SaaS implementation time is holding back business transformation, warns Fairsail


Disruptive companies are being held back by HR projects taking twice the time, at twice the cost 

Sage People, today laid down the gauntlet to the technology industry to better support disruptive businesses in this period of rapid growth.

While many large SaaS based HR software suppliers are quoting 18-24 month implementation periods, Sage People is dedicated to delivering in 90 days, demonstrated by its project with technology and services company SDL.

Sage People warns that, at a time where businesses need to be most agile, organisations are being held back by lengthy implementation times. Just when they need to drive the business forward, their ability to retain, recruit and reward the right people is being restricted.

“The ‘Race for Change’ means that all organisations must be capable of moving faster and faster to take advantage of an ever more disruptive business environment. So it’s equally important that internal systems are just as agile. HRMS is one of the fastest growing SaaS applications and users should demand and expect rapid deployment,” Richard Holway MBE and Chairman, TechMarketView LLP – The Technology Analyst.

Sage People’s research shows that 76% of companies plan to change their HR system, with 60% planning to start the project over the course of this year. Despite the potential benefits, many organisations are held back from upgrading their HR system because they fear the disruption and cost of a lengthy upgrade process.

The issues these organisations are facing have come to light, during 2014, as they emerge from recession in need of the agility and scalability provided by cloud-based systems – but while still being plagued by manual inefficiencies and a lack of self-service, automated technology. Sage People has spoken to many companies living in this “Excel hell”, which is widely reported.

Sage People has launched a white paper for business entitled Unleash the people power in your business in less than 90 days. This details the key steps in the process to upgrade people management systems, and shows how it doesn’t have to take months, or years, to have a modern, global HR system in place.


The paper includes a checklist which outlines the essential success ingredients that will help organisations meet their business goals within a 90-day timescale: a clear and pressing business case, and an efficient project plan.

“Business has changed; the way we work has changed, and the workforce has changed.  Unfortunately, for many organisations their systems for managing people have not,” said Adam Hale. “It is shocking to see agile and fast moving businesses so underserved by inadequate systems; creaking at the seams when companies are seeking growth during a time of accelerated change.”

As an example of how global implementation can happen rapidly, London-based Betting Exchange pioneer, Betfair, went live after a 90-day period; providing a global HR solution to its 1600+ employees spread across locations in the UK, Ireland, Malta, Gibraltar and Romania. The successful implementation process included integration of the cloud-based Sage People system to separate country-specific payroll systems.


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