Welcome, everyone, to HRZone’s June 2013 Technology Supplement.
No-one is surprised at the speed of change in technology spheres. It’s expected to move fast and hard.
What’s really interesting is whether related spheres can keep up with the pace of change.
I recently asked a software company CEO (you can read the interview in this supplement) whether HR software would ever replace the need for qualified HR personnel. He said we’d always need HR personnel; HR software would be utilised to make their jobs, and the HR function, more efficient.
I agree wholeheartedly.
But there’s another side. The need for data-driven decisions in HR, and the degree to which HR software can deliver this, will change the skills that HR practitioners require.
Employers will need practitioners that double as analysts, able to draw conclusions from amassed data and feed this information back to the board to inform strategy. They’ll need to make evidence-based decisions in all areas, including talent management, succession planning and remuneration.
HR personnel have long been praised for their ‘people skills’ and ability to make decisions based on intuition and experience. Now they’ll need to add data interrogation skills to the mix.
There are some commentators who have pointed to the need for science in the HR department for many years. Now they can sit back and enjoy their moment of glory.
How will this need change the ways our HR staff are trained? Will data skills form part of a standard CIPD qualification? Will our HR departments be increasingly looking to build talent pipelines direct to the mathematics department at MIT?
Big questions. And we’ll need to answer them, because HR software will continue to drive the need for daily data analysis.
Enjoy the supplement!