HR Technology Conference – Nothing New, Yet That’s Still Something

Originally posted on our CIO’s, Jennifer Brogee, blog. Read her complete “Free to Live” blog at

While I didn’t think there was anything particularly new introduced at the latest HR Technology Conference (2011, Las Vegas), that doesn’t mean nothing happened.  In fact, the lack of the new is a happening in itself.  Here’s what I learned from HR Tech:

Mobile is here for good

Software companies  have mobile figured out and it’s a non-issue, technically.  Adoption by HR is another issue, but eventually mobile will become status quo.

The candidate experience might finally be getting its due

I was excited to attend the session on the Candidate Experience Awards, and even more excited to hear about the diversity of companies that won.  Companies from every industry and of every size were represented.  One thing that stood out to me based on their survey results – the career site is now an accepted and common HR tool, even though it took years for adoption.  What is it that is being touted now that may be as necessary in the future?  A usable applicant experience, maybe?

Small/ mid-size market yet untapped

The majority of companies I talked to have been using applicant tracking and HRIS systems for a while now.  If anything, they are looking for technology that delivers what it promises (hard to find), not new technology.  However, there are thousands of companies in the small/ mid-sized market that have yet to even implement an applicant tracking system or HRIS, that are largely ignored by tech giants.

Re-emergence of the big boys

I hear so many complaints about some of the unwieldy software giants that I thought they were losing ground.  Not so, it seems, based on the huge booths on display.  My guess is that they have been able to hang on through tough economic times by acquisitions and spending large amounts of cash.  Unfortunately some of the more innovative, smaller companies have been bought up.

Integration is king

I heard it over and over again – the need for a system that talks with their existing “x” system.  The ability to integrate is a differentiator and wise software purveyors will have rich APIs.

Overall trend toward usability

The features are there, now it’s time to make them usable.  Innovative companies will create interfaces that expose all the great business logic to the common man.  Well-designed user interfaces are going to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The odds are still against you

I learned the odds are still against you at the Vegas black jack tables.  I won’t tell you how I figured that out though.

Las Vegas black jack

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