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This is a guest post by Nate Vicker, business consultant, Bizzmark.

 

Anyone who is involved in HR and talent management process knows how important speed and efficiency are when dealing with vast amounts of information and numbers. The overall duration of the processes can sometimes be overwhelming and have a negative effect on the desired outcome.

 

HR processes that should be automated for increased efficiency within a company are employee information system, performance appraisal process, on and off boarding, as well as leave requests. By making these processes automated will  save your company both time and money. However, it is also important to choose the right manner of automatization. Cloud computing has been the best thing out there for HR automatization in recent years, but now many companies are leading the market change with fog computing. This article will provide you with the essential information on how fog computing can improve your HR processes.

 

Fog computing

 

Fog computing, or fogging is a way of extending cloud computing in such a way that it almost takes the shape of a network, thus improving the communication between devices and data centers. Another name for fog computing is edge computing, where the word “edge” refers to points which are nearer to the location where data is produced rather than to the database and centralized processing centers.

 

The importance of fog computing for companies, and with it the HR processes is at the speed that it provides. And while cloud computing has made significant changes in data collecting and storing, fogging has taken it a step further, allowing the data to be analyzed before being sent to collection. This enables a much quicker access, making the data more valuable.

 

Both small and big companies are aware of the importance of HR, and they rely on it to ensure that the available talent is used optimally, and also that the processes like strategic outcomes, workforce planning or engagement and retention go smoothly and without a glitch. Most companies use HR software like Allay to automate daily tasks. This is why the ability to collect, analyze and present data, quickly and efficiently is so important, and why fog computing is gaining so much momentum.

 

The practical benefits of using fogging in HR processes

 

Fog computing looks great on paper, but it is the practical applications that will make it the essential aspect of HR processing in the near future.  First of all, the significant reduction in data movement across the network results in reduced congestion, costs, and latency. This has a direct effect on all major processes which are relevant for efficient human resources operations. The managers and CEOs are now able to obtain the relevant data quickly, without much delay, which in return enables them to make a quicker decision and at the same time improves the growth rating of the company.

 

Another great feature of fog computing is data security. The centralized computing systems are able to improve the security of encrypted data since it actually stays closer to the end user thus reducing exposure to hostile elements. Considering that employee and company data safety is one of the major concerns of any enterprise, the usage of fogging is one of the best ways to make sure that privacy of your network is protected.

 

Additionally, fog itself also has some of the aspects that have made cloud a great option for human resources. For example, there are a number of processes in HR, like competency validation, that are at times quite time intensive. Using fogging makes this type of process not only easy but also quicker and more accurate. The way that it does so is by customizing report capabilities, while at the same time displaying detailed information on a single dashboard. This way an organization-wide transparency is created.

 

Finally, it is important to mention that fog computing also consumes less amount of bandwidth. Making the resources cheaper, and allowing bandwidth to be redistributed for other more relevant operations within the company. Also, as was previously mentioned, this aspect increases both speed and efficiency of HR processes.

 

 

Conclusions

 

The implementation of fog computing in HR process can have some major benefits for both employees and companies. From the increased data acquisition speed that naturally leads to improved decision making, and cutting off both time and cost requirements. Most companies are already applying cloud computing in order to improve the various processes within the scope of the HR department, with significant results. Now, with the availability of fog computing, they can take their processes to a whole other level, in both productivity and safety.

 

As one of the most important parts of any organization, human resources needs to be highly effective in terms of providing the paramount information needed for quality decision making. So the application of fogging is something that can definitely improve all the operations vital for increasing HR efficiency within your company.

 

 

Nate Vickery is a business consultant and author. He has a degree in marketing management and has in recent years shifted his interest in finding solutions for improving SME management process via latest technology trends. Nate is the editor-in-chief at Bizzmarkblog.