Why use an independent consultant/advisor?

(Scroll down for a description of my 5-phase system-selection  methodology)
Do you know your most valuable competitive asset? Who they are? Their skillset? Where they are located? How to motivate them?

    Are you still stuck in “administrivia” or are you ready to move into higher value talent management?

    Are you sure you have leveraged the latest in HR technology to optimize your workforce management ?
Are you able to leverage the power of social media to achieve your business objectives? Has you workforce global gone mobile but your tools haven't?  What about good old payroll? Have you at last been able to reap the benefits of a global payroll or are those still elusive?

    Why do so many HR projects fail ?  Are you at risk?  Do you know the difference between an “integrated” system and a “unified” one?


    Are you happy with your current vendor(s)? Is your vendor-selection process the most appropriate one to ensure you select the RIGHT tool?  Is the fit between their product and your needs the best one? Can you tell vendor hype from true facts?

     How do you manage an international workforce to ensure you have a bird's eye view of all your employees across different legislations, currencies, practices and languages AND can drill down at any time to identify the nugget of a person, wherever they are, who can make a difference in your business?

    On-premise solution or hosted deployment? License pricing or subscription-based ? Do you know the difference?  Have you negotiated the best deal with your vendor?  If you select the wrong model, and the wrong vendor with a bad contract the consequences  will affect  your capacity to manage your workforce effectively for several years.

Minimize your risks by enlisting the help from one  of the leading HR and technology experts for independent, unbiased, actionable advice

Based in Paris, but traveling the length and breadth of the globe, Ahmed Limam is an advisor, consultant, speaker, blogger, thought leader, analyst, writer and commentator specializing in HR and technology.


Most technology consultants work on system implementations. As such they will invariably recommend you the same HR system again and again since that's the one they know. It could be the right one for you, but , unfortunately, you could also end up with the wrong one. A consultant working for an independent technology consultancy such as Gartner will be more objective, but they still represent corporate interests and have to toe the party line in more ways than you might suspect.

Ahmed Limam is a fully and truly independent HR technology consultant. As a solo artist, he does not wave the flag for anybody but that of a free mind. Apart from the short-term assignments for mainly corporate users who compensate him for his expert opinions, professional research and independent thoughts, Ahmed Limam serves the whole HR technology community whose professionalism he aims at enhancing. IMPORTANT NOTE: Unlike other "independent" analysts, Ahmed Limam NEVER accepts any assignment from IT/software companies in order to avoid any conflict of interest and to guarantee his full independence from the vendor community and provide his corporate clients with unbiased advice and insight on the software market.)

With many HR technology projects being increasingly global, Ahmed Limam is also unique among the few independent  HR technology consultants in that he carries out his work in five major languages and has deep knowledge of the HR technology market in various regions of the world such as Europe, the US, Africa, the Middle East and South America. 


The result of two decades of experience in selecting, implementing, developing, analyzing and monitoring HR systems, Ahmed Limam's methodology gives you the best guarantee to select the RIGHT system for your needs while ensuring you minimize all risks involved in such a project.

There is also a lot of free information and insight in Ahmed Limam's blog, Ahmed's Universe, such as the May 2012 blog post on "The Ten Commandments for selecting a new software; Best practice guidelines"