Pros and Cons of Web-Based HR Software
HR technology supports companies in performing important tasks in the areas of scheduling, performance tracking, recruitment and payroll. If your company needs them, you have two main options: You can install conventional, computer-based applications on site or access web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) HR software through your browser.
Many companies have moved to web-based HR systems in recent years. Well-known companies such as Equifax, Twitter and Hewlett-Packard use these HR software solutions, but many small companies are also enthusiastic about them.
Despite their popularity, it is crucial to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of web-based HR software.
Once your company has signed up and paid for a Web-based solution, your HR professionals can start using it immediately. They don't have to wait a long time to download large files or perform installations. If a computer already has a compatible web browser, you don't need to install any new applications to get your web-based HRIS management software up and running.
Another benefit of having web-based HR software available immediately, in addition to the ability to use it immediately, is the avoidance of a large-scale implementation project. As mentioned above, getting many of these platforms up and running is as easy as running the program on a browser. Conversely, an on-site system usually requires extensive IT work to install the software, often together with infrastructure preparation in advance.
You can use the web-based technology on a laptop anywhere with an adequate internet connection. Some providers also offer smartphone or tablet access. The system stores all your personnel information on a central server, so that your data is always available. As a result, there is no need to copy files or applications from one computer to another.
Most of today's web-based HRIS systems offer employee self-service, i.e. your employees can log in to view their information. This helps keep your employees busy by allowing them to easily track their time and attendance, vacation days, payments, etc. And an added benefit of employee self-service is that it streamlines your HR processes. Instead of sending an email requesting time off, they can request it with a few clicks in your web-based HR management software. Once this request is received, your HR managers only need to click to accept or reject it. If accepted, it is automatically saved in the employee database, saving them valuable time while keeping an up-to-date record of the leave.
Most developers of cloud software regularly back up all your employee and HR data stored in their HR systems. You are unlikely to suffer significant data loss if a provider's server goes down. Similarly, no information is lost if an office computer's hard drive stops working. An employee can immediately switch to another computer and continue working. This is especially helpful for small businesses that don't have the time or resources to perform frequent backups, putting their data at risk.
The data stored in a web-based HR management system (and in fact in any HRMS) can be among the most sensitive and regularly changing data in your organization. Employees' personal data must be properly secured and stored. And because addresses, phone numbers and other contact information can change so often, it is important that this data is backed up regularly. Regular backups keep your employees' data safe and up to date with any changes, and ultimately help transfer that data between systems.
Web-based programs automatically stay up-to-date. There is no need to manually download or install updates. This increases reliability and saves time and effort. By updating web-based HR systems on their own, your IT department no longer needs to take on the task of updating software every time it's needed, so they can spend their time on other tasks. In addition, because most of these platforms perform updates in the background or when the system is not in use, you can avoid the inconvenience of having the software down during the workday.
Automatic updates also help your company comply with new work regulations. Since the system is connected to the Internet, it will be constantly informed about changing laws, tax rates and other HR-related legislation and will be able to keep your processes in line with it while running. The system thus automates both the task of being informed about regulations and the task of complying with them. This reduces the possibility of human error in terms of compliance, saving money, effort and possible legal action.
If you want the latest HR management features every year, you should use web-based HR software. However, for on-premise systems, the frequency with which you receive updates depends on your contact person. You may not receive any free updates at all and may have to pay for each upgrade to the software. However, for web-based systems, your monthly subscription fee includes access to all the latest updates as they become available. So, if you need this new feature for benefits management, benefits administration or payroll, the easiest way is to use web-based HR software.
Web-based systems also reduce labor costs because your employees don't have to waste time installing or maintaining additional updates. Consistent updates also reduce the risk of your HR system becoming obsolete. An HR system that is constantly updated continuously contains all the functionality you need and provides a comprehensive platform. Using web-based HR software that regularly adds new features helps your company avoid implementing additional systems, such as a separate time and attendance tool or HR management software.
Web-based human resources management software typically provides a better solution for companies with locations in multiple countries. Most programs allow users to choose one of several languages, as well as the ability to translate documents into another language when communicating with global employees. Various currency options provide the ability to issue compensation to international employees. These systems also centralize your employee data, making it easily accessible from offices around the world.
By automatically updating your HR software, your system also remains globally compatible as it takes into account both global regulations and local measures. This is important in order to keep up with international labor laws and to cope with the sometimes difficult task of calculating taxes when supervising offices in different countries.
Disadvantages of web-based HR software
One disadvantage of online file storage and global access is that it increases the risk of data breaches by external parties. All your personal data must be routed through the Internet before it reaches a web-based server. Although security software and encryption minimize the risk, it is not impossible for hackers to intercept your confidential data. However, on-site systems carry their own risks, including data loss due to irregular backups and theft by internal employees.
Although one advantage of implementing web-based HR software is the minimal need for infrastructure development (compared to implementing on-premise solutions), security is an area you may want to build before considering a web-based HRMS.
Dependence on the Internet
Web-based solutions make your company more dependent on the Internet. When downtime occurs, your HR employees lose the ability to access data and perform common HR tasks. This disadvantage causes more problems for companies in remote regions or areas with frequent storms.
Web-based HRIS systems have the potential to change in undesirable ways. For example, the provider might increase its subscription fee or require a new browser that requires hardware upgrades.
However, your company can purchase the current edition of a Web-based system on a permanent basis through a one-time payment, making the costs more predictable. This software remains the same unless you decide to replace or upgrade it.
Some companies find it difficult to integrate web-based human resource management software with other business applications. This typically happens when they use cloud software from multiple vendors or continue to run certain computer-based programs. It's important to evaluate the compatibility of your different systems before trying to use them all together.
Choosing a comprehensive system that includes all the features you need in an HRMS may be one way to avoid difficult integration attempts later. Of course, there is still the possibility that your company's needs may change after the software is implemented and integrations may become necessary. Either way, it is important to evaluate your current and planned needs before choosing an HR software vendor.
Does web-based HR software pay off?
The use of online HR systems certainly has several advantages and disadvantages. However, when an on-premise system and a web-based solution offer equivalent functionality, the web-based system generally offers the most benefits. It offers much more flexibility and convenience, not to mention robust HR management that keeps pace with the latest features.
Nevertheless, traditional on-premise systems still offer a better choice for companies with unreliable Internet connections. They also give companies more control over HR data and software configuration.
Ultimately, the decision depends on what your business needs. If you have a reliable Internet connection and need the latest features, we recommend using a web-based solution. However, if you need to keep your data in-house and integrate the platform with existing on-premise systems, choose on-premise HR software.
Nearly 50% of organizations have at least one major HR process in the web. Web-based HR software, such as IceHrm, helps organizations deploy a customizable HR software solution that fits their needs without having to worry about developing an entirely new solution.
Moving their HR processes using IceHrm will help organizations reduce the costs associated with implementation, maintenance and training. Its cloud-based nature makes it flexible for organizations to expand with their growing business needs. Pre-defined HR modules that are designed based on industry best practices give you an edge.
Don't just take our word for it, try IceHrm with a free demonstration and see how web-based services can change the way you work!