Developing the workforce of the future is one of business leaders’ top priorities today. Without the right people with the right skills, organizations will find it hard to differentiate and compete—especially in a digital world. HR departments are the backbone of effective talent management, yet their processes are often labor-intensive and fraught with regulations and risks.
HR leaders should consider three core priorities to be better prepared to manage the workforce of the future: fully embracing digital technologies, proactively partnering to grow operational capabilities, and improving data migration, conversion and quality.
Digital is here to stay. By enabling new approaches to delivering HR services, driving the democratization of talent management and acting more like a marketing organization, winning HR organizations can fully embrace digital. And once the burden of the extensive time spent on routine processes and administrative work has been lifted, HR executives are freed up to work, not only more efficiently, but also innovatively, using software and solutions that streamline tasks.
Partnering is fundamental to a sharing economy. Many HR professionals who are turning to the flexible and scalable solutions offered by cloud computing are discovering partnerships of enormous value. Using SAP SuccessFactors and adapting the SAP Business Technology Platform with further add-ons, supplied by SAP partners, HR leaders can not only meet ongoing human capital management challenges, but also rapidly innovate with comprehensive mobile, collaboration, big data and analytic services.
In reality, most HR organizations are running multiple applications—such as Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, SAP ERP systems—making the option of cloud migration a complex business. But the issues around data management are the same, whether on premise or in the cloud—maintaining data quality, efficient data conversion and accurate testing. There is no one-size-fits all—like many other solutions, tailoring software to meet the individual needs of the HR operation is often required.
The power of choice
Managing the workforce of the future requires organizations to reinvent HR services—driving their own digital disruption, developing partner ecosystems and better handling the demands of data migration, conversion and quality that are essential to "keep the lights on."