Another Milestone – WebHR & Microsoft’s Cortana Collaborate !

Like the widespread popularity of Amazon’s Echo and its interface with other physical electronics, businesses and apps with its assistant called “Alexa”, this is the year for Microsoft’s “Invoke” to enter into our lives. It has shattered all boundaries and with its highly superior AI ventured into everything we can imagine. With Microsoft’s extensive experience, in the field of AI and mixed reality, there is no doubt that Cortana will take this space to a new heights.

This year has been the most busiest at WebHR, we have announced huge game changing moves in the field of HR and are moving at rocket pace to get them done. For example, we were a proud and the only HR platform on Amazon Alexa’s skill this year and their Echo devices became “the HR managers” for an innovative workplace environment.

Having said that WebHR didn’t stop at that, as the fast pace of innovation is the mainstay themes of everything done at WebHR, Microsoft’s team reached out to WebHR and urged them into integrating with their “Cortana skills kit” just like we did with Amazon. Microsoft informed us of their intentions to launch a physical device empowered by Cortana. This is the glorious year when Microsoft has announced to go beyond mobile and desktop and spread it’s AI wings to their very first device “Invoke”

Invoke looks the same magnificent cylindrical shape as Amazon Echo but has a metallic Harmon Kardon speaker cabinet. Apart from its physical attributes and classy looks, it is determined to bring ease of automation to a large number of varied fields. That is where WebHR comes in, it shares a common goal and mission with Microsoft to bring AI and automation to workplace, to bring more interactive and connected teams, to challenge the past practices, to break the way offices work and to provide a pedestal of advancements improving the work culture. It shows the capability of WebHR and Cortana to get things moving faster not for just large and innovative corporations but also for small and medium enterprises.

Invoke goes beyond being an assistant, it collaborates with WebHR’s advanced integration platform and empowers the future trends of workplace. WebHR had the privilege to be at the Microsoft’s build conference 2017, which was larger than life in every possible way. WebHR was invited to be a part of their launch for their “Cortana powered device called Invoke” as their launch partners and was proud to be displayed as the very first and probably the only business app on their skill sets. This mighty beauty called Invoke can make your offices look like something from the future or more so like the movie “HER” where, you would be able to communicate with the devices and do most of the HR data analysis, this would be your Go-To manager by default.

As easy as it looks and feels like a seamless process, WebHR had to go over a multi-layered complex mechanism to attain this capability. ” It is a developer’s delight to work with Microsoft’s team” – something I hear my team saying constantly. They were always praising Microsoft’s prompt responses and unfaltering support at all times. The Cortana skills kit before going live was available to our developers in its infancy and it was an honor to have worked with them so early on for WebHR’s integration with “Invoke”. WebHR already had a background with Alexa, so it made the process faster if not easier. Teaching Cortana to do what needs to be automated in HR is imperative, as it will make things not just simpler for a lot of large organizations and companies out there but it would help them analyze critical data quickly without any delays or wait time for the team to come up with reports and analysis.

Being at Microsoft Build 2017 was a learning experience and we took home a lot with us, most notably the way they plan “world domination”

 

 

 

 

Your Business Is Doomed ! – Here is why…

WebHR_EmbraceTheChange

 

“Winter is coming” – No it’s spring actually, so you can smile! The agonies are finally over, or are they?

Look around you and try to absorb the fast pace of change, if you haven’t been to a public park in a long while, now is your time to go sit in the sun ( like the one we have here in California )

Coming back to what I want to share with you, if you haven’t had a reality check I want to send you to a verbal intervention, shake you up a bit. If you own a business, buckle up! I want you to rise from your sweet slumbers and witness the global shift in the way businesses work these days.

There was a time when big corporations ( the sharks) reaped all the benefits and dominated in every area you can imagine.

Fast forward to “today” where we see startups and small companies taking over the world. Something that was unimaginable 10 years ago.

Imagine, what your company is doing with 50 employees and the same is done by a 3 employee company, even more efficiently, what would you do?

Scary! isn’t it?

Sears, JC Penny, RadioShack etc these are the outlets we millennials have been visiting since we were  small kids, looking at them fading away today just breaks our hearts.

How to save them?

After every few decades, there is a paradigm shift, that changes the whole scenario and if you are not fast enough to move to the next paradigm, you will be left out.

AI, AR, VR, ML, NLP – Are these all just buzz words? I don’t think so, I think you cannot step into the future without them.

If your company does not board this super sonic flight of innovation, it will bite the dust and evaporate eventually.

In today’s age if your company is not well equipped with tools of technology, a startup will eat your lunch and eventually replace you.No matter how harsh it sounds, this is the reality. Kind of like what Uber is doing to the Taxis and AirBnB is doing to the hotels.

“You can run, you can hide but you cannot escape this apocalypse”

So, what is it that you are missing out on?

