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Editor’s Note: Remaining Strong

We have big reasons to celebrate here at HRO Today. This issue marks the 10th anniversary of SharedXpertise overseeing the design and development of HRO Today. So it was only appropriate to take a walk down memory lane to see how much the industry—and our magazine—has changed over the years.
A trip to the archive was in order. The 10-year timeline aptly named “A Decade in the Making “(see page 12) is the result of thumbing through nearly 100 issues. I seriously felt like I was combing through microfiche at the library. To continue to date myself, I have been here nine years and I was truly geeking out when taking on this project.It’s incredible to see our evolution:

• Long gone are the days of multi-year, multi-million-dollar, multi-process HRO contracts. As renewals came to the market in 2008 and 2009, more sophisticated buyers sought best-of-breed solutions.

• Social media was recognized as a possible recruitment strategy in 2008. I’m sure today, recruiters can’t imagine life without it.

• RPO was a top sector in 2010.

• 78 percent of organizations saw the value of contingent labor in 2011.

• Cloud-based technology changed the way organizations manage the workforce with e-learning, gamification, mobile applications and more.

• HR continues to shift from tactical to strategic with a greater focus on employee engagement, retention, and company culture.

And what’s an anniversary celebration without a little fun? We asked you, our readers, to select the favorite cover from over the years and the winner is April 2014.

Could a more appropriate cover take the top spot? It’s at the heart of our magazine to examine HR’s new strengths. Any predictions on what they will be in 2027? And what’s an anniversary celebration without a little fun? We asked you, our readers, to select the
favorite cover from over the years and the winner is April 2014.

Could a more appropriate cover take the top spot? It’s at the heart of our magazine to examine HR’s new strengths. Any predictions on what they will be in 2027?

Debbie Bolla
Editor-in-Chief
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