Written by: May Huffer
At some point in time, many of you, if not all of you, have had to deal with integrating one HR system with another. As much as it would be nice to buy a bottle of gorilla glue for a quick fix, the odds are good that this approach will cost more time and money in the long run, unless it is done properly.
Integrating HR systems is not only vital to the success of the platform itself, it’s an essential business requirement beyond just being a technical issue. Even though we all know how important integrations are when implementing new systems, there remains a black hole that many of us don’t understand when it comes to integrations. We know it should be done, but the how and why should be addressed and understood by all parties involved in making these decisions.
Let’s take a look at some of the many business reasons why organizations small and wide need their software to talk to one another.
End User Experience: It’s much easier to remember one username and password instead of multiple logins. Fact.
Data Analytics: Let’s face it, running reports are only as useful as the data within them. By connecting various HR systems it is easier to create accurate data without having to do a manual “v-look up” exercise on a spreadsheet.
Legal Compliance: HR Managers are required to verify that employees have taken certain compliance training, etc. and if the systems they are utilizing is not well integrated, it may be harder to track those activities.
Streamline Costs: If your HR system is not integrated by your software vendor or a third party consulting firm, then it may end up on the “To Do List” project for your IT group which may incur more costs to have your IT Department work on integration projects, which in turn delays the activities and services that your HR Department is required to perform.
System integrations is clearly an important and necessary topic of discussion in the HR world. HR professionals require that their system integrate with background check providers, benefits administration, payroll, time and attendance, and much more. So if you’re in either of these scenarios, consult your IT team or reach out to a consulting firm such as HRchitect that has experience integrating various platforms in the marketplace today and get your systems talking to each other the right way. Not every approach to system integrations are the same, and a gorilla glue approach can end up costing more than the bottle itself.
About May Huffer:
May has over 11 years of B2B outside sales experience that ranges from Retail to HCM Management Systems. She joined HRchitect in 2013 as a Regional Sales Manager and leads the sales efforts in the 14 state northeast region of the US as well as eastern Canada. May has worked with clients from mid-market to enterprise scale, who have deployed solutions ranging from Core HR systems to Workforce Management.