"Many exciting issues in the world of IT are as yet unknown in the world of HR," says Thomas Buck, Managing Director of the HR RoundTable. "Our goal at CeBIT was to bring the two worlds together. We wanted to inspire visitors through a broad program presenting various HR subjects," explains the event’s organizer.
The HR RoundTable was founded in Hamburg in 2004 as a network "by HR managers for HR managers". Today it organizes evening events across sectors, topics and hierarchies in ten German cities. It is also represented at Europe’s largest HR trade fairs. "We announced our CeBIT debut at these events, as well as on our website and in newsletters. CeBIT also referred to this new cooperation," says Thomas Buck. Four notable co-exhibitors, a bar and the IBM lounge at the stand generated interest on location.
Buck regards the five days at the trade show as a thoroughly positive experience. "The HR RoundTable celebrated a fabulous debut at CeBIT. Its ideal platform created a relaxed, high-quality atmosphere to promote interaction – and especially deepen the communication between HR and IT professionals," says the RoundTable founder.
Thomas Buck is especially pleased that IBM gave five of the 70 presentations. Under the title "Meet the IBM HR Experts" a presentation was held every day followed by the opportunity for discussions in the lounge. The keynote was given by Norbert Janzen, Industrial Relations Director and CHRO at IBM Germany. His subject: "Employees Expect Solutions for Work 4.0 – How is IBM Handling this Transformation?"
"The fact that we were able to network more closely with the IT sector is an excellent result for our network and its partners," says Thomas Buck. "CeBIT 2016 was also a complete success because we were able to strengthen our position and enlarge our field,” according to the Managing Director. “Our appearance raised awareness for the HR RoundTable brand."