Cloud computing has introduced a technology revolution for every size of businesses, offering access to a vast range of capabilities that usually only bigger companies can afford. The innovations and technologies have made people life easier.
Moving to the cloud. Running in the cloud. Saving in the cloud. Accessing from the cloud— nowadays it seems like everything is just happening “in the cloud” only. But what actually is this elusive concept?
The simplest answer is that it’s somewhere at the other end of your internet connection— a place where one can easily access any apps & services, and more importantly where your data can be stored safely.
Today, cloud is a great deal, because-
- No need to manage or maintain it.
- Infinite size, so no tension of running out of storage.
- Access from anywhere, anytime.
Technology is drastically changing the world we live in as customers and as employees. In the world where people desire access to anything, at any time, from anywhere, businesses have to deliver solutions, whether they’re products or other services, to fulfill the customer need.
Cloud technology, changing demographics, and employee expectations are introducing dramatic change in the offices. Identifying and planning for this new reality will be your secret key to future organizational success in what assure to be an increasingly dynamic and competitive talent environment. So how can you actually stay ahead of your game and make sure you can offer real planned input to your business?
What does this technologically-driven change mean for HR?
The uses of cloud computing for businesses are quite obvious, but for HR professionals cloud computing applications can be specifically more useful. In big companies, HR teams may be split up over different areas of a building, or different regions of the country or even world and in different time zones. This may turn communication to be improper, where recruiters couldn’t easily communicate with their team members working in benefits or payroll, or vice versa and HR team members don’t usually have access to some information that are handled, monitored and updated by other departments.
Using cloud computing everything can all be easily accessed in one central place, “the cloud”, letting all the departments of the organizations to ‘talk and share to each other’ more easily and hassle-free. Doing this will boost the quality of communication in an organization. Taking the full benefit of cloud computing can, among other important things, search resumes, track applications, calculate payroll, generate reports, maintain data of employees and track performance appraisals. It’ll make the HR departments more productive. Plonking the HR department ‘on the cloud’ means facilitating a mobile workforce with significant flexibility.
The demand for human resource (HR) technology systems is increasingly booming as businesses replace on workplace legacy technology with cloud applications. Today, the HR professionals are the key players in their organizations— as they are involved and responsible for many important aspects of an organization’s activities and decisions and, needless to say, they have to communicate with the entire workplace.
Getting HR software is easy for big companies, but for smaller ones they have to think a lot before investing in anything, especially during the initial stage of business. But, cloud computing has made it very affordable for all business size— as there is no need of any server space, IT technicians, expensive software and site licenses; anyone with practical knowledge of the Internet or mobile device can easily access the cloud.
In the past few years, SaaS, an acronym for “Software as a Service” have been providing the best and most cost-effective solutions, especially for the HR departments. Indeed, SaaS is a cloud computing model.
Some of the benefits of SaaS model are:
- Easier and Quicker administration.
- Compatibility: Same version of the software for every user.
- Automatic updates and patches management.
- Global accessibility.
- Easier teamwork.
Cloud technology also makes sure that organizations get quicker and continuous access to all the latest updates as well as legal issues since it might have an effect on the HR matters. In cloud computing, all the information and data are updated automatically, so it assures that the data are updates and latest ones. For Human Resource departments, security is another key concern— because they handle several sensitive information; it has some advanced security systems thus ensuring the peace of mind not only to HR department but also to the entire organization. Cloud computing has lots of benefits with no obvious downside; actually it’s indeed a win-win solution for businesses’ HR needs.