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HR Technology

 Pam Baldwin, SPHR, HR Technology Director

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Perhaps it’s just selective attention (a great term I learned in one of my psychology courses that means we pay attention to what our needs and interests are), but a majority of the emails I have been receiving lately, other than from co-workers, mentions HR technology in some form.  It is everywhere – which means either I’m just totally sensitized to it, or there is a significant surge of available information as well as a heightened interest in the subject.

I had the privilege of listening to a webinar by Naomi Bloom (who will be a concurrent session speaker at our Conference, by the way), and she was praising the availability of cloud computing for the field of HR.  If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the cloud is another term for the Internet.  Cloud computing refers to having your information or software hosted or stored somewhere else other than your own systems and using a vendor’s software program.  It saves you money because you don’t have to purchase the storage equipment to house your data, and it is available on a time-limited contract.  Some of you might be a little squeamish about putting your employees’ data out “there.”  However, vendors are also aware of that concern, and have a lot at stake should there be a breach in the data. 

If you’re at all thinking about making a change in HR software, or perhaps adding software for the first time, be sure to attend Naomi’s Master’s Series at the HR Florida State Conference.

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