Cloud and Human Resources

Cloud computing is penetrating every corner of business, and this includes human resources. Human resources professionals can benefit greatly from effective communication, instant access to information and applications, and cloud-based systems. HR is often thought of as a pretty administrative job. With the implementation of cloud tools and resources, HR professionals can remove this administrative stress and instead turn their attention to the employees and the business. Here are some benefits of cloud computing for human resources:

Cloud Software for HR

There is a lot of HR cloud software available, and the best ones combine the many functions of HR into one central place. This software can help get a lot of tasks done, including tracking applications, searching resumes, generating reports, calculating payroll, tracking performance appraisals and maintaining data on current employees. This streamlines many HR processes, helping to boost productivity and communication. And the end environment remains familiar. Users might not even realize they’re working in the cloud.

Businesses and customers also get quick access to the software they need, as it can be installed company-wide in hours, rather than days. They will also receive access to the latest software updates automatically, which is a perk of a cloud software subscription.

Efficient Recruiting

Recruiting is a huge part of human resources, and today the pool of talent is increasingly competitive and complex. HR cloud solutions make it easier to create job postings and expand their reach to multiple platforms, while collecting candidate information. HR and talent acquisition professionals have to be able to grow their reach without needing to greatly expand resources. Luckily, cloud software can track, measure and report from various online databases that hold candidate information, helping HR professionals access more talent. And once they’ve accessed talent, big data can compare various candidates and provide both relevant and targeted results to HR professionals. This means that positions can be filled faster, reducing time between hires and costs of hiring.

A Mobile Workforce

You’ve probably heard it before, but we’ll say it again: cloud computing offers professionals the ability to access their data and applications on-demand via the Internet. This means they can work from any device, in any location, at any time. Yeah, that’s pretty hard to beat. This allows businesses to grow a mobile workforce. HR professionals can access their programs and data on the go. So if they’re off on a recruiting trip, these employees can still take advantage of cloud software and maintain communication with the folks back at the office.

An Affordable Solution

Cost concerns are always prevalent when considering new technology. Fortunately, cloud computing makes HR solutions affordable for any size business. The costs that often come with server space, extra in-house IT personnel, expensive software and licenses, and maintenance are eliminated. A provider like RapidScale comes in and manages the solutions, simply offering the business access to these resources.

Sophisticated Security

Like cost, security will always be top of mind when looking at new technology. Cloud security has greatly matured in recent years and HR professionals, who often work with sensitive information, get access to sophisticated security systems through their provider. Cloud provider’s depend on their reliability and reputation, so they go great lengths to ensure client information remains secure. This includes measures like in-flight and at-rest encryption, geographically diverse data centers, strong firewalls, 24×7 monitoring and support, strict SLAs, intense physical security and more.

 

This was written and published on the Rapidscale Blog by Sommer Figone. 

Cloud: The Sophisticated Solution for SMBs

This is a re-post from Sommer Figone

Cloud computing can probably make the biggest impact in the SMB segment. Why? Because traditionally, these businesses haven’t been able to afford the same services and resources that large companies use, limiting their capabilities. It was often impossible to be even remotely competitive with a large organization, but luckily that has changed. Now, thanks to the cloud, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of world-class solutions, accessing infrastructure and software that was previously out of reach. Rather than focusing on balancing a budget, small businesses can focus on business strategy and development.

Drive Productivity and Innovation

The big driver behind cloud adoption is anywhere access. With cloud computing, all of your employees can access and work with business data and applications away from the office, including remote workers, board members, vendors or anyone else who needs access to your data. Better yet, your employees can work on the same files in real time, even if they are not physically together. This characteristic really boosts collaboration within the business and eliminates the hassle of sending emails back and forth filled with huge attachments. In addition to working from any location, your users can work using any device, as they simply use the Internet to access the company work space – this means smartphones, tablets and laptops are all fair game. The environment is familiar and easy to use, so no training is required. This mobility and flexibility will lead to innovation and greater productivity, and those things will drive your business. Small businesses that have employees working in various locations need the cloud. It’s the only way to go.

Gain Security

While there is still skepticism surrounding the security of the cloud, it always depends on the provider you work with. In most cases, cloud providers aren’t willing to risk business and therefore have amazing security policies and procedures in place. After all, just imagine: if you heard that a provider caused a business a major security breach, you would never work with it. Cloud providers are businesses too – they don’t want to risk their reputations. The security gained from the cloud is almost always better than what a small business could have afforded in the first place. Cloud computing adds security through off-site back up, redundancy, encryption, firewalls and numerous other physical and network security measures. Better yet, a top-class cloud provider like us meets the majority of compliance requirements. The key is to have an in-depth discussion about security before moving to the cloud. Make sure the provider has everything you need. Check the Service Level Agreement. Test the solutions. This should all be available to you, and if it’s not, then you know to move on.

Balance Your Budget

With cloud computing, small businesses get to make IT someone else’s problem – specifically, the cloud provider. There’s no trade off. SMBs get access to sophisticated capabilities that are normally reserved for large companies, and they get this for low prices. Simply, cloud technology allows customers to work on a larger scale at a lower cost because it is a great technology equalizer. The operational IT work and most of the costs move to us, while the business simply pays for what it consumes. This model reduces upfront costs and allows businesses to receive the resources they need on-demand, for affordable prices. In the past, only large companies could afford hot new technology, but cloud computing is leveling the playing field. Technology is a major driver of competitive advantage and it shouldn’t be reserved for the big guys. Cloud computing makes sure that it isn’t. This is a game-changer for the SMB segment, as it allows SMBs access to enterprise-grade technology and resources.

4 in 5 SMBs will be fully adapted to the cloud by 2020. You may be a small business, but with the cloud, you can still think big.

 

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