What’s Disrupting HR Tech in 2015?

It’s become something of a regular occurrence at the HR Tech Conference: Josh Bersin’s release of the top 10 disruptions in HR technology for 2015.

ThinkstockPhotos-181659273Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, put “consumerized” HR technology at the top of his 2015 list of the latest HR technology disrupters.

“Not long ago,” Bersin said, “technology for HR was simply for HR professionals. But today, more and more of the tools, whether they be in recruiting, learning, talent management, benefits and engagement, are now being put into the hands of employees—and the success of these tools is gradually determined not so much by whether HR uses them, but whether employees use them.”

“In the last year or two,” he said, “the growth of apps and mobile as a platform is undeniable.

“The other thing you have to remember is that employees are volunteers now,” Bersin said. “If you roll out a piece of software and the employees don’t use it, you can’t push it on them.”

The other nine disruptions on Bersin’s top 10 list include:

“Breakthrough areas of mobile applications are coming in the next year and will likely include engagement and feedback systems.”

Other disruptions include ERP providers emerging in the talent-management segment. “ERP vendors are now catching up as credible, effective providers of comprehensive talent-management technologies to support recruiting, learning and a host of other people-management tools.”

Built-for-the-cloud providers redefine HR functions. A new and disruptive “third wave” of talent-solution providers is emerging with products that are consumer-like in ease of use, very inexpensive to buy, and built for mobile and the cloud.

Feedback and culture management emerge as new software categories.

Reinventing performance and goal management with feedback and check-ins.

Learning experience middle ware strives to integrate content from everywhere.

The introduction of new predictive analytics vendors and solutions. A range of new vendors are emerging that offer everything from identifying employee flight risks to startups that can attach sensors on employees to help determine whether a new office layout is working or not.

Demand for technology services continues to rise, despite the growth of cloud computing.

As the pace of innovation accelerates, employee engagement becomes critical. “The market moves from licensed software to cloud-based systems to mobile technologies This new wave is all about engaging employees in a simple, compelling way,” Bersin said.