base by 2018. In this session, SGS discusses its strategy for HR innovation and global deployment, implementation experience, results achieved, and benefits from the different phases in SGS’s first ever project of this size.

Thursday, April 7

9:00 a.m.9:45 a.m.

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Guy Waterman

Senior Director


Guy Waterman is an HCM strategy executive responsible for the leveraged use of cloud cross-platform tools such as mobile, social, business intelligence, content management, cloud operations, and security as related to Oracle Cloud SaaS applications.

Who uses PaaS? Platform as a service helps developers rapidly build and deploy rich human capital management applications—or extend Oracle HCM Cloud SaaS apps—using an enterprise-grade cloud. Come to this session to learn what it can do for you and your team. Can you extend your on-premises HCM application with it? Does it help drive value? Learn how the most robust platform on the planet can provide you with the tools you need for content management, integration, database/storage, supporting solutions, identity management, social connectivity, BI, big data/discovery, and HCM business process management/orchestration. Organizations using PaaS have reported operational savings of up to 50 percent, compared with individual development teams managing siloed technologies.

10:45 a.m.11:30 a.m.

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Nicholas Wauthier

Senior Associate

ArcLight Consulting

Nicholas Wauthier has implemented and led many Oracle projects as a senior associate of ArcLight Consulting. He is an Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management 11g Human Resources Certified Implementation Specialist and an Oracle Taleo Recruiting Cloud Service 2013 Certified Implementation Specialist.

Are you concerned about the data and role security requirements for your HCM cloud application? In this session, learn how to overcome multiple business challenges with data and role security in a global HCM Cloud implementation. With a combination of coordinated implementation efforts your organization can achieve success not only on multiple application modules, such as talent and compensation, but also on all application platforms, including mobile and tablet.

11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Nancy Estell Zoder

Director, Global HR


Nancy Estell Zoder is an experienced HCM professional with more than 18 years of experience implementing, designing, developing, and defining strategy for global human capital management software applications. She has deep process and technology expertise spanning global human resources, talent management, analytics, and security as well as broad industry and country knowledge and experience.

Ensuring personal protection in the cloud is at the top of the list of considerations when moving to the cloud. Rolling out secure human capital management processes is a challenge that many Oracle customers are struggling with improving. With the consequences of data privacy breaches becoming more critical to the bottom line and the perceived risk of the cloud, organizations are required to face this issue head on. This session focuses on what every organization should consider in preparing for a global transition to the cloud.