#HRTech Conference: Larger Companies Innovating, Siloes Being Destroyed, and Women in Tech Getting Their Due

#HRTech Conference: Larger Companies Innovating, Siloes Being Destroyed, and Women in Tech Getting Their Due
From Recruiter - October 21, 2016

This yearsHR Technology Conference brought together some of the greatest minds and technologies in the industry under one roof. People have long said this is theone show everyone should go to, and in that respect, I was not disappointed.

The conference kicked off with two new events, both held in the morning and early afternoon of day one. The Women in HR Technology event focused on empowering womenand making tech roles moreinclusive.

In the traditionally male-dominated technology industry, there are many successful women leaders introducing new ideas, developing transformative solutions, and leading their companies to success, HRTech Conference co-chair Steve Boese said in a press release announcing the event. We are proud to hold this long overdue Women in HR Technology event, which will not only showcase more than 15 of the most successful women changing the industry, but also provide new insights for how other women can create their own professional roadmaps.

Boese is correct when he saysthis event is long overdue. At Talent Tech Labs, weve long been actively supporting the women who are impacting talent acquisition technology.

The other new event was the HR Hacklab, guided by diversity consultantJoe Gerstandt and speaker/authorJason Lauritsen. Here, teams of designers and developers worked on brand-new HR tech solutions.This kind of on-the-spot creativity reminded me that the conference, which was built to facilitate leading-edge tools and companies, can see the value in trying new things.

Some of mygreatest discoveries werent related tothe showcased tools or sessions. Watching the transition many later-stage companies, like IBM, are undergoingto become more innovative was unbelievable. These organizations are observing what the early-stage companies are doing and following alongwith innovative measures themselves.

While I observed serious innovation in the earlier-stage companies, there were many companies trying to impact the same systemsnamely, the applicant tracking system. As you may knowfrom our ecosystem, the ATS is already a massive sector for innovation. While we did see some repetition in the startups showcased, one standout reallywell, stood out.

That was the New Zealand-based Aotal,whichwalked me through the Talent App Store, a platform built to solve the HR technology problems employers face today. The exciting angle of this tool is its ability to identify, develop, and deploy small, pre-integrated apps that work alongside even the most rigid talent management systems. The apps are specifically built for one function, which means they provide necessary bridges in a companys missing talent function. The Talent App Store also allows organizations to easily try new productsby ensuring thatexisting data isseamlessly integrated into each new app.

While this concept has been tried in the past, the difference here is that the Talent App Store is not tied to any one ATS. The Talent App Store allows all the point solutions to connect together. If this can scale, it will be a boon to forward-thinking talent acquisition pros who genuinely want to tie best-of-breed solutions together to create their own process workflows (we discussed this a bit in volume 5 of our Trends Report).


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