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Unifying multiple HR systems with a single, employee friendly user experience

Larry Ellison didn’t get his wish. Back in the early 2000’s the mantra from the Oracle CEO was that ERP customers should aspire to having a ‘Global Single Instance’ – one, integrated system that handled all an organization’s business processes: Finance, CRM, HCM and more – all sitting on a single database, talking nicely to […]

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Five top tips for retaining your best talent

Are you among the 50% of organizations that experience high employee turnover? Failure to retain key employees can be costly to your bottom line structure and also has the potential to create insecurity amongst other staff in your company. With a reported one in four new hires leaving within six months, we understand how difficult […]

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Applaud success at the UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards 2018/19

Applaud attended the UKOUG Partner of the Year awards at the HAC – the London home of the Honourable Artillery Company. The night aims to provides recognition to UK Oracle User Group Partners for the work they do and the contributions they make when offering their services to Oracle users. It was Applauds first year at the […]

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Mobile-only is the future of mobile-first

You have most likely heard about the term ‘mobile-first’.  Despite its popularity, it’s often misunderstood, misrepresented and much less achieved – especially in the enterprise software space. I wrote about it recently here. Despite this, I predict its demise and eventual replacement with the new kid on the block: ‘mobile-only’. Two things I’ve recently noted: My […]

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Use Artificial Intelligence to digitalize HR and improve the employee experience

Robots can add real value to your business, but only by improving the way humans work. If you could solve even 50% of your HR service desk issues via a chatbot, how much time and money would that save you? Go onto any major consumer website and you’ll likely see a tab marked ‘Live Chat’, […]

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Can you predict employee attrition and analyze employee experience all through machine learning? At Applaud, we can

Our latest hackathon took on the challenge of machine learning. We showcased talent, intelligence and the dedication of the Applaud team in our second annual two-day event. Every year, the Applaud team in Hyderabad, India gather to compete in an internal hackathon competition. This year’s theme was machine learning, a topical choice because it is […]

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Continuous Integration for better code Quality

At Applaud, we have adopted continuous integration as our standard way of developing code, and here’s why… The Traditional problem, working in silos can create conflicts of data In the traditional software development lifecycle, each developer takes the initial version of the code and starts making their changes. All developers in the team work simultaneously […]

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Modernizing your Oracle HCM System: What are your options?

Being fully informed is important when making big decisions involving considerable investments for your HCM systems, and a one-size-fits-all thinking is not going to cut it. With Oracle’s commitment to support Oracle EBS through to 2030, Gartner say that you should look carefully at your options. One thing is for sure: regardless of when you […]

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Oracle’s Strategy and Trends for HCM – Notes from the Oracle HR User Group 2017

The annual Oracle HR User Group (OHUG) is the biggest conference dedicated to Oracle’s expanding HR Suite of products which now includes (deep breath) PeopleSoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, Taleo (now called Oracle Talent Acquisition), Cloud HCM and JD Edwards. I guess Netsuite might be in there now too but it was too early for that […]

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Oracle’s Strategy and Trends for HCM – Notes from the Oracle HR User Group 2018

The annual Oracle HR User Group (OHUG) is the biggest conference dedicated to Oracle’s expanding HR Suite of products which includes PeopleSoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, Taleo, Cloud HCM and JD Edwards. The conference is not run by Oracle but by a board of volunteers and targeted at end users rather than executives and buyers. It’s […]

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Why you don’t save money by moving to Cloud HCM

In 2012, Oracle published a brochure making some exciting claims about saving costs by moving your HCM system into what was then called Fusion HCM (now Oracle HCM Cloud). Here’s a quote from them: “With no hardware to buy, software to manage or upgrades to conduct, you can drastically reduce the cost of implementing and running a new […]

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Many Oracle customers inaccurately told that Oracle EBS is end-of-life and that they must move to the cloud now.

