How HR data management is shaping performance

Executives are reportedly seeing the value of strategic HRIS.

Executives are reportedly seeing the value of strategic HRIS.

According to a recent Cranfield Network on International Human Resource Management report, HR strategy is becoming more important to organization's executive boards. The source notes an upward trend in the amount of those upper-level professionals who think that HR deserves a seat in the management suite. In 2009, 63 percent agreed with this sentiment, but the most recent numbers show a seven percent increase since then.

For the latest HR software implementation to go well, businesses need consultants that are aware of the most available and relevant platforms and can match them to business needs.

The report shows not just more respect for the larger purposes of HR but the greater role of technological HR systems as well. Among other statistics, it notes that more than 80 percent of organizations are using some sort of HRIS or HRM solution, often outsourcing certain aspects like pensions. Similarly, the source notes greater amount of specific details influencing performance appraisal as another likely result of greater HRIS use.

HR systems are reportedly seeing more use as companies embrace automation.HR systems are reportedly seeing more use as companies embrace automation.

In April, Steve Boese called HR automation "complete" for most organizations and predicted the way use of such systems might evolve.

"The next step in achieving more lasting and competitively sustainable advantage beyond mere process automation is the capability to glean insight from the large amounts of data that are typically generated from HRIS transaction-support systems," he writes. He also adds that future HR tech will combine "information repository, analysis and actionable recommendations—many of which will arrive in smartphone (and even smartwatch) notification form."

For the latest HR software implementation to go well, businesses need consultants that are aware of the most available and relevant platforms and can match them to business needs. With the best tools at their disposal, HR professionals may be in a better place to develop successful long term strategies.