Using a variety of automation technologies, SaaS management and security platforms, and improved HR information systems, companies are working to predict, manage, and adapt to organizational change as technology changes and employees come and go. And while these products are now near-necessities, one key ingredient is still at the heart of the seamless (and successful) management and flow of people through an organization: communication.
The modern workforce is a chaotic combination of full- and part-time employees, consultants, contractors, freelancers, permalancers, and many other contributors. Today, HR and IT teams are expected to deliver a great experience and easy access to SaaS apps, regardless of whether workers are in-office, remote, hybrid, or mobile and field employees. These tactics will help them succeed.
As many people know, the relationship between IT and HR is often strained. There is often a fundamental disconnect between these two business units. Communication tends to be poor and processes are ad hoc instead of systematic. If you’re reading this and nodding your head in agreement, then it’s time for a change. It’s time leadership gives the problem the attention it deserves.
Data is said to be “the new oil.” IT’s challenge now is to increase their knowledge of, and integration with, their colleagues on the Data and Dev teams. And if ever there was a need for teams to work more harmoniously, Data and IT have to do so now.
If you want to think long-term and big picture, says one CIO, then SaaS absolutely needs to be part of your solution set. Take heed, fellow CIOs: IT is in a tug o’ war–pushed to do more while being pulled in new directions–in a data governance and regulation environment that will punish the unprepared.
Highly converged teams. Heard of them? They’re the new normal, but they’re a prime breeding ground for shadow IT. Here’s a new model for working with shadow IT, not against it. IT can maintain visibility and control of new apps, and teams can work in the ways they want and need to.
HR and IT are partners in waiting, but they need a little marriage guidance. If there isn’t a close partnership, the potential costs can be perilous.
The IT Department is dead. Long live the IT Department.