Well I could come up with a lot more, but this would be a very long blog post and you wouldn’t read it. So here are my top four:
#1 - The HR Technology Landscape Has Shifted…
Since the HR Technology 2013 conference the industry landscape has shifted again, with vendors large and small involved in acquisitions. Earlier this year, Monster acquired TalentBin and Gozaik, CareerBuilder acquired Broadbean, Infor acquired PeopleAnswers, and SAP acquired Fieldglass to name just a few. So there is continued focus by the larger players to broaden their offerings through these “tuck-in” acquisitions. HR Technology 2014 will be a great opportunity to see this shifted landscape up close, meet the vendors, and hear how they plan to incorporate these acquired products.
#2 – Learning from Industry Thought Leaders and Your Peers
One of the biggest draws of attending HR Technology for me has always been to hear from the thought leaders in the industry. These thought leaders are from all sides; practitioners such as Carol Anderson from Marriott International, industry analysts/consultants such as Jason Averbook from Appirio and Josh Bersin from Bersin by Deloitte, and vendor executives such as Chris Leone from Oracle and Dave Duffield from Workday. These, and many, many others will be sharing their views on everything from the “big picture” macro trends affecting all of us in the industry to specific lessons learnt from HR transformation projects.
#3 New and Cool Stuff!
Probably pretty obvious, but what would HR Tech be without new and cool stuff? So another great reason to attend is seeing some of the newly launched products and/or significantly expanded products. While the larger players obviously innovate, for me much of the insight into future trends comes from the smaller, more nimble players. Seeing what they’re up to, what’s really new and could have real business impact is always of interest.
Warning: Shameless plug for Talemetry coming up! I’m also excited that we’ll be showing some of our new recruiting analytics capabilities that allow companies to see, for the first time, what is actually working (and not working!) across all of their multi-channel sourcing and recruiting activities – all the way through from source to hire. Other vendors have often promised this, but when we’ve shown these new capabilities to our customers they’ve been amazed at the breadth and visibility they’re able to get for the first time to make really informed decisions. They finally can get the real-time analytics and insight they need to drive their recruiting decisions and spending. And we’d love for you to come and see it for yourself at Booth #1300.
#4 Who’s Going To Be Acquired Next?
OK, I don’t have a crystal ball, but at Talemetry, we’ve certainly used the event in the past to investigate potential acquisitions. And I know many other vendors use the event for their scouting activities – so I’m sure it will be the same again this year. There’s usually an informal betting pool about who’s next? Many of the acquisitions we’ll be hearing about over the next 12 months will have been identified or nurtured at the HR Technology conference. So if you’ve got your thoughts about who you think is (or should be) next – feel free to let us know with the hash tags #HRTechConf, #acquisitions, #Talemetry.
We look forward to seeing you at the event.