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Top 10 HR technology stories in 2015

2015 saw businesses replacing their on-premise HR systems with cloud services at an accelerating rate. More companies are turning to virtual reality, analytics and other disruptive technologies to help recruit and retain talented staff

Over the past year, increasing numbers of organisations have invested in cloud-based technology to replace their expensive – and generally difficult-to-use – on-premise human resources (HR) IT systems.

Businesses are rapidly moving to HR self-service, which allows employees to keep their own HR data up to date. In the past it could take weeks or months for HR departments to audit the workforce of large global companies – and the results were invariably out of date and inaccurate. Now cloud technology is giving managers instant, accurate information on the skills and structure of their workforce. And they can access the data through dashboards on their mobile phones and tablets.

This is undoubtedly helping companies save money. Organisations no longer hire contractors or staff simply because they don't know about the people with the right skills they already have. Technology is also making life better for employees, who benefit from targeted training, designed to help them reach their next career goal – delivered in the form of short videos or tutorials – when they need it.

But this is just the beginning. The combination of HR technology, mobile devices and analytics is presenting businesses with the opportunity to learn what makes people excel at work, and how to recruit the best employees. Add to that technology that enables selection panels to interview candidates over video, even if they are not all present at the same time, the burgeoning use of virtual reality for training and recruiting, and recruitment for social media, it is clear that HR is going through a seismic shift.

Learn more with Computer Weekly’s top 10 HR technology articles for 2015.  

1. Technology will turn HR into a ‘productivity department’

HR technology is moving away from managing staff in favour of helping them become more productive, as a new wave of innovative technologies starts to arrive in organisations.

2. German rail and transport group turns to virtual reality in war for talent

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s former state-owned railway company, has turned to virtual reality (VR) to recruit employees in an increasingly competitive labour market.

3. The customer-centric cloud model for HR IT

The trend is clear: IT and HR departments are working increasingly closely with cloud suppliers to develop and improve cloud-based HR systems.

4. Alcatel-Lucent transformation cuts HR costs by 30% with cloud platform

Alcatel-Lucent expects to have its cloud HR platform used in 62 countries by the end of the year, replacing aging on-premise HR IT systems.

 5. Workday seeks growth, not profit, as it expands in Europe

 Cloud services company Workday is setting its sights on growth as it expands from cloud HR, to finance, learning and analytics.

6. Société Générale uses cloud service to place high fliers overseas 

Financial Services company, Société Générale, says relocation software is helping it attract talented employees.

7. Talk Talk moves HR systems to cloud

Telecoms company Talk Talk is, for the first time, providing its managers with accurate information on head count, job vacancies, overtime and salary costs after replacing seven HR IT systems with a single, cloud-based service.

8. Zurich Insurance turns to augmented reality to train 10,000 managers

The £74bn turnover company aims to harness the capabilities of augmented reality to train 10,000 employees in 170 countries.

9. SThree to rein in IT budget by moving to cloud

The recruitment company, with revenue of £700m a year, has begun a series of IT upgrades that will see it replace older Oracle, Siebel and SAP-based technology with cloud services that will manage sales, HR and employee bonuses.

10. Fitness club goes digital to recruit new staff quickly

 Equinox, a luxury health and fitness club chain, has turned to digital technology to allow it recruit employees quickly, following a period of rapid growth.

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