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Cloud BasicsWhat is cloud computing?
“Cloud computing” means technology is provided on an on-demand basis via the Internet. In comparison, companies can use conventional on-premise IT, where applications are run exclusively on an internal infrastructure, including servers, storage, networks, firewalls, load balancers and other hardware.What is a cloud platform?
A “cloud platform” provides a foundation for a set of technology services to run individually or as an integrated solution. By selecting software products built on a platform, companies gain the flexibility of being able to meet basic needs and then expanding. For example, starting with a recruitment system and then expanding to fully integrated onboarding, learning, and other solutions. Expansion can often be done using a browser without requiring IT involvement. Cloud platforms offer numerous time and cost-saving advantages over on-premise systems, allowing users to evolve over time to business changes.Why is cloud better than on-premise software?
No hardware to buy. No software to install. No huge upfront fees. No need to resource IT staff. No worries about downtime, backups, or recovery. Just log into a browser and you're there.How much faster can a cloud solution be deployed?
Way faster. Like under 1 hour. Now that's really fast. And unlike legacy software systems, you can be fully operational and running an integrated talent management platform in days, not months. In fact, we've helped customers with some pretty complex needs and workflow processes map a plan and implement within a few weeks.Can cloud make a real difference in terms of enterprise agility and responsiveness?
SilkRoad Life Suite is designed to address all of your talent management needs through configuration rather than programming. This approach results in much faster deployment and the ability to take full advantage of upgrades faster. A great way to learn more is to let our customers explain what they have been able to do in our customer videos and case studies.
Cloud and IntegrationCan cloud services help us fulfill and integrate all of our talent management needs? Creating strategic talent management and uncovering powerful people data requires the integration of your HR systems, including recruitment, learning, onboarding, performance, and more. SilkRoad Life Suite delivers an integrated talent management suite, so expanding to meet your full needs is achievable. Can cloud software integrate with my other technologies? The ability to integrate talent management with existing line-of-business (LOB) systems is critical to success. SilkRoad Life Suite solutions allow you to quickly integrate with payroll, financial, and other systems. Integration can be loosely coupled using a flat file or more tightly connected. SilkRoad offers a number of ways to integrate your systems from the very basic to the most elegant and a representative will work with you to make the best choice.
Cloud Cost JustificationIs cloud software less expensive than on-premise? Much less expensive. One of the great things about cloud is knowing the cost at all times. One simple subscription fee. No hidden costs for hardware, middleware, and services. You can also buy what you need when you need it. Shelfware is a thing of the past. With tight budgets, any tips on justifying the cost? SilkRoad Life Suite is paid for on a subscription basis, typically considered an operating expense. This allows you to avoid the paperwork, delays, and "red tape" of capital expenditure requests. You can implement the solution and have it fully operational in less time than it takes to gain approval for the capital expenditure request for on-premise software.
Cloud Security and ReliabilityWhat about security and the cloud? SilkRoad delivers business-class security for your content and data. If offers strong management controls, supports SSAE audits, and helps you address industry-specific security issues. Unlike on-premise products, cloud architecture enables SilkRoad engineers to build in additional security controls. An advanced access-control framework is built into the core solution that enables secure authentication, provides advanced logging of user activity, and allows administrators to control who has access to highly sensitive documents. Multiple layers of firewalls ensure the highest levels of protection against intrusion and security vulnerabilities. How reliable and available is a cloud solution? With proven uptime, the likelihood of our servers going down is almost nil, which is a standard most internal IT organizations can't match. SilkRoad’s documented disaster recovery plan includes redundant and failover servers, routers, and switches. We follow a best practices system-hardening process to strengthen our core systems and network devices from potential attacks. How easy is it to access stored data? SilkRoad hosts your data, but it's your data. It can be downloaded free: at any time, by anyone with permission, and without IT involvement. DVD or hard drive backups can also be provided. What is the track record of cloud as compared to old school technology? Let our customers speak for what you can accomplish. In most cases, these organizations have experience with on-premise HR software deployments and chose to make it simple with cloud talent management. As the acknowledged leader in cloud talent management solutions, SilkRoad is ideally positioned to partner with you.
Utility Companies: How to Improve Safety, Readiness and Compliance through a Learning Management System
When companies consider the benefits of a learning management system (LMS), it’s often focused on helping employees develop skills. An equally important benefit, especially for utility companies, is tracking employee certification, training and compliance to manage risk and increase safety.
The evolution of technology is moving talent management to the perimeter to hand purview over its execution to line managers. Functionality from vendors in this year’s Value Matrix shows how, and parallel advances in analytics show why HR can and must rethink its role in talent management – thus retaining skin in the game.
