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3 reasons it’s important to go ‘all in’ with your HCM solution

technologyBy Steve Bestvater, Product Manager, Payroll

When your business makes the decision to invest in a new human capital management solution, what you’re investing in is a whole range of new capabilities. You’re getting a chance to transform everything about the way you manage your business – making your operation simpler, more reliable and more efficient.

That’s the good news. The bad news is it doesn’t always work out that way. At Ceridian, I’ve seen many clients who have a habit of using “partial” HCM systems. In other words, they may want to implement a new HCM solution for one function only, such as payroll. This works, but when a customer does this, they’re neglecting to reach the full potential of the solution. The real beauty of HCM technology is it joins together numerous aspects of HR, payroll, workforce management, time and attendance, benefits and more into a single, cloud-based application.

March is here, which means I’ll soon be spending a lot of time watching the best teams in college basketball compete for the national championship. Well, let me make an analogy here that may be a bit of a stretch…. but stay with me. HCM technology works much the same way as March Madness. In both cases, the best teams are the ones that work seamlessly together. The best teams in basketball have seamless ball movement to ensure they get the ball to the open man and maximize their opportunity to score. Likewise the best employers have a complete HCM solution with data movement that is seamless between modules. When one part moves, the other reacts instantaneously maximizing the chance of success.

When you’re deciding to move to a more modern HCM system, the investment might seem hefty, both in terms of money and manpower. But look at it the other way – it’s far more expensive to do nothing. By holding on to old systems and processes, you are dragging down the capabilities of your new system. You’re making your entire business less efficient, which costs money just the same.

Forget about using a high-powered solution for just one function, what you really want is to put the whole HCM “team” together. The following are three reasons it’s important to go “all in” with your HCM solution:

Easier Implementation
It’s difficult to implement new HR programs and initiatives when there are five different solutions involved. Building interfaces and integrations between those systems adds to the complexity and increases the likelihood of failure. A single solution makes the process significantly easier.

Simpler Maintenance
When you have to make changes to your HCM infrastructure, it’s a lot easier to change one solution than five or 10. There are too many different break points you need to be aware of when moving files between systems. So why move them at all? A single solution makes it so you don’t have to.

Real-Time Changes
As I’ve mentioned before, the real benefit of a single, cloud-based application for HCM is that all of the different parts work seamlessly with each other. A tool like Dayforce HCM gives employers real-time access to a single database of workforce data for shift scheduling, payroll and analytics. When a change happens in one feature, the others are updated real-time.

So go “all in” when it comes to HCM technology, you won’t regret it!

Bestvater, SteveSteve Bestvater is the Product Manager for Canada Payroll, Ceridian HCM, Inc., Steve joined Ceridian over 7 years ago as Product Manager for Ceridian Inysnc with Ceridian’s Canadian affiliate, Ceridian Canada Ltd., and transferred to working on the Dayforce Payroll product with Ceridian HCM, Inc. in 2012.

Prior to joining Ceridian, Steve worked in both marketing and product management roles with a variety of technology organizations in both Vancouver, British Columbia and Winnipeg, Manitoba. He resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife, son and daughter. As an alumnus of North Dakota State University, he was sad to see that the Bison did not qualify for this year’s National Championship tournament.

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