Cloud HR software is becoming increasingly popular when it comes to businesses replacing on-premises systems.
Jon Curtis, Managing Director of myhrtoolkit says: “Since starting to sell cloud-based software in 2005 , the difference in user confidence has been unbelievable. Even five years ago, firms were quite worried about putting personal data on the Web. Now it has just become commonplace.”
Amongst these online systems are a range of HR solutions. So what are the main reasons for moving your core HR admin towards a cloud-based HR software system?
The benefits of cloud HR software
Perfect for an SME’s budget
You don’t need to make a huge upfront investment with a cloud-based HR Software system. Instead, most SaaS systems are provided on a pay as you go basis often with little or no tie-in period. What’s more, with cost usually linked to employee numbers, you can work to a budget that scales as you grow.
A good SaaS (software as a service) provider will also be constantly working on product development. This will involve listening to its clients and improving the software’s capabilities. As research and development is one of the most costly aspects of ensuring ongoing software viability, this represents an important cost-saving for you.
On top of that, you avoid the risks run by investing in software as a product. This can result in providers charging you expensive fees and withdrawing support unless you repeatedly buy their latest versions. You may also find yourself stuck with a product that you’ve outgrown, but one you feel obliged to keep using due to cost.
You don’t need internal IT support
Whichever system you choose, your provider has a team of people working on ensuring the software is delivered without interruption or difficulty. This means you won’t need to employ your own IT specialist to install the system or deal with backups and security.
Instead, all you need to do is give a quick call to the provider’s support team to resolve any issues you have.
Ideal when you have remote workers and mobile staff
Cloud-based HR software allows you to store data on remote servers instead of on your in-house computers. This means your employees can access the system 24/7 from anywhere, providing they have a suitable device and Internet connection.
If you have staff working on the road, at multiple locations or in different time zones, they can still action any HR activities. This could be booking holidays, requesting training and confirming that they have read important policies.
State-of-the-art data security
Cloud HR software providers have a huge incentive to protect their system against risks to your data security. That is because if just one client found the service was not secure, the provider could risk losing everyone.
As a result, you will find that the best cloud-based software systems use a wide range of security measures to protect your data. This includes data sanitisation, SSL encryption, session hijack protection, firewall protection and an intrusion detection and prevention system.
Therefore, a good SaaS provider should place security at the core of its business model. That way you can be sure that your great HR software comes with great internet security too.
Find out more about how you can benefit from cloud HR software
Most good cloud hr software providers will be only too happy to give you a guided tour of their system. This will allow you to see the huge amount of features that can make your life easier as a HR professional.
If you are interested in seeing how myhrtoolkit can benefit your business, click here. Alternatively give us a call us on 0845 225 0414.
For more support on choosing the right HR software for your business, take a look at our recent 2019 webinar on how to choose the right HR software here.