Talent Activation focuses on the experiences, process and metrics that enable HR to create an equipped, aligned and engaged workforce. It addresses every chapter of an employee’s journey in a seamless user experience.
Take a video tour of SilkRoad talent activation solutions. Complete just one form, and access our entire library of product videos—see how SilkRoad can transform the way you attract, hire and activate top talent.
In this short video demo, you will discover the one-stop way to centrally manage, track, and report on learning activities, while providing an entire range of multi-media content. You’ll learn how to leverage the power of on-line learning, reduce employee training costs, and lower compliance risk.
SilkRoad Agile Performance is the simple alternative to traditional performance management. Activate employee performance with Check-ins, Goals, and Review apps to maximize productivity, increase engagement and align with corporate objectives.
SilkRoad’s high-powered applicant tracking system allows you to source, attract, engage, screen and hire top talent fast. From requisition approval to “yes!” reduce your recruiting spend by 80% or more.
The Big Shift in 2017—HR Puts Employees First. More than ever, today’s CEOs recognize the tremendous competitive advantage in a workforce that’s highly motivated, excited and tightly connected to business goals. Building a powerful workforce strategy remains front and center for HR teams.
In future years, the employee experience will emerge as a critical HR focus due to its potential to impact business results. Experiences need to move beyond engagement and focus on “activating employees” to outcomes such as greater productivity, agility, competitive advantage and the like.
What will HR look like in 2025? Four HR industry experts recently shared their thoughts on the future in an engaging and high-energy panel discussion.
Frequent feedback in the workplace is being demanded by employees. Recent research by Tiny Pulse, found that 64% of employees surveyed said they wanted their supervisor to check in with them at least every two weeks, with 42% of millennials wanting feedback every week. This white paper lays out a plan to create a culture […]
Performance management processes are in a state of flux. The traditional systems we’ve grown accustomed to are being updated and enhanced to reflect today’s workplaces and employees. These shifts in performance management are not the result of a spur of the moment decision or a trend du jour. They are in reaction to years of ineffective performance management cycles.
Are your employees contributing to organizational success? The Ultimate Guide to Performance provides the information needed to improve how companies manage and track employee performance, to ensure employees are aligned with the proper goals and objectives to increase business performance.
It’s time to move beyond traditional performance management. Leading HR experts recommend getting started on a fresh look at performance management, emphasizing real-time, agile and a focus on results. Learn how agile performance works, typical cost and productivity savings, best practices, and more.
We asked HR professionals to share with us the pains and challenges they face each day in effectively managing and engaging their talent.
Learn key findings from the 2016 CLO Innovations in Onboarding Survey, onboarding best practices and success stories.
Learn why traditional reviews still reign as most popular but performance management change is on the way. An eBook, Seeking Agility in Performance Management, reports on the survey results from over 200 HR leaders in this important area.
Get recruiting right with the Source of Hire Report. The Source of Hire report is back and more comprehensive than ever, covering more than 13 million applications, 600,000 interviews, and almost 300,000 hires. The job market is back. And so is increased competition for top candidates.
Learn formulas to calculate how much you could save by using an applicant tracking system or a recruiting technology solution to manage your talent acquisition processes. Includes strategic guidance, practical tips, and recruiting metric formulas to lead ROI discussions.
Productivity gains come from effective performance management. This requires a system that gives HR, managers, and employees a clear line of sight into goal setting, the review process and more. Learn some of the key areas where you can increase productivity, reduce turnover, and decrease costs.
Radical changes in HR, from agile performance to analytics, will make 2016 a defining year in the HR world. Job seekers are gaining more power than recruiters and technology is becoming an ever present asset.
First impressions matter—a career portal can make or break a hiring strategy. Learn the 5 key elements to attract the best candidates with a career portal that works.
The potential employee experience is key to the success of any company. Learn the 5 key elements to welcome them with an onboarding portal that works.
HR in the C-Suite: How to Take—and Keep—Your Place at the Table discusses the emerging role of the chief human resources officer (CHRO). After decades of being relegated to a tactical function, HR is growing in power and prestige. Why now? The recent recession is the major reason. As budgets tightened, CEOs required HR’s counsel to manage a shrinking workforce and keep staffing reductions from impacting operations too much.
In these buyers’ journeys, you’ll discover the paths of different companies who implemented SilkRoad Life Suite, an integrated talent management platform. In addition to experiencing the results of integrated talent management, the HR leaders who led these initiatives proudly discuss their success as a badge of honor with gratifying personal rewards. You’ll also find a wealth of resources to help you identify the best solution, define the return-on-investment (ROI) and present it to your management team.