Yes I know I am very late in blogging about my thoughts on HR Technology at HRevolution 2010. I have been staring at this blog post for weeks trying to figure out what to say. The problem is that I am trying to write about something that well…didn’t happen so I’m giving up and finally finishing this post.
In case you missed it, Ben Eubanks hosted the HRevolution Carnival of HR over at his fantastic upstartHR blog. Ben’s Carnival seems to be the most thorough roundup of thoughts regarding HRevolution. By my count there were 45 blog posts mentioned in this Carnival. I read every single post and guess what? If you set aside social media and mobile technology, only 2 people mentioned technology in their blog post. At the conference, Bill Kutik, Bryon Abramowitz and I were co-session leaders of the HR Technology session. We did the usual introductions, made a couple of comments about HR technology and then opened it up to the crowd of about 25 people for questions. The session mostly centered around Abra HRMS, some questions about Taleo and a request for information about recruiting technology vendors for small companies. Questions were asked and answers were given so I hopefully some people walked away with new technology information. However, I sensed that many of the session attendees did not even know where to begin to ask HR technology questions.
Let me be clear that this blog post is in no way a criticism of the HRevolution conference, the conference organizers or the conference participants. The focus of the conference was not on technology and I had a great time, learned lots and was able to connect and re-connect with wonderful people. But what my experience at the conference does tell me is that we still have a long way to go to get HR Practitioners to think about technology. Unfortunately I do not have any earth shattering ideas right now on how to approach this. I do think I will reach out to my session co-hosts Bill and Bryon to brainstorm ideas for getting more discussions going with HR Practitioners. Then I will reach out to some of the HRevolution attendees for their thoughts as well.
If you attended HRevolution, did you have the same experience as I did regarding HR Technology discussions or something different? Do you have any ideas for me on how to engage HR Practitioners in technology discussions? Come on, help a guy out here.