The 16th Annual HR Technology Conference will be in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay, from October 7th to October 9th and it is regularly considered the premier event for HR professionals, HR Technologists, consultants and customers. There are 43 in-depth sessions, great keynote speakers, over 250 vendors, networking events and 20 live one-hour demos by most of the major HR technology vendors. The event will bring out some of the smartest and most well respected individuals and customers in the HR Technology industry. I will be attending this year and taking part in special panel discussion moderated by Bill Kutik called First Annual NextGen Influencers Panel: Getting Out From Behind the Baby Boomers. I am happy to announce I talked Bill Kutik into providing me a special $500 discount by using Promo Code JARRET13 (all caps) when you register online at www.HRTechConference.com so hope to see you there. The great news is that after September 1 you will also get a $400 discount on SuccessFactors SuccessConnect (once you sign up for HR Technology) and I plan to attend both.
Picture courtesy of Michael Krupa of the 2011 event and expected to be 50% bigger this year
If you are still on the fence I thought I would outline my top five reasons to go the HR Technology Conference this year.
Sessions – There will be 43 sessions. 20 live one-hour demos. 81 presenters, 65 are VPs or higher, including 26 C-level executives that cover all the major technology vendors including one that SAP and SuccessFactors folks wont want to miss called Pepsi Accepts the Challenge of the Cloud for HR using SuccessFactors. One of the sessions I am personally excited about is the HR Tonight Show Starring Bill Kutik and Naomi Bloom with a great line up including Leighanne Levensaler, Brian Sommer, Patricia Milligan and John Sumser. There is truly something for everyone and if you have any doubts just review the conference agenda as you will quickly get a sense of how difficult it is to choose amongst all the excellent content.
Networking – One of the under rated parts of any major event and something I outlined in my Valuable Lessons to Make the Most of your SAP Career is networking. The HR Technology Conference is a great opportunity to network with peers, meet new people and talking with fellow customers. The who’s who of the HR Technology industry will be at this event looking to swap war stories and business cards, connect on LinkedIn and Twitter and share information as well as discuss the sessions from each day. Please reach out to set up a meeting or stop me to say hi if you see me walking around as always enjoy meeting new people as well talking about HR.
SuccessConnect –Attending the HR Technology Conference this year is a no-brainer especially with SuccessConnect happening in Las Vegas at the Venetian on October 9th through October 11th. I think it was a very smart decision by SuccessFactors to coordinate their annual SuccessConnect Conference to start 5 hours after the HR Technology conference ends as I would expect record attendance and it will be a great week for HR Technology.
Bill Kutik – This will be the last HR Technology Conference the Bill Kutik co-chairs before it falls into the capable hands of Steve Boese as he announced his retirement late last year. Bill does a great job and really pounds the pavement to promote this conference and it is only fitting to give him the proper send off in person. I reached out to Bill last week to get his take on why people should attend the conference and he told me “After 16 years HR Tech is finally becoming the HR conference for everybody. Technology has crept into every function and everybody needs to learn more about it. That’s why the conference has become so large and popular: It’s the best place to learn how to get the business benefits from technology. Counting everyone, there were 6,000 people in Chicago last year and if HR technology is ultimately your executive responsibility, your actual job, your current headache, or something you know you just need to learn more about for your career – you need to be there.” Hard to add any more of a convincing argument than that 🙂
Las Vegas – If you are still on the fence about the HR Technology Conference remember that this is being held in Las Vegas, which is a great city for conferences. Las Vegas is always a perfect spot to mix business and pleasure especially at the end of a long day of learning.
Hopefully I have outlined why you should attend and if there is any doubt you should also review Why Should You Attend the HR Technology Conference. If you are an SAP HCM or SuccessFactors professional this is one event that you won’t want to miss and don’t forget to use the special $500 discount by using Promo Code JARRET13 (all caps) when you register online at www.HRTechConference.com.