The Cloud is a network of servers that serves different functions for various companies. It has become a household name because of Microsoft and Apple’s use of cloud services to store data. It has also hit the mainstream for businesses through places like Amazon. Human Resources is now reaping the benefits of the cloud. Human resource groups from various companies around the country are benefiting from the jump in technology that allows them to work faster and tailor themselves toward a customer-based system of work and have a strategic input in the country.
The change brings a new look about how the company implements its IT systems receiving and processing abilities. The cloud has also helped managers significantly because it has allowed the manager to only input information once and have access to thousands of employee information. It also will give a better understanding of each employee because of all the data about employee sales or individual abilities can be stored about each person. “15 paper-based processes eliminated and a 10 percent boost in productivity thanks to the reduced admin time needed for hiring” (itworld.com). The cloud switch has allowed for a simplified, streamlined, and quicker system be implemented for Human Resources. The switch to the cloud for a Brooks Brothers store has shown an increase in productivity, which they hope will show an increase in revenue at that location. Another attribute that the article touches upon is that Human Resources can now be a strategic contributor in the company. “The executive department would come together to now look at financials and other dashboards, but also the growth of their employees within the company”(itworld.com). One thing that the article did overlook is that the changes in Human Resources could change the whole IT structure into a more flexible system. Another thing is that the system is that it is saving the company money when switching to the cloud. It is environmentally friendly by reducing the need for companies to buy or employ additional resources (subscribe-hr.com).
Switching to the cloud has allowed for Human Resource groups to feel more involved in the company, and are more streamlined and efficient in their work productivity.