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3 Reasons HR in the Cloud Is For You

Brett Harney Cloud

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cloud computingThere’s been quite a focus on the weather the last couple of years.  Well, sort of.  You have to admit that every time you hear about the “cloud” that you can’t help but think of the sky, even if just for a split second.  With so many options, from cloud computing to storage, to public and private, how can the cloud help with your specific role at work?

Today, I wanted to share an article from Entrepreneur Magazine that highlights how implementing a cloud-based HR system can be of great help to your HR functions.

According to a 2014 report by Forrester Research, the public cloud market is estimated to reach $191 billion by 2020, a significant climb from $58 billion in 2013.

Here are three reasons to consider moving HR to the cloud:

  1. Increased mobility and flexibility.

Possibly the biggest benefit of moving portions of HR to the cloud is the ability to access work-related software or information from any device, anywhere, at any time. Adopting cloud-based HR solutions empowers employees, plain and simple, by giving them more flexibility to access information.

Most importantly, the self-service aspect of cloud-based HR solutions eliminates the stacks of paperwork associated with basic HR processes. Employees instantly and easily request days off, update personal information, and more from their devices.

  1. Easy implementation and innovation.

Say goodbye to days spent going back and forth with contractors, consultants and customer service. With cloud computing, implementation is quick and painless. Plus, thanks to open APIs, many cloud HR solutions are designed to integrate with applications already in use. This make implementation less stressful and it won’t disrupt day-to-day business.

In addition to saving time and money on implementation with the cloud, cloud computing also saves time and money when it comes to innovation. Automatic system updates and upgrades make it easy for cloud-based HR software to stay cutting edge and increasingly useful.

  1. Data is safe when hosted properly and diligently.

Should sensitive HR data really reside on the Internet? Are the advantages worth the risks? These questions continue to plague employers who are still up in the air about cloud-based HR solutions.

According to KPMG’s 2014 Cloud Survey Report, which reflects perspectives of more than 500 global business leaders, 53 percent of respondents cited data loss and privacy risks as the most significant challenges of doing business in the cloud, followed by intellectual property theft (50 percent). In fact, when it comes to selecting a cloud solution, cost has been eclipsed by security and data privacy.

The security of a company’s HR data comes down to the company hosting that data. These companies will have policies and procedures in place to secure their infrastructure and data. In combination with the right host, the cloud can have a secure lining.

With increased usage of cloud technologies, your data performance must be ready for the increased demands. Are you ready to rethink your voice and data network services and ensure it is optimized to meet the increasing demands of today’s applications? If you need a partner in the cloud, then let’s talk about how we can help you. Download our whitepaper “10 & 1/2 Secrets to Reducing Your Technology Cost” for more technology tips.

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