by Marc S. Miller of Marc S. Miller Associates
My fellow HR Technologists, continuing in my admiration of AMC’s TV series “Halt and Catch Fire” – about 1980’s PC startups – the group that reverse engineered an IBM PC to market a “portable” PC (less than 15 pounds!) – see my previous blog post – “The Thing” – I witnessed a scene in a later episode that had a line of dialogue that caught my attention.
In the show, the cool female savant “coder’ Cameron, the girlfriend of the main character Joe – the visionary sales guy behind the entire plot line, leaves a chunk of concrete on the bed besides a napping Joe. He awakens and asks “what is that?” She says it is a “piece of the Hoover Dam” (they are attending the Las Vegas based Comdex – 83” trying to sell their prototype portable PC model). Cameron responds to Joe’s “Why?” by stating: “I like it, it does what it does. It is simple, no wires, no switches, a form with one function – it is – what it does”.
I again found myself thinking about our world, my professional world of HR technology and my familiarity of the many multi-function HRIS / HCM or HRMS solution providers that I interact with daily. All of whom offer a full spectrum of integrated HR, Payroll, Benefits functionality, along with many other functions such as Time and Attendance, Performance Management, Talent Management, etc. that fall under the realm of the overall function called Human Resources.
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