BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--While many of the Human Capital Management (HCM) applications in use today remain on-premise, a rapid shift to the cloud is already underway, the 2015 Technology Value Matrix for HCM from Nucleus Research, finds.
IT departments seek the shift for the efficiency the cloud brings and the time that frees for them to be more strategic. Helping their cause are clear paths to the cloud from leading vendors such as Infor and strong native-to-the-cloud solutions from other leading providers, including Ceridian and Ultimate Software. Together, these factors are prodding Human Resources departments to finally adopt cloud HCM solutions.
“HCM has lagged behind other enterprise software in cloud adoption. Where business leaders fueled the move to cloud CRM, essentially going around IT departments to get the functionality they required, we see IT leading the charge for HCM. Leading vendors are fueling this with cloud offerings that greatly increase both functionality and usability for HCM solutions that deliver greater value,” said Brent Skinner, principal analyst, Nucleus Research.
Beware of Pretend Clouds
Migrating to a cloud HCM solution might be inevitable, but organizations should consider carefully which cloud solution they select, Nucleus advises. From native-to-the-cloud applications to those built from existing on-premise solutions, there is a wide array of options. Whereas some vendors innovate in the cloud, others still offer what is essentially a ‘pretend’ cloud option — often, though not always, called a private cloud. Organizations that adopt a ‘pretend’ cloud solution, whatever the vendor calls it, will experience few of the benefits that a real cloud brings.
“Not all clouds are created equally. Vendors may have valid reasons to launch pretend ‘cloud-ish’ offerings. Some of their reasoning is market-driven, to retain existing customers. But their moves only validate the industry shift and underscore the need to select the right cloud HCM application for your organization, with a keen eye on future needs,” said Skinner.
The full Report is available at www.NucleusResearch.com
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