The Value Add of HR Technology

Aug 3, 2015 2:18:23 PM / by Robin Schooling

For years now I’ve enjoyed attending the HR Technology Conference & Expo; no other event provides HR practitioners and leaders with such an all-encompassing chance to explore trends, contemplate the future of work, and envision opportunities.

This is not your typical HR conference.

While a sizable number of attendees make the trip specifically because they’re contemplating changing or adding a technology solution (for whom the Expo Hall is nirvana), a fair number come primarily to attend sessions, hear the world-class keynote speakers, and learn. The insights and information they gather move well beyond contemplating “how does this-piece-of-tech tie into the business results we desire;” quite often they’re pondering “how do we ensure our workforce is adding value to the organization’s bottom line?”

This year I anticipate this question being asked – and answered - throughout the conference; determining value after all, is an ongoing struggle in all areas of human resources whether one is tasked with core HR functionality, comp and benefits, workforce planning or talent acquisition.

One aspect of the HR Tech Conference that I particularly enjoy is that a large number of sessions have co-presenters; we don’t merely get some vendor rep up on stage blathering on about their solution or cleverly hiding a sales pitch behind some seemingly pertinent content. Nope; at the HR Tech Conference we usually hear from both the vendor rep and the customer as they share real-life stories of successes, missed opportunities and lessons learned. There are a few of these sessions I’m particularly looking forward to this year: among them are Don MacPherson with Modern Survey and Antonio Aranda with Sony Pictures discussing “From Analytics to Insights” and Josh Schwede with QueSocial and Heather Polivka with UnitedHealth Group discussing “An Employment Branding Guide to Finding New Talent.”

Check out the agenda; there’s a lot of rich content exploring innovation, best practices and business alignment. In addition to the Awesome New Startups General Session (returning after the successful launch in 2014) and the HR Tech Hackathon (how cool will this be?), the tracks for 2015 are:

  • Core HR and Workforce Management
  • Customer Success
  • HR Executive
  • Ideas and Innovators
  • Learning and Development
  • Recruiting
  • Talent Management
  • Technical Insight
  • Total Rewards
  • Workforce Analytics and Planning

Will we still be talking mobile, social, analytics and user experience at this year’s HR Tech Conference? I’m sure we will.

But I’m also looking forward to the new and emerging ideas we’ll be kicking around.

Join me in October; if you use event registration code SCHOOLING you’ll receive a $150.00 discount off the registration fee (including Early Bird rates). Register HERE!

Robin Schooling

Written by Robin Schooling

Robin Schooling, Practice Lead, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, has spent her career in HR and Recruiting with the stories and battle scars to match. She’s a regular speaker to global HR and business audiences, has a long-running HR blog at, and has written for Recruiting Daily, Fast Company, Certified Magazine, HR Examiner, SHRM and other sites. Since 2018 she’s been co-host of DrivethruHR, one of the longest continuously running HR radio shows/podcasts (since 2010!). She is a Board Member with HR Open Source and she manages the Carnival of HR, a long-running blogging carnival. Robin lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she’s a fervent and unapologetic New Orleans Saints fan and continues on her quest to search out the perfect French75. You can connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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