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HR Technology Conference 2011 – Industry Wrapup

If you are asking yourself – what’s the HR Tech Blog Carnival?  Its where I pull together a number of unique blogs and articles about the HR Technology Conference that you may have otherwise missed.  Some of these are from well known bloggers, others first time attendees starting to learn more about it.  Regardless, they all had something interesting to say about what they saw or experienced at the 14th Annual HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas.

With more analysts, press & bloggers than ever before – Its no wonder that the HR Tech Conference this year had more blogs, articles and tweets than any other prior year!  Bill Kutik did a great wrap up of the event and the numbers of attendees, exhibitors and details that are not all that surprising if you’ve been one of the lucky ones to watch this event grow since the earlier years.

No one knows that more than Jeanne Achille and the team over at The Devon Group (who I owe a VERY organized schedule too) just how busy that press room was!  Luckily for me (and others) they kept our briefings and meetings on track all week.  Luckily for vendors, they are offering some advice for Chicago in 2012.

Outside of the pressroom, was a host of sessions covering everything you could ever want to know about HR Technology.  From Analytics to social to the 1st Annual Candidate Experience Awards – there truly was something for everyone – Right down sessions and real life experiments on Gamification for organization change presented by C. Daniel Crosby, Ph.D of @IncBlot – an Organizational Psychologist and really interesting guy to have a conversation with.

John Sumser had a great overview post with commentary on vendors, sessions and the venue.  While there, he was doing thought leader interviews in the Lumesse booth which will be floating around soon.  We had a great conversation about influence and who really should or shouldn’t have it.  Good stuff.

And no mention, blog or tweet about HR Technology anything would be complete without Naomi Bloom’s insight into it.  A recognized fixture in this world – when she talks, everyone listens.

Chris Wilson (a brilliant mind at Oracle who shares my issues around poor UX) shared her thoughts on a number of sessions and overall event with a nice shout out to my former colleagues at Bersin & Associates for their recent research around performance management. Speaking of brilliant minds at Oracle, my friend Steve Boese recently joined them and shared his feelings around the event.  Apparently this ADD culture in technology & apps we have made, has made a lot of us less excited about what we are seeing…

Just ask the Brits in attendance – even without the fish, chips & pints, they are always willing to share their thoughts.  Felix Wetzel said there “wasn’t anything really groundbreaking” and while he thought the event itself was great – Jon Ingham gave some of the speakers content a thumbs down in his blog post.

Practitioners were a little less testy though, they found practical applications they can take back and use in their daily lives.  Paul Smith (who can also be seen the swag blog below) may be one of the most understated minds in HR and talks about he’s applying what he learned.  Get him in a 1-1 situation and you learn something.  Every time.   Trish McFarlane, Founder of HREvolution and HR professional in St. Louis lays out the entire event (and its ROI) from a practitioner perspective.

I know that a lot of you wanted to attend, but weren’t able to.  If you are curious what goodies you missed on the expo floor – Dwayne Lay of Lean HR took over as the unofficial conference swag vlogger this year, and he did me proud!  If you are actually looking for takeaways on technology – selecting a system, resources, etc – check out Jessica’s post on HR Technology Buying.  Excellent tips and advice for companies of any size!

All in all, I have to agree with Mark Stelzner’s post about great the show was this year.  I met with dozens of vendors, talked with dozens of practitioners and found that people were really doing business this year.  Contracts were being signed, proposals were being sent, additional meetings were being scheduled (and that was just w/my new clients).  I know the vendors were doing the same on a larger scale.  So, mark your calendars now for the 15th Annual HR Technology Conference Oct 8, 2012 when it is back in CHICAGO!!!




Sarah Brennan

Sarah Brennan is a recognized HCM industry analyst and advisor focused on improving the impact of technology on people, business and the future of work.  Sarah Brennan has been named a top global influencer in HR Technology by more than 50 publications and shared her insights at speaking engagements around the world. As Chief Advisor at Accelir, she partners with HR Technology vendors and investors as an advisor, interim CxO role and on engagements focused on growth strategies, product roadmap & market education/evangelism. She also works with corporate teams enhancing talent strategies.

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