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Why doesn’t HR care about disruptive technology? #hrtecheurope

In Conference, Human Resources, Recruitment, Software Development, Start-ups on October 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Over at HRTechEurope last week and as per the previous year, one of my highlights was the iHR contest. A handful of young tech firms with the potential to disrupt get a time-limited “pitch n demo” opportunity, with points awarded from analysts and VC’s. All obviously get some great exposure and while the winner is by no means guaranteed success, it certainly can’t hurt.

I know I can fall prone to living in a social/recruiting tech bubble and that my news feed is heavily US/UK biased.  I therefore take this as a great opportunity to look at things either from the wider HR market, or from regions which perhaps I don’t watch as carefully as I might. There were certainly a couple of competitors who stood out for me:

  • IntuneX of Finland have some fascinating ideas which I want to research further
  • ScioMino (home side advantage, team from the Netherlands!) have a social data mining product – currently available for companies only, but I’d buy a personal license as soon as it becomes available (possibly end of this year I hear…)
  • TalentBin of the US were worthy winners (imho, based on the tech they’ve built, the solidity of business model and the commercial progress made) – if I was a dev-focussed recruiter, I’d buy this over almost any other product)

Actual companies aside though, my main observation concerns those not in the room.  The contest was held in the main auditorium.  I reckon there were around 1,000 people at the conference…  but a large majority were hanging around exhibitor booths and the bar in the conference hall. In the main auditorium for the contest, less than 200.

These were companies from the US, Middle East and Europe who plan to disrupt traditional HR technology over the next 2-5 years. The vast majority of the attendees were either HR buyers or corporate vendor/exhibitors. Those outside the room chose to miss out on a focussed, rapid-fire view of the future.

Are they so secure as to believe the status quo will ensure? If I’d been in either group, I’d have been scouting future purchases, acquisitions, competition, etc. As it was, the bloggers and independent consultants showed the most interest.

Technological change has never hit this pace before. Established markets such as travel, publishing and music are being forced to reinvent in accelerated timescales, from threats they’d never imagined.

HR as an industry needs to wake the hell up and take a good look at the future when the opportunity is so beautifully presented.

What are start-up firms really hiring?

In Infographic, Recruitment, Software Development, Start-ups on September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Big fan of what DueDil are doing to make data more accessible.  Notice they’ve just completed some work with Adzuna and pulled together some analysis of the hiring position in start-up land at present. Original post here. Good work chaps!


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Event: State of the Browser – free ticket!

In Conference, Mobile, Software Development, Start-ups on April 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

London Web StandardsDifferent one from me today. Booked myself a ticket to this event a while back, but overlooked my daughter’s birthday tea party… clearly more important! I don’t want the ticket to go to waste though… this event will take a great look at how different browsers are being used, the impact of mobile, gaming, TV, etc. There are representatives from the major browser firms on hand too. The event is in London (Greenwich) on Saturday 28th April.

Here’s the deal:  leave a comment below. One paragraph only on where you hope the browser will be in two years time.  I’ll review at noon BST on Friday 29th April and whichever I think is the most intriguing answer gets the ticket.  If the winner wants to write up thoughts, reflections or an event summary afterwards, I’d very much like to post it up here as a Guest Slot next week, but it’s your call.

Ready…. Steady…. Go!

Blog: SOPA, website blackouts, the future of the internet

In Social Media, Software Development, Start-ups, Video on January 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

As you may have heard, many sites around the world today are blacked out. Not small, activist sites but sites like Wikipedia and Reddit. Google US has a tagline asking visitors to take action and has produced an infographic on the topic.  This site remains live purely because I have enough technical knowledge to damage it beyond repair if I attempt a 24 hour blackout. I’m therefore using today not to talk about recruitment or social technology, but to share awareness of the topic.

Rather than give you my own partially formed analysis, I’ll give you this summary from VentureBeat (the full article includes more detail on the proposals and on the blackout campaign):

SOPA and PIPA would give the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against foreign-operated websites associated with infringing, pirating or counterfeiting intellectual property. If it becomes law, it could drastically change the way the Internet operates. For example, if a website is accused of containing copyright-infringing content, the site could be blocked by ISPs, de-indexed from search engines and even prevented from doing business online with services like PayPal.

I’d also like to offer you this short video by way of further insight. Thanks to Stephen O’Donnell for this.

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