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How cloud HCM can solve for inefficiencies

We want a lower total cost of ownership. We want faster software updates. We want fewer software vendors in our HR technology portfolio. We want a better user experience (leading to higher user adoption rates). These are some findings from recent surveys by PwC and Sierra-Cedar.

Essentially, we’re saying we want efficiency. We want systems that work together to drive productivity and engagement, producing a quick and enduring return on investment. Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions are uniquely positioned to deliver on these aspirations.

Lower total cost of ownership

Cloud HCM offers many of the same benefits that cloud ERP does. One of the most significant of those benefits is a low cost of ownership.

  • Cloud HCM requires minimal IT requirements, both from a hardware and a personnel standpoint.
  • Cloud HCM implementations are typically completed more quickly than on premise implementations, speeding your route to ROI.
  • Cloud HCM follows a pay-as-you-go model, minimizing up-front costs and thereby freeing your company’s cash flow.
  • Cloud HCM is typically budgetable as an operational expense, while on premise applications are not.

Faster software updates

This is where cloud HCM really excels. Software updates are handled by the publisher, so you’re always running the most current version without the operational interruptions that can occur when an on premise application is updated.

Fewer vendors

Cloud HCM is an evolution of HRMS. It goes beyond the basics of HRMS to incorporate additional functionality like recruitment, performance management, and compensation management. By integrating all people-focused functions into one comprehensive solution, you can eliminate the disconnected applications you may be relying on now.

A better user experience

Low user adoption rates negate the promised benefits of any new technology solution. A significant factor in low adoption rates is complexity. If the technology is too difficult to use, we’re less likely to use it. As an application designed to be utilized (at least in part) by virtually everyone on your staff, usability is a tremendously important attribute in a cloud HCM solution. Solution providers understand this, and design user interfaces that require little or no training. Intuitive functions, familiar mobile interfaces, and clear, uncluttered screens guide even unsophisticated users through their interactions in a friendly and unintimidating way.

Cloud HCM works to drive productivity and engagement, and its predictable cost of ownership can speed your return on investment. It’s an efficiency engine that’s worth exploring further. Learn more about Sage People.

Benoit Gruber

Benoît Gruber joined Sage in 2008 and is, since October 2013, VP of Corporate Communications and Brand for Sage Enterprise-Market Europe and Sage X3. He led, defines and implements the strategy of corporate and digital communication in cohesion with the overall business strategy. He acts as a spokesperson and an expert in solution with opinion leaders, analysts, the press and customers. He was previously VP Product & Alliances for Sage Enterprise Market Europe solutions. In this capacity, he was responsible for global product strategy of Sage X3 solution. Prior to working at Sage, Benoît worked at SAP (from 2000-2008), where he held a variety of marketing and product management positions before becoming Sr. Industry Principle (Product & Business Development). He was a member of the EMEA Manufacturing Industries Business Group. Prior to working at SAP, Benoît worked in different management consulting, technology services companies dedicated for ERP, Business Intelligence and new technologies, he also had his own company in Media and Publishing sectors.

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