High fives for Sage People at HR Tech

As another amazing HR Tech Conference draws to a close, we’re looking back on all we’ve learned over the past three days – and it’s fair to say it’s been something of a whirlwind for the Sage People team.

Marcus Buckingham, New York Times best-selling author and business consultant, kicked off the conference, delivering his keynote speech to an audience of thousands of excited HR professionals. His talk set the tone for the rest of the event, where employee experience was a recurring theme. Marcus’ suggestion that “we shape our tools and then our tools shape us” was echoed throughout the conference. In fact, subsequent speaker and industry thought leader, Jason Averbook, advised to “stop shopping feature/function and start shopping experience/impact” – ideas that were core to the development of the new Sage People Mobile and Apple Watch apps.

We launched these new apps at the conference to fantastic analyst and influencer feedback (even scoring a high five!). It was great to hear the responses of some of the biggest names in the HR world, and even better to see our apps being received with such enthusiasm. The fact that the mobile app is so architecturally innovative, and isn’t just the browser accessed on mobile, was one of the favored features, and it was brilliant to witness such a buzz around it.

Our many analyst and influencer briefings were also very positive. We met with key figures from Aberdeen Group, Brandon Hall, Gartner, Forrester and Bersin by Deloitte, amongst others, who were impressed by Sage People’s amazing progress and product roadmap. Again, the importance of the employee experience was stressed, and we were congratulated on being one of the only teams at the conference to be talking about the offboarding of employees as a part of the wider workforce experience.

We also really enjoyed spending time with our customer, Jen Alessandra, Senior Vice President of HR at SolarWinds. Jen joined us at the Sage People stand to provide our visitors with insight into Sage People’s HRMS from the perspective of the end user. It was brilliant to spend the day with her, who’s such an important figurehead in the HR world and is a great advocate for our company.

In between briefings, we managed to visit some of the other exhibitors, and were really excited by some of the innovations currently happening in the world of HR. Our particular favorite was the Fitbliss app, a social technology platform that connects employees on their active and sustainable lifestyles and takes a really fresh approach to employee wellness. Again, something that can only enhance a positive employee experience in the workplace.

Some of our top takeaways came from industry analyst, Christa Manning, who talked about the rise of the people scientist and the criticality for HR to realize the value of the role. A sobering statistic was also revealed by Sierra-Cedar research – the most used tool for HR analytics is Excel – precisely why leading mid-market CHROs have switched to Sage People with resulting significant productivity gains.

All in all, it’s been a busy few days, but we’re excited to take on board everything we’ve learned and drive forward for an even bigger and better year at Sage People. A big thanks to the Sage People team that contributed to making this such a success. Here’s to HR Tech 2016!

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