HR Technology® Conference Program Announced

The 9th Annual HR Technology® Conference and Exposition has gathered the best and brightest people and solutions to give the more than 1,700 attendees an exclusive view into the latest advances in technology and how to wrestle the business benefits out of them.

Thursday, June 8, 2006
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Human Resource Executive® magazine today announced the full agenda and theme for its 9th Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition. Hailed as the "world's best conference on HR Technology" by PeopleSoft founder David Duffield, this year's event will be held October 4-6, 2006, at Chicago's Navy Pier.

The 2006 HR Technology® Conference is designed to help senior HR executives and practitioners answer the most important question they face today: How are they helping their organizations make more money? For the ninth straight year, the HR Technology® Conference has gathered the best and brightest people and solutions to give the more than 1,700 attendees an exclusive view into the latest advances in technology and how to wrestle the business benefits out of them.

On the heels of his latest book from Harvard Business School Press, Jeffrey Pfeffer, one of the HR community's smartest and most engaging academics, will open this year's conference by talking about "Making Evidence- Based Management Work for You," debunking the popular practice of making decisions based on what others are doing, so-called "best practices."

"I've attended the last five conferences, and they've gotten better every year," said Stan Surrette, executive vice president of HR for ManTech International Corporation. "At each one, I've learned important and valuable new things for my work."

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The conference will host the Second Annual Shootout between the two giants of the HR technology industry: Oracle and SAP. After a tie last year, each company will tackle three critical HR problems, written by Co-Chair Bill Kutik, and use live software demonstrations to demonstrate how their systems can help solve them. The Shootout provides attendees with their only opportunity to view competitive products side-by-side and then vote for their favorite.

In addition, as part of the conference's three-year emphasis on Performance Management, the industry's first "Integrated Performance & Learning Management Shootout" is scheduled between Plateau, Saba and other leading vendors demonstrating their products based on identical scripted scenarios.

"We are the only HR conference that presents Shootouts with live, custom software demonstrations," said Kutik, also the technology columnist for Human Resource Executive®. "Attendees have loved them for six years because they can accomplish months of research in just 75 minutes. Plus, they get to see what salesmen will never show them: true apples to apples comparisons. With Oracle and SAP tackling three problems this year, we will definitely have a winner!"

The HR Technology® Conference is organized in five tracks: Strategic View; Performance & Compensation Management; HRMS, Portals and Self Service; Recruiting; and Outsourcing. These tracks feature problem/solution case studies from senior HR executives at such industry leaders as 20th Century Fox, Amerada Hess, Elizabeth Arden, Freddie Mac, OfficeMax, Time Warner, TiVo and Yahoo!. Forty-four of 55 presenters hold vice president or higher titles, including 21 chief executive officers.

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Breakouts also include software surveys in four areas, special sessions for mid-market-sized companies, hot new technologies for HR and perhaps the first honest look at the performance of the HR Business Process Outsourcing industry.

Human Resource Executive® magazine will present its 18th Annual Top HR Products and Top Training Products awards during the conference, recognizing excellence and innovation in the HR vendor community. The winners are chosen from nearly 100 entries after thorough briefings and demonstrations with the magazine's editors.

The exhibit floor is expected to feature more than 200 vendors in all categories, with an estimated 40 announcing and showing new products there for the first time.

Closing the HR Technology Conference, Naomi Lee Bloom, HR's leading technology and functional guru, will discuss what HR practitioners should really be looking for when they evaluate HR software and delivery options. In a rare look "under the technology hood," Bloom will take attendees where vendors do not want them to go to provide the insight they need to make the right decisions for their organizations.

"In short, we're focusing our conference on the business benefits of technology and how those benefits can help your company make more money," stated Conference Chairman David Shadovitz, also editor and publisher of Human Resource Executive®. "Our attendance has been growing by double digits for years because we don't sell speaking slots to vendors but instead offer objective industry showcases and executive-led sessions that provide a unique insight into the field of HR technology."

Conference attendees registering prior to July 21 receive a special reduced rate. Multiple registration discounts are also available.

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