Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Of Evolving Workplaces And Technological Advancements


The second edition of SHRM Tech’16 Conference & Exposition


Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21


Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai

Technology been a driving force to the brainstorming sessions of mankind. Necessity is the mother of invention and has always been the motivation to achieving breakthroughs in various fields of interest across the human strata. Technology has been a catalyst to enhancing the productivity of our being.

More or less, technology has completely revolutionized our ideologies. Our daily routine is all about operating in conjunction with technological influences on our lifestyle. Technology has revamped our day-to-day activities by incorporating a high degree of convenience into it.

The fact which however, reigns supreme is that the availability of land, labor, and capital is of no use in the absence of human resource. Though it is true that the latter exploits the former to their optimum, there is also no denying the fact that the former three are pretty powerless if they are to be on their own, as it is just a bank of resources with zero utilization.


The other day, I came to read about the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With its Motto of 'Leading People. Leading Organizations', SHRM is recognized for devoting itself to human resource management. The association has recently announced the agenda for the second edition of ‘HR Technology Conference & Exposition, which is deemed to be an influential conclave of people, business and technology.

By tapping the potential of the triple of Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom, this conference aims to provide a common platform to more than 650 delegates from organizations across all sectors.

The two day conference being conducted next week boasts of highly constructed sessions, panel discussions, and keynote addresses, wherein industry experts will debate and discuss the pertinent question of being able to bridge the gap between HR and technology.

A few of the illustrious personalities on the Global as well as Indian strata, who have consented to gracing the exposition are:

  • Jason Averbook, CEO, Thought Leader & Author; 
  • Anuranjita Kumar, Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer, Citi South Asia; 
  • Viresh Oberaoi, Founder CEO and MD, Mjunction Services Ltd.; 
  • Dr. Sumit D Chowdhury, Founder CEO 'Gaia Smart Cities', Business Leader, Author & Motivational Speaker, Coach; 
  • Yuvraj Baghwala, VP- HR, Genpact; 
  • Kevin Freitas, Director, Global Recruiting & Rewards – InMobi; 
  • Nishchae Suri, Partner & Head-People & Change Advisory- KPMG, India; 
  • Pradeep Mukerjee, Former CEO & Country Head - Mercer Consulting Pvt. Ltd; 
  • Unmesh Pawar, Global MD, Talent Acquisition – Accenture;  
  • Jaspreet Bakshi, Sr. VP, HR & Regional Head – HR, People Services India; 
  • George Oommen, Director - HR, Technology & Process Consulting; Sameer Khanna, VP and Head of HR, Region India – Ericsson; 
  • Manu Narang, VP, HR - American Express; 
  • Vikas Joshi, Sr. Director, HR Transformation - PepsiCo's Asia, Middle East & North Africa; 
  • Sunder Ramachandran, Head, Training Function - Pfizer India; 
  • Abhijit Bhaduri, Chief Learning Officer, Wipro Ltd. 

The conference aims to focus its attention to, and gain a broader perspective on how HR technologies are impacting company bottom lines, while applauding HR Innovation in the age of Technology.

Also on the radar would be how it is imperative for HR Tech to be about user experience, while observing how human resource management is becoming increasingly more technology-based, and how Technology is being employed as an HR Strategy.


Panel discussions are also to be held on varied topics of technological interest of the likes of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things And… People, and Wearable Technologies. 

Ms. Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India Operations, while announcing the conference, said:

After receiving an overwhelming response in the last year’s conference, we proudly announce our second edition of HR Tech Conference. Technology is driving HR Profession at a great pace, be it, mobile, analytics, cloud (SMAC), or Software as a Service (SaaS), video, Big Data, gamification, MOOCs, or the Internet of things (IoT). It is a perfect time for HR professionals to unite and discuss the way forward for an extensive use of technology in HR domain to be at par with the fastest changing business world. SHRM Tech Conference is a perfect platform for the HR professionals to share their experiences and connect with the leading experts through transformational sessions and workshops, based on leading and emerging technologies in HR space.” 

Besides more than fifteen uniquely constructed knowledge sessions and panel discussions, there will be live product demos where one can get a real-feel of the technologies that will redefine work processes in organisations.

I would advise corporate professionals in Mumbai to register themselves as Delegates for the Expo as it seems quite a promising line-up and exchange of ideas and had I been a corporate myself, I would have registered for such a brilliant conference. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for Stopping By!
It would feel great to hear from you and respond to your valuable suggestions! Do leave a note here in the Comments Section!