SaaS, cloud computing have hit 'tipping point' for HR
- The current year may likely be the one in which HR has hit a technology tipping point, according to the 2015–2016 HR Systems Survey from Sierra-Cedar.
- Now in its 18th year, the Sierra-Cedar survey found that more than half of employers surveyed say they are on board with Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud solutions for HR. In addition, integrated data, business and talent-driven strategies are becoming commonplace with HR.
- The latest Sierra-Cedar survey included more than 1,000 employers with more than 20 million employees. Survey responses included employers of all sizes with national and global reach.
Service delivery is in transition, according to the report, as the delivery of HR services continues to mature. With better technical Human Resouce Management Systems (HRMS) support, HR can focus on two key areas: customer service (increasing engagement and value to "consumer" employees), and training, by facilitating education to employees on self-service tools and mobile applications.
The Sierra-Cedar survey also predicts greater synthesis between Big Data and recruiting. Sierra-Cedar suggests HR takes steps to identify as either a data- or talent-driven model. For both, the report's recommendations are identical: improve on the basics, invest in culture, and consider innovation through focused use of HR technology.
The report also singles out wearable technologies and tools supporting talent acquisition efforts as two areas getting the most attention. "Neither area has achieved full-enterprise acceptance yet, but we see these technologies as gateways to tomorrow’s HR technology conversations," says the report. "They may feel like fads, but the concepts underpinning these technologies— social individualism and tomorrow’s Internet of Things (IoT)—are here to stay and worth the conversation."