Chatter at the Peopleclick User Conference

For a company that must be happy to put 2007 in the past, this week’s Peopleclick user conference seems well-attended (about 175 registered), in a stunningly pretty but not-too-accessible oceanfront Ritz in Orange County … Ed Newman asked the crowd, “Who thinks their company is doing a decent job of workforce planning?” and maybe two hands in the whole audience went up, sheepishly … John Sullivan lists some of his favorite companies for workforce planning: Microsoft (partly because of its willingness to move people to partner companies), Intel, Aimco, Booz Allen (for its strength in moving people internally), Valero, and Sodexo … At lunch, one customer tells ERE that Peopleclick’s VMS is improving enough that he feels like he could someday scrap Fieldglass, which he says offers inferior reporting … A Peopleclick partner says the apparent recession isn’t all that severe; meanwhile, CareerBuilder, as usual, didn’t seem to be tight on money either, as evidenced by the money it spent on a martini party … Who cares that the labor market is tight in Montana? Peopleclick client GlaxoSmithKline does, as it has critical operations there and is playing up the lack of traffic and outdoorsy lifestyle to candidates.

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