What do you call having a human resources conference in sin city? Ironic! (Maybe not, but it’s an interesting location for this industry if you think about it, right?) Anyways, the 2014 HR Technology Conference was everything but full of irony. In fact, it was a great few days for our team to network, collaborate and learn from others in an exciting environment. And just like everyone else, they enjoyed their time there.
For those of you who weren’t able to make it to this year’s gathering in Las Vegas, don’t worry—we have you covered. Let us fill you in on what you missed. Here's what our Director of Marketing, Erin Borgerson, got out of the conference:
1.) DATA IS EVERYTHING
Everyone from the keynote to the sessions, to the vendors and their taglines were about data. Using data to predict outcomes, make better choices, optimize your HR spending, report on your success, etc. The opening keynote speaker had a nice quote that really connected with the audience.
“Your tech is a referee if it only tells you what you have already done wrong.” – Rahaf Harfoush
2.) OVER/UNDER on how many times we heard the word integrate?
Can you integrate with my ATS HRIS and Payroll workflow system? Uh, sure. In Adam's (Hireology’s CEO) famous words...we can integrate with your toaster if you want.
Keeping friendly relations with fellow vendors and a good open API will help you get far in this space. Be open to integrations and bring your CTO to the conference next year. Ours spent the whole week talking integrations - and he loved it.
3.) CATCHING UP WITH PARTNERS
The HR Technology conference is crucial for catching up with your partners. Hireology partners with some great companies and it was extremely beneficial to get face time with each of them.
4.) THE NEXT BIG THING DOESN’T DELIVER OUTCOMES
Attendees are looking for the "next big thing" and each year more and more vendors enter the space and promise successful hiring, interviewing, onboarding, recognition, etc.
Vendors should start paying more attention to what outcomes they can deliver as opposed to what brand new shiny features they keep releasing.
So there ya have it! If you’re looking to gain new insights on the latest news and trends in the industry, then make sure you get to next year’s HR Technology Conference. Go and you’re bound to make some new friends.
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