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- John W. Foster

Back to the Basics, Part V

(June 29, 2009)
Over the past four weeks, the Back to the Basics leadership series has highlighted the need for an HR system firmly rooted in the fundamentals. Instead of racing to have the newest bells and whistles, a best in breed Talent Platform will focus instead on having a system that is wholly configurable and flexible, intuitive and easy to use, supported by unparallel customer service, all the while maintaining speed and security.

This brings us to the final fundamental that serves as a fitting bookend, tying in the other basics: one, single platform.

Experience the Power of One Platform
Nothing is more basic than the concept of one! There are many different processes within the talent lifecycle, such as Applicant Tracking, On-Boarding, Employee Management and more. Due to frequent merges and acquisitions, many HR systems in the current market consist of add-on modules and multiple source codes.

Managing the many steps of HR across separate, disparate modules is not only more costly and less effective, but often decreases the impact of the other fundamentals. It is more difficult to function off different systems, requiring additional training and customer service. It also slows down processes and often makes information-sharing less comprehensive, as data is not shared across the different systems.

Conversely, selecting an HR technology with a single-source code and one all-encompassing Platform enhances all other fundamentals. Automating and streamlining the end to end talent lifecycle with a single, organically-grown Talent Platform augments ease of use, configurability and speed. The common interface and familiarity with the system eliminates the need for additional training and ramp-up time, and also requires no costly implementation. Furthermore, a single platform stores all necessary data in one central location, rather than passing information across multiple technologies.

The advantages to a single platform are endless. So why struggle with multiple, expensive modules? Improve your business's bottom line by selecting an HR technology that excels at the basics through the use of one cohesive and easy to use Talent Platform.
Crunch Fitness Case Study
     Crunch Fitness faced a huge challenge when their traditionally manual efforts were met by a growing employee base. When their employee count soared to over 2200, recruitment became overwhelmingly labor-intensive and cumbersome. They implemented a Talent Platform that embraced the "back to the basics" mentality and the success Crunch saw as a result is another testament to the importance of fundamentals

     Before implementation, Crunch saw many challenges in managing their recruitment initiatives, such as impractical and costly manual techniques, and ineffective use of recruiters' time and skills. Looking to move away from Excel spreadsheets and paper files, Crunch Fitness wanted an HR technology provider that would be easy to use and have ample support offerings, as many of their end-users had no prior system experience.

     After implementing a Talent Platform that excelled at all the fundamentals, recruiters immediately saw their chosen Platform would take Crunch to the next level in its recruitment initiatives. Their system of choice provided long-term value by eliminating the need to ever purchase costly, disparate talent management solutions. They also took full advantage of all customer service offerings, leading employee experience manager at Crunch to say that their HR technology "has really improved Crunch's recruiting, eliminating our reliance on manual efforts and making the overall process much more manageable."

     Since signing, Crunch has seen a substantial ROI through the automation of their previously manual tasks. They were able to save hundreds of working hours by utilizing one of the fastest vendors in the space that automated the management of job requisitions, applications, resumes and candidate files. And it was this newly paperless environment and subsequent improved communication with hiring managers that really increased productivity and the focus on core hiring activities. The implementation of an HR technology that wasn't fighting on features helped them create a more efficient and cost-effective hiring process
About iCIMS:
iCIMS, the third-largest provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions along with Taleo (NASDAQ: TLEO) and Kenexa (NASDAQ: KNXA), is an Inc. 500 honoree focused on solving corporate business issues through the implementation of easy-to-use web-based software solutions. iCIMS' Talent Platform, the industry's premier Talent Platform, enables organizations to manage their entire talent lifecycle from applicant tracking through onboarding and beyond through a single web-based application. With more than 750 clients worldwide, iCIMS is one of the largest and fastest-growing talent management system providers in the space. To learn more about how iCIMS can help your organization, visit or view a free online demo of the iCIMS Talent Platform at

Back to Basis, The Series
Back to Basis, Part I
Back to Basis, Part II
Back to Basis, Part III
Back to Basis, Part IV
Back to Basis, Part V

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