After discussing cloud computing in class and coming across this article, How the cloud is transforming HR by Katherine Noyes, I decided to read into the topic more in order to have a better understanding of this type of information technology and data storage. The article begins with a description of how the HR at Brooks Brothers was run prior to making the leap into cloud computing. The system was described as being from the “dark ages” with many paper documents and long hours spent filling out paperwork and organizing forms. However, after making the transition to the SAP's SuccessFactors cloud, there have been many positive effects on the HR department.
Transforming to the cloud has allowed Brooks Brothers so eliminate 15 paper-based processes, as well as, has created a 10 percent productivity boost. This is because the cloud now stores all the business’s files and data, making the hiring process more efficient. One of the company’s leaders promoted this new technology system to other store managers saying, “Yes, you'll be responsible for inputting some data, but you'll also have access to all this data -- compensation, performance, biographical -- that empowers you to support and to know and grow your people". Using the new system, Brooks Brothers’ HR department now sends out emails to newly hired employees with a link to all required paperwork as well as a link to a resource-filled employee portal. This implementation not only effects the way the company carries out businesses, but also who can become involved in the HR part of the business. This new system of operation opens up many jobs for those interested and knowledgeable in information systems. HR employees, as well as other members in the business, must understand how these technologies work.
A manager at SAP cloud computing discusses the future of HR with the cloud. He says, looking ahead, that analytics, machine learning, and predictive capabilities will become major leaders in the HR cloud systems. I am surprised that more HR departments have not yet transitioned to using Cloud storage. I believe that it is becoming more and more necessary for HR departments to make this transition because of the growing use of technology in other departments such as finance, accounting, and marketing. In another article called Why Analytics is eating the world, Katherine Noyes discusses the growing use of information technology to store data and analytics. Human Resources play a major role within a business and in order for it to be most efficient, it must be caught up technologically with all these other departments.
I believe that the article should have gone into more detail about the cost of adding this new system to the HR department and also how it will be more profitable in the long run. I also am very interested how the HR department can use information technology within the company, not just with hiring new employees, and how this will make a positive impact on the business.