Hello! I’m Tom. Welcome to my blog.

I’ll start with a secret… I ended up working in HR pretty much by accident.

I’d spent the first five years after school trying out various different jobs (including goat farming – long story) and seeing a bit of the world. After returning from one particularly lengthy bit of travelling I realised I needed to earn some money quickly – and started filling in application forms. I went to so many interviews that when I got offered the job – I couldn’t actually remember what the job was.

That was 2005 and I’d stumbled into a role working as a Personnel Administrator, entering information about new hires, maintaining employee records, giving terms and conditions guidance and generally dealing with all aspects of the employee lifecycle. For the next 8 years (and through several job changes) I did a bit of recruitment (including e-recruitment implementation), a bit of workforce planning, a fair chunk of MI, quite a lot of training and educating, and more than anything else, giving HR users the skills and tools they needed to use IT more effectively.

Until the end of 2013, I was a die hard SAP user. I spoke in infotype numbers, could quote table and field names like I worked in IT, and had fully embraced its many quirky features. Then the organisation I was working for at the time decided to shift its ERP platform over to Microsoft’s Dynamics AX 2012.

When I first started looking, I could find very little content on the web about the Human Resources module. What was available was written from a very technical perspective, and didn’t tell me, as an HR user, what I needed to know. There didn’t seem to be many people – if any – sharing best practice examples of how to use the various features. It was also difficult to find out exactly what those features were.

Several years on, I now earn my living helping other HR users overcome the same hurdles I faced, and help them get the most possible value from their investment in the Dynamics platform. I work for a Microsoft Gold partner called sa.global – who are a pretty great bunch of folks who know how to make all sorts of Dynamics solutions work for all sorts of businesses. In July 2018 we were named as Microsoft’s worldwide Partner of the Year for Dynamics 365 for Talent, so though I say it myself, we know what we’re talking about. If there’s anything we can do to help you or your company out, drop us a line.

In this blog I record the things I’ve learned about the product along the way. It’s mainly so I can refer back to it in future, but if it helps you out too, then great.

Make yourself at home.