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. 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, or so I can direct my team to it if they need help, but if it helps you out too, then great.

Make yourself at home.