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Working World 4.0: Humans and technology in accord

The ERP Forum and the HR RoundTable are analyzing the working and recruiting worlds in the digital age in Hall 5.

03 Mar. 2016
Arbeitswelt 4.0

Working World 4.0 – under this heading HR managers are discussing the extensive changes in the working environment brought about by digitalization. Employees and company directors are facing a major challenge here. "In order to overcome this challenge integrated, cross-departmental solutions are needed and these can be arranged at CeBIT. For this reason, the ERP & HR clusters and the ERP Forum at CeBIT 2016 provide the best opportunity for decision-makers to learn what they need to know at a single location," says Dr. Christine Lötters, SME expert and CeBIT advisor. The platform in Hall 5 (Stand F04) is therefore deliberately focusing on human resources this year. On Monday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 16, 2016 panel discussions will be held on the subject of human resources (HR).

In the ERP sector, the commercial value of strategic personnel work cannot be underestimated when it comes to digitalization. "Working World 4.0 means moving away from demand-oriented personnel planning to scheduling that focuses more on the needs of the employees," explains Guido Zander, Managing Director of the workforce experts Dr. Scherf Schütt & Zander. Increasingly flexible working hours are a part of this: Employees want to balance their private and professional interests. Work-life balance and time with their families are the current demands. On the other hand, companies need to ensure their service hours 24/7. Mobile computing is becoming a standard; the greatest possible flexibility and transparency are needed. "Without corresponding personnel planning and intelligent software solutions, it is not possible to accomplish this," says SME expert Lötters.

However, employees also need to be able to operate the technology, and the technology needs to serve the employees. "Implementing the Internet of Things in businesses is not possible without people," says Burkhard Röhrig, Chairman of the VDMA sphere of activity Software and CEO of GFOS mbH, a leading provider of workforce management solutions. According to Walter Elsner, CEO, PCS Systemtechnik GmbH, the software should provide a "user interface in the spirit of inclusion" that allows employees with limitations to operate it.

On Wednesday, March 15 from 10:20 to 11:10 a.m. at the ERP Forum, Röhrig and Elsner are discussing the topic "Work Environment 4.0 – Technological change requires more flexibility and transparency in HR processes". The discussion will focus on the approaches manufacturers are using, which solutions fit which customers, and how one can support companies during the process. Professional workforce management, demand assessment, manpower planning, self-services and mobile apps need to be implemented step by step in order to be fit for the digitally integrated working world. State-of-the-art measuring devices and mobile time recording systems support this implementation. Outsourcing selected HR processes is an alternative in many cases.

Human resources is on the agenda at other places in Halle 5. "Acquisition-free networking is the most important thing,” explains Thomas Buck, founder and organizer of the HR RoundTable at Stand B26. "We're really looking forward to the fact that IBM is our guest and will be holding five talks during our program." True to its motto "Meet the IBM HR experts" a presentation will be held every day at 2:00 p.m. followed by an opportunity for discussions. The HR RoundTable’s program consists of 50 talks. "A major highlight will be the panel discussion on Thursday, March 17," says Thomas Buck. At 12:15 p.m. four HR experts will talk about "zeros and ones in recruiting personnel".

"We are a network of HR professionals for HR professionals and we are really looking forward to participating in CeBIT in Hannover this year. We want to build a bridge between HR and IT," says Thomas Buck. Other representatives at the stand include betterheads (online check for headhunters), Dwellworks (relocation), ebase (time value accounts), gmo (outplacement) and ValueNet (compensation schemes).