I’ve been reading some articles that question the influx of technology into HR. The general message is that technology dehumanizes the personal touch that HR leaders are keen to have. Somewhere along the line, we’ve become so obsessed to make HR service delivery as cost-efficient as possible, that we’ve overlooked the employee experience.
The birth of the smartphone has changed our lives forever. The increase in functionality allows us to be more social, more productive and more efficient but “with great power, comes great responsibility”. In 2010, the number of mobile phones, globally, exceeded one billion and is ever growing. As we head into 2015, employees are expecting access to critical business applications and data on their mobile and tablet devices.
Some may remember the launch and subsequent disappearance of EnjoySAP, no prizes for guessing why! However, the chance for it to be re-born may be on the horizon.
Now could be a good time for SAP to re-introduce this initiative for HR Users, Managers and Professionals. The new SAP User Interface Development Toolkit for HTML5 or SAPUI5 on which Fiori applications are built will certainly bring the proverbial, smile, back.
A colleague of mine came to me with an interesting quote from a potential customer he had visited to discuss some of NGA HR’s offerings.
This particular prospect had recently implemented a Cloud solution for their Performance Management processes in addition to already having an ERP based solution for their HR Master data; a very good example of a hybrid solution that is becoming more and more common. Such a hybrid model gives customers the benefit of using Cloud functionality while still using earlier investments in an on-premise solution.