So I had to upgrade my cell phone contract. I used to be on this thing where I had a bucket of minutes and text messages to use, and now I’m on exactly the opposite. I have unlimited phone and text and about 10 GB of data I can use every month. It really points to a shift in how we as users of wireless devices are working. Less and less of our days are spent actually talking to each other, and more of our days are spent collaborating through various mechanisms that involve data. I will admit to spending an exceptional amount of time browsing news on my phone, looking through facebook updates to keep tabs on people, and using my phone for work emails. Nobody calls me anymore, and if they do, I get my voicemails through data (I read my VM, have not listened to one in years).
One of the big questions these days is about SaaS and Cloud. Should we do it? Should we stay on PeopleSoft or SAP HCM?
The answer for SaaS is a definitive Yes.
At some point, be it this year, next or in 5 years, you are going to move to the cloud. I’m not an opinion about your current on-premise strategy, and I’m not making a judgment of you if you disagree. I’m simply stating a fact. Let’s tale a look at the facts:
- ADP: The actual development of the Enterprise HRMS client server product is probably severely limited. I don’t even know if they sell it anymore. We do know that ADP Vantage is what they are selling and developing.
- Oracle / PeopleSoft: We’ve all heard about applications unlimited, but for those who thing that in 2020 we’ll still be going to a PeopleSoft Track at OpenWorld, I think you really have to evaluate your reality. The developers are all on Fusion. Let’s say you are right and there is still a PeopleSoft product in 2020. How long do you think it will have been since your last major product enhancement?
- SAP: Well, there’s HAHA, and there’s SuccessFactors. Either way, SAP kind of knows that they are pouring development resources into the cloud. Same conclusion as with PeopleSoft – it will be around for a while, but that’s not the whole reality.
- Workday: It’s already in the cloud from the start – no discussion here.
- Talent Management: It does not really matter if you bought Taleo, SuccessFactors, Cornerstone, PeopleFluent, (I’m going to get in trouble for leaving out 50 companies), you bought into the cloud long ago for TM.
I’m not really trying to change your mind on the cloud here. It really does not matter. If you are an HR technology buyer, you simply don’t have a choice. The vendors and the industry are in the midst of choosing for you. In just a few short years, all of your premise based HR technologies are going to cease or significantly slow their development efforts and fully shift to the cloud. If you want to be on a product that will be continuously developed, that is where it will be.
Just in the same way I really don’t have a choice to stay on my old cell phone plan, the world is moving on when it comes to HR applications. It’s time to move with it.