Last week, I joined HR’s best and brightest at the HRO Today Summit in Amsterdam and moderated a panel discussion on top technology disrupters transforming the HR profession.

Our panel brought together some of the most innovative minds in the HR Technology sector to explore the most disruptive HR forces today, and why technology can become one of the most important tools for talent management, strategic decision-making and overall company success.

Panellists included Daniel Sztutwojner, VP Business Development at Beekeeper, Mark van Tooren, Inveon's E-HRM-vangelist Inveon, Dr. Max Blumberg PhD, Founder, Blumberg Partnership and Svetla Simidchieva, co-founder and COO of Majio.

The panel overwhelmingly agreed that we are seeing one of the most innovative times ever in the HR technology market. The way we live has changed enormously in the last 10 years due to benefits of technology advancements.

Technology has made the world much smaller, accessible and connected. And with it our personal expectations of services, communication and engagement have evolved. In addition, the consumerization of technology means we navigate the systems we use to manage our lives intuitively, without the need for user manuals – Amazon, eBay, banking apps, online travel, social media and much more.

This has ultimately impacted the global workplace. Startups that offer software for human resources and recruitment have garnered $811.6 million from venture capital investors in the first half of 2015 (WSJ). As large investments come to HR technology, so do new ideas and talent eager to turn these innovative ideas into reality.

Additionally, the emergence of Millennials as the majority of the workforce has dramatically changed workplace expectations. Employees want the same technologies at work that they are so accustomed to using in their day-to-day lives.

We have entered a transformational wave within the HR profession. The complexity of assuring the hiring, developing, assigning and retaining of a global talent pool is greater than ever before. Success means embracing HR technology’s disruptive forces and offering tools that feel like consumer apps yet have the data analysis, network integration, and compelling user experiences that customers need to compete in the 21st century.

Technology in our personal lives have raised our expectations with the systems we use when entering the office, affecting everything from employee communications, engagement, mobility, career development and more.

One of the results is a refresh away from legacy systems and processes that have dominated internal HR systems for decades and the rolling out of a new breed of applications that are driving success at all levels of the organization. This will enable proactive HR planning and management that drives the success of any organisation.

The panel ended with each panellist offering a piece of advice to the audience. For example:

  • Drive fact-based recommendations to the business through data analytics.

  • Understand that successful transformation requires a vision, a strong team, as well as great technology.

  • Utilize mobile technology to engage with employees and ensure that they can consume the information in the way that they like.

  • Learn about the next generation’s values and expectations - they represent more then just themselves, but are the most vocal.

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