06 May 2019

2019 Annual Meeting Recap

We had another great year at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Attendees gathered from around the globe to hear about trends in HR technology, where HR is headed in the future, and government initiatives to standardize HR and job data exchanges. The conference allowed workgroups to come together, work on standard initiatives, and network. It was a successful conference and great way to ring in the 20h Anniversary of HR Open Standards.

Jim Jensen, SVP of Ceridian kicked off the meeting discussing how the digital age is disrupting businesses and what HR practitioners can do to stay ahead of the technology curve. We must be aware of the changing workforce and the technology that comes with it as Gen Z’ers enter the workforce. By using technology to eliminate complexity, increase trust, and create an entrepreneurial spirit, human resources can be more predictive and actionable.

“52% of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000.” – R Ray Wang, Constellation Research

Enrique Rubio, Founder of Global Hacking HR introduced us to his four core values for the future of HR – putting people first, aligning people and business, becoming more agile, and leveraging technology. By implementing new capabilities into our everyday we’ll be able to know how these changes affect the industry and what we can do to stay ahead of the curve.

 “85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet.” – Dell Technologies- Institute of the Future

A panel lead by Jason Tyszko of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jason Sole of Direct Employers, and Andrew Cunsolo of Talemetry discussed The Job Data Exchange (JDX) initiative and how it will help employers and HR technology partners send better, faster, clearer signals on in-demand jobs and skills. The session demonstrated how the government and businesses can work together to improve data exchange standards and the need for standards across all organizations.

Rick Barfoot of HRNX and Mahesh Kharade of Harbinger Group lead a session about Blockchain and its impact on HR – how it will challenge traditional HR workflow and what we can to do embrace the change. We’re in a period of transition while blockchain is not regulated, understand what can you do as an HR practitioner to stay on top of this trend and make it work for you.

As a Chief Data Strategist for GSA, Marcel Jemio, discussed the need for data management for State and US Federal Governments employee HR records. By designing a standard set of data and using it as the new currency you’re able to save time and reduce cost. Another great example of the need for organizations of all sizes to adopt and utilize the Standards!

Bon Idziak, Accurate Background and Ingolf Teetz, Milch & Zucker recapped GDPR; it’s effects, what’s happening with it today, and policies for the future. As more countries adopt similar policies it’s important to implement practices for regulations in the future.

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Credential Engine updated attendees on their mission and status. As a “public-good”, open-source non-profit, Jeff Grann, Susan Lepo, and their team work to bring credential transparency, increased literacy, and informed decision-making about credentials and their value.

Several sessions demonstrated the successful integration of HR Open Standards schema leading to increased interest in the workgroup contribution and reinstated the importance of Standard adoption and utilization. Workgroup breakouts allowed participants to meet face-to-face to discuss standard updates and releases. Attendees who don’t currently participate in workgroups were given the opportunity to see how the workgroups run, why they are a vital component to HR Open Standards, and welcomed to join for future meetings.

HR Open Standards ended the meeting with a celebration of their 20th Anniversary. A big THANK YOU to the speakers, attendees, and sponsors for helping make our Annual Meeting a success!