And what can you do to make sure, your company lives to see another day ?

  1. Get WebHR, sit back and relax and “walla” you are done! – “NO!” JK! There is much more that you have to do, Such as –
  2. Equip with technology in every possible way
  3. Go mobile wherever you can
  4. Meet remotely as much as you can
  5. Cut your costs and avoid extensive cash burn
  6. Automate! automate! automate!

Technology:

Fifteen years ago, businesses without a website were considered as stone-age companies, of course your business has a website today but does it have a chatbot?

Chatbots are a great way to engage with your customers by not hiring, expensive support team.

Of course a chatbot cannot replace a human but trust me, it can handle 60% of their tasks efficiently. The way 1-800 replaced a lot of customer support representatives 10 years ago. Today chatbots are replacing 1-800s

Go Mobile :

If your business is tied to a building, you should consider going mobile wherever you can. Gone are the days of brick and mortar, lets not forget, that every individual is equipped with state of the art smart phone in their pockets, who wants to have access to your business even when they are pooping!

 

Meet Remotely :

GoToMeeting, Xoom, Skype, Hangouts, etc these are some of the ways we are suppose to meet people these days, rather than flying or driving – That’s so yesterday !

Technology has made communication so fast and efficient that you can have a meeting with a prospect client based in Japan at 9:30 am and with another client in San Francisco at 10:00 am.

I met a few people probably in their 60s last month and they were constantly flying back and forth to meet their clients, result? They were out of business soon! I say cut the cost and cut the crap!

Avoid Cash Burn :

Let me just ask a simple but very important question, “Do you have to hire expensive HR people, when you can do the same for just $50 Amazon Echo device? ”

Think of cost cutting, a drone can bring versus the delivery guy. I feel sorry for all the jobs that technology will cut  – but this is unavoidable!  Time and again we have seen and witnessed the downfall of large corporations with more employees than some countries in this world, some of them just hiring to look bigger and the rest to burn the cash they got from making a fool out of wealthy people. The amount of pain and agony that some very dedicated teams have to go through, when the companies realize that they don’t have enough to have such large teams and begin their process of downsizing. The anger and resentment is just part and parcel of those procedures.

 

Automate :

Every industry is taking enormous advantage of automation revolution. Why should the small and medium companies be left out? If I must say, this is your chance to compete directly with the big bosses or the large enterprises. Regardless of what industry you are in, you can make a huge impact and set the sails of success in the right direction. This is when you define the character of your company by displaying the kind of ambitions and motto you follow. Be a champion by embracing the innovation and the boon of triumph will be served to you in the golden platter.

 

Technology is the only enabler that has brought everyone on the same page. Today any small or a medium company can buy sophisticated software, that were only affordable by large enterprises few years ago. Software as a service ( SaaS ) is becoming the de facto or mainstream choice for the companies, to acquire all of the latest tools at the fraction of a price.

You too, can survive the wave of innovation and stay afloat by using it as your “life buoy”

 

Just Ask WebHR

Just ask WebHR

It is about time, that HR enters into newer more advanced territories. WebHR has been a “lucky star” to almost do things before the market catches up with it, introducing the latest trends and technologies at a rocket pace. The latest being its “Conversational UX”

WebHR has a more agile focus and is targeting consumers with precision now, it has a habit of engaging in rapid innovation and upgrades. That includes the use of Bots and AI to simulate a conversation, creating a co-worker or an assistant that deals with your day to day HR related tasks.

The revolution has carried WebHR on a wave of new discoveries and now, it not only uses the chat-bots but has ventured into merging HR with AI enabled devices, specially “Amazon Echo” using its virtual assistant Alexa, which acts as your personal HR buddy. This is the next big thing people have been waiting for, the much needed leap, specifically for start-ups and emerging businesses that cannot afford costly enterprise solutions or large teams to deal with HR. So, there is good news for them – WebHR is their savior and it opens up new avenues for them, assisting them to work smarter and faster.

This integration with Amazon’s Alexa is the first step as it wants to now interface with whatever, interconnected device or AI assistant you use, such as  Cortana, Siri or Google Home.  This would let your “Amazon Echo” or any device to enhance your workplace productivity by minimizing the time required by actual people to do the same task.

In the era of GIG economy, workforce comprises of all kinds of workers like full-time, contractors, part-time and free lancers, automation will probably bring relief to new businesses by reducing its costs and budgets, giving the HR team more space to focus on strategy to improve the quality of work, rather than wasting their time on menial tasks.

The leaders that want to blend in with the futuristic trends and technologies should look forward to incorporating tools like WebHR and promote a culture of ease and comfort leading to a fluid and smooth work flow. Lets embrace a positive change for the betterment of work culture around the globe.

