“This is the first event of such scale bringing together HR and technology. It’s a fantastic concept and a theme that you have brought. HR and technology can’t be separated—they have to co-exist. HR has to understand the impact of the digital landscape and the technology landscape within the organization.”
TechHR Conference’s three tracks covered the role of technology in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and HR Operations. The ‘Unconference’ area – an innovative, unstructured forum, gave delegates the creative freedom to share and learn in a less-formal environment.
The Business Agenda consisted of incisive presentations, interactive discussions, highly participative group sessions and a CHRO Round Table. Bistro Sessions allowed delegates to mix around and join several groups during the same session.
Sameer Patel, GM/SVP, Products and GTM, Enterprise Social & Collaborative Software, SAP Cloud/Successfactors, says, “Coming from the US, it was a big learning experience for me. HR needs technology. There is a huge disconnect in the organizations today between strategy and execution, goals and getting the work done. While we put a lot of emphasis on technology to collect and monitor those, we do not have a very good hand over how the work gets done or influence how the work is done. I think HR needs the second layer of technology, which moves from identifying those measurables, to be able to really influence and execute technologies down into the lines of business.”
From the high level of participation it was evident that the topics discussed were close to everyone’s heart. While the merits of technology in the HR domain were amply clear, several moral, financial and human aspects of this partnership also emerged.
An exciting highlight of the event was the Big Debate. Six acclaimed leaders battled it out arguing about “Who Needs Who – HR needs Tech or Tech needs HR”. The winning team – Ashok Sethi, Sr. VP, People and Internal Operations, Sapient, Abhijit Bhaduri, CLO, Wipro Group and Anuranjita Kumar, MD & CHRO, Citi South Asia – was determined by the audience through a poll on the mobile app!
Frank Ricciardi, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific at Cornerstone OnDemand, “Work is changing and will continue to change. What, where, when and how we do the jobs is changing because of technology. We need to move away from process and automation and embrace consumerization in the enterprise.”
Debjani Ghosh, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director, South Asia, Intel Corporation who also spoke at the event says, “This year, the number one challenge that has been consistent across the globe is human resources… To have meaningful discussions with business, HR needs analytics to measure every aspect of people management. Technology does not take HR a level up, but transforms it.”
TechHR Spotlight Awards were presented to start-up companies for innovative technology contributions to HR. An eminent panel of judges put the nominations through a rigorous criteria. The winners in the four categories were: Futurism in Recruitment
: Talent AuctionFuturism in Talent Management
: PlaydayFuturism in HR Analytics
Knolskape’s First Time Managers solution won the ‘Most Popular’
Award grabbing the maximum number of votes from the audience.
A well laid-out exhibition area, open to the public, had over 22 of India’s leading HR Technology service providers showcasing cutting edge solutions relevant to the HR community. Experts facilitating demonstrations and hands-on experiences of their products were ever ready to answer all visitor questions. People Matters
announced that going forward, TechHR Conference would become an annual feature and is expected to be in every CHRO’s calendar as a ‘must-attend’ event.
Announcing that TechHR 2015 would be held on August 19th
Esther Martinez says, “There is still much to be learnt, and also many areas of HR Technology that Indian CHROs can take the lead on. Our commitment to this community is to bring these great minds together on TechHR!” People Matters
has a proven track record of delivering high-quality, expertise-driven networking events during its five years in existence. So there’s no doubt that TechHR will become a learning-sharing center for HR and Technology leaders alike. About: People Matters is a leading knowledge and media platform in the Human Resources space. We strive to create an HR community of practice and excellence that fosters amalgamation of new ideas between HR managers, HR service providers and CXOs, leading to the growth of HR as a business-critical function. People Matters’ print, online, digital and events platforms provide thousands of HR stakeholders with information, best practices, trends and industry news. In a short span of 4 years, it has emerged as India’s single point of reference for knowledge in the HR industry. Outreach through multiple media platforms has enabled People Matters create a growing community of 84,000 professionals. As HR ups its role as a strategic business partner, our vision is to become an indispensable source of knowledge, information and inspiration for this community.
(L to R) Frank Ricciardi: General Manager, Asia-Pacific, Cornerstone OnDemand, Debjani Ghosh: Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director, South Asia, Intel Corporation, Rudy Karsan: General Manager, Kenexa & Smarter Workforce, IBM, Ester Martinez : Founder & Editor-in-Chief, People Matters
Quiz: HR Technology Trivia at the unconference track at TechHR 14