SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

October 04, 2007 12:43 ET

HR Systems Provide a Strategic Advantage for Best-in-Class Companies

New Research Report Finds Best-in-Class Organizations Are Four Times More Likely to Decrease Time Spent Managing HR Systems

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - Companies that consider the strategic needs of their organization when deploying and utilizing an HR system experience a lower rate of error, higher level of productivity, and a greater level of satisfaction. Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), found in the September 2007 report "The Strategic Development of Core HR Systems" that Best-in-Class organizations report adding a strategic functionality to core HR processes is a leading action being implemented to enhance performance.

Core HR systems have long been considered a back-end, turnkey process, with little added value. Enhancements and advancements, however, are providing a higher degree of functionality, and a wider range of solutions. These, in turn, leverage existing data, reduce the duplication of effort, and allow HCM practitioners a greater degree of strategic functionality.

"Best-in-Class companies are recognizing the benefit of a superior HR system implementation sooner than other organizations," said Allison Stamm, Human Capital Management Research Analyst, Aberdeen. "Increased productivity, streamlined operations, and lower rates of error collectively provide a significant time savings, higher levels of performance and a much greater degree of satisfaction among users throughout the organization."

Only 9% of Best-in-Class companies report being very or somewhat dissatisfied with their HR Systems, compared with 37% of all respondents. Best-in-Class companies are also significantly more likely to rank their performance as "excellent" among ten critical HR systems functions.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Oracle, Infor, and Spectrum HR. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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