“Technology, managed well, is an enabler of people and a simplifier of process”

HRD talks to David Dunne of Salmut, about the importance of active collaboration between HR and IT

“Technology, managed well, is an enabler of people and a simplifier of process”
Traditionally, HR and IT teams have operated as distinct (and sometimes siloed) business units. However, the importance of active collaboration and robust discussion between HR and IT during HR projects is critical to success, according to David Dunne, Head of People Systems & Operations at Salmat.  

At the upcoming HR Tech Summit in Sydney, one of the panel topics for discussion is Leading Technology projects - building a strategic HR-IT alliance.

Dunne is one of the panellists and said that this topic is particularly important for HR professionals.

“As technology evolves and increasingly becomes an enabler of business and process efficiency, HR teams need to more proactively embrace tools that can help make employees' lives easier - being prepared to embrace and drive this change is important,” said Dunne.

“Change management itself, and the involvement of both HR and IT in this process, is a really important determinant of user adoption and engagement - don't underestimate or undervalue this area, and the level of investment required.”
 
If Dunne could give one piece of advice to HR professionals in relation to building a strategic HR-IT alliance it would be to “be brave”.

“Technology, managed well, is an enabler of people and a simplifier of process,” he said.   

“Be prepared to challenge the business (and yourselves as HR practitioners) to think differently about how things could be done - and then partner closely with IT to drive the agenda!”  

At the HR Tech Summit, Dunne and his panellists will also discuss:

•    How HR directors will join forces with CTOs to discuss ways that IT and HR can work together to create successful solutions.
•    Collaborative development efforts that blend HR knowledge and IT knowledge
•    Securing IT stakeholder buy-in to ensure effective implementation
•    Working effectively with IT teams who may not understand the needs and nuances of people management
•    Should HR or IT own HR technology roll-out?

David Dunne will be discussing Leading Technology projects - building a strategic HR-IT alliance at the HR Tech Summit being held at the Hilton Sydney on 13 September. Click here for more details and to register.

 

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