Top 100 v1.40 Steve Boese

Top 100 v1.40 Steve Boese

Posted on 03. Nov, 2009 by in Blog, Top 100

Steve Boese teaches the HR Technology course at RIT. As social media makes its inroads into the halls of corporate HR, Steve is there, experimenting and testing so that he can tell his students what works and what doesn’t. Because there are so few actual instructors in graduate schools, Boese’s impact is disproportionaltely large. It’s sfe to say that he hasn’t begun to tap the influence he will have in a few short years.

The Rochester Institute of Technology offers a course in HR Technology as a component of their Master’s in Human Resource Development Program. It’s one of the few in the country. There are 34 discrete courses across the country teaching the fundamentals of the technical tools that people in HR use every day. Steve teaches the HR Technology course at RIT.

The course lasts 10 weeks and is divided into three segments:

  • Concepts and Fundamentals
    The whole cookbook: demographics, definitions, roles. Covers Saas vs onsite, licensing decision making structure of the full suite
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    Review and evaluate with hands on experience where possible.
  • New Technologies
    Everything from Social Media to Twitter. Exploring the difference between what’s in the apps and what people are using. He has ranged as far afield as the use of prediction markets for succession planning.

Needless to say, Boese has his hands full trying to stay abreast of the changes in the industry. He blogs routinely on the subject and is @sbjet on Twitter.

There is even an academic debate about whether such a course should stand alone or be integrated within the structure of other courses. That’s a really sad commentary on the state of HR today. The backbone of any corporate HR operation is going to be its capacity to define and manage technical programs. The elements of contract administration, prtogram management and project managment, coupled with a good understanding of core requirements is the essence of HR leadership today.

I spent some time with him talking about his background, the course, social software and emerging trends in HRTech.

Boese is a hands-on software professional with systems experience all over the world. He began his career in finance and accounting but eventually moved into systems implementation roles.Over the course of a couple of decades, Boese moved from Finance into Software Implementation and from there found his true love: HR Tech.

“My students are going to have to be good at understanding the variables in deciding whether or not (and how) to use social media. Like the early days of the web, many employees have better access to social technologies at home than they do on the job. Our graduates have to help figure out effective policies about on the job utilization,” he says.

Boese describes his goal as “empowering students to make a difference”. The graduate level course is usually evenly split between big company HR people and students from small and medium sized businesses (SMB).

When I asked him what he might need for industry or other HR professionals, he said “We can always use more access to tools. The more hands-on experience I can give my students, the better off they are going to be. It’s a huge universe of possibility. I can always use more insight about the size, scope and implications of the problem.”

You can keep up with Steve by following his blog.

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8 Responses to “Top 100 v1.40 Steve Boese”

  1. Trish McFarlane

    03. Nov, 2009

    Congratulations to Steve!

    He is not only an excellent HR Tech instructor, he is a collaborator who openly shares his time and insights on many creative projects. He has been a key contributor in helping me plan the HRevolution and I value his work.

    He is also the host of HR Happy Hour and this show provides an outlet for HR pros like no other show has before it. It is a weekly HR show on BlogTalk radio that encourages open and frank discussion on a wide array of HR topics. He is definitely someone to watch!

  2. Steve Boese

    03. Nov, 2009


    Thanks so much for including me in your list of Top 100 Influencers. It is an honor, and quite humbling considering the other incredibly talented and successful people that have been named. I very much appreciate it. One small note, my ID on Twitter is now SteveBoese, it was easier than having to explain what ‘sbjet’ meant :)

    Thanks again,


  3. Yvan_DiscussHR

    04. Nov, 2009

    Well done Steve!

    I’m glad to see you part of the top 100 influencers. Your contributions on your blog, on Twitter and everywhere else are always helpful to me and I’m sure it is to many other HR Professionals also. Congratulations. You deserve this.

  4. Ben Eubanks

    04. Nov, 2009

    Congrats, Steve. If anyone deserves recognition, it’s you, my friend!

  5. Traci

    04. Nov, 2009

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Kudos Steve, so well-deserved!

  6. Debbie Brown

    04. Nov, 2009

    Steve this is terrific, you are a real credit to the field and your students are lucky to have you! Well deserved credit!

  7. Maren Hogan

    10. Nov, 2009

    Steve Boese has become a fast friend. Not only is he incredibly smart (the professor) but he’s told me about several cool tools that no one else seems to know. Not to mention he’s got his own hashtag (jealous).

    I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Steve and once upon a time, he called me “pure class” which made me smile :)

  8. Chris Havrilla

    11. Nov, 2009

    Not sure how I missed this one but certainly not surprised to see him here – very well deserved. His influence will only continue to skyrocket in the coming years. He is smart, quick-witted, and probably one of the single most generous people I have ever met.