Lateral thinking suggests that 'time-to-productivity' is a process ripe for cost-cutting via rigorous examination and automation of some HR processes. Two software companies, Business Layers and Authoria HR, offer radical and complementary solutions. Howard Popeck investigates
Business layer' day one
Day One automates the critical, time-sensitive process of provisioning people throughout the organisation. Every employee can access what they need according to their profile - a group of attributes created for each individual. Their digital identify stays with them as they move through the company. Changes to names, locations, status and more are automatically recorded and provisioned resources are dynamically updated. The entire provisioning history is recorded to help uncover bottlenecks.
An individual's change in status is typically registered via PeopleSoft, SAP-HR, or Oracle. Day One ties together an employer's directories, databases and 'people centric' applications such as HR, resource planning systems and network management systems through a browser-based application centred on forms and forms processing.
If (or when) people leave, they are simply 'de-provisioned' by Day One and are securely and systematically disconnected from all resources, thereby creating an added level of security.
As the line between the HR function and the supporting IT infrastructure continues to blur, 'e-provisioning' will become increasingly crucial to business prosperity. The ultimate objective is that personnel will always be connected - seamlessly and securely - anywhere around the world, at any time, to all the systems that affect business operations.
The Day One designers have done an excellent job of building a very intuitive interface that is extremely easy to work with. Taking into account the savings in efficiency - thereby freeing up expensively trained HR personnel to focus on the challenging issues, not the routine mundane ones - it seems assured of expanding its market penetration.
Authoria HR - personalised answers
Inductee regret, whereby a new recruit experiences feelings of concern, sometimes to the extent of panic both before joining and organisation and for a period thereafter, is a reality.