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Harness The Power Of HR Software Cloud SaaS (Part 2)

Posted by Mathew French

5 March 2015

If you're an HR professional who is new to the world of HR Software Cloud SaaS and you're not quite sure where to start, this blog will outline the headlines of how to assess and align your organisation with best practice when selecting and implementing an HR technology solution. We have also created a downloadable checklist that will enable you to assess your organisation against best practice benchmarks in order to make a fully informed decision about which Cloud HR solution is best for you. Essentially we want you to have as much information as possible, so that when you embark on a transition to the Cloud, you're as well prepared as you can possibly be.

Many organisations flounder when they implement an HR Software solution because they don't put adequate time and energy into the solution assessment and self assessment processes upfront. Selecting and implementing a solution is quite an intensive process. However, it is still only part of the equation, and making sure the change management part of the process is properly engaged is also essential.

Below are five major themes for HR Professionals to understand and assess when considering an HR solution. Each of these themes is expanded on considerably, and accompanied by a set of self assessment questions, in the attached checklist 'Cloud HR Best Practice Self Assessment Considerations.' 

1. Incorporate technology into your HR and business strategy

HR Professionals need to ensure that all technologies used within the organisation compliment the business strategy and offer significant improvement in business processes leading to increased operational excellence. Taking the time to map strategy against the functionality and capability of HR solutions means better alignment that enhances strategy.

2. Make strategic technology decisions in relation to market benchmarks and competitior analysis

The agility and flexibility of technological advances means that by employing the right technology solutions, your organisation is able to stay in line with the business environment and on par with market leaders and other competitors. 

3. Workplace culture, HR technology and the change process

Technology is nothing without successful implementation, harmonised business processes and internal champions driving utilisation. However, HR Professionals must understand that HR technology solutions do not replace human-to-human relationships. It is extremely important to consider how much your organisation’s culture can have a huge impact on the success of your technology projects, and this must be managed accordingly.

4. Workforce planning and analytics

Make no mistake, as the amount of data increases, HR Professionals need to explore ways in which technology can improve data analytics and workforce planning in their organisations. The adoption of an HR solution needs to ensure the capture and utilisation data within and across the organisation, including an open API for IT ecosystem integration.

5. Technology must enable better Talent Management

In a market where the shortage of great talent is set to increase, HR Professionals will need to focus more energy on Talent Management. Achieving business goals and retaining an engaged and ambitious workforce is becoming more imperative than ever, and HR technology is a tool that makes this a more seamless and personalised process.

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For HR Professionals with little or no technology background, the process of selecting and implementing an HR solution can be daunting. It is little wonder that the HR function often fails to convince leadership that HR technology is a worthwhile investment when they haven't fully grasped or understood what's involved in the process, and how to align organistional strategy and goals with the system itself.

That's why we've created a comprehensive checklist aimed at getting HR Professionals to reflect on all aspects of HR technology and what it takes to first choose the right solution, and then go ahead and implement it successfully.

This document offers multiple areas that HR Professionals need to reflect upon deeply. It is advisable to consider what's needed to set yourself up for success in your organisation across the following areas:

  • Building a business case to convince leadership to make an investment in HR technology.
  • Aligning your organisational strategies and goals to the functional capabilities of an HR solution.
  • Project management of solution implementation.
  • Preparing your organisation for change and aligning that change to your organisation's culture and values.
  • Everyday activities and ongoing support and training requirements to ensure engagement.

Every organisation is unique, and the HR technology you choose needs to be agile and flexible enough to match the fingerprint of your organisation. Ensuring you are clear on exactly what your needs are, and then mapping those needs to the functionality and capabilities of a prospective solution, will make a world of difference to the outcome of implementation. Managing implementation and aligning the entire process to your organisation's goals and values is also imperative for integrating successful change and guaranteed long term engagement.

The more comprehensive your research and planning, the better. To begin your self assessment and thoroughly prepare yourself for a successful HR technology solution implementation, download the paper below.

 

Download your Cloud HR Self Assessment Checklist Now!

 

Topics: Culture and Values, HR Cloud, HR Software Implementation, SaaS, Cloud

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