It's hard to believe, but day two was even better than day one here at the HR Technology Conference.
After having a nice continental breakfast, I headed off to 'Bringing HR Into The Cloud -Naomi's Master Panel', where leading expert Naomi Lee Bloom moderated a panel of leading industry executives primarily responsible for making the decisions that will determine the future of HR in The Cloud. The star studded cast included:
- Mike Capone, CIO, ADP;
- Steven Miranda, SVP, Applications Development, Oracle;
- Sanjay Poonen, President Global Solutions, SAP;
- Adam Rogers, CTO, Ultimate Software;
- Stan Swete, CTO, Workday; and
- John Wookey, EVP, Social Applications, Salesforce.com
After that, I took some time to find out what was happening in the world of employee benefits. After all, I do edit the Employee Benefits section for XpertHR, so how could I possible pass up hearing how some of the top HR leaders of our time feel about what's happening in the wonderful world of employee benefits.
Benefits in a Time of Uncertainty -A CHRO Panel was moderated by Mark Stelzner, Principal/Founder, Inflexion Advisors. Interesting perspectives ranging from how to use employee benefits to engage employees, to how and what types of benefits they offer to their own employees (remember, these are the folks that provide benefits consulting and outsourcing services, so it was pretty interesting to hear their perspectives on how they manage their own employee benefit solutions.
Of course, each of these individuals also had something to say about the changing world of employee benefits, particularly in light of an increasingly complex regulatory environment and an increase in consumer driven health plans. Kudos to the following for taking the time to share their insights with us:
- Artell Smith, CHRO, Aon Hewitt;
- Brian Johnson, EVP, HR, Fidelity Investments;
- Norbert Englert, CHRO, Mercer
- Gail McKee, CHRO, Towers Watson; and
- Tom Maddison, Corporate SVP and CHRO, Xerox Corporation
After a quick lunch it was time to tour the Expo Hall. If you don't have a specific plan in mind, navigating among the vendors can be quite a challenge. My colleague Michael Carty did a tremendous job covering the swags. He also did a yeoman's job covering the entire social buzz around the conference.
Thanks for the tremendous effort you put toward this Michael!