Steve Boese: 3 Reasons You Should Join Me at HR Tech

There are two sayings about business that I thought about when creating the HR Technology Conference & Exposition® agenda this year–one that has been part of HR consciousness for quite a long time and another that has emerged more recently. The first is the now-ubiquitous “Our people are our greatest asset,” and the second is “Every company is a technology company.”

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Although these maxims are both important on their own, it’s helpful to consider them together–how their underlying messages and the ensuing strategies they lead organizations toward are driving HR and business leaders today. I’d argue that, for most organizations, competitive advantage derives largely from people–enabled by the ability of HR and other leaders to create systems, processes, environments and cultures that put people in the best position to succeed. I’d also point out that most organizations have seen (or are seeing) their industries, businesses, products and services significantly impacted and even disrupted by technology in its many manifestations.

The conclusion? If every company now has to morph into a “technology” company in order to better compete, and if sustainable, competitive advantage is generated and driven by people, it’s never been more important for HR leaders to make the best decisions around the workplace tools and technologies they select, deploy and encourage their people to leverage for success at work (and outside of work, in many cases). With that top of mind, we built out opportunities at HR Tech for HR leaders to share knowledge, gather information, hear compelling experiences and network with peers and HR-tech industry leaders–all to help them meet their business, people and technology challenges.

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Information and Knowledge

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With over 75 educational sessions covering every important HR-technology domain and all-star keynotes from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, HR-industry thought leaders Josh Bersin and Marcus Buckingham, and future of work expert Ravin Jesuthasan, no matter what area of HR technology you’re most interested in learning about, HR Tech has it covered. No HR-technology event in the world brings together a better and more complete set of HR and HR-tech leaders ready and willing to share their knowledge, insights and recommendations. New to the HR-tech market? Be sure to attend our deep-dive “Market Landscape” sessions, where industry experts like Ben Eubanks, Madeline Laurano, Trish McFarlane and more will equip you with the information you need when thinking about new HR-technology investments for your organization in such areas as payroll, talent acquisition, analytics, learning, AI technologies and more.

Compelling Experiences

The best way to learn about new technology is to see it up close and learn firsthand from those creating the next generation of HR technology. HR Tech offers an unparalleled opportunity to do just that in our world-famous HR Technology Expo–which, once again, will feature over 400 exhibitors showcasing all things HR tech. Whether you are looking for new and improved technology for payroll, benefits, recruiting, talent management, analytics, virtual reality or artificial intelligence, the providers you want to see–and the technologies you need to understand–will be at HR Tech. And, make sure to allot some time for our other special experiences in the expo, such as the industry-leading start-up Pitchfest, the HR Tech Talks stage and a live recording of the HR industry’s leading podcast, the HR Happy Hour Show. Simply put, the HR Tech Expo alone is worth the investment of attending HR Tech.

Networking Opportunities

It is often said that the ongoing value from attending events like HR Tech derives from the connections you make with colleagues, peers and industry leaders. Nowhere is better for making these connections than HR Tech. With every important HR-technology provider in attendance; a collection of industry thought leaders and influencers presenting throughout the four days of the event; and a set of networking and social activities before, during and after hours at the conference, there is no doubt that you will be able to find, connect with and share knowledge with HR and industry leaders. And, stay tuned for some special, yet-to-be-announced new features that will take connecting and networking to the next level. Remember to join our HR Technology Conference LinkedIn Group, connect with @HRTechConf on Twitter and follow the #HRTechConf hashtag to join in the ongoing HR Tech conversations.

The 2019 event is shaping up to be the best yet in the 20-year-plus history of the HR Technology Conference. It is truly the only event of its kind in the world with the depth, breadth and scale to provide HR leaders the variety of information, experiences and connections to empower them to make the best HR-technology decisions for their people and their organizations. Come to HR Tech and leave ready to support your organization’s most important assets–your people–with the tools and technologies to enable them to achieve success. I hope to see you in Las Vegas!

HR Technology Conference & Exposition® will be held Oct. 1-4 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

Steve Boese, HR Tech Conference chair
Steve Boese
Steve Boese is HRE's Inside HR Tech columnist and chair of HRE’s HR Technology Conference®. He also writes a blog and hosts the HR Happy Hour Show, a radio program and podcast.