Despite a better understanding of the realities of cloud-based solutions and investment in Africa, some regions, including South Africa, are lagging behind when it comes to adoption.
This is according to James McKerrell, CEO of CRS Technologies, a leader in HR and human capital management (HCM) services and solutions.
McKerrell says there is a noticeably slow uptake of cloud-based solutions in South Africa at the moment. "I think other African countries have adopted cloud-based solutions more readily and out of necessity."And the issue of understanding technology and appreciation for the dynamics involved in its application has largely been sorted out, the CRS Technologies CEO adds.
"More and more people are becoming comfortable and have a better understanding of the relevant issues related to the cloud," says McKerrell.
Specifically, there is a better understanding of how cloud technology has evolved to ensure more peace of mind when it comes to security concerns. There is also an improvement in broadband availability and the bandwidth capacity.
"By appointing a sound technology provider, decision-makers have less to worry about in terms of security, access and disaster recovery," McKerrell adds.
HR in the cloud
With the growth of cloud and increase in appeal of infrastructure, it is no surprise that core functions like HR have merged into this space and are increasingly being controlled through virtualisation.
While uptake has been staggered, according to McKerrell, the market is making progress and there is an appreciation for the fact that cloud makes communication with employees much more transparent, efficient, reliable and in real-time.
"Our message to the market is that cloud adoption, done strategically and with workplace requirements front-of-mind, can be used to eliminate or at least reduce cost and administration of infrastructure," he adds.
Cloud integration can also improve compliance and enable and empower employees.
CRS HR & Payroll Solutions
CRS HR & Payroll Solutions is a provider of services and solutions to the human resources and payroll markets in Africa in general and South Africa in particular.
Established in 1985, the company has served as the premier provider of HR systems, solutions and remuneration products to business across expanding market segments.
CRS HR & Payroll Solutions' product portfolio encompasses everything the decision-maker in business requires to support the rollout of an effective HR and payroll strategy.
The company's foremost reputation as a reliable service provider and trader in rapidly expanding market segments and to blue-chip companies is underpinned by its affiliation and partnership with a number of respected, industry regulatory bodies.
CRS is a signatory to the Information Technology Association (ITA) and a member of the Payroll Authors Group of South Africa.
It is also a member of the South African Payroll Association, South African Rewards Association and the Institute of People Management.
Its expertise and business acumen within these mission-critical aspects of business management have ensured it remains an ultra-competitive, secure and unrivalled market performer.
CRS provides a service to numerous countries throughout Africa, including Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique.
The continent is viewed as being a thriving, high-growth market and one that the company will continue to add value to.
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