What to Expect at the HR Tech Conference

By Aliah D. Wright Oct 15, 2015
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Tho​​​usands of HR professionals will descend on Las Vegas for Human Resource Executive’s 18th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition, taking place Oct. 18-21 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Hot topics this year are predictive analytics, big data, and the intersection of technology and employee engagement.

“Once again, the HR Tech Conference will be the largest event in the world that focuses on how HR, IT, and business leaders are driving improved results, enabling HR transformation, and increasing employee engagement supported by modern technology,” conference co-chair Steve Boese said in an interview with SHRM Online via LinkedIn.

New at the conference this year is a “hackathon,” said Boese, where six teams of experts will build technology solutions in less than 48 hours. The conference also is introducing a customer service track, where industry experts will share best practices and insights.

HR Tech: A $15 Billion Market

The market in software to power HR is now valued at more than $15 billion, according to Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte, who’s speaking at the conference. In a series of predictions of what’s ahead for HR, Bersin wrote for HR Magazine earlier this year that “mobile apps that embed HR solutions instead of only providing a mobile view of websites” will be a new trend.

Many HR professionals have already reaped the benefits of deploying mobile technologies—especially for employee engagement.

Analytics at Work

HR professionals know they should be analyzing big data, but how? Experts told SHRM Online that using predictive analytics will help HR pros become better business partners. As HR Magazine reported earlier this year, “managing assets is a business process that requires effective analysis.” At the HR Tech conference, IBM leaders will illustrate how to infuse analytics into every talent decision, while experts from Unilever will show attendees how data can provide fact-based insights to improve how work gets done. After all, as SHRM reported earlier this year, chief executives are expecting HR to be just as data and digital-savvy as other areas of their organizations and they expect decisive, measurable actions that propel the business forward. In 2014, Facebook showed conference attendees how it partnered with Entelo to improve recruiting strategies.

Curious about how wellness and technology interact? Attendees can learn how to implement use tech to identify employees most at risk for chronic diseases and help them use customized lifestyle intervention programs.

Bloggers from SHRM Online and the SHRM Blog are attending the conference. You can follow SHRM’s coverage of the HR Technology Conference at www.shrm.org and via Twitter @1SHRMScribe and Periscope @aliahwrites. The hashtag for the conference is #HRTechConf.

Check out Boese’s Top 10 Tips for the HR Tech Conference here, including more information on how attendees can aid HR Gives Back, an initiative dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease.

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