Mobile Apps to Take Over HR Technology

According to HR technology analyst, Josh Bersin, smartphone apps are the next frontier for human resources technology.

Research suggests a new generation of innovative technology companies are developing smartphone apps that will replace performance appraisals, measure the engagement of employees and help them achieve a better work-life balance.

Over the last five years, large businesses have moved their HR systems into cloud platforms run by big technology suppliers such as Workday, Oracle and IBM while smaller companies are offering cloud HR and payroll services for medium-sized companies.

Principal at analyst group Bersin by Deloitte, Josh Bersin, said:  “It has reached the point where everyone who buys HR software will buy it in the cloud.

“Now HR software is becoming mobile.”

Bersin said the HR technology industry is reinvesting itself as innovative companies, often led by technologists rather than HR specialists, produce mobile apps that seem more like productivity tools rather than HR technology.

Bersin added: “I have met with companies with core cloud HR systems, and they say they need a new tool for project management, learning and employee engagement. They are shopping for add-on tools that are mobile apps.”

Research shows the fastest growing area of HR technology is in mobile learning, with companies replacing traditional training courses with tools that allow employees to learn in a more natural way. 

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