By "Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize-Oracle" on Apr 22, 2015
Rush hour traffic. Tuesday morning. The Mission District of San Francisco.
I’m riding shotgun in a Lincoln Town car, on my way to meet Ron Storn, VP of People for Lyft, for breakfast. Ron would be presenting in our customer experiences session at Oracle OpenWorld ’14 later that week.
Aaron, my driver, takes the advice of his navigation app and leaves the clogged freeway to follow a series of detours that lead us to the front door of Boogaloos, a local neighborhood mainstay. Ten minutes early, I get out of the Lincoln, wish Aaron a good rest of his day, and tap the screen in my Lyft iPhone app a couple of times. We’re done. My first rideshare experience is a success.
I've been following the progress of Lyft ever since that September morning. Six months later, Oracle just released a video providing an update on Lyft’s experience with Oracle HCM Cloud.
As Ron states, he joined the company when they had about 85
employees. Now they have 400+. As VP of People at a hot Bay Area startup in a
hypergrowth industry, he has a challenging job. His target workforce wants three things:
- Great talent around them
- Have an impact
- Feel passionate about their company
“I’m using Oracle for us to win the war for talent,” Ron says. “If we don’t win that war in keeping, growing, and retaining talent than we’ll never win as a product.”
To meet HR challenges, Lyft’s strategy is to deploy Oracle HCM Cloud in a modular approach starting with core HR, succession planning, and compensation. The idea is to set a new tone for strategic HR.
“In past HR has been known to be a very administrative paper pushing type function,” Ron explains. “We’re trying to change that in order be a very fast moving enabler of growth. Instead of being bureaucratic we want to be a change agent that can be a partner to all of our clients.”
Lyft’s circumstances are very similar to that of many growing midsize organizations looking to Oracle for not just products but also expertise and advice.
“Being a start up that is growing so fast, we didn’t know what they didn’t know,” Ron says. “So working with the Oracle team as well as the implementation partner helped us generate and create a tool that would work for us today but also help us scale into the future.”
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