“Future-proofing” biggest driver of HCM/ERP cloud migration post-pandemic

Charles Courquin of Symatrix

Nearly half (43%) of IT decision-makers at organisations with 1000+ employees highlighted a ‘future-proof solution that continually benefits from updates’ as a main driver of moving their HCM/ERP systems to the cloud, with more than a quarter (27%) citing the aim to create ‘less dependence on IT’. That’s according to a research study commissioned by Symatrix.

Well over half of respondents polled in the survey (56%), said that cost pressures caused by the pandemic had sped up their migration to the cloud, compared to just 25% who said it had slowed the process.

In addition, before the pandemic having a ‘strategic cloud strategy’ in place was seen by IT decision-makers as the most influential driver of their HCM/ERP strategy, with almost 4 out of 10 organisations (39%) ranking it among their top two.

The importance of a cloud strategy looks set to continue moving forwards also. Nearly a third (31%) of respondents say that a strategic cloud strategy would be among the most influential driver(s) behind their HCM/ERP strategy post-pandemic.

When it comes to implementing HCM/ERP systems in the cloud, 42% of the sample reference ‘difficulties integrating systems’ among the main issues faced, while the same percentage cite ‘lack of in-house skills’. Moreover, 26% of the sample rank ‘struggle to make technology updates seamlessly among the biggest challenges they face in managing their HCM/ERP systems today.

Charles Courquin, director, Symatrix, says, “Businesses are often eager to embrace the benefits of the cloud and the ongoing evolution of rich new functionality is key to that. What they sometimes fail to appreciate however, is the scope of the need for post go-live management of the solution, including release management and regular testing. If they want to efficiently manage the continuous evolution that cloud involves, they need to think about this and bring in expert help, depending on where the organisation is on its cloud journey and the internal resource support that is required.”

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