Best-of-breed HR and Payroll technology is cause for celebration. Winners of MidlandHR Technology Impact Awards 2012 announced

The need to drive real value from systems and processes through the management and support of people is as great as ever. Recent headlines highlight how ‘distressingly common’ it is for ERP implementations to overrun, resulting in escalating costs and slow return on investment (ROI).  MidlandHR meanwhile, a specialist provider of talent management, workforce planning, HR and payroll solutions and services, once again shows that best-of-breed HR and payroll systems can be implemented on time and in budget with the right balance of reliability and flexibility to truly support strategic HR and deliver ROI.
Now in their third year, the recent MidlandHR Technology Impact Awards celebrated the achievements of a number of high profile public and private sector organisations. The awards aim to improve techniques in Human Resource management by celebrating outstanding achievement for effective use of HR technology in delivering value and driving organisational excellence. This year's competition saw a record number of entries from a pool of almost 430 MidlandHR customers.

Home Group, SWiTch and Wakefield Council were three of the big winners demonstrating impressive organisational impact, value and efficiency savings through partnership with MidlandHR and adoption of iTrent – the single web-based solution for talent management, workforce planning, HR and payroll. Winners also demonstrated effective change management and communication programmes to ensure a smooth implementation, transition and business transformation for all stakeholders.

Declan McGrath, managing director at MidlandHR explains: “With the ability to deliver projects quickly and on time, iTrent is cost effective working on a range of platforms including Oracle and Microsoft, rather than forcing customers to adopt specific, expensive technology. Best-of-breed solutions are more aligned to the needs of business departments than large ERP solutions can ever be. In our case, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of our solution to help HR and payroll departments deliver the strategic needs of their organisations. In depth understanding of the business area helps specialist providers like MidlandHR to ensure that our customers see rapid ROI in today’s challenging environment.

“The awards are testament to how a best-of-breed solution such as iTrent, founded on years of relevant knowledge and understanding, accurately meets users’ needs and remains ahead of industry changes such as pensions reform and RTI. The awards are a great opportunity for MidlandHR customers to celebrate and share the hard work and successes arising from new or ongoing HR and payroll related projects, using iTrent to deliver real value to their business.”

Best-of-breed suppliers have consistently worked to help organisations improve efficiency and realise financial benefits. SWiTch, the collaboration project between Stockport, Wigan and Trafford Councils, won the ‘best implementation project’ category. Savings of over 2 million GBP were achieved through collaborative procurement and there were further significant savings made through the sharing of consultants and standardising the approach to build.

Winning ‘Most visionary HR Director’ as well as two other awards, Wakefield Council’s HR Director, Helen Grantham, comments: “Taking part in the MidlandHR Technology Impact Awards has helped to build the profile of HR and payroll within the council. It helped foster a fabulous team spirit and pride and exemplified a clear sign of quality to internal and external clients and customers alike. Even in the very early stages of using iTrent we have realised significant ROI and sustainable savings.”

An independent panel of leading lights within the HR and payroll industry judged the awards: Philip Whiteley, Editor in Chief of Payroll World; Professor Carole Tansley, Professor of HR Innovation at Nottingham Business School; Dr Stan Maklan of Cranfield University and Karen Thomson, Director of Policy, Research, and Strategic Visibility for the CIPP. The awards were hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis. 

The complete list of 2012 award winners are:

Ofgem – Greatest Organisational Impact from HR Technology (up to 999 employees)

·         Home Group – Greatest Organisational Impact from HR Technology (1000+ employees)

·         Powys County Council – Most Innovative use of HR Technology

·         Wakefield Council – Outstanding Strategic Vision & Project Planning

·         SWiTch (Stockport, Wigan and Trafford Collaborative Project) – Best Implementation Project, Including Outsourcing

·         Wakefield Council – Outstanding Payroll, HR or Project Team

·         Wakefield Council – Most Visionary HR Director