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How to Approach Your HR Transformation

Stacey Harris is the Vice President of Research and Analytics for Sierra-Cedar and a speaker at Oracle HCM World

I’ve been conducting HR research for many years, and I hear the same reasons again and again for why organizations are slow to make changes to their HR technology environments:

  • Funding goes to business-critical systems.
  • IT doesn’t understand the “real” needs of HR.
  • Leadership is uncomfortable with change.
  • Global needs are too complex.

All of these are real issues, but we can overcome them with data, drive, and proven business outcomes. Eventually, every company will need to overhaul its HR technology platform, if for no other reason than current environments will become obsolete and unsupported. Also, regardless of your industry, tomorrow’s workforce will have higher expectations for all of their technology interactions. It will become increasingly difficult to keep talent engaged with outdated workforce technology that wastes valuable time or delivers poorly against user expectations.

The new era of HR demands a technological shift—one that is cloud-based, mobile-enabled, and data-driven. Taking this path forward, however, can leave HR unsure about where and how to start.

Sierra-Cedar’s Annual HR Systems Survey found that organizations are approaching their HR system transformation with multiple pathways, starting with a mixture of rip and replace with hosted, outsourcing, and hybrid environments. There is no right or wrong path, and organizations will make this decision based on their specific needs. However, it’s critical to understand the challenges, opportunities, and expected outcome of each path.

At Oracle HCM World in April, I’ll join Joe Almodovar, senior director of HR IS for A.T. Kearney, to lead a session on HR transformation pathways. In this open conversation, we’ll dive deeper into many issues, including:

  • pacing and timing
  • resourcing and finances
  • integration
  • change management
  • achieving outcomes

There is no doubt that change is difficult, but I believe that HR will embrace change. We are on this journey together, and sharing our challenges and successes along the way will make this epic voyage one worth remembering.     

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