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Old Home Week at HR Tech

Today I visited the HR Technology Conference and Exposition at the Navy Pier in Chicago. I spent a few hours traversing the exhibit hall and catc

hing up with old friends. I had conversations with about a dozen former colleagues and contacts who have moved on to new ventures in the human capital management space.

Deb McGrath ( introduced me to a new virtual conferencing tool that HR.Com will be using to host a few of their upcoming conferences. Check out InExpo. I hadn't seen this tool before, but it appears to be a more user and business friendly alternative to Second Life. I'm looking forward to attending one of Deb's upcoming online conferences to check out the user experience.

I had lunch with Mike Hennessey, founder of SmashFly Technologies - an innovative approach to marketing jobs to your candidates via traditional job boards as well as the social network. Mike and I worked together at Brassring. He's a brilliant and innovative engineer, and I bet we'll hear a lot more about SmashFly in the months to come.

There was lots of audience traffic around Workday, Dave Duffield's software as a service alternative to the ERP's. The application demo'd nicely, and is a contender in the HR shootout that will be conducted during the conference tomorrow.

Whether you had the chance to attend HR Tech or not, I'd love to hear from you about new applications in the HCM space that are impressing you.

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