I’m excited to be in Las Vegas this week for the 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition. This is my fourth year as an HR Tech Insiders Blogger and this conference is one of the highlights of the year. It’s always great to learn about the latest HR technology trends and how they will benefit the workplace and the workforce. As the managing editor of the SHRM blog and producer of the weekly #Nextchat conversations, the information coming out to this conference will help me to deliver relevant content to our audience.I’ve created a few technology-themed #Nextchats over the past two months with experts such as conference co-chairman Steve Boese, UVA Darden professor Edward Hess and ADP business anthropologist Martha Bird, so they could share their insight with HR professionals — and so HR could share their experiences with what works, what doesn’t and what they’re looking at implementing in the future. If you’re trying to figure out how to build a build a better employee experience or talent acquisition tech stack, if you’re wondering how many MBA’s it will take to manage your factory full of robots, or if your HR chatbot needs a personality, then I encourage you to browse all the recaps. Also, join us on Wednesday, October 11 at 3pm ET/12pm PT for #Nextchat: Women in HR Technology.I’ve also conducted several Q & A style interviews, where HR thought leaders share their opinions on the future of technology and how it will impact the workplace. For instance, if you’re a small organization that’s still using paper for all your processes, and creating a plan to convert the whole mess to new HR technology, you’re not alone. Technology changes so rapidly that it can be overwhelming. What you implement today could be obsolete in six months–or less! Selecting the right HR technology for your organization is a huge and expensive task and it requires continuing education about selection, implementation and adoption. Tech vendors can provide valuable information about their products, a demo, and a list the features and benefits. This is an important part of the process. However, the best source of information is your network of HR peers who can share their successes and failures and provide impartial feedback and guidance. If you cannot attend the HR Technology conference this week, follow the #HRTechConf hashtag and the HR Tech Insiders Blog and bloggers, and @shrmkaylor on Twitter for highlights from the conference. HR technology is a major investment and the more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to design a strategy that will meet your organization’s needs now and in the future.
Today, I again had the honor of presenting a keynote at Quanta Cloud Technology’s (QCT) Qsynergy event to talk about next-gen solutions and their benefits. A solution requires a deep understanding of the customer, the problems they face, the workloads they use, the hardware/software stack, and how to create value beyond the silicon components. It’s a shift in thinking from the “inside-out” to the “outside-in.” We strive to first understand the real problems end users face, create innovative technologies, and the work with the ecosystem to integrate unique, complete solutions.By 2020, we anticipate up to 50 billion connected devices,1 which will generate massive amounts of information. We live in a world of complexity and need simple, integrated solutions to help us harness the ever-increasing amount of data. At Intel, we work to deliver innovative, customer-oriented solutions software-defined data centers, software-defined networks, hyperscale solutions, artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and software-defined storage. Rack Scale Design (RSD) is an example of a solution which re-architects the datacenter at scale for high-performance computing in the cloud, communications, and enterprise segments. For example, the Rackgo X-RSD* system by QCT incorporates Intel® Rack Scale Design and introduces a new platform for highly scalable, rapidly deployable, ultra-efficient and easy-to-manage datacenter building blocks.One of our focus areas is solutions that are simple to evaluate and easy to deploy because they are based on standard configurations and workload-optimized to meet-or-exceed a performance target. Our first Intel® Select Solutions reference designs are for Microsoft SQL Server*, for NFVI, and for VMware vSAN*. The Intel Select Solution for Microsoft SQL Server 16 enables enterprises to achieve database performance in less time and with less tuning. The Intel Select Solution for NFVI delivers workload-optimized server performance and lessens the time, effort, and expense required for NFV-based service development and deployment. The solution integrates a tuned workload-optimized software stack for performance and leading NFV open source software (DPDK) that has been tested and integrated to ensure interoperability. The Intel Select Solution for VMware vSAN offers balanced and optimized performance from the hardware up through the firmware stack to the VMware vSAN software.Today, Quanta announced they are on track to deliver Intel Select Solutions for VMware vSAN to customers later this quarter. Intel Select Solutions are verified to meet performance benchmarks and supported by a validated reference architecture allowing you to accelerate deployment. I’m excited to share the Intel® Xeon Scalable processors at the heart of Intel Select Solutions for VMware vSAN* deliver up to 2.3X better performance and up to 2.3X greater virtual machine density when paired with Intel® Optane SSDs and VMware vSAN 6.6, compared to previous server architectures and vSAN editions2.Grow your business and accelerate infrastructure deployment at reduced complexity and cost with Intel Select Solutions.Learn more about Intel® Select Solutions http://www.intel.com/selectsolutions/1 Intel estimates based on Gartner*, Bain*, and IDC*2https://storagebuilders.intel.com/docs/intel-next-generation-technology-powering-new-performance-levels.pdf*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.