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Is HR Software Even a Thing Anymore?

Team_Management.pngOk this sounds like a strange question...

You might be asking yourself, “Why is the company that created TeamWorks asking this question? Didn’t they create an awesome HR software application?”

Here at BioConnect, we don’t think so. We didn’t create a HR software application. We created a team management application. Yes there is a difference.

So, what’s the difference? To understand the difference, we have to look at how the landscape of HR software has changed over the last 15 years.

The original wave of HR software came from companies like PeopleSoft, SAP, ADP, Ceridian, the list goes on – these companies were the pioneers of HR software and many of you have probably interacted with them. They were core HR systems that were highly customized, complex, difficult to use and expensive to implement and maintain. But, they did their job – they automated processes in the workplace and were solid talent management and payroll tools.

From here the marketplace started to adopt to “cloud-computing”, vendors leveraged the trend and started offering less expensive, easier to implement HR software. At first, companies were nervous to expose their HR data to the cloud (in the hand of the vendors), so they resisted the idea. Eventually there was adoption to the idea of cloud computing and that's when it all changed.

How has the HR software landscape changed? 

Flash forward to today.

A new breed of HR software has emerged and we like to refer to them as “team management systems”— cloud-based HR systems that focus less on talent management, payroll, and automating other mundane tasks (as previous systems were) and instead are built around employee engagement, performance, culture, and analytics.

A shift to keep up with the ever-growing mobile and cloud solutions. Gone are the days of licensed software. Welcome to cloud architecture. Access to the application from wherever, whenever. On mobile, desktop, laptop, even while on vacation.

Rather than these systems being created by three or four major companies, these new applications are being built by hundreds of innovative companies, each with their own vision on what needs to be a part of a team management system. 

No longer focusing on large enterprises, the new generation of team management systems are designed to also be accessible to small-to-medium sized businesses. They are more affordable and easier to on-board.  Plus, it’s not only about making software to benefit those working in HR; payroll processing, on-boarding new employees, etc. Those features are still important but now it is expected that all employees will be users of the software, working to simplify and improve the employee experience for everyone in the organization.

What will be the next big thing? 

We see a shift to the addition of biometrics -- rightful identityidentity, into these team management systems. One day soon we can expect to see biometrics to become integrated into these platforms to verify the identity of users. Think, the original shift to cloud computing scared people because they didn’t trust the sensitive HR data to be held on a vendor’s server. Well, what if biometric authentication to use the application was required? 

Not only will biometrics be added for verification but its possible to think of common wearables (Apple Watch, Nymi Band, FitBits, etc.) to be used as continuous verification and as activity trackers that tie into the team management systems, used to measure health benefits and activity levels of employees.

 

Check out TeamWorks, BioConnect's team management system -- a complete application where you and your
team can work happier, together.

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