The HR Tech World 2017 in London was about truly exciting topics and the IT solutions presented by the various vendors can lead to breakthroughs in how HR operates.
Topics like democratisation of HR data (evaluation of what should be transparent and what should be confidential information) was discussed in depth, and a trend that is a departure from the previous HR pratices to transparent and fair leadership while still complying to the Global Data Protection Regulation effective from May 2018.
We saw the career coach solution of IBM Watson at work showing an employee their historical data and what 3-4 positions are potentially available for him/her as a career move from their current position, along with the training and skills development that would usually be required. There is also a little predictive AI in the application because if the SW is linked to an app developed for assessment purposes we can also evaluate if the employee personality fits into these future job opportunities.
At the marketplace venue multiple SW and application developers were competing with solutions offerings supporting new performance management processes that are radically different from the previously applied concepts. A new offering was also presented to support the standardised learning process for employees to educate themselves how to use these applications after their roll out.
We listened to exciting presentations about digitalisation, big data, automation, RPA and SaaS . From all angles it was visible that HR changes are exploding, and that the HR professional will have to meet a very different set of expectation in a very short timeframe.
This year we received an excellent overview about the potential for disruptions in the delivery of HR activities.