The 2015 HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas
The HR Tech universe had a very busy two weeks! It began in Vegas with the 18th annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition and moved on to Paris for HR Tech World last week. Here is a recap of this year’s HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. Compared to prior years, there seemed to be a better representation from decision makers, C-Suite executives, and industry thought leaders interested in understanding the complex HR technology and services landscape. NGA HR’s own CEO, Adel Al-Saleh, was in attendance to meet with clients, partners, and industry advisors. Adel was able to see first-hand what HR technology trends were being highlighted, and, most importantly, which of those trends were truly resonating with attendees.
In fact, during the show, NGA Human Resources provided a preview of our new Cloud-focused solution offerings: NGA HR Cloud Accelerators, Cloudify Payroll, and Cloud Support Services. You can find out more on these exciting new offerings here.
One of the major themes of this year’s conference was employee engagement – how to value it, how to measure it, and what technology can do to enhance it. Marcus Buckingham’s opening keynote, Data-Driven Strategies for Revitalizing Employee Engagement and Performance Management, set the tone for the remaining sessions.
Marcus’ premise is that to truly engage and optimize your workforce, the focus should be placed on empowering team leaders through tools that capture and analyze data based on actual human behavior, not on the top-down directive of an organization. We know from our own experience that employees stay committed to an organization when they feel valued, when they feel empowered, and when they like who they work with and who they work for.
The engagement theme seemed to be reflected on the front end of the HR employee lifecycle – lots of product and service companies focused on capturing and enhancing the employee user experience for sourcing, recruiting, and onboarding… so critical with today’s fluid and transitional workforce.
The trend of moving away from the recruitment process outsourcing providers of a few years ago toward today’s best-in-class Cloud-based technologies, and how we integrate those technologies with foundational HR and payroll solutions, will be interesting to follow.
One of my favorite sessions at the show was Beyond the Hype: What’s Really Important in HR Technology Today. The panel was well represented with vendor leadership from SAP, Workday, Ceridian, Ultimate, and Zenefits. And while there was certainly quite a bit of hype, there was general consensus by the panel regarding a point made by Mike Ettling of SAP that the most important trend today is around true machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. In Mike’s words, “What is important for decision makers in the HR technology space is to remember they are buying outcomes, not technology.”
I’m interested to see what feedback the NGA HR team in Europe provides regarding the HR Tech show in Paris last week. We’re a global business, with global customers, and it is extremely useful to compare what values (like employee engagement) are truly resonating on the regional and country level. It’s going to be interesting to see what the landscape looks like next year at HR Tech 2016 in Chicago!