Cloud computing is a hot topic nowadays, especially for business. But what exactly is cloud computing? Chances are, you’re already aware of it and using it in your everyday life, but don’t make the association that you’re using “the cloud.” If you’re an avid Facebook user or bank online, you’re already using cloud technology. For example, when you take a picture on your smartphone, it is stored in the phone’s internal memory drive. However, when you upload the photos to Facebook, you are uploading it to the cloud.
Cloud technology makes our lives simple with instant access via any device. We’re no longer confined to our computers to complete tasks and carry on with our busy agendas – and that’s why HR is moving to the cloud.
In addition to being easy-to-use and accessible anytime, there are several benefits that HR departments are seeing by moving their processes to the cloud:
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) – Cloud technology is less of a capital expenditure since there is no need for hardware and an infrastructure to support it. Organizations no longer need to own the IT solutions since the cloud provides a subscription-based service that is typically charged per user.
Flexibility and scalability – Unlike traditional ERP implementations, cloud implementations enable organizations to focus on their key pain points and alleviate them immediately. If recruiting is a key area of focus, start there. Increase or decrease the amount of functionality you need, when you need it. Don’t pay for more than what you need.
Mobility – Cloud technology empowers your workforce to complete their tasks from several locations and devices. Employees can access and change their personal information and request time off on the fly while managers can provide approval without having to worry about getting into the office to login to their computers.
A cloud-based HR system enables your team to perform their tasks on a daily basis, but far more efficiently, collaboratively and in real-time. Say goodbye to paper forms, Excel spreadsheets and manual processes. Using the cloud for HR can simplify workflows, and improve the way information is reported, enabling your staff to become more proactive and less reactive. When HR is able to focus more on strategy and less on day-to-day tasks, they show their value within the organization and are able to support the development and growth of the company.
For more information on how HR cloud solutions like SAP SuccessFactors can benefit your organization, playback our recent webinar, Intro to Cloud for HR, where we discuss the following topics:
- Cloud for HR and gaining an overview of SuccessFactors functionality
- SAP’s go-forward strategy and roadmap for functionality and integration
- Various implementation models; on-premise, hybrid and cloud options
- How a SuccessFactors implementation differs from SAP HCM and what to expect
- Tips and tricks from previous successful SuccessFactors implementations