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How you benefit from SaaS HR
With SaaS, there’s no need to purchase extra hardware or software, or have IT staff on hand to set it up and manage it. Everything that’s required to keep your HR system secure and running smoothly - from data back up to firewall maintenance - is managed by the vendor.
With nothing to buy or install, getting started is much simpler. SaaS HR vendors can normally give you a log in to your own ‘instance’ in just a couple of hours. Like Cezanne HR, they may also provide tools or assistance to help with data import and other set up activities. Read about support.
With no software or hardware requirements and a quicker implementation process, payback is nearly always faster than for in-house or hosted HR systems. In fact, since SaaS vendors typically add new features every month or so, the value you get from your system is likely to increase rather than decrease over time. See SaaS HR pricing.
As SaaS solutions are designed to be used online, employee self-service is built in from the very start. Most should have robust roles-based security and approval workflow, so that HR processes are handled effectively, and sensitive data kept safe. Some, like Cezanne HR, also have global capabilities at their core.
SaaS providers automatically roll out new features to all of their customers as soon as they are released. Releases are more frequent too, since SaaS applications are easier to extend. You'll never be left on an out-of-date system.
Managing and updating software can be a huge distraction – for you as well as your colleagues in IT. With SaaS, the vendor take care of the system, including applying the latest updates, so you can concentrate on doing what matters most.
With SaaS, it’s easier to flex the system to meet your needs. You’ll be able to add – or remove – employees or users whenever you need to, or roll out the system to new countries. Your supplier's infrastructure will have been set up to scale with you.
Most SaaS systems are hosted in state-of-the-art data centres, with processes in place to automatically protect your system should something go wrong, at any time of the day or night. At Cezanne HR, we have an impressive record of 100% availability.
Are all SaaS HR solutions equal?
Any HR system supplier that hosts their software for you is delivering their application ‘as a service’ from ‘the Cloud’. However, many of the older suppliers have yet to re-develop their solutions for the new Cloud era. Typically, they’ve taken legacy code, extended it for self-service, and deployed it in a hosting environment.
The great news is these systems are functionally often very complete. The bad news is that they are more expensive to maintain, can be more difficult to scale and are much more time-consuming to update than Cloud native HR software.
Newer Cloud-native HR software systems are specifically designed to take advantage of modern Cloud IT infrastructures. All customers share the same core application code (often referred to as multi-tenanted), but have the freedom to configure the system to suit their way of working. With this approach, suppliers can:
- focus all their efforts on enhancing their current software, rather than having to maintain and manage multiple releases and technology platforms
- take advantage of the latest more cost-effective and robust Cloud-computing environments, and
- apply updates more frequently and seamlessly, so clients automatically benefit from new features as soon as they are released.