For many, cloud is no longer an option—it is becoming inevitable. But cloud strategies differ broadly based on the context of your organization. Organizations considering a move to cloud computing may need to embrace a different approach, and failing to establish a plan and framework for deployment may lead to challenging implementations. Drivers such as deployment planning, risk tolerance, and the way companies do business tend to predict your organization’s implementation pace and scope, as well as the technologies you need. Yet cloud strategies may not account for an organization’s cloud maturity level after deployment. When we talk about cloud maturity, we are trying to understand what organizations are doing after deployment.
Toward a new model of managed solutions in the cloud era
With the rapidly increasing adoption of cloud-based human resources (HR) systems, forward-thinking business and HR leaders are beginning to look at the implications for their global HR service delivery models. There are exciting developments in the emerging ecosystem of HR service providers growing up around the leading cloud-based platforms. But some caution is in order as well: it is perhaps easy to get caught up in the HR-as-a-Service hype surrounding these developments without fully considering how they might work in your organization.
Before assuming that cloud-based HR systems will somehow breathe new life into the one-stop-shop HR outsourcing (HRO) model through an HR-as-a-Service construct, it might be worthwhile to step back and take a more holistic view of managed services in the cloud era. Buyers and Suppliers have different perspectives, and all eyes should be on the prize: an HR function that has the ability to drive positive, high-impact outcomes for the business, and for its people.