Written by Reggie Wilson
One of the more fascinating experiences I have with my work in the HR technology space is observing the process and rationale utilized by a client in determining component(s) of their Human Capital Management (HCM) systems. Often the prevailing strategy is to deploy a fully integrated/single vendor platform as that is perceived to deliver peace of mind, and certainly “one throat to choke”. Is this always the best approach? For some companies yes, and for others it could be a bit of a stretch.
If the corporate budget permits, why not employ a strategy of evaluating a mix of best in class solutions as needed? One prominent reason clients stray away from this strategy is the fear of integrating multiple solutions/platforms and believing that the result will be functionable. Application Programming Interface (API) development in the HCM technology space has progressed significantly in recent years. As a result, it is easier than ever before to integrate multiple best in class solutions to meet your company’s needs.
We often see highly complex time and attendance rules in sectors like Oil & Gas, Heavy Manufacturing and other regulated industries. Oftentimes these firms quickly realize that many of the full suite solutions that are available will not have a time & attendance module that can fully address their requirements. Thus, the need for a standalone “best in class” time & attendance solution emerges. There are many products available in the marketplace today and they all integrate with most HR/Payroll applications.
APIs will certainly permit the “marriage” of two or more platforms with great efficiency. Keep in mind, this approach does not need to be exclusive to time & attendance requirements, as payroll, talent management, and learning management are other examples where best in class systems can be considered.
When going this route, proper due diligence needs to be taken to make sure the integration and desired end result is achieved.
Keeping an open mind and using experts like those at HRchitect when evaluating different systems can and will result in success. At HRchitect, we cherish our relationship with our clients. We not only have years of experience guiding clients to the system that’s right for their organization, we also have years of experience implementing HCM systems and integrating the HCM systems our clients have. In addition, our change management experts help to ensure that your organization adopts and gets the most from your new technology to ensure their new investment continues working best for your organization.
About Reggie Wilson
Reggie has over 20 years of technology sales experience that ranges from Telecom to Human Capital Management systems. He joined HRchitect in 2013 as a Regional Sales Manager, and leads the sales efforts in the 15 state central region of the US as well as central Canada. Reggie has worked with clients from mid-market to enterprise scale, who have deployed solutions ranging from Workforce Management to Core HR systems.