Convergence 2008 highlights key trends in talent management

Social networking and collaboration, integrated learning and talent management, and training the extended enterprise are today’s important trends in workforce technology, according to delegates at Cornerstone OnDemand’s client and partner conference, Convergence 2008.

Cornerstone OnDemand, the provider of on-demand, integrated learning and talent management (ITM) software, content and services, has hosted Convergence 2008, Cornerstone’s annual client and partner conference.

The event, which took place from 12th to 15th May at The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, brought together industry thought leaders and organisations from around the globe to discuss best practice and the emerging trends in successful talent management strategies.

In addition, a primary focus of the conference was ‘client success’ – how clients can reap even more benefits and value creation from their Cornerstone deployments. 

Highlights from the event include:

Dr John Boudreau, Research Director at the Center for Effective Organizations and Professor at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, gave a keynote speech – ‘Beyond HR to Talentship: A New Science of Human Capital’.

He discussed the importance of identifying pivotal roles within organisations as well as his breakthrough work on ‘talent decision science’ that challenges business leaders to make their talent a true source of competitive advantage. 

Heidi Spirgi, President of Knowledge Infusion, a strategic workforce consulting organisation, who spoke on ‘Emerging Trends in Talent Management: People, Process and Technology’. 

Spirgi discussed how talent management requires a paradigm shift in the way HR defines its mission and measures its success, and went on to show how leading organisations are redesigning people structures, rethinking talent processes and using new technologies to transform the way talent is managed.

In a well attended session which attracted interest from representatives of some of the world’s largest companies, Vincent Belliveau, Cornerstone OnDemand’s General Manager EMEA, spoke on how to prepare for, and deliver, global multi-country, multi-brand learning and talent management programmes. 

The conference’s Talent Management Industry Analyst panel brought together some of the most well-respected industry experts at the forefront of the learning and talent management industry today.

The panel included Josh Bersin, President of Bersin & Associates; Jason Corsello, Vice President of the Center of Excellence at Knowledge Infusion; and Claire Schooley, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research. 

Each brought a unique perspective on trends and best practices for effective human capital management.

Connecting people through social networking collaboration emerged as an important theme – and a key pillar in an integrated talent management strategy.

Many of the sessions discussed and underlined the importance of integrating learning and talent management; the impact of social networking and collaboration on workforce performance and engagement; and the opportunity to train the extended enterprise to positively affect an organisation’s bottom line. 

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