A study of IT systems for HR reveals that companies all over the world are planning to spend more money on HR technology – which, for the most part, comprises software-as-a-service (SaaS) – and talent management solutions, HR portals and mobile applications.
Companies realise the benefits that technology can bring, and are willing to make smart investments that can expand along with the business *).
HR managers need to ask themselves a number of questions in order to obtain the best possible understanding and insight before taking the next step. Typical questions relate to security, usefulness, user-friendliness, implementation and integration.
Here are some factors to consider:
Cloud og SaaS
Cloud computing is when software and services are delivered over the internet to a device, such as a PC or mobile phone, instead of via software installed from a disk. Web-based, cloud-based or software-as-a-service (SaaS) mean pretty much the same thing. The benefits of cloud-based solutions include:
- Lower costs – Saves the company operating/investment costs. – Makes operations more efficient and liberates resources for the enterprise’s core business activities.
- Always accessible You can log in anywhere, any time. All you need is to get online. You have access 24/7, 365 days a year – anywhere in the world.
- A high level of security – Reduces the risk of sensitive data going astray. – Software is always updated and data backed up. – Reduces the risk of virus infection.
20% technology and 80% people It is a matter of performing tasks, supporting a process and simplifying life for busy people.The most important thing for a manager is to ensure that the team is concerned with performing, delivering and achieving goals. Technology is simply a means to this end. While IT projects previously focused mainly on getting the technology to work, modern IT projects are mainly about getting people to make the best use of the technology. Using cloud services means that the technology works as soon as you “get it out of the box”.
User-friendliness – self-service Software boils down to user interface. If it is not well enough thought out, people will find it hard to use the solution. The whole point of software is to help accomplish tasks faster and better, and it must never get in the way of doing the job properly. Since its purpose is to help the business, software must be designed so that the organisation is willing to use it. Employees have also become accustomed to consumer-oriented software, which is extremely simple to use, and expect the same at work. Increasingly, employees update their own information themselves. The extent of self-service applications has therefore increased dramatically.
Works on all devices The solution must work on all devices, tablets and mobile phones. It is important and necessary to be able to perform tasks when you are on the move, either locally or internationally.
Simple to integrate There is a reason why standards were invented. Synchronisation between applications and hardware must be easy to achieve. If not, users will find their efficiency and opportunities substantially impaired.
Quick to implement Implementation of HR systems should be smooth and simple. The most flexible solutions can be tailored to the customer’s specific needs. The implementation process typically takes 4-12 weeks – not months or years.