3 Changes to HRMS Projects over the past Decade

The past 10 years have been a wild and crazy ride in the HRMS world! Ten years ago, who would have imagined the landscape as it is today? It’s the old adage though, do these new technologies and tools represent danger . . . or opportunity? What are the main changes that we have seen during the past decade that have impacted our HRMS projects?

The Move to SaaS and the Cloud

Remember the hardware-heavy days of old when someone came around and installed an HRMS onto your computer? Now, virtual teams can access the HRMS in the cloud from any location. Gone are the days when an HRMS was only ‘HR’s tool’. Modern HRMS projects roll out these accessible HRMS cloud solutions to more populations, giving transparency and visibility to HR data and processes. HR is seen more as a strategic partner providing a service rather than a back office administrator.

Best of Breed, "Full Service" Applications

Originally there were payroll systems that held HR data, then standalone HRMS that sometimes held payroll data. While today you HRMS project may cover a full suite of HR processes, you can also find very specific applications that deliver a full service user experience, covering a plethora of data and process needs. For example, while you might have a core HRMS and a separate recruitment system, you can also layer another layer on top, a ‘candidate identification’ application that allows your recruiters to generate leads via social networking and then track them in this application to ultimately drive them to your recruitment system.

Social Collaboration Is Changing HRMS Visibility

Many HRMS now have social collaboration features. Employees can give ‘shout outs’ to fellow project members and provide endorsements of their work. The HRMS can serve as a hub where employees can enter their LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. profiles and easily connect to fellow employees. The HRMS is no longer seen as an administrative dinosaur, but instead it’s another channel for social networking, giving the HRMS project greater visibility and status among employees and managers.

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Heather Batyski

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Heather is an experienced HRMS analyst, consultant and manager. Having worked for companies such as Deloitte, Franklin Templeton and Oracle, Heather has first-hand experience of many HRMS solutions including Peoplesoft and Workday.

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Heather Batyski