When WebHR interfaces with Alexa, WebHR becomes the new assistant that not only answers your HR related queries but will also help you with tasks, such as, “Mark my attendance,” “I am going for lunch” “schedule a meeting”, “apply for sick leave”, “email me my pay stub ” etc. So when you  implement AI in WebHR you open up a completely new perspective into your HR data by engaging in a conversation and asking for information from the system, such as “How many female employees we have? ” “who is present today?”, “Give me last year’s employee retention rate”, “Give me performance evaluation reports” etc.

The top management may immensely benefit by having a quick access to their workforce data by analyzing/crunching key HR matrices such as, employee retention rate, employee turn over, payroll summary, head count (headcount by category, nationality, gender, age range etc). This helps bridge the gap between the management and HR data by allowing rapid reach to important decision making data and reports required to accelerate growth and prosperity of the company. This is bringing the spark back into your boring HR routines by quitting multiple apps to get your HR related work done, talk to “Alexa” and get what you want in a simple more natural language.

Not only would you enjoy this new way of dealing with your software but it would make a heck of a difference in the way you can actually summarize and smartly utilize your time with just a few sentences. There is no screen, no stress and no manager to deal with. On a lighter note, you don’t have to worry about your manager getting sick or taking a day off, or being late to a critical meeting. Alexa kind of takes care of that part by being available at all times.

WebHR Alexa

What’s better than a chat bot? A physical device, a portable “physical device”. Think about the immense benefit it can provide to companies short on funds and a mere $49.99 of one time investment into buying Amazon Echo, can eliminate the need for elaborate HR teams. The purpose is to automate what can be and create a “yes-man HR manager” you can easily talk to.

With a continues hype around connectivity of these devices as the trend continues, WebHR surfaces as the first company ever, to have entered and bring a much needed innovation to the HR world. This is a huge untapped potential and an opportunity which a lot of companies are unfortunately missing out on.

Since WebHR supports more than 20 languages, imagine what relief it is going to be on a global scale, when on the far corners of the world where English is not a native language and this provides them a platform of natural communication with their system to get the work done efficiently without the barriers erected by language. An object placed at every desk, conversing with you in your language and performing tasks, that would otherwise have required a lot of time for completion.

It can proudly be claimed that WebHR is an undisputed “pioneer” and has brought disruption to the HR industry because along with its claim of bringing an affordable corporate structured HR service, it is now also the first one to have gone a step further and has introduced HR services through AI enabled devices. It has unlocked a hidden potential of providing a hands-free work environment which is a bliss for company heads and top managers.

We are thrilled to offer this “hands-free” work environment related to HR to companies of all sizes and structures, since WebHR is more like an “Uber” of the HR industry and has set new norms by re-writing the rule book. “The bar for excellence has been raised”.

Breathing life into HR through AI

 

Put your HR on AUTO-PILOT

Poster_AutoPilotImagine a world with a new religion, a cult or something like that and add millions of followers to it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the globe would orbit around “Elon Musk” in just about everything? Lets accept the fact that “Elonism” is taking over the world and we all simply love it. We want our cars to drive us, our robots to cook & clean for us, our bots to replace our dead girlfriends, I mean it couldn’t get any crazy than that, isn’t it?

Well then you guys are in for a surprise because that is just the tip of the iceberg, because a lot of systems are just ripe enough to start getting automated. Yes, you heard me right, a lot of them – Even your HR!

Remember when in 2014, a software update turned 60,000 sensor laden Tesla cars to auto-pilot? The most exciting moment ever? It was called Tesla version 7.0, We bring to you HR 2.0 – “WebHR , The auto-pilot of the HR world”. We are re-vamping the way HR works. AI is taking over all the processes and the boring is once again entering the “sexy”. The day to day HR tasks don’t have to be a burden or hassle, WebHR promises a gateway to new possibilities. It has ventured into automation and has put your HR on an auto-pilot. This break through technology would help the companies to swiftly cruise their entire on-boarding journey to the point where they want to extract intelligent, predictive data out of the system. The magic happens when a detailed and sophisticated auto-pilot makes HR so easy that companies might look into hiring people with less or no specific HR qualifications and still be able to run their operations smoothly.

The relationship of automating tasks to customer satisfaction has dramatically increased over the passage of time, as the system gets smoother and friendlier. Good data fed into the systems over the years has led to refined technological advancements.

WebHR has successfully achieved a feat that other HR organizations have been dreaming to do, reducing the staff by taking a lot of responsibilities on its shoulders. Now it will be possible for companies to put a few dedicated people to sort their HR processes compared to over staffed companies blowing their budget up. This increases the efficiency and performance, as people can focus on more important things needed to uplift their companies, automating the immense paper work required and creating intelligent analytical data to optimize their strategies.

The top management can rejoice as WebHR returns some peace of mind to them by providing complete business intelligence of their HR data, they get a different perspective about the most important asset in their company, their “human resource”