by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs
Early in my technology career, I
conducted an ROI assessment to help a very large customer update their HCM
business processes across seven operating entities and tens of thousands of
Their HR department was a room full of desks, each covered with stacks of blue paper cards. A legion of clerks each spent forty
hours a week transferring hand written data from the cards into a main frame
system. The scary part? The decision was to be based entirely on anticipated cost savings, not benefits. That was only a dozen years ago!
HR used to be at the bottom of the
totem pole when it came to IT spending. Today, Human Capital Management and
Talent Management solutions are surging to the top of the priority list at both
midsize and enterprise companies. Finally, everyone seems to agree that people
are a company's most important asset.
I asked Richard Atkins, EVP of
Oracle Cloud applications for UK based Certus Solutions, what is driving investments
in Oracle's Human Capital Management.
"Cloud has changed
everything," says Atkins. "We used to work almost exclusively with
large enterprises. Now, most of our new clients are growing midsize companies
with global operations. Our Cloud solutions enable them to deploy best practices
fast and affordably. It's that simple."
Certus works with clients in the UK,
Europe, the Middle East, and India. Most are either replacing a Tier 2 solution
or have never had an HCM solution in place. In some regions, best practices for
recruitment are a priority while, in others, the focus is on internal talent
"Our clients with global
operations often need to cover both these scenarios,” says Atkins. “On the
recruitment side, with social media and other options, it's almost becoming
harder to find the right talent because there is just so much information out
there. In areas where there still isn’t budget for hiring, internal talent
management—like learning—is the priority. Oracle’s HCM cloud solutions covers all
these needs for recruitment, social sourcing, learning, and core talent
management. Clients have so much more information to make hiring decisions and
to more easily spot the right people internally and retain the skills they
Growing Midsize Companies Want HCM Best Practices and Mobile
Certus clients are also eager to adopt
best practices. "We rarely do requirements gathering anymore," says
Atkins. "To our customers, the word 'standardization' is music to their
ears. They want an out of the box system that delivers best practices quickly.
They are encouraged by the ability of cloud solutions to deliver on that."
And mobile applications
have massive appeal. “The kind of company looking at cloud solutions usually has
a very mobile workforce,” says Atkins. “Senior management and, often, the
entire workforce are working off smartphones and tablets. Oracle’s solutions work
beautifully across those devices.”
Find out more
about Oracle’s HCM Cloud And Taleo Cloud Service solutions if you’re ready to go mobile, enhance your
learning programs, source talent socially, recruit more efficiently, or just
replace your version of the blue card. See what Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has to
say about managing
your most precious assets.
Lein evangelizes Oracle Accelerate, Oracle's Applications Strategy for
growing midsize companies. He recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle,
having joined JD Edwards in 1999. He is based in Evergreen, Colorado and
loves relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be
about software, live music, or the mountains.