HR Tech Update: Cloud-based work systems in the spotlight

HR TECHNOLOGY: The pandemic has become a catalyst for many organisations to embrace automation and other key technologies at a much faster pace.

For HR leaders, this has meant the ability to integrate several tools, most often through the use of cloud-based technology, to make these changes easier for employees.


Cloud computing allows companies to set up an essentially virtual office, giving employees and other stakeholders the flexibility to connect with the business whenever and wherever they are. With nothing more than an internet connection, the cloud can be used to store and manage large amounts of documents and data, without further hardware purchases.


As more companies embrace digitalisation, competition among cloud service providers has created a broad range of options to take this step, depending on their needs, with artificial intelligence tools, analytics, and even edge computing embedded on the global platform.


Microsoft, for one, specialises in providing easily integrated applications onto an organisation's existing operating service. IBM, meanwhile, has sought to specialise in data analytics and automation tools.


Amazon and Google, currently the biggest players in the cloud, are known for their quality cloud-based toolsets and machine learning features.


When choosing a cloud service provider, one thing to look for is the security it promises to provide. Since most cloud services are web-based, businesses are vulnerable to data leakage, loss, theft or even worse, hijacking. Many factors influence a cloud service's level of security, including the location of servers, security protocols, and privacy policies.


Cloud computing does not only cut costs by eliminating the tasks that typically require staff members on-site. It also allows employees to focus on more important tasks and easily key access data sets.


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