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SHRM Tech 2017: Empowering HRs to Go Tech-Savvy and Embrace the Digital Future

April 24, 2017

Panel Discussion on Big Data (L-R): Moderator: Rajan Kalia, CEO, Salto De Fee; Anuranjita Kumar, MD, CHRO, Citi South Asia; Madu Ratnayake, EVP & CIO, VirtusaPolaris; Atul Hegde, Co-founder, Rainmaker Ventures

The third edition of ‘SHRM India HR Technology Conference & Exposition’ organized by SHRM India on April 20 and 21, at the Novotel Hotel, Hyderabad concludes in high spirits, with power-packed sessions by industry experts and business leaders, thought-provoking discussions and insights on cutting-edge innovations that will revolutionise the future of HR.

SHRM Tech 2017 set the stage for industry leaders to develop an effective digital HR strategy and enhance the intended goals of HR to look beyond and embrace digital in every sphere of operations.

Global trends like Artificial Intelligence and leveraging big data were deliberated upon in a nutshell. Many important aspects on the confluence of Technology and HR were also identified and extensively discussed during the course of the conference.

The conference saw three notable launches this year, one being the product launch of “Litmos by CallidusCloud”, aimed at creating a new category known as Learning automation. Litmos will put learning at the center of the workflow, automate daily tasks and can be deployed across all channels and devices. Whereas the second important launch at the conference was – Habit Forming Cloud and Mobile Platform in Supporting Employee Wellbeing: An India Study, 2017 by SHRM and Zoojoobe”. 

This study is the first of its kind in India making it a truly unique and relevant report. According to this report, strong evidence has been found that healthy habit forming platforms help reduce workplace stress and further improve job satisfaction as well as organizational commitment in employees.

Last but not the least, “1st ever Sierra Cedar HR Tech Landscape Study for Asia”, a study that will help organizations identify and develop the HR systems strategy, devise a plan, justify investments, and ultimately execute on their HR technology vision was released.

See: SHRM India to Host Asia’s Biggest HR Tech Conference in April 2017

The key focus of the conference was on “digital HR architecture.” It saw some of the best minds in the HR business, both leaders and experts collaborate, network and deliberate on ways to empower the community as a whole, and help them scale-up for the tech-savvy future.

Some of the key speakers who graced the event with their presence were, Josh Bersin, Principal, Bersin by Deloitte – Deloitte Consulting LLP; Christopher Arnold, Head of Knowledge Services, the Data Whisperer, Wells Fargo; Stacey Harris, VP, Research and Analytics, Sierra-cedar; Sarika Khanna, SVP Product and services, Litmos by CallidusCloud; Rohit Bhayana, Managing partner and Co-founder Lumis Partners; Satish Rajarathnam, Conjurer & Mindreader, HR Pro; Gaurav Ahluwalia MD & Head HR JPMC; George Oommen, Director, HR, Technology & Process Consulting, Cognizant; Nandita Gurjar, Advisor to Board of Startups, ex-CHRO, Infosys; Suchitra Rajendran, VP-HR, India Region, Pepsico and Abdul Jaleel, VP-People Resources India – Adobe.

Speaking about the success of the third edition of the biggest tech confluence, Ms. Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India said, “Each of the eminent speakers delved deep into their expertise to benefit the participants, each one of whom I’m sure has benefitted tremendously coming away with key takeaways and deeper understanding. SHRM Tech ’17 provided a common platform at the right moment for industry leaders to brain storm and assess the impact of technology on their businesses as well as deliberate on and identify the best way forward. The annual SHRM Tech conference has in a short span of time elicited overwhelming response becoming a leading event to analyze emerging trends and have an impact on how the trends shape up, going forward.”

Some of the interesting topics that were deliberated on, at the tech show, just in case you missed out attending Asia’s biggest HR tech meet are: ‘Learning automation’; ‘Big data analysis and it’s leverage’, ‘Artificial intelligence: real or perceived challenger; ‘Decoding the mind of a job seeker’; ‘HR as an anticipator in the age of technology’ and many more.

The conference also had an exposition area, wherein the latest in HR technologies were on display – giving conference participants, a first-hand experience of the latest digital solutions and productivity enhancers that are available currently in the market.

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