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C-suite and human capital leaders have arrived at a critical moment in talent management. They face a convergence of global trends disrupting how work gets done. Fueling this dynamic transformation is the accelerated development of technology, which has revolutionized the way that companies acquire, manage and engage their people. With more choices in their toolkit than ever before, employers can look to innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), automation, predictive analytics and other rapidly evolving technologies to better source critical skill sets, personalize candidate and worker experiences, and assess effectiveness in their use of talent. making sense of HR technology disruption. While the proliferation of technology has been a boon to employers everywhere, it can also be overwhelming. Like an escalating arms race, investing in the latest human capital technology can be a costly and resource-demanding exercise for many organizations. Our Randstad Sourceright 2017 Talent Trends research shows that while most companies (85%) are satisfied with the level of attention they give to talent innovation, 59% also suspect competitors are spending more to get ahead. With so many new technologies being developed and brought to market — the number of investments in HR technology companies reached a record in 2016 — businesses face a real challenge when determining the right solutions for their needs. This requires human capital leaders and their teams to maintain a deep comprehension of current developments in applications, big data and the cloud. Additionally, talent leaders must select the tools most complementary to their workforce and existing technologies to optimize the spend. After all, technology produces much more powerful results when coupled with human intelligence and integrated with the employer's network of solutions. For organizations already stretching the capabilities of their teams, vetting technology can further tax resources and delay talent strategies. So how can employers adopt a practical approach to technology that keeps them at the forefront of innovation without bankrupting their budgets? It's a delicate balance, but recognizing the latest developments in the market and aligning organizational needs accordingly will help prioritize investments and achieve the best outcomes. 2

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