Analytics for decision-making top the bill for savvy teams

CIPD 2016 Sage People Booth

CIPD HR Software Show debrief
15-16 June

It was destination London last week for the CIPD HR Software Show at Olympia. Having been running for more than 15 years, it’s now an established fixture in HR professionals’ diaries, and a great opportunity to get ahead of the curve as new technologies emerge in the field.

We at the Sage People booth were kept extremely busy, demonstrating what our HRMS can do and how it can help businesses. There are many conversations to continue now the event has finished, and we’re looking forward to helping new connections and prospective customers take the next step.

As HR technology continues to rise up the corporate agenda, most HR leaders are highly aware of the power of digital solutions and arrived at the show with specific research aims in mind. Most of the people we spoke to already knew the systems they wanted to investigate and had key comparison points and questions to discuss. It made for some very interesting conversations, and helped us get better insight into exactly what HR leaders want from an HRMS.

As always, we learned an enormous amount from listening to HR experts explain their current and future challenges. High on the industry agenda was the topic of analytics – something very close to our hearts at Sage People. Encouragingly, we sensed less trepidation about embracing a rigorously data-led approach and far more excitement about the potential of gaining a true, in-depth understanding of the current workforce’s needs and future demands and trends. This was in line with XpertHR’s findings last week that for the first time in 14 years of their annual survey, HR data and software was reported as being a top priority.

Mindsets are changing all around the industry, and it’s brilliant to see more innovative thinking moving the market forward. Recruitment firm Randstad’s learning session – one of 18 available to delegates – illustrated this clearly. Randstad has seen measurable business performance improvements as a result of embracing data and taking a more strategic approach, placing emphasis on measurement to create insight rather than to reveal weakness. In this context, HR teams are willing and able to harness the data they hold and explore how best to analyse it for top-line business benefit.

Clearly, HR has the tools in place to help really make a difference to the wider business function, and hearts and minds are starting to come round too. Hopefully by next year’s HR Software Show, we’ll have made even more strides forward – see you there!

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