Do you feel like you’re hearing “cloud computing” and its synonym software-as-a-service nonstop these days? It’s not your imagination. It’s the 71 percent.
If you’re a CHRO, VP of Talent Acquisition or general HR buyer who hasn’t already migrated to the cloud or is seriously considering the option now, you may be surprised at how many organizations will most likely adopt cloud-based HR and how soon. According to a 2014 survey by Information Services Group (ISG), 71 percent of organizations will adopt cloud computing for HR – for example SAP SuccessFactors, Workday or Oracle Fusion — within two years. And based on what we’re seeing one year out from the ISG survey, that estimate may actually be higher.
Why is the ground shifting under our feet so fast?
There are many drivers for moving HR to the cloud (also known as HR business-process-as-a-service or BPaaS), including:
- Business process transformation
- Lower cost of ownership
- Faster technology innovation (for example taking advantage of faster release cycles)
- Ability to integrate mobility
- Maximize ROI on implementation
How IBM can help
Assuming your organization is one of the 71 percent in the ISG study, what’s your plan to benefit from the cloud? While there are multiple, obvious advantages, including greater cost effectiveness and business agility, moving to the cloud and maximizing ROI can be a complex endeavor that you don’t want to leave to chance. You must have a solid plan not only for migration and implementation, but for continuing to reap savings and maximize ROI well into the future as HR BPaaS needs and capabilities evolve. You’ll want seasoned HR services experts in your corner who can also help you up your game with other disruptive technologies that go hand-in-hand with cloud, including analytics, mobile and social capabilities that the business and your workforce will increasingly demand.
The IBM HR Services for Cloud offering provides ongoing HR services to employees and managers on SaaS platforms including SuccessFactors, Workday and Oracle Fusion.
We do not replace the vendor who implemented your SaaS platform. Instead we enhance your long-term results, providing ongoing managed services to help you deliver the business outcomes your organization requires. For example we can show you how to use analytics-enabled insights to deliver operational efficiencies and enable a Smarter Workforce.
The IBM HR Services for Cloud solution is helping clients:
- Maximize returns and insights from their HR SaaS investments
- Reduce operational and administration costs
- Improve employee and manager self-service
- Make better informed HR decisions through expert analytic insights
- Increase business agility
- Improve deployment flexibility, scalability and committed outcomes
- Enhance data security
No matter your industry, we can help you maximize the benefits of cloud. For example, we provide multiprocess HR services that include employee data management, payroll and learning administration services for a client’s 25,000 employees across 10 countries. Benefits that our clients in Consumer Goods, Automotive, Engineering and other industries are realizing include:
- Experienced, scalable resources available on demand to assist with complex transactions and fluctuations in client support requirements
- Lower costs of service with lower volumes than the traditional ERP model
- Better business decisions for improved outcomes via analytics and reporting coupled with cost-effective compliance services, greater accountability, and general HR efficiencies
Need to see an example of what IBM can do? After strategizing a phased global rollout of Workday for a global beauty supplier, we’re now helping support the client’s day-to-day HR services needs in addition to assisting them with longer-term strategies to sustain their ROI and evaluate future capabilities the platform may offer. You can read the details here.
If you plan on joining the 71%, we can help. For more information on our HR Services for Cloud, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your comments and questions below, too.