Essential Guide

A guide to HR technology

This guide tells you everything you need to know about HR technology


Human Resources technology helps in all areas of a business from recruitment to retirement. HR Technology improves the HR’s ability to use data in a more efficient way.

In this HR technology guide you will find news, analysis and downloadable resources on the topic.

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HR technology case studies


Companies need to think about user experience as HR technology takes off

Companies are replacing 10-year old, on-premise HR systems, with cloud based alternatives, says consultant Jason Averbrook, Continue Reading


HP and Diageo take different paths to cloud-based HR

HP and Diageo took very different approaches when they deployed cloud-based human resources (HR) software from Workday Continue Reading


Engineering firm aims to automate HR system for 150,000 employees

Power and automation company, ABB is to automate and simplify its HR processes in a project that aims to make HR technology as easy to use as Google. The project, dubbed the Google-isation of HR, will allow employees and managers to look for HR information and complete key people management tasks at the push of a button. Continue Reading


Toyota e-learning upgrade aims to cut mechanics' training time by up to a year

Car distributor Toyota Motor Europe is using e-learning to manage the training and certification of motor technicians and engineers Continue Reading


Charity uses cloud HR system to keep track of staff working in danger zones

It took a disaster in Haiti to demonstrate to charity World Vision why it needed better HR systems Continue Reading


Misys expects payback in 12 months from talent management in the cloud

Financial software company Misys has opted for a cloud based talent management system, after SAP proved wanting. Continue Reading


HR technology booming as businesses turn to the cloud

Over the next 18 months, 60% of companies plan to roll out HR technology solutions, says analyst group Bersin by Deloitte. Continue Reading


Google mines data to identify the best managers

What makes a good manager? Google has turned to data analytics technology to find out Continue Reading


Telefonica Digital saves 40% with cloud HR platform

Telefonica Digital is investing in a cloud-based HR system to manage its 6,500 worldwide workforce, saving 40% on the cost of non-cloud HR Continue Reading


Aviva reduces costs by 30% with cloud-based HR system

Aviva claims to have saved over £1m a year in reduced software licence fees after completing the first stage of a project to replace its Oracle-based HR systems with a cloud-based service. Continue Reading


Shell plans to save 100s of millions with 'semantic' search

Royal Dutch Shell aims to cut training time for engineers with technology to identify and deliver information from databases, blogs and social media Continue Reading


CERN sees surge in job applicants after turning to social media

CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has seen a surge in job applicants for hard-to-fill vacancies, after using social media to recruit Continue Reading


HR technology news and features


Companies are not taking advantage of data analytics, research says

Research by Bersin by Deloitte shows that 86% of businesses have yet to progress beyond using their HR data to generate basic reports Continue Reading


The perfect storm comes to talent management

It is one of the most important areas of business, but talent management has been largely ignored by the IT industry – until now Continue Reading


Technology will make businesses more 'human'

Technology will make organisations less hierarchical, more decentralised and more democratic – in other words, more human Continue Reading


Businesses turn to analytics to motivate employees

Investors are increasingly placing businesses under scrutiny over the way they engage and manage their workforce Continue Reading


Cloud, big data and social media transforming HR

Business professionals that combine an understanding of HR and IT are helping to transform the way companies manage their workforce Continue Reading


Google searches the internet for talented employees

Google is using the internet to track down potential recruits with the skills and experience to become high-flyers Continue Reading


Beware of unfair SaaS HR contracts

Businesses must be wary of signing unfair contracts as software as a service takes over from traditional HR technology Continue Reading


HR systems integration is a costly problem

Enterprises are wasting millions trying to integrate human resources (HR) systems that are not designed to communicate with each other, according to HR managers. Continue Reading


Big data could transform staff management

Data analytics has the potential to help businesses make dramatic returns by managing their workforce more effectively Continue Reading


HR needs to understand business to avoid IT failures

The failure of human resources departments to understand how a business works is a common reason why HR IT projects fail Continue Reading


Forrester: Do your employees advocate for your company?

In challenging economic times, CEOs are famous for saying things like "Everyone's in sales!" Continue Reading


Downloadable resources on HR technology


A CW buyer’s guide to Human Capital Management

Computer Weekly looks at what steps the industry has taken to improve talent management; bridging the gap between the cost savings promised by cloud technologies and the value they deliver; and how to recruit expertise in emerging technologies. Continue Reading

Sap and SuccessFactors Break Adoption Silos

SAP has articulated a compelling vision of the all-in-one, cloud-based HCM (Human Capital Management) solution – what it needs is a path to help traditionalists get there, says analyst group Nucleus Research. Continue Reading


Computer Weekly Buyer’s Guide to human resource management

The number of human resources management systems coming to market is rapidly increasing, offering a broader set of functions than ever before. In this 10-page buyer’s guide, Computer Weekly looks at the technologies available and what they can offer to organisations planning to implement such a system. Continue Reading


Technology value matrix: Human Resources solutions

Most small and medium businesses (SMBs) and all large enterprises employ human resources (HR) functionality to manage their employees. Even though many vendors offer HR solutions, these solutions may require integration with other HR software or with enterprise resource planning (ERP) to cover the functionality companies need. Some vendors differentiate themselves from their competitors by providing HR solutions built on new technologies, often times delivered in the cloud, and which can also be accessed on mobile devices. Continue Reading