Top 3 HRMS Software Trends for 2015

If you’re polishing your HRMS strategy for 2015, what should it include? Here are three ‘must-do’s for your list this year…

2015 HRMS Trend #1 – Get Holistic

No, we’re not suggesting that you apply homeopathic remedies to your HRMS (although, when all else fails…?) but rather that you embrace the fact that all your business information is connected and the best use of HR data is to view in the context of the wider organisation.

The more you systematise and automate your HR information, the more obvious it becomes that it doesn’t exist in isolation. Your people data is connected to your wider enterprise information, workflow solutions, social functionalities, day to day workforce management, customer interactions and service provision. The future is a smooth and flawless integration, allowing you to extract new and deeper insights into what’s going on in your organisation. High-performing businesses are almost twice as likely to have an enterprise integration strategy and if you don’t have one yet, 2015 is the year to make a start.

2015 HRMS Trend #2 – More and More Mobile

This one is never going away, as shown by the 2014-15 HR Systems Survey from Sierra-Cedar (previously CedarCrestone) which noted that mobile use for HR technology is expected to grow by 100+% in the next year. This is the 17th such annual survey so it’s fair to say that it’s not just a stand-alone snapshot but also incorporates the long view. Making HR-linked mobile apps available is proven to boost user adoption and given that that’s what it’s all about, if you’re not already swimming in mobile waters, now’s the time to jump in.

2015 HRMS Trend #3 – A means of Boosting Creativity

In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about social collaboration with HR (and other) technology breaking down the barriers of silo working. Funky phrases like “cross-disciplinary” and “multi(virtual)-teamworking” are bandied about.

But they’re all just words. What lies behind them? Creativity. The whole point of barrier-breaking is to bring fresh (i.e. creative) insight to your projects. You can have the best social collaboration technology in the world and still have people sitting in cubicles refusing (or afraid) to talk to their neighbour. It’s not enough in 2015 to be about to proudly boast, “Our HRMS has leading-edge social collaboration technology.” The question is, are you really seeing the benefits from it? The best HRMS software this year will be the one with collaborative features that are easy to use by everybody in an organisation, regardless of role or responsibility.

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Dave Foxall

About the author…

Dave has worked as HR Manager for the Ministry of Justice for a number of years, he now writes on a broad range of topics including jazz music, and, of course, the HRMS software market.

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Dave Foxall