HRO Today July/August 2015 - 50

Tech Perspective
Cloud
Considerations
If you haven't moved to the cloud yet, here are four reasons to
make the investment.
By Tom Hammond
As HR leaders look to replace their technology, many
will consider updating their legacy systems with a cloudbased
platform, accessed via the Internet rather than a
local server. When deciding between on-premise and
cloud-based technologies, there are key differences that
business owners should explore. Here's a closer look at
four areas and why some companies are choosing cloudbased
technologies for their core HR system.
1. Cost. According to the 2014 KPMG's Cloud Survey
Report, the main reason executives leverage cloud
technology is to drive cost effi ciencies. Servers can be
expensive to purchase and maintain, requiring dedicated,
climate-controlled space and experienced IT staff to
troubleshoot problems. Locally hosted platforms may
require extended system downtime and staff hours to
deploy a new version, software patches, or server updates.
Cloud-based applications can help businesses control costs
by minimizing hardware purchases, IT staff time, and
large, upfront software investments.
2. Scalability. Cloud services have been considered one
of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 that
will have a signifi cant impact on organizations over the
next three years. Gartner also says, " cloud is the new style
of elastically scalable, self-service computing, and both
internal applications and external applications will be
built on this new style. " As businesses see greater success
or change over the years that can come with M&A activity,
scalability becomes increasingly important. Hosting
systems locally can be diffi cult to scale up or down if the
need for individual licenses changes, whereas data storage
and user access is easily scalable in the cloud. Changes can
be made by migrating to a new tier or adding on a specifi c
module for increased functionality.
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3. Mobility. Many legacy systems don't offer the same
fl exibility as cloud technology for mobile access, and it
can be harder for these systems to adapt to new hardware
innovations. Users of cloud-based systems have the
advantage of completing tasks or accessing information
from any device connected to the Internet. Many of the
challenges of administering software-from handling
upgrades to dealing with user permissions-can be
managed anywhere, which isn't the case for some onpremise
systems.
4. Security. Physical access to servers could potentially
give strangers access to proprietary, sensitive, personal,
and fi nancial data. Depending on an organization's
geographic location, companies could also be at risk of
fi res, fl oods, or other natural disasters that can damage
and interrupt business as usual. With cloud technology,
system backups occur automatically, and everything is
stored off-site on servers maintained by a data service
center with a strong set of controls in place to protect the
computer software and data. According to the Small and
Midsize Business Cloud Trust Study, 94 percent of small
business owners have experienced security benefi ts in
the cloud that they didn't previously have with their onpremises
service, such as up-to-date systems and antivirus
protection, and spam email management.
For business leaders who are considering updating their
HR systems, now may be the right time to consider moving
to the cloud. From cost savings to increased fl exibility,
cloud technologies offer advantages to more easily
achieve HR goals and positively impact the bottom line.
Tom Hammond is Paychex's senior director of product and program
management.

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