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For any organization human resources (HR) is of paramount importance and HR is now moving to center stage from its earlier support role. Today HR is more about strategic outcomes, performance measurement and management workforce planning, engagement and retention. With the slowdown in the world economy it is imperative that HR ensures talent is used optimally and that organizations are relying on the right tools to make this possible.
Cloud computing in HR has met with success because of significant value-adds in terms of scalability and flexibility. It’s making HR more agile, affordable and – most importantly – extremely efficient, resulting in tremendous savings to organizations. Business implications aside, cloud computing is revitalizing traditional HR processes allowing managers to respond to critical issues with far greater accuracy.
Replicon’s cloud-based time and attendance software has enjoyed success with HR managers because of its ability to increase productivity and efficiency. This shows up directly through the return on investment (ROI) and offers tangible, documented evidence of success. Today HR, business and technology have strongly made the case for moving from older on-premise technologies to the new cloud-based one. Business leaders demand improvements in the speed and efficiency of human resources management in order to enable better decisions and growth. At the same time cloud computing is introducing better and more affordable methods in everything from time tracking to expense tracking.
Another crucial aspect that is easily tackled by cloud computing is, security. In fact, companies like Replicon have effectively shown that the security of cloud based timesheet software is on par, perhaps even better than standard on-premise solutions. In data management, analysis and reporting cloud computing also offers very efficient options.
Some processes in HR such as competency validation can be extremely time intensive. Cloud computing can make this easy, accurate and quick, shaving off a lot of time and effort in the process. It can customize reporting capabilities and display detailed information on a single dashboard creating organization-wide transparency. No longer will people suffer from unnecessary time spent on aggregating reports into spreadsheets or dealing with data inconsistencies.
In the last couple of decades HR has pushed its way forward to ensure that it has a place at the table along with other “important functions” such as marketing, administration and finance. Cloud computing equips HR to sharpen this strategic edge and establish and reinforce its importance.
Presently, it is the mid-sized business sector that is going the cloud way, but larger organizations are joining in as well. It is difficult to ignore such obvious benefits like zero infrastructure investment, no maintenance costs, and no need for storage space or expensive training. Clearly, the cloud is here to stay.