HCM Data Migration from “The Greatest HR Show on Earth!”

October 8, 2013

Image_BackOffice Associates' Booth at HR Technology Conference 2013

Branded as “The Greatest HR Show on Earth”, Human Resource Executive’s 16th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition is an event any HR professional would not want to miss.

From October 7th – 9th, this year’s HR Technology Conference is at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. “For 16 years, the sole purpose of the HR Technology Conference has been to teach you how to get the business benefits from technology. The increasing awareness of how critical that is to HR is the reason we’ve gotten so large and so popular” – Human Resource Executive.

With over 6,000 people attending this year’s event, we are bringing attendees years of knowledge and expertise in HR data quality, data migration and information governancesolutions to our exhibitor Booth #449. Meet BackOffice Associates HR professionals, Julia Mench – Senior VP of Global HCM Solutions, as well as HCM Senior Consultants Brian Regan and Ryan Oder, as they discuss how you can join other customers who have been a part of our 17 years of HCM project successes.

As HR focus is becoming a more prevalent line of business, we understand that HR data migration projects require 100% accurate data from Day 1 of go-live. Josh Bersin, Founder of Bersin by Deloitte describes it perfectly in his session at the HR Technology Conference, “You only get one chance to present your analytics and if the data isn’t right, you lose all credibility”.

So lets face it, incorrect conversions cause direct impacts to employee paychecks, benefit coordination, organization and time management, job classifications and more. If these problems are allowed to become widespread, they can lead to an implementation “disaster” with effect on the entire enterprise. Fortunately, clients are increasingly aware of the importance of Business-Ready Data, and they recognize that a data migration strategy should provide not only a technical solution but also a business solution.

Like many members of organizations attending the HR Technology Conference, we all face several key challenges in HR data migrations, including:

  • Organization structure must be collected across all sites and countries
  • Complex master data must be mapped and validated in the new system
  • Conversion must support multiple end-to-end test cycles with real data
  • Cutover must be managed to minimize disruption to the payroll process

How do you combat these challenges? Make sure HR data is solution ready by ensuring the data that supports the target HR configuration has zero loading errors. For example, all employees should have a complete record with no default or missing values. Ensure your data is business relevant (i.e., all employees are paid in the current year and have accurate job descriptions) and that it’s business-ready (i.e., employee salary is within a defined job classification range).

We also hear from many of our customers that they are looking to further bolster theirstrategic HR function by implementing new analytics solutions. If the underlying data in your ERP system is not correct, you will not be able to rely on the KPIs, dashboards and reports that come out of these new solutions, so ensuring that you have a solid data governance strategy and technology in place is crucial as well.

Understanding what challenges you face is the first step, the next step is finding the right solution to get “quality” results.

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