HR encouraged to step up to the Cloud

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New Zealand businesses seem reluctant to adopt Cloud technology – despite a majority expressing interest in it – and yet the technology could make a big difference to HR pros struggling  to keep up with current business challenges.

Just 14% of New Zealand businesses use Cloud computing solutions, although 60% said they were interested in it, according to a recent, nationwide survey by business management solutions provider MYOB.

This state of affairs is in stark contrast to the situation across the ditch: According to recent research by business growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan, most Australian organisations had moved beyond the pilot phase and were now fully Cloud deployed.

Business agility, increased standardisation of IT infrastructure and the ability to lower overall IT costs were driving Australian businesses’ adoption of Cloud computing, Phil Harpur from Frost & Sullivan said. “An intrinsic part of this is the ability of Cloud computing to lower upfront IT capital expenditure and grow the business without the expenses of installing new systems.”

Lingering concerns around data security and offshore storage of information, the perceived high cost of the technology, and the fact that the first generation of Cloud solutions didn’t necessarily operate the way business owners do, had all contributed to New Zealand’s slow uptake, Julian Smith from MYOB said.

However, a new generation of Cloud-enabled solutions was now being launched which would give Kiwi businesses the opportunity to move into the Cloud and enjoy the very real productivity and efficiency benefits of the technology, he said.

Meanwhile, a new discussion paper from global software solutions provider WorkDay has detailed the way Cloud technology and solutions can benefit HR. According to “HR in the Cloud: 5 mega trends driving Saas adoption”, Cloud technology could provide better access to dynamic, real-time, contextual workforce information within a flexible global context.

Globalisation, economic uncertainty, technology innovation, competition for talent and sustainability concerns had created a growing demand for more usable, affordable and flexible business solutions, Dave Duffield from WorkDay said. “Increasingly, companies are embracing Cloud solutions to realise the value of continuous innovation, a consumer-like user experience, flexible solutions that adapt as business needs change and embedded business insight.”

According to Duffield, Cloud technology and solutions could significantly improve the ability of HR to:

 

  • Assess and optimise deployment of available talent;
  • Empower business users with accurate workforce information;
  • Align talent strategy with current and future business needs; and
  • Demonstrate the business impact of workforce investment.

 

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