Next week I am heading off to Las Vegas to attend the 16th Annual HR Technology Conference. This will be my second visit to the conference, the last was in 2001/2002. That time the event was held in Chicago and was an amazing experience back then. I can only imagine the improvements over the last 10 years.
What am I expecting?
Three days packed full of conference sessions, walking the exhibition floor visiting many different vendors, meeting new people and catching up with old colleagues.
In particular I am looking forward to hearing from many of the industries thought leaders. Specifically how the latest trends – such as SaaS, social, mobile, analytics, gamification, Big Data and MOOCs – are influencing not just HR technology but also approaches to HR service delivery.
A key take away I am looking forward to is to understand the level of HR Technology adoption in Australia vs the rest of the world. I suspect we are still behind but you never know.
Another outcome I am expecting is to understand the business outcomes from the various case studies, and how they might apply in the Australian workplace. Translating US case studies into the Australian workplace is not always easy. This has been one of the challenges international vendors have faced when demonstrating specific use cases of their solutions to Australian buyers.
While I am looking forward to the whole event, there are a few sessions that I am specifically looking forward to.
- Opening keynote from Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics, Grown Up Digital and more recently Radical Openness.
- The session on Awesome New Technologies for HR to see the new tools and approaches.
- Lexy Martin’s 16th Annual CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey launch. Particularly interested in how the result compare to our HR Technology Report.
- Getting to a few of the HR Tech Talks – talks about work, technology, management – modeled on the famous TED Talks format.
- IBM Watson will be demo’ed as an HR Advisor, that will be different.
- Closing Keynote from Jason Averbook.
I know of a few other Australian’s heading over and at least two vendors, if you are attending let me know.
If you cannot attend follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #HRTechConf.
I will also try to write a blog post or two but suspect I will be very busy!
Originally posted at Navigo Research