Chicago Rock Band and DBCompensation


We recently attended the Chicago Rock Band in concert at the Walmart AMP in Northwest Arkansas. The two hour performance was awesome and four of the nine current band members were part of the original group. A paragraph from their website below provided some history of one of the best bands in the country.

In 1967, Chicago musicians Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera formed a group with one dream, to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns. Their dream turned into record sales topping the 100,000,000 mark, including 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. In 2017, the Chicago Rock Band will be 50 years old.

We have seen many groups come and go, but there are only a few that have been able to stand the test of time and continue to reinvent themselves. Chicago has done that with five new band members who gel well with the past four original band members. The nine member band is producing new albums and they played a couple of their new songs at the concert as well as tons of the favorites that brought the crowd to its feet several times during the event. They are embarking on a new tour that will cover 33 cities/performances in the U.S. and Canada.

The foundation of DBCompensation was started in 2001 when Blair Johanson and Dale Oliver, two principals of DB Squared decided that it was time to automate the job descriptions and compensation management process or what was called back then the “Job Evaluation and Salary Administration Program” or “JESAP” for short. Over the next four years, the software was created and used internally before our clients started asking to have the software for their personal use. This was like being asked to go out on tour! It was exciting to see the interest and energy over a much needed time-saving and effective decision-making tool. Since 2005, the DBCompensation tools have been upgraded and enhanced over eight times. Our job evaluation and compensation groupies (clients) continue to expand and our latest change was to provide an interactive scatter graph that color-codes an organization’s employees by age, ethnic background, and gender to see from an equity and competitiveness point of view if the organization is compensating its employees fairly or not. Our next goal is to add a performance management module which we believe will be another important piece of the overall compensation management process. DB Squared and one of its great products, DBCompensation is celebrating ten years, and though it doesn’t have the history like the Chicago Rock Band, the HR software program is causing our users to stand up and cheer and promote the many benefits of the software to others around the country. Who knows, maybe we will be asked to do a TED talk which would be equivalent to our group going out on tour.