Where oh Where—Are the HR Smartphone Apps Going?






Impressive this year is the software creator’s mantra “develop for mobile first.” Our survey of providers indicated that solutions are created and in the market for every area of talent:  learning, rewards, performance management and appraisal approval, succession and hiring management and many more.  Even core HR. Even content authoring tools. There is employee self-service and managerial self-service, and for hourly workers, the ability to clock in and clock out—all on their mobile phones.

And the applications available for mobile use in HR vary in both number and sophistication. Oracle offers a company directory, Organization Navigator, predictive analytics, goal management, talent profile, and a personalizable dashboard on mobile devices. SumTotal offers a Smartphone app for every one of the 18 content areas we surveyed.  Close to 70 percent of the providers surveyed have mobile learning management capabilities today. Nine of 48 support the ability to supervise people and take notes on the experience for sharing later.

Mobile apps are pretty much everywhere. But are companies actually using them for human capital management?  We decided that would be an interesting question to pursue!

What is your company’s stance on HCM apps on Smartphones?  Do you use them today? Will you add mobile apps in the year ahead?  Or do you have no need nor plans to deploy mobile HR apps in the future? Whatever your stance, please let us hear from you! 

Take this short survey (just a few minutes, promise!) on use and intended use of human capital related apps on Smartphones by clicking on the link below.



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Christa Degnan Manning

Vice President, Solution Provider Research Leader / Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Christa leads technology and service provider research for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. In this role, she helps businesses align their workforce support strategies with appropriate third-party software developers, service partners, and governance models. A 25-year technology industry veteran, Christa’s expertise assists organizations in creating functional capabilities and employee experiences that increase productivity, engagement, and workforce efficiency. Frequently cited by business and trade media, she has presented market research on business to business trends, leading practices, and expected challenges and benefits at industry and user conferences globally throughout her career. Christa has a bachelor of arts in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, incorporating studies at University College, University of London. She also holds a master of arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and has completed executive coursework on business metrics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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