Why I will attend HR Tech Europe 2014

We are almost there. HR Tech Europe 2014 is on the 23 and 24 october in Amsterdam.

HR Tech is to me the best HR Conference in Europe. I always learnt something there.

Here what I expect this year. Here why I will attend HR Tech Europe again in 2014. Here my 4 main expectations.

On Big Data. You won’t be surprised. I love data visualisation. David McCandless will be there. Because it is not about to look at lots of data. It is all about to be able to see.
Also this year we will finally talk more about predictive HR analytics and fact based HR. Nothing new actually, but it seems to be quite difficult for Europe to work seriously on predictive HR. We’ll see.

On the Future Workplace. Transparency. Transparency. Transparency. The word of the year? I am happy to see that Glassdoor will be there too.
More specifically on the future of workplace learning, I like the quote “Effective decision-making and knowledge sharing VS Training and KM acquisition”, further I am looking forward to hear about themes like ‘virtual academy’, ‘Self-directed learning’, ‘Cooperation’ and the idea we evolve from courses and resources to apps.

On the Social Enterprise. I am happy to see there is a full stream back on that theme this year. Looking forward to hear the last use cases. (Disclaimer, Virgin Media will bring his story built with Sei Mani, the wonderful team I am working with).
I expect also nice prospective talks on views like “from product and services to outcomes and experiences” and the uberization of the virtual market place.

On Talent Management. Building a future proof and irresistible organisation, customer centric, by empowered employees, developing ideas, engaged. Just key.

What would be your word of the year for this year HR Tech? Transparency is mine a priori.

Oh yes, Gary Hamel will be there. Don’t miss his keynote. Why can’t you?

The full agenda is here. Unleash your people!

Will you be at HR Tech Europe 2014 in London?

On 27 march I will attend the HR Tech conference in London. This spring warm-up conference will focus on how HR and IT can work together, how they can deliver a better strategic alignment, how they can, by changing their roles, change the business.


This conference about strategic HR and HR technology invite us to start to quantify the appetite for social and technological change inside our organisations.

A call for a focus change, for business driven HR, based on a new way to define performance management and talent management.

It will be the opportunity to have a look at the key drivers for the next generation of HCM and to understand the challenges of workplace 2020, where agility and new customer processes will ask new skills, new competences, more talent interaction and a real social HR.

Wanna join us there? Don’t hesitate to register here using the code BL20 to have 20% discount.

I will be live sketching some of the keynote. See you there!

My HR Tech Europe 2.013 Visual Takeaways

I had the pleasure to be at HR Tech Europe 2.013 last thursday; met lots of great people; saw a really nice new mobile integration approach (hunite) and attended 3 great keynotes. I sketched live what was said. Here the overview.

HR Tech Europe 2.013 kick off was held by Costas Markides : “How the technologies of the social era are changing the way we do business.”

Costas described the evolution of the new employee (from employee to people) and asked the question : How will HR react to that? 

Employees are less attentive, more connected, more informed, more culture sensitive, make informed choices and are less loyal.

The answer is not in more control. Because you cannot control the new employee. For Costas the answer is in the building of strong shared values, 1 common purpose and a strong culture, a customer-centric behaviour institutionalized, the process to put it in there hart of your co-workers.

Organization will have to create an architecture for more frequent and spontaneous interactions.


I liked one of his last quotes:

What you need for creativity is contructive conflict. Not brainstorming.

Josh Bersin and Katherine Jones in their workshop “Getting Work Done 2020” actually talked about the same. We are in a talent economy, volatile and mobile, more and more based on entrepreneurship. The new employee is still more focused on his own talent, his own ambition, his participation and his performance. The question for HR is how to enhance collaboration between these new employees and how to reward them in a engaging way.

The meaning is in the work. We have to rethink the way HR manage it, to go from job title to skillsets, to reinvent the legal framework, to redefine diversity as inclusion.


I liked the quote:

It is not about jobs anymore, it is all about work.

Talking about reinventing HR, the keynote by Jason Averbook was about Consumerization and Applification of HR.

Starting from a marketing point of view (what’s always a good starting point IMHO), thinking about building an organisation from a document centric approach to a people centric one.

Here again, Jason pointed out that adoption of collaborative and open ways of working is a process. A process based on value discovery. And the good question is “Who’s the value to?”…

We are in perpetual beta and the experience HR has to design has to be Simple, Beautiful, Anywhere and Anytime, bring Value and Purposeful. Indeed!


I liked the quote :

Why do I need a training if the experience is good?

Further, everyone talked about Big Data… Gosh, please, I only saw dashboards… My 2 cents about it: Big Data won’t have real impact on organisation if you don’t rethink it in a “Quantified Self” approach. See my previous post about it. Let’s see next year what’s left…