The CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey and HRO: Part 2

Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

To complete my review of CedarCrestone’s 2012-2013 HR Systems Survey, I will highlight some of the newer HT technology trends.

SaaS HRMS: The Breakthrough Trend of 2012

According to analysis of the survey results, the benefits of SaaS HRMS include:

  • Faster time to value from deployments that take about half the time
  • Improved user experience, which leads to higher usage rates
  • Higher customer satisfaction.

The 50 top performers, based on financial measures, are leading the move towards SaaS HRMS solutions. Approximately one-third have a SaaS solution in place and more are planning to add SaaS in 2013.

Large market HR ERPs are still in the leadership position and face little near-term erosion from cloud-based HRMS. Near-term erosion, however, is the key phrase. Cloud-based SaaS HR platforms are disruptive technologies and as such, they are likely to quickly move up the value chain and eventually be able to serve larger and more complex organizations. In the meantime, SaaS HRMS adoption will move fastest among mid-market organizations.

Total cost analysis, not just system costs, will be important in the adoption of SaaS HRMS in larger organizations where ERPs are still less expensive on a per-user basis. Over time that pricing advantage will disappear, especially if evidence mounts for better performance and lower overall costs.

What’s Coming Next

  • Social and mobile-enabled processes are increasing in user-adoption
    • RPO and recruiters are in the lead using social media as ~50% of all recruiters use social-enabled recruiting processes
    • Early adopters of social-enabled processes show a link to 8% higher revenue per employee
    • Almost 60% of respondents have some mobile enablement in their HRMS
  • Integrated talent management is linked to the highest financial performance
  • Organizations with business intelligence solutions that integrate workforce and other organizational data outperform by 12% over those without such integration.

Keep in mind however that the newer applications are starting from small adoption bases and have not yet reached breakthroughs.

Key Words: Integration and Standardization

Throughout the survey, the results are links to the need for integration of HR applications with the core HRMS to gain the greatest benefits, and the precursor to integration is standardization of policies, practices, and processes. For example:

Integrated talent management on the underlying HRMS platform attains the highest financial performance at the lowest cost and can lead to 50% lower BI costs.

HRO service providers can help clients with the initial standardization needed for creating an integrated HR technology platform, whether it will be ERP, SaaS, or a hybrid system. Buyers: have a clear plan and consider getting help in investing, deploying, and using the new tools strategically to create business results. It is harder than it looks!

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