Blue Skies ahead but Plenty Cloud on the Horizon

For the start of 2017, I wrote about how the HR technology industry looked set to be rather more cloud than blue-sky.

A year on and I’m buoyant that the skies are bright for people technologies, not too dismayed at the trends I pointed to a year ago (thank heavens!) and still asking HR, Finance and business leadership to look up to those skies and aspire for more with their systems of choice.

I think it’s hard, and particularly so if your organisation is not US-centric, to find informed whole-of-market insight into what is really happening in the HR systems industry. There are enjoyable and admirable bodies of research from the most respected sources, such as Bersin for Deloitte, Sierra Cedar and PwC all of which I keep a watch on for you here. In the UK it is, by the way Fosway that currently do I believe the best job of seeking evidence and turning it into information. But there is little that is more precisely relevant on anything but the very largest of scale.

At Phase 3 Consulting, without the power of extra big-industry big-data, let us aim to apply the independent consulting expertise that we have for me to offer some triangulation of sources, of our own watch-points and of our year’s qualitative assessments as we’ve worked with our clients.

In the 20 Hypotheses Kate HR Tech 2018 – Article, I offer here opinion which I choose to term my 20 hypotheses about how the HR technology industry could continue to change in 2018. On each, read the headline and a brief explanation so that you can figure the impact on you and your organisation.


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About the Author: Kate Wadia

Kate’s passion at work is for bridging the gap between technology and people at work, translating for HR professionals the language of HR systems and making meaningful their potential. She believes that success with people technology is through people and that people are the differentiator. Using simple techniques drawn from HR experience, project management, business psychology and analogy with everyday life, Kate presents and explains how to work well with technology and technology projects in an HR leadership role. With a background in contrasting private and public sector HR management, Kate developed her thinking in seeking for herself to understand her first HR systems project-work. Kate is currently the Managing Director of Phase 3 Consulting, offering an independent take on the HR systems market in the UK, through a network of experts and a talented, growing internal team. Kate’s guiding principle is that openness offers knowledge-sharing, credibility and trust. Incorrigibly enthusiastic and up absurdly early for a working morning, she swears that she only drinks three good coffees a day, but nobody believes her! Kate also writes as an HR Zone columnist.

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