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Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that well-integrated IT systems enable HR professionals to help drive business performance and free them up to spend more time on strategic business issues.
The CIPD’s HR Software Show will give people management and development practitioners and their IT colleagues the opportunity to find out how technology can be used to deliver and support HR activities. New launches and previews at the exhibition will provide insights in the latest technological developments supporting the HR function, with leading suppliers showcasing innovative solutions.

This year’s show features a full programme of free showcase presentations, including sessions based on the CIPD’s recent research findings, featured in the report “HR and Technology: Impact and Advantages”. Co-author Emma Parry, research fellow at Cranfield School of Management will be giving a showcase presentation on the effect of technology on HR. She will be joined by Vanda Clarke, project manager (National Initiatives and Functional Support) at the NHS Electronic Staff Record, who will provide a case study example of how an organisation has managed an increasing number of HR processes and contributed to the availability of information and knowledge, through the use of technology.
As Dr Parry says: “There are many different HR Information Systems and reporting needs to be tailored to the needs and objectives of each organisation. But the same principle applies. Good communication and an open channel for feedback are essential in order to gain and maintain buy-in from key stakeholders.”
She adds: “Key users must ensure that statistics, such as absence, leave and turnover, are available if employers are to achieve the knowledge and information sharing benefits associated with technology. This will enable HR to make more accurate decisions and provide a consultancy service to managers to enable them to identify problems and improve efficiency.”

Integration failure
CIPD research shows that 91 per cent of organisations introduced an HR Information System to improve the quality of information available, but the majority fail to integrate systems across the organisation. Rebecca Clake, CIPD Organisation and Resourcing Adviser, says: “HR must work with IT professionals to draw on the skills required to develop an information system that will meet the needs of HR and other users across the organisation and help achieve business objectives.”
LogicaCMG will be co-presenting a showcase session with global investment group Threadneedle Asset Management on “Creating Value through Innovative Outsourcing and Technology” while Ceridian will be putting the case for on-demand solutions in their presentation. Software specialists Snowdrop will also have a case-study based presentation, with a speaker from Thames Valley Police providing insights into the organisation’s use of Snowdrop’s HR software to manage performance more effectively.
An NHS case study from ICS Computing focuses on using eHR to make savings on recruitment costs. Other themes on the showcase programme include “Selecting and Implementing a new HR IT system”, “HR and Payroll’ and ‘The Power of Integration”.

Meet leading suppliers
Suppliers will be offering their advise on areas such as: 360-degree feedback; career management and succession planning; time and attendance management and web-enabled HR systems.
As well as many on-stand activities, demonstration rooms on the exhibition floor also offer a chance to get some hands-on experience of different tools and techniques and see a variety of technological solutions in action.
While there is the chance to meet leading suppliers from the industry and compare different solutions, the show is also a useful networking opportunity for practitioners to share information and experiences about their key concerns.

A dedicated area of the CIPD website includes information on the HR Software Show, a showcase timetable and exhibitor details. Visitors who pre-register for free fast-track entry on www.cipd.co.uk/hrss also have the opportunity to win an HP IPAQ hw6915 Pocket PC.

Focus on recruitment
A new development from the CIPD for 2007 is the introduction of the CIPD Recruitment Exhibition which is co-located with the HR Software Show. Exhibitors specialising in e-recruitment and online applicant tracking are among those taking part, highlighting the growing impact of technology on the recruitment process.
Exhibitor Broadbean Technology will be giving a showcase presentation on how to reduce cost per hire using the web.
Recruitment marketing and communications specialists Barkers, aia and Euro RSCG Riley will be demonstrating how they are working in partnership with their clients to produce award-winning recruitment solutions that reflect the need to compete for the best talent.
E-recruitment exhibitors such as WCN and networx will be highlighting new developments while StepStone will be among those showing how they are delivering total management solutions in a global business environment.
The Chartered Institue of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has over 127,500 members and is the leading professional institute for those involved in the management and development of people.For more information
Phone: 020 8612 6202
Website: www.cipd.co.uk/hrss

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