Thursday Apr 17, 2014

People First! The Priority for Midsize Companies


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 employees.

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 management.

"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 need."

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.


Jim 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. 

Friday Jul 19, 2013

Mastering the New Recruiting "Game" with Taleo Social Sourcing

Attend the July 23rd webcast with Qualcomm to find out how Oracle's Taleo Recruiting with Social Sourcing Cloud Service can help you unlock hidden connections to top talent, improving recruiting and hiring efficiency by as much as 50%.

Register today.

Friday Apr 12, 2013

The Growing IT Labor Shortage: Are You Feeling It?

By Jim Lein, Programs Management Senior Principal, Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies

I interviewed a number of Oracle employee and partner experts last fall for my “7 Enterprise Applications Trends for High Growth Companies in 2013.” Even though I speak with partners, customers, and Oracle experts on a daily basis, I went into these interviews with an open mind and no pre-conceived notions of what those trends might be.

With unemployment rates relatively high worldwide, I was a bit surprised to learn from many of these experts that the gap between IT skills needed and IT skills available is widening. Simply put, more and more open IT positions are going unfilled due to a lack of available candidates with the appropriate experience and skills.

People are often the scarcest resource for growing companies. Accordingly, in the coming weeks, we will be presenting a series of posts on how Oracle Accelerate Solutions, Oracle Business Accelerators, Oracle Accelerate partners, and Oracle products (such as Oracle TBE Cloud Service) are helping our growing customers utilize their existing IT resources more effectively.

Oracle’s solutions help ease the strain on resources in two ways. First, they help reduce the need to divert internal IT resources to implementation duties during the deployment. This is mission critical as your IT and business analyst staff likely doesn’t have a lot of extra time on their hands, right? Secondly, these solutions can help simplify IT functions so that you don’t need to add staff at the same rate that your business is growing. That’s a good thing since qualified people are getting harder to find and more expensive to hire.

I hope you’ll find this series interesting.

Meanwhile, here’s some food for thought:

Redesigning Knowledge Work,” The Harvard Business Review

Predictions for 2013—Corporate Talent, Leadership and HR—Nexus of Global Forces Drives New Models for Talent,” Bersin by Deloitte

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