HR Technology Conference – Days 2 and 3

Ironically, I had some technology issues while at the HR Technology Conference and couldn’t post to my blog after day 2.  I’m not sure why but I’m sure it has something to do with the conspiracy between Google, Apple and Microsoft.  🙂

That being said, the second day of the conference was as good as the first!  I continued to meet the most interesting people.  I spent lunch with a wonderful woman and a table of others and we discussed the recent developments in “cloud” technology, private health care exchanges, consumer-directed health care reimbursement accounts and the general state of technology as a business enabler in 2012.  I don’t think I’ve enjoyed lunch at a conference that much in a long time – so thank you Valerie et al.

The expo floor was all abuzz with the HUGE Ceridian booth and their new HCM solution.  I found a number of really compelling HCM products there and of course it doesn’t take a genius to determine that I once worked for Ceridian so I may be a bit bias in my opinion BUT I still think even after I departed that the Dayforce HCM solution is pretty cool.

I did run in to a number of folks who were complaining.  The network connectivity on the expo floor was spotty and the conference hosts weren’t able to resolve it to the satisfaction of the exhibitors.  Some were saying that the conference was getting too large.  I don’t know if a conference can get too large but I do know that if you’re looking for collaborative sessions, more than 40-50 in a room and you’re really left with nothing but presentation and not collaboration.

Day three was a bit disappointing.  Many people left and the energy wasn’t the same.  The persistence of “cloud” and “social” concepts had saturated me by day 3 – perhaps I’m the only one but I could have stopped at just two days.

In conclusion, I will definitely be back for HR Tech 2013 next year and will likely exhibit as well.  I leave you with these thoughts:

1) The mobile app for the conference was FABULOUS – on my iPad.  There just wasn’t enough real estate on my smart phone for my taste.
2) Some of the speakers were pretentious but MOST had some good insights.
3) If you’re local to the conference and in HR and don’t come for at least the expo, you’re silly – you’re missing out on a lot there.
4) Chicago itself is just one of my favorite towns – I always love going there and I always have great food, great wine and wonderful times.  

I’d like to give a shout-out to Lawrence and his mates from UK – thanks for the lively conversation and laughs at the HOB Chicago!

Cheers everyone!

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