I’m here in Las Vegas at Bill Kutik’s HR Technology show where it’s very hard to see sign of the banking collapse – the Greek Contagion – that hit the markets today. The hundreds of yards of vendor booths have been packed with attendees most of the day. Here’s my take on what’s hot and what’s not.
What’s hot is unified talent management. Taleo, Workday, ADP, even SuccessFactors and many others all seem to be offering a similar platform that from hire-to-fire (actually before and after that) from learning systems to compensation from job posting to skill matching from Los Angeles to Botswana will allow you employers out there to get maximum return on your biggest expense category, staff salary.
They keep on saying that ’your staff is your biggest expense’. And they’re right of course. A natural impact of becoming a knowledge economy is that knowledge has suddenly become our most expensive resource.
I’m just here as an attendee, a free one at that thanks to our resume parsing friends Sovren, the company that supplies Tempworks with its killer extraction technology.
All in all, Mr. Kutik and his team have done a phenomenal job in putting on this conference at the comfortable if awkwardly situatied Mandalay Bay. It’s the first conference I can remember in a long time that has me questioning my frequently made past prognostications about trade shows going the way of the landline phone.
There are a lot of people here. HR directors, CIOs, practictioners. If you’re into HR technology, this is the show to be at.