Texifter @ #IHRIMconf

Most of the company came to Chicago this week to make our debut presenting and exhibiting at IHRIM, an international meeting for Human Resources professionals.

I smell business leads in my sleep, not that I sleep, I'm just sayin'.

We were pleasantly surprised to find we were the only text analytics firm making a play for the business. Our conversations with firms (large and small) taught us a great deal about the space and the needs of HR professionals. Plus, we had a wicked battle of nerf darts with the good folks @SPARC.

One of the big discoveries for us is that many firms, large and small, shy away from asking open-ended questions in the employee engagement surveys. The reason? They cannot imagine going through thousands or tens of thousands of responses by hand. Well, you should have seen their eyes go wide as we explained our work with Google, JetBlue and Marsh on precisely that sort of unstructured text data. Our team is bringing a rigorous and well-researched set of methods, as well as bleeding edge tools, into a part of corporate America that is currently trying to make do with one of the amazing software creations of the previous century: the spreadsheet!

#LongStoryShort – Though my university teaching career just ended, the 20 years of devotion to being an educator goes on. This is my new classroom and I love it.

What do I need to do to have you drive this software off the lot?

The team poses; Stu plays yoyo

About Stuart Shulman

Stuart Shulman is a political science professor, software inventor, entrepreneur, and garlic growing enthusiast who coaches U13 boys club soccer and in the Olympic Development Program with a national D-license. He is Founder & CEO of Texifter, LLC, Director of QDAP-UMass, and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Stu is the proud owner of a Bernese/Shepherd named "Colbert" who is much better known as 'Bert. You can follow his exploits @stuartwshulman.
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