My wife was an HR professional for 13 years before kids. A lot has changed in 11 years since, and we're approaching a new phase of innovation impacting the HR role. 

We've been in the mobility and talent management linked world for quite some time. Granted, some companies are better at it than others, but we've already established this as a critical component of advancing overall business and workforce goals.

Now, the next frontier of strategic HR planning is the evolution of the workforce itself.  Automation has advanced to machine learning and the replacement (or planned replacement) of many administrative roles. We are in the infancy of robots and other system-based tools to handle routine and complex tasks more effectively than humans.

It's time for leading-edge HR professionals to educate themselves on the future state and implications of machine learning so they're ready to direct the next phase of HR strategies for their organizations.