Our advisors and analysts are subject matter experts in recruiting, data analytics, and serving the C Suite as HR operators.
Managing Director, w/Aspen since 2006
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Advisor, w/Aspen since 2006
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Advisor, w/Aspen since 2008
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Analyst, w/Aspen since 2014
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Clients ask us to monitor team performance, fix broken processes, or seek out problems. Not exactly work where logos are posted. Here are “masked” client examples and wins from our 15 year history.
We believe in full transparency about our work, our compensation, and relationships with other companies in HR technology and services.
Aspen is unique in the analyst space as our analyses use data and business analysis, documented scientific methods, and fully disclosure within all presented materials. The combination 1) those science bound methods, 2) our documented 10 plus years in the HR analysis space, and 3) science and math based academic credentials, our formalized analysis or reporting can be admitted into courts of law as evidence.
This is an unusually high standard for the HR space. As such, we are please to provide clarity and transparency in how we work, how we are compensated, and our relationships within the HR technology and supplier ecosystem.
When we perform an analysis, a scientific method of investigation for that specific topic is designed and outlined. That method is executed with parity and fairness to the subjects analyzed. If the analysis is capability oriented, e.g. Aspen is analyzing a HR technology or outsourcing supplier for data security and compliance, we use the same methods to analyze that subject as we would another subject for another client.
Once discovery and initial investigation is done, primary inputs are gathered for descriptive analytics to validate that the data provided by the subject is 1) worthy of analysis and 2) has not be altered, 3) is full of error, or 4) requires significant proxy (data substitution).
Aspen produces 3 specific services that uses these methods. All are designed to be admissible into eligible courts evidence. Each are reviewed and co-authored by our Managing Director or another analyst who is has academic credentials and expertise that can certify the findings. The findings of Aspen Analytics that are commissioned are submitted without bias, collusion, or 3rd party influence. We are aware that our work can be submitted as evidence to a municipal, state, or federal court in the United States, courts of the United Kingdom, or courts of Australia as part of an evidence procedure, so Aspen maintains a very strict code of parity and transparency to avoid any falsification, perjury offense, or fraud.
- Analyses. Investigations of an employer’s HR or recruiting processes as detailed in the specific service. Analyses are commissioned by an employer directly. Analyses are not available to service / technology providers in the HR space.
- Audits. Produced by Aspen are investigations of a supplier’s performance that is or was in a services contract with said employer. Audits are commissioned by an employer directly, or a service / technology provider can retain Aspen as an independent auditor.
- Supplier Reports. Investigations of the data analytics, data storage, security, encryption, AI, blockchain, and IT capabilities of a technology potentially used by an employer to support one or more HR processes. They are conducted by Aspen at its own expense for time and materials at designated industry conferences globally, and are typically reserved for suppliers of a certain sponsorship level at said conference. Reports are released without drafting or approval by the Supplier to Aspen’s Talent Congress delegates using a publication engine and the certified copies are also sent to the Supplier.
Events or Summits, produced by an employer and closed to public
Aspen speaks about people analytics, innovation in recruiting, the future of work, and workforce strategy at an agreed upon day rate at retaining employers. Billing for travel time is usually prorated and all travel expenses are reimbursed. Aspen discloses during those meetings information about trends, technology, and vendors in space while maintaining its signed NDAs. Examples include an all hands leadership meeting at an employer headquarters where invitees are only employees and Aspen moderates discussion and learning, a learning workshop for executives held at a university, and a private event solely or co-produced by Aspen held at a public venue.
User Conferences, produced by an outsourcing or technology supplier
We do not speak at or attend these conferences. We perform analysis work on the value, features and grade the impact of such systems, as such we are not permitted to attend or participate as it may create bias in our evaluations or worse be interpreted as advocating the brand or validating the integrity of the system’s data, security, compliance, or performance. Examples would include Hiring Success by SmartRecruiters, Oracle OpenWorld, and IBM Think. Any exceptions would be if Aspen was retained by such a provider for subject matter expertise, analytics expertise, or licensing. Those partners are publicly listed on this site and have agreed to auditing and review without influence – more can be found in the partner disclosure.
Industry Conferences, produced by a media company
When we speak at any such conference on the agenda, we have a direct financial relationship with that organization. We are being paid for our expenses to travel to the venue, are being compensated our full day rates each day that we are in attendance OR receive a percentage of fees associated with attendance. In lieu of payments or expenses, Aspen will request an honorarium be made to Make a Wish of Illinois in our name. If we attend a conference and are NOT on the speaking agenda, we have scheduled meetings with technology providers on behalf of our Talent Congress. Aspen stays off venue, holds private meetings, and in all cases signs NDAs with the vendors for such meetings. Aspen has chosen several such events to its annual plan. During these events, Aspen may also explore vendor booths to learn of new companies it wants to evaluate or simply socialize with previously assessed vendors.
Vendor Demonstration Attendance and Presentation
Aspen frequently attends demonstrations with providers on their technology. We ask a few questions and listen more than we talk. Attendees are sales personnel from the vendor and Aspen analysts. Senior technical, development, or executive personnel from the vendor may attend but it is not required. Aspen does NOT charge the vendor a fee for Aspen to attend these sessions, and Aspen does not compensate the vendor to participate.
Demonstrating a Third Party’s Product or Service
Aspen will demonstrate software products it uses to produce Pando, its various analyses, and its research programs. However, Aspen does not demonstrate the HR technology software or outsourcing services of other providers e.g. Aspen will not perform a demonstration to a client of an applicant tracking system.
Vendor Purchased Analytics Development and/or Outsourcing
Another long standing revenue stream for Aspen is selectively contracting with HR technology or outsourcing providers to create analytics or perform analyses for the vendor’s client base of large scale employers. These projects are internal to the vendor, and typically the vendor administers the deployment and continued advancement of the work after the project is completed. Traditionally these projects are over 6 months long, and Aspen is compensated. Aspen Analytics has a long standing reputation of NOT listing these relationships publicly. Each HR technology provider or outsourcing provider has the option to publicize the relationship upon mutual approval. Any such relationship is fully disclosed in any Supplier Report that Aspen produces. That overlap is VERY rare, as the relationship requires an investment of no less that 150,000 USD for Aspen to be engaged.
Reselling HR Technology Software or Outsourcing Services
We selectively resell certain technology solutions as part of our research for Talent Congress or as part of our Pando solution. These vendors have signed a master services agreement with Aspen, and we are an active fully licensed reseller. Licensing or service fees are billed by Aspen, with Aspen earning no less than 18% of the billed rate. Companies may also elect to purchase directly through these companies, and Aspen earns a commission of no less than 8% for the first 18 months the vendor and client are engaged on a separate contract. Aspen discloses those relationships when they are suggested or engaged, and Aspen may or may not openly co-brand services with these companies.
Selectively, Aspen is engaged as a long term retained subject matter expertise by a primary contractor or staffing company in the service of the US federal government OR a large scale employer. In all instances, Aspen has a standing long term hourly rate as a subject matter expert for those projects, and typically all projects require no less that 2080 hours of work to be executed for the assignment. Aspen serves as a subcontractor to the primary provider, and licenses its intellectual property to the primary during the course of the contract.