What happens in Vegas doesn’t always have to stay in Vegas, and it shouldn’t – especially when it comes to the thousands of attendees who spent 4 days at the largest HR conference in the country at Mandalay Bay. With over 4,000 attendees, 300 exhibiting companies and 60 new product announcements, HR professionals from all over the country were able to take home new best practices, introductions to new vendors and of course, lots of sweet swag.
For us, it was an amazing experience as we had enriching conversations with attendees and analysts, experienced inspiring keynotes and sessions and got to share what Everyday HCM was all about. Here are some of our highlights from the show:
The conference started Sunday afternoon with some great pre-conference sessions, including one from Salesforce and Deloitte on engaging employees via the Salesforce platform – no surprise here – we’re quite big fans as HCM is built 100% natively on the Salesforce platform. After all the pre-conference sessions the HRTech expo was open for business during the opening night reception.
Monday started early and we couldn’t wait for all the buzz to hit the expo full force. We were demoing like crazy at the booth and had a great showing at our demo room on both Monday and Tuesday. That morning we had a big announcement around FinancialForce Peoplecasting® – the link between CRM, HCM and PSA that brings together services demand forecasting, capacity planning, recruiting and onboarding for professional services businesses. With this, it’s a no-brainer that HCM and PSA go hand-in-hand, and we were excited to announce it in Vegas where not only were we at HRTech, but also Technology Services World 2015 down the strip in the Aria. Read the full Peoplecasting® announcement here.
Not only did we have all of our top HCM rockstars present at the show (our GM of HCM, Product Manager and Product Marketing Managers) but we had a special guest too: our customer Asha Aravindakshan, Director of Global Talent Operations at Ashoka. As a customer who uses HCM everyday, she was a great resource for booth attendees and analysts who were curious to learn about HCM from the eyes of a real user. Watch this quick FinancialForce Live interview with Asha at the booth.
After a busy day at the expo and at analyst briefings, we were ready for even more fun that night at the VIP Analyst Happy Hour we hosted at The Four Seasons hotel Las Vegas. The Veranda was the perfect outdoor venue to spend time with HR Tech analysts. Fresh air, tasty food, open bar and great conversation lasted well into the evening. Thank you to everyone who came to the event!
Tuesday at HR Tech was filled with more sessions, more analyst briefings, a great turnout for our HCM demo room and… acrobats? Yup. When you put a big tech conference in Vegas expect to see all that fun stuff! One of the sessions we really enjoyed was with Glassdoor, “You can put a price on employee engagement because employee satisfaction is causally linked to financial profitability.” We wholly agree. Back at the booth and demo room we had plenty more conversations about HCM and Peoplecasting®.
The expo closed Tuesday night but Wednesday brought an awesome closing keynote from the President and CEO of Red Hat, James Whitehurst, on the power that openness, community and transparency has within organizations. Our HR solution is based on the idea of community and participation, so this was another affirmation that the industry is ready for breaking down departmental silos and helping employees work better together.
Overall it was a fantastic conference and we are thrilled to be returning to HR Technology Conference and Expo 2016, this time in Chicago, which is home to a FinancialForce office as well. Now the question is, if Vegas brought acrobats, what will the Windy City bring? See you next year to find out.