Is this something you’ve been told about your Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) system?  If so, you may want to read the latest Gartner report that goes on to say: Despite statements and rumors to the contrary, Oracle’s on-premises suites are not at the end-of-life stage. In fact, Oracle receives the majority of its software license […]

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CTO, Duncan Casemore, discusses Artificial Intelligence impacting businesses

CTO, Duncan Casemore, was featured in a recent LinkedIn article by Nick Mortimer discussing the topic of the day – Artificial Intelligence and how it has the potential to impact businesses. Have a read of the article: Phew… I’m still on air. It appears last week’s attempt at being serious has pacified the wolf at my door […]

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Taking the ‘A’ out of ‘AI’ for better UX

When I’m working on something particularly complex, there are two things that make my brain work noticeably more efficiently – music and chocolate. I’ve seen countless articles about the “the world’s first [insert industry here] chatbot” but almost always I find myself thinking – so what? Perhaps my design and development background has given me […]

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Announcing the winner of Applaud’s first Artificial Intelligence Hackathon

We are excited to have recently hosted our first ever 2-day hackathon, an event open to both developer and non-developer Applaud employees. The arrival of our latest mobile and desktop UIs, famed for their superb design and user experience, and this year’s understated growth of Applaud Cloud and related platform services has been the culmination […]

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HR needs to up its data privacy game

The IT community is buzzing with talk of data privacy and security, particularly in the light of forthcoming GDPR legislation which comes into effect May 2018. Indeed, questions of security have traditionally been IT-led, based around encryption algorithms and authentication. But things are changing: security is fast becoming a shared responsibility for IT and HR. […]

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HR Intelligence vs HR Reporting

I want you to imagine you’re a CEO and it’s your first day working for a new company. You’ve gathered your executive team around a conference table so they can give you an introduction to each area of the business. It’s the Chief HR Officer’s turn to speak. They present you with some information about […]

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The mobile-first cloud delusion

You often hear cloud vendors brag about their software being ‘mobile-first,’ a term meaning that the software was designed and built first and foremost on mobile. In practice, it usually means the vendor has retrofitted a mobile component in what is otherwise a desktop platform. This mobile component is often a subset of desktop functionalities […]

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Your only option is cloud user experience

We already know the number one reason for moving your people systems to the cloud is user experience. But is that really the only option for the thousands of happy E-Business Suite customers out there? The good news is you do have options – both inside Oracle’s growing red stack and beyond (see Ivan’s no-nonsense write-up to cut through […]

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The Digitalization of Traditional HR Systems

The HR industry is forever undergoing change. We’ve officially entered a new world of work, and technological advances are helping HR to become part of the organization of the future. People are reinventing and equipping themselves with new, constantly evolving digital tools, making it imperative that HR teams not only get on board, but become […]

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Oracle HCM and the cost of software wastage

Last week I received an email from Apple that annoyed me. I had forgotten to cancel a subscription to an iPhone app that I no longer needed. The cost to me? 99p – about $1.30 – less than a price of a coffee. Despite the low financial impact, this sort of thing irritates everyone. No-one […]

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User experience as a service (UXaaS) is on the rise

Does the world really need another -aas?  Officially only three standard models are recognized by NIST, which you’ve most likely already heard of: Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).  If you’ve watched a recent Oracle presentation, you’ll definitely have seen these. Unofficially, there are at least […]

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With all this talk about Cloud, should you move or improve?

When should you move from Oracle HCM E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud HCM? If you work with Oracle Applications in any way, be it as an end user, consultant or partner, most days you’ll have an email in your inbox promoting Cloud technology and the benefits it can bring. For Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customers, […]

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The early days of Applaud and the influence of Workday

Despite being well prepared for leading a training session for Oracle end-users, I hadn’t quite anticipated my first question – “How do I type a percent sign?” Leaving Oracle In 2006, approaching my 10th anniversary of working within the Oracle HCM E-Business Suite development team, I decided that it was time I saw and experienced […]

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The ROI of HRIS User Experience

User experience is the number one reason HR software buyers shop for a new system, so how do you get sign-off from your CFO for a benefit that’s essentially unquantifiable? Justifying the purchase: All too often I hear of HCM software purchases justified like this: “The improved user experience will save every employee 5 minutes […]