cloud computing

Is your cloud HR solution UK-ready?


Be wary of non-UK native HR software

It’s a globalised market in a shrinking world. We move physical products from one side of the world to the other within a day. We buy digital content, media and entertainment as downloads on demand from servers in data centres anywhere in the world across the internet.

So why should UK based companies be wary of subscribing to online HR management software that is designed to be native for other countries?

Think local not global

Large online HR software vendors selling their products to the global market provide localisation to customise software to the specific requirements of different regions, territories and countries.

While software localisation is an established practice, the fact the software is not developed specifically for the UK can create immediate problems or be indicative of issues further down the line. These include:

  • Delays to rollout – while the software is customised for UK businesses
  • Functionality gaps – may not be able to deal with UK specific employment requirements
  • Compliance gaps – may not be meet compliance under the UK’s employment laws
  • Support gaps – UK customers may experience support of questionable capability and quality delivered from offshore
  • Data sovereignty – privacy issues may arise if personal data is held offshore

HR software for the UK market with UK data from SMB

SMB HR software is UK native. The software is specifically developed and supported to meet the needs of UK companies:

  • UK company – SMB is a UK company providing HR software in our home market
  • UK HR software – designed, engineered, hosted and supported in the UK
  • UK stored data – UK data sovereignty assures privacy and security under UK laws

To experience first-hand how SMB streamlines and prevents routine HR admin soaking up management time in UK businesses take our free 14 day trial or simply get in touch to find out more.

Click here to see the article ‘Building Data Centres in Europe ‘Won’t Solve The Data Sovereignty Problem’ at techweekeurope.

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In search of cloudier climes: moving to an online HR system


2014 is well and truly underway and as everyone settles back into work many of you will no doubt be dreaming of packing your bags and jetting off to sunnier climes. At, we embrace a cloudy outlook and we’re more concerned with a different kind of journey – one that makes sense at any time of year. Instead of packing your swimming costumes and sun cream, you should be thinking about collecting all your data and migrating your employee management system to the cloud.

There are a number of reasons why businesses of all sizes are making the move to an online HR environment. The benefits of cloud-based software include:

  • Better management of increasing data volumes.
  • Lower costs incurred using OpEx model instead of CapEx.
  • Scalability for fluctuating data needs.
  • Security controls to keep private data private.
  • Anytime access, anywhere, on desktop and mobile devices.

So you’ve made the decision to move your employee management system to the cloud – what now? Before you pack your digital suitcases, here are some things to tick off your list:

Cloud HR migration checklist

  • Compile an inventory of all your employee information and HR documents.
  • Determine your data management needs, and plan ahead for future developments, which a scalable cloud solution will accommodate.
  • Before migrating your system, identify any sensitive or confidential information to ensure that it is transferred and stored in a secure fashion.
  • Have a business continuity plan in place and make sure that the migration to the cloud is swift and smooth, avoiding any downtime.
  • Try before you buy! Moving your employee management system to the cloud is an important step in the development of your business, so it makes sense to test the waters first. That’s why offers a 14-day free trial that lets you experience first-hand the benefits that an online HR management system can offer.

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