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London, 9 March 2001: A new report, e-HR: Transforming the HR Function, by Business Intelligence, the UK's leader in independent authoritative advice on emerging business trends and practices, has found that e-HR is becoming an irresistible force for change in international, contemporary business.

A survey conducted by Business Intelligence found that 76 per cent of international organisations questioned had redesigned or introduced new HR technologies/ systems in the last 12 months. Ninety per cent of those that had not were planning to implement new HR systems in the next year.

The new Business Intelligence e-HR report captures, describes and explains essential developments in e-HR through case studies, reports and adviser overviews. Though e-HR developments are widely reported in professional magazines and journals, this is the first authoritative report to cover the e-HR sector in-depth.

The survey conducted by Business Intelligence as part of the e-HR report found that there were four main drivers in upgrading the HR systems including:
- 61623; Improved HR function productivity & performance (82 per cent)
- 61623; More effective HR service delivery (79 per cent)
- 61623; Engaging in more strategic HR services (78 per cent)
- 61623; Greater availability of technologies, software and systems (73 per cent)

However, only 58 per cent of the respondents surveyed in 91 international organisations cited HR cost control and savings as a key driver. A key trend identified by the report is the need to replace the 60 per cent or so of transactional
HR work with electronic means. This will enable more business orientated, consultancy-type work. Thirty per cent of HR professionals questioned gave this as the main development; with 35 per cent giving system improvements; and 20 per cent, HR process improvements.

The e-HR report survey found that the four main areas of the HR function affected by applications were:
- 61623; Recruitment / selection (88 per cent)
- 61623; Training / learning (85 per cent)
- 61623; Employee administration (81 per cent)
- 61623; Internal management reporting (79 per cent)

The report also found that e-HR was very much an executive matter. Seventy-three per cent of decisions made about e-HR matters were taken at executive team level or above. Board level directors were involved in over one-third of these cases; heads of IT made up 32 per cent of contributing groups; and line managers 16 per cent.

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Cobalt Blue Marketing Communications Tel: 01252 728040 Fax: 01252 728041 helenw@cobaltblue.com or fionac@cobaltblue.com

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