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August 2014, Volume 2, Number 4

Dumping the old, companies flock to cloud HR systems

About four years ago, social media colossus Twitter got fed up with its on-premises human resources management system. Most data entry was manual, and the company couldn't track all international data in one system. Using the aging ADP HR system was "quite painful," said Renee Taormina, director of HR and recruiting technology at Twitter. "Running all of our processes in spreadsheets was just not going to be an effective or scalable process." So Twitter turned its gaze toward the cloud. It deployed Workday's human capital management cloud services at the end of 2012. Rather than having multiple systems around the world, Twitter now has everything -- applications, integrations, data and security -- running on the same system. "The power of one is tremendous," Taormina said.  Twitter isn't the only one trading on-premises HR for a cloud-based system. Taormina and other project leaders described their transitions during a Workday conference in San Francisco. For example, Hewlett-Packard needed to harmonize business processes across...

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