Apr 5, 2012 Comments Off
Cloud computing is changing the way people and businesses work, upending conventional ideas about time-to-value, service levels, infrastructure needs and more. With cloud, systems and data are typically located outside of an organization’s four walls and accessed through the Internet. This has fundamental impacts on many parts of the business, transforming the nature of work and accelerating the pace of change across the enterprise.
In this emerging cloud services environment, HR has a responsibility to help the organization adjust its people and processes to operate more effectively. HR is uniquely positioned to do this — not just because HR is responsible for the overall talent agenda, but also because many HR organizations learned valuable lessons as early cloud adopters. Leading HR organizations are already using cloud technology to improve how HR services are delivered. And now, they are looking for opportunities to share their hard-earned experience and insights with the rest of the business.
What’s driving this trend?
Cloud offers benefits that in many cases are too compelling to ignore. The technologies and processes associated with cloud are rapidly maturing and are now gaining acceptance as standard business practices. Recent forecasts for 2012 predict that 80 percent of new software applications will target the cloud and that spending on cloud services will exceed $36 billion — which indicates a rate of growth four times faster than the IT industry average.i Key drivers for cloud adoption include the following:
- Cost reduction. Improve utilization and save money through consolidation of servers and data centers. Capitalize on economies of scale by sharing resources across organizations. Reduce training costs thanks to improved ease of use and browser-based interfaces.
- Reduced capital investments. Replace capital expenses with operating expenses. Pay only for what you use.
- Faster implementation. Get up and running quickly by avoiding the need to acquire hardware or to develop and configure applications.
- Agility. Adjust to changing demand and market requirements. Scale up or down as needed. Take advantage of vendor best practices, which are drawn from multiple organizations and rolled out quickly.
- Smarter decisions. Take advantage of cutting-edge tools that support fact-based decision-